by Mike Hansen
I liked this show.
I’d guess it’s mainly because I’m a Kevin Smith fan, and his recent Q&A/standup specials have been downright brilliant. Having worked in a comics shop, it seemed pretty accurate to me – with trying to find stupid stuff to do during the frequent downtime, the freaky customers who come in trying to make money off their junk, and the employees making fun of customers (and each other) when nobody else is around. Most comics shops are really unprofessional, and to me that’s part of their charm – I mean, who wants to hang out at, say, Walmart?
The “Pawn Stars” moments were definitely overdone, and obviously staged – it’s not like the cameras everywhere are hidden! I wish the people in the show would just acknowledge them, like on great mockumentaries like The Office or Life’s Too Short.
I’d agree that it’s not a good way to get the general public interested, but it was pretty truthful, even if the truth hurts…
- Watch Episode 1 of Comic Book Men right here – if you dare (comicsbeat.com)
- Kevin Smith’s ‘Comic Book Men’ Is a Compelling Argument Against Comic Book Stores [Review] (comicsalliance.com)
- Mondo Extra – ‘Geeks Get to Play Forever': Kevin Smith Goes From Clerks to Comic Book Men (televisionwithoutpity.com)