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I enjoy the TV show Community. A lot. However, what I enjoy most about this show is the story and, well, community behind it. When the show went on a sudden hiatus, I couldn't help but be inspired by how Community fans harnessed the power of the arts not only to cope, but help save the show. 

Last year, NBC announced Community would be put on hiatus for an unspecified amount of time, causing an outrage in the show's fan base. Once the announcement was made, fans took to social media to complain. This is a relatively normal response in this day and age, but strangely enough, the outrage didn't wane. In fact, it only strengthened as the final episode for the mid-season approached, and the looming uncertainty as to the show's fate became a reality. 

Flash mobs were formed. Targeted campaigns were organized to urge Community's advertisers to continue support for the show. And, most relevant of all, incredible fanart was created from artists all over the world. Many of these artists call deviantART home. 

Fans used their creativity and artistic talent to make a difference, and their efforts did not go unnoticed. The show's producers, writers, and stars constantly retweeted fanart. The media picked up these stories as several articles were produced to highlight the work of these artists. To me, the revival of Community wouldn't have been possible without such an amazing outpour of creativity from the fans. 

Community finally returned to TV last night, with a demo rating of 2.2, a 46% increase over their last episode, and 4.9 million viewers. It's still a rocky road ahead, as many of the fans who avidly watch online aren't counted in the statistics that matter to the network. But I applaud the use of creativity to cope with a dark time and I'm proud to know that some of the most iconic pieces of this movement were made by artists on deviantART.
 Streets Ahead by kinjamin 
AbedIsBatmanNow by kinjamin  Troy Barnes is Spider-Man: How to defeat a Troll by BRENDANSULEIMAN   Greendale Central by kinjamin  Greendale the Animated Series by Mbecks14 
Community by StevenRayBrown
Six Seasons and a movie: The Movie by BRENDANSULEIMAN A boy named Dan Harmon by BRENDANSULEIMAN Community: S.A.N.D.E.R.S. on black velvet by Clockworkalien Greendale Seven by jsos
COMMUNITY Valentine's by Engelen
Troy and Abed by EndForEternity
Troy and Abed by StevenRayBrownAbed the Undiagnosable by StephanKrosecz Gooood Morning Greendale by trojan-rabbit Abed by trojan-rabbit Troy vs. The Giant Cookie by mikehorowitz
Something Awakened... by MichaelMayne

 GCC: Human Being by AnnisPekka   Paintballers by Winter-artwork  I Don't Do Laundry by MichaelMayne   Chang by JohntheMurray
dreams coming truuuue by muffinpoodle 
I Choose Shorts. by hever Joel McHale 002 by Engelen WINGER FOR PRESIDENT by Engelen Jeff the Liar by StephanKrosecz
Abed's Winter Wonderland by Engelen
Indy Community by OtisFrampton
#sixseasonsandamovie
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Ayame-Kenoshi Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013
:#1:
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SunnySenshi Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahh, this is the best of the best. :)
And yes, #sixseasonsandamovie
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Ayame-Kenoshi Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
Yay! I used to only watch online, too, even though I could have probably fit it into my schedule. It's just more convenient to watch online. Now I make a point to make sure the TV is on and tuned to NBC when 8 PM rolls around. :lol: They seriously need a more accurate system, the old one is clearly outdated.
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Ikue Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So very happy it is back! I'm one of those that watch online. I truly hope they get some sort of rating in place for the way people actually watch TV now a days. I've lost far too many awesome shows to this out of date rating system.
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CaringHeartHPFR Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:), That's awesome that they have done that :).
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Ayame-Kenoshi Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012
Definitely! The fans, especially those creating fanart, played a huge role in getting the show back on the air. :D
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Ayame-Kenoshi Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012
Yeah! They used a lot of different means to make their voice heard, including art. :)
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Ayame-Kenoshi Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012
:la:
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Ayame-Kenoshi Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012
:giggle: It does get addicting, but in the best way possible! :la:
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WDWParksGal Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
I never heard of the show or the issues surrounding it, but it is great to see grass root campaigning at work!
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