The Failing of Kevin Smith’s TV Show: Comic Book Men. I thought that the show had the potential, and I am part of the demographic AMC is hoping to attract. The problem I have with Kevin Smith and his show “ COMIC BOOK MEN ,” now in the third season on AMC, is that it portrays the bad stereotypes of those who enjoy the comic book medium. The basic premise of the show is PAWN STARS meets comics. The show centers around the daily activity of Smith’s comic book store, Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash in Red Bank, New Jersey. The Stash’s staff / protagonists include Smith’s long time friend and store manager Walt Flanagan; Employee Mike Zapcic, who supposedly has an “encyclopedic knowledge of every issue of every comic known to man” ; Ming Chen, the constantly harassed employee and butt of every joke or prank,; and Bryan Johnson, another longtime friend of Smith, who is not an employee but hangs around the store like some kind of sarcastic, jobless homeless person cracking jokes about the customers. It should also be noted that all four of these guys host podcasts on Smith’s podcast network.
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Johnson and Flanagan host “Tell’em Steve-Dave” and Zapcic and Chen host “I Sell Comics. The show is structured on the simple idea of ”lets pander to the fanboy crowd and capitalize on the success of the comic book adaptation craze (i. The Walking Dead, that airs before the show) by doing a show in Kevin Smith’s comic book shop. ” The show begins in the recording studio as Kevin Smith, as host, chats with the guys about a particular item that was brought into the shop or pondering life’s important questions such as ‘if you could have any super power what would it be?’ or’ who would win a fight between Superman and The Hulk?’ The rest of the show is devoted to people trying to peddle their vintage comic books and pop culture collectibles and hijinks around the shop.
Like any other ‘reality show’ on television, 98% of the show feels forced and scripted. While any one of the segment types might work its own, when put together it is confusing and makes for a disjointed viewing experience. For the most part none of the guys in the store, except maybe Ming Chen, seem likable as people. I have visited many comic stores in my travels; there are stores where I felt welcomed and others like I was trespassing and not welcome. If I was going to base my decision to visit The Stash solely on what I see in the show, I won’t be visiting anytime soon.
I do not know if they are playing a role or this is how they act off screen but from what I have seen I would not support the store with my business if it meant the possibility for being mocked for my purchases. This ockery is most evident when the staff negotiates with the “random person” who just happens to bring in comics or memorabilia they are looking to sell. While one of the staff is informing the customer about what they have and the value/importance in comic history of the item, the other guys tend to hover and mock each other or the customer. While many of the items that people bring in are neat and have some historic value, the way the interactions take place only enforce that notion that most people are into comics for speculative and profit making that is associated with the hobby and not the love of the medium. The show doesn’t really focus on comics, most of show involves people coming in to sell telegenic collectibles or to purchase certain items that are of some significance.
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In fact; there’s hardly ever a single Secret Stash customer shown unless it is in a B-role film cut scene. Now you may be asking, Anthony if you don’t like the show why do you continue to watch it? First off I like to have background noise when I am working around the house or on my computer, and this fills that role great. Also the podcast sessions, even if they also seem scripted at times, are probably the most interesting part of the show and can identify because at one point or another I am sure I have had similar discussions with my friends. And of course I find it hilarious and probably the only “reality” in the show, when someone walks in with a huge collection or items that they believe will net thousands of dollars only to find that it is hardly worth anything, I admit that I feel a bit of s chadenfreude.
As a reader and fan of the comic book genre COMIC BOOK MEN is a depressing and only serves to further the stereotype about true fans of the medium. I am sure there is more to running a comic store then standing around discussing which super heroine would be the best to hook up with or to abuse other members of the staff. I know people who read comics and act like the people in the show. These are people who I try to disassociate myself from in my comic book related activities.
Airing after THE WALKING DEAD. which has attracted a wide audience, the show could have been a way to generate interest in a fledgling hobby. In this respect, Kevin Smith has failed and done more damage to comic books.