This weekend was CommuniCon, a completely fan-organized convention for fans of Community. Unfortunately, I lack money and free time, and couldn’t attend, so my CommuniCon experience was entirely secondhand. But thanks to wonderful people like Catherine and Kim, I got to see a livestream of the events and hear about what was going on.
The organizers of the event (aka the AMAZING Gillian) made it possible for people who weren’t attending to participate in a panel called My Whole Brain is Crying, where fans gave testimonials about the show and what it’s meant to them. Fans who weren’t attending could still write a testimonial, and have someone read it to the room. I sent mine to Kim, but it wound up being read by the fabulous Shannon. Anyone who reads this blog or follows me on Twitter knows how much this show means to me, and it was a bit difficult to try and explain exactly what Community has given me in the last three years, but I did my best. Check out my testimonial under the cut.
I’m gonna let you guys in on a little secret: I watch a lot of TV. I know it’s shocking, but it’s true. So over the years, I’ve had many favorite shows, and many favorite episodes, and too many favorite characters to name. So when Community came around, I said, “Okay, another awesome show to fall in love with. I’ll give it a chance.” I had no idea how greatly I was undervaluing this show, and just how much it would come to mean to me. Now, I could go on and on about the beautifully crafted ensemble and how each character is integral to this makeshift family, or I could gush about the bravery and creativity of its writers. Or I could talk about how this fandom banded together, went through two or three dark timelines, and emerged as our very own study group. But that’s what’s so beautiful about being a Community fan: we don’t have to explain it. And we can’t explain it. The reason we fight so hard for this show, and the reason why so many people are gathered here today, is because this show tugs at something deep within us that craves to be loved. That craves acceptance and unconditional respect and – forgive me for the unavoidable pun – to be part of a community. This show gave me my very own makeshift family, and for that, I will forever be grateful. And one day, we’ll have our twelve seasons and a theme park!