AMC’s Comic Book Men is the brain child of writer and director Kevin Smith. The TV show is loosely based off of Smith’s podcast, Tell’em Steve Dave! and the life at the Stash, Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash comic book store in Red Bank, NJ. It’s part Pawn Stars and part True Life. At the Stash, Smith’s high school friends, Bryan “Teflon” Johnson and Walter “Walt” Flanagen with Michael “Mike” Zapcic and Ming Chen does the day to day grind, while buying and selling comic memorabilia.
Each episode, the team meets some interesting characters with interesting memorabilia. Some of the products are duds, but few are huge life-changing money making products. In season 1, you’ll see the authentic light saber from Star Wars to the 6 million dollar man action figure. The one thing I can take away from this show is how to negotiate. It’s crazy how high people think their stuff costs.
The heart of this show is the group. From Chen’s so-called million dollar ideas to Bryan’s somewhat relax style of working, you’ll find someone in this group that remind you of someone (either a friend or a co-worker). During the down time in the show, the gang would ask each other weird questions that make you think…Hey! That’s how my friends and I talk to each other. For example, the gang talked about which comic book hero they used to pretend to be. Zapcic, the kind and light hearted guy in the group, without skipping a beat states, “Aquaman!” The gang laughs. Here’s why…
I’m not a huge fan of comics, but for whatever reason, I’m in love with these guys. They remind me of the random conversations I have with my friends. Let’s be real, my friends and I can get geeky, but just not in the comic book way.
Currently, Comic Book Men finished their second mid-season. I believe they will be back in February, like The Walking Dead. First season is available instantly on Netflix. Also, first season episodes used to be an hour long, but now it’s been cut to half an hour. Honestly, I liked it better when it was an hour long.
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