Airing Tonight: “Comic Book Men” Season 3 (10/13/2013)

Fans of the AMC Original Program and Kevin Smith will be happy to learn that season three of the unscripted reality program “Comic Book Men” airs its premiere this evening. Does this excite you? Are you a fan or is this the first time that you will be taking a look at it.

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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. Having seen the first season and a few episodes of the second I can tell you that there are times when you feel like you are watching a nerdier version of “Pawn Stars” where the customer brings in items that they wish to sell off to the store along with the occasional expert who knows more about a particular piece. For instance, in the first season they called upon someone to help with a Star Wars item and another for a Godzilla piece. So far we have seen the staff go on some foraging adventures for trinkets at yard sales, flea markets and auctions. 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. Have you watched yet? What are your thoughts on the show? I will give you mind after presenting the cast of players who have remained the same. The show remains at 30 minutes per episode for the third season.

The Cast:
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: Though I did not yet complete my viewing of the second season I can say that so far the show remains pretty consistent in its presentation. Sometimes there is a mission of some kind for fun sake to break up the daily shop happenings, and those for the most part have not done it for me. I do like the customer interactions and enjoyed seeing the creator of the Presidential Monsters figures paying them a visit to show his latest offerings. I’ve seen these figures at Toy Fair and think they are awesome. I don’t “love it” but then again I don’t hate it either. Its cool couch potato fair and if you are a fan of the comics medium perhaps you will enjoy it. One aspect that I do enjoy is when they tell you a little about the comic or item being brought in. This copies “Pawn Stars” for sure, but its great to see the information.

Official Websites:
AMC Official Show Page: http://www.amctv.com/shows/comic-book-men
Secret Stash Podcast: http://smodcast.com/channels/the-secret-stash/

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