Fans of comics writer and filmmaker Kevin Smith might be excited about this new unscripted reality program airing on the AMC Network entitled “Comic Book Men” that has its season premiere this evening.
The premise of the show is the day-to-day happenings that take place in Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash which is Kevin Smith’s comic book shop that is located in Red Bank, New Jersey. I caught a few preview clips of it and it seems to have some light similarity to “Pawn Stars” where the customer brings in items that they wish to sell off to the store. There is also a podcast that Smith hosts and the show appears to switch back and forth from the staff talking there and the activity at the comic store. It’s runtime is 60 minutes. What are your thoughts on the show premise? I will give you mind after presenting the cast of players.
Kevin Smith – Store Owner and Podcast Host
Walt Flanagan – Store Manager
Mike Zapcic – One of the clerks at the shop
Bryan Johnson – Friend of the staff.
Ming Chen – One of the clerks at the shop
My Thoughts On It: I will say that I am curious because as a long time comic book fan I used to go into these kind of places very regularly. Pretty much every weekend after the paycheck or on new comic book day was my routine. Based on that, over the years I found myself dealing with shop owners who were awesome and helpful and would chat about the medium or titles with you for hours and on the other side of the coin there were also the ones who you hated, were self-important clowns and made you want to spend your money elsewhere as opposed to where they worked. Let’s see where Smith’s staff falls into the larger mix. The part that interests me the most is to see what people bring into the store. I think I care about that more than the interaction of the staffers with each other. Do you think you will tune in?