The fourth season DVDs for Community were released a couple of weeks ago, but I didn’t rush out to buy it. Whatever the reason, nearly every aspect of the show felt far more forced than usual, making for a lot of bum episodes. But instead of turning me off of the series altogether, it just made the first three seasons easier to celebrate. And what better way to celebrate than a Community-themed fan convention, specifically “CommuniCon 2: Re-Introduction to Fanaticism,” which is raising funds through a Kickstarter campaign that you can still donate money to until the evening of August 21. So put your money where your Pop Pop-quoting mouth is, and plan on attending, as the campaign has already been funded, raising over $15,000 with a $13,000 goal. Huzzah!
CommuniCon 2 will be held on October 19-20 inside the Embassy Suites Glendale in Los Angeles. The funding is paying for the venue itself, decorations and badges, Kickstarter rewards and producing a documentary covering the event. The additional funding will be used to make both the convention and the documentary that much more superb. Check out the event's poster below.
Oddly enough, they haven’t even waited an entire year since the first event, which was held this past February. But it gives us a good idea of what attendees can expect to see. Since it’s being put together by superfan Gillian Morshedi, it is in no way affiliated with Sony, NBC, or anyone involved with the show itself. However, Morshedi put her own blood, sweat, tears and money into the initial event and produced something pretty spectacular.
February’s con was headlined by a Q&A presentation by creator Dan Harmon, and stars Yvette Nicole Brown and Gillian Jacobs were on-hand for fan interactions. Beyond that, there was a writers’ panel, a supporting actors’ panel, a trivia contest, a costume contest and a panel about PixelDrip Gallery’s Six Seasons and a Movie art exhibit. And while there are no guarantees on who will show up this time around, rarely is the sophomore effort a smaller affair in the world of conventions. Especially if a documentary will be filmed. Maybe a performance by Childish Gambino is in order. Or at least an impersonator.
Kickstarter rewards include tickets for admission, t-shirts, DVDs of the documentary, signed items from the cast and crew, front seats to all panels and more. So if you don’t have the money to make it out to L.A., but you have the urge within you to join CommuniCon in spirit, there are options here that will definitely make you give (Chevy) chase.
You can catch Community on Comedy Central starting in September. Below, you can catch most of Dan Harmon’s appearance at the first CommuniCon.