Comic Book Men star Bryan Johnson talks about his craziest interaction with a fan and his favorite guest star so far.
Q: You were once the manager of the shop when it first opened. How does a guy who’s not into comics get that gig?
A: It’s quite simple. You befriend a guy who buys a comic book store.
Q: So were you a good people person?
A: Not exactly… pretty terrible actually. Yeah, my shrink once said “Why do you keep getting jobs in retail?” And I said “Because Kevin opens retail stores!”
Q: You seem fairly unfazed by most of the items that come through The Stash. Is there one item that’s come through that you’ve considered pretty cool?
AMC has unveiled the official poster for the final season of Mad Men, designed by renowned artist Milton Glaser. As Glaser explains in an exclusive interview with amc.com, the imagery plays on recurring themes from the series,”notably the head of a woman and the wine being poured.” Another familiar element that Glaser incorporates is “the figure that has become symbolic of the program” — the iconic silhouette of Don Draper from the show’s opener. Juxtaposing Don’s original Season 1 image with psychedelic art indicative of the new season was a challenge that Glaser happily accepted, and the result is, as he puts it, “harmonious and convincing as a single experience.”
Mad Men‘s final season begins Sun., Apr. 13 10/9c on AMC.
Brian O’Halloran, star of the Clerks movies, talks about his appearances on Comic Book Men, the craziest interaction he’s had with a fan and what people can expect from Clerks III.
Q: How did you and Kevin Smith first meet?
A: Unlike most of the cast of Clerks, who had been friends with Kevin before, I met him during my audition for the part. I had been acting with a group in a neighboring town and heard about the audition. I just thought, “Oh, cool. I’ll go check that out.” I could tell immediately he was someone I wanted to work with and get to know better.
Q: Did you ever think that Clerks would become the huge phenom that it did?
A: Not at all. We got deferred pay and were promised a VHS copy of the film, which I still have… I thought it would just be something that I would show the VHS copy to all my acting friends, from time to time, and we would watch and think it was hysterical. I remember at the first screening, there were like 12 of us in the audience — 10 of which were those who made the movie. But, luckily, Bob Hawk from Sundance was there. It wasn’t until Sundance when we saw it go gangbusters. The four screenings were sold out. And we thought, “OK, great! People are getting this. Wow, that’s cool.”
Q: What do you think was the secret to the movie’s success?
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Got a case of cabin fever? One cure may be to test out three new drink recipes in the Mad Men Cocktail Guide. Additions include a Champagne Cocktail, the Pink Lady, and Blood and Sand. Any are worthy of accompanying your Mad Men binge-watching — which you can do right now since amc.com is currently hosting the entirety of Season 6 online. Early risers can also tune in this Sunday, Feb. 23 at 6AM/5c with four episodes that are all about parties: Season 3, Episode 6: “Guy Walks Into an Advertising Agency“; Season 4, Episode 2: “Christmas Comes But Once a Year“; Season 4, Episode 6: “Waldorf Stories“; and Season 5, Episode 1: “A Little Kiss“… Cheers!
In The Walking Dead Season 4 Episode 10, survivors from the prison battle continue to surface, among them Baby Judith and Glenn. Even Carol emerges from exile to rejoin some of her former companions. All now face a constant struggle to survive outside the prison walls, but for now, who are you happiest to see still alive?Cast your vote now!
Lane Pryce may be gone but he’s hardly forgotten. Who doesn’t remember his brief but fateful visit to the Playboy Club with Don? Click here to reacquaint yourself with Lane and his “Chocolate Bunny” in a photo gallery of scenes from the club. If these photos leave you wanting more of Lane, tune in this Sunday, Feb. 9 at 6AM/5c, as AMC memorializes SCDP’s former Finance Man with “Lane Pryce Remembered.” The quartet of Mad Men encores includes episodes featuring Lane and Don painting the town red (Season 4, Episode 3: “The Good News“); Lane obsessing over a woman’s photo found in a lost wallet (Season 5, Episode 2: “A Little Kiss, Part II“); Lane slugging Pete (Season 5, Episode 5: “Signal 30“); and Lane’s last act of desperation (Season 5, Episode 12: “Commission and Fees“). Just want to see the Playboy Club?
Dean Cain, star of Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, talks about his appearance on Comic Book Men as the guest of honor at Superman’s 75th birthday party and his favorite version of Superman.
Q: Were you a Superman fan prior to Lois & Clark?
A: Well, I watched Super Friends as a kid and he was my favorite. He and Aquaman. I don’t know why Aquaman. But those were my two favorite superheroes.
Q: Were you into comic books growing up?
A: I didn’t really read comic books. It became much more so once I was cast as Superman. Actually, one of the first things I did with my son, when he was learning how to read was read him comic books. He loved looking at the art. He had seen the Superman stuff, so then we were looking at art work for something else and he liked it and took an interest and started reading the panels. So I just started getting him comic book after comic book. And now I can appreciate — as an adult, as a filmmaker, as an actor, and as a writer — seeing the way that these guys can craft these stories and create this art and give it a certain look and feel. It’s amazing!
Q: Who plays the best Superman aside from yourself?
A: Without a doubt, my favorite was always Christopher Reeve. He was my Superman, growing up. He was the one I identified with the character and was the first one I saw as a live Superman. I based my Superman on the way that Christopher Reeve played Superman. But, I’d say the Clark Kent side was much more George Reeves. He was much more of a manly man, he was a cool Clark Kent. I played that side more like that… having that ’50s style male-female banter with Teri Hatcher. And I have to say, I think Teri was the best Lois Lane ever!
Q: Kevin Smith credits you with revitalizing Superman, do you think the recent movies draw inspiration from your version of Superman?
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In The Walking Dead Mid-Season Premiere, Rick, Carl and Michonne cope with life in the aftermath of the prison battle: Rick is physically broken, Carl is forced to face the possibility of life without his father and Michonne is haunted by ghosts from her past. Without the prison walls to protect them, only the strong can survive. Who’s got what it takes? You decide…Cast your vote now!
This Sunday at 10/9c, Talking Dead returns following the Mid-Season Premiere of The Walking Dead on AMC. Joining host Chris Hardwick this week in the live after show will be The Walking Dead‘s Executive Producer and Special FX Makeup Designer Greg Nicotero as well as Dania Gurira (Michonne). They’ll be taking questions LIVE during the show, so log on to TalkingDead.com now to submit your queries. During the show, be sure to vote in the online poll and stay tuned for Chris Hardwick to announce the results on-air. Then come back to TalkingDead.com the next day to check out exclusive video and photos from the episode.
Talking Dead returns this Sunday at 10/9c immediately following The Walking Dead Mid-Season Premiere at 9/8c on AMC.
AMC’s The Walking Dead returns this Sunday, Feb. 9 at 9/8c at which time fans will discover the fallout of the epic prison battle. Can’t wait? Here are ten ways to get ready for Episode 9, “After.”
1. Catch up on The Walking Dead Season 3 and the first half of Season 4 with a marathon starting Sat., Feb. 8 at 1PM/12c and leading up to the Mid-Season Premiere at 9/8c.
2. Watch all eight episodes from the first half of Season 4 on amc.com (login required).
4. View two sneak peek photos from Episode 9. (Michonne has some new pets!)
5. Bookmark the new-and-improved Story Sync, AMC’s two-screen experience for smartphone, tablet or laptop. (Next Story Sync: This Sunday at 9PM ET/PT.)
6. Tweet questions for Norman Reedus to @iTunesTV via hashtag #askNorman. He’ll answer some in a live Twitter Q&A on Sun., Feb. 9 at 8:30PM EST/5:30PM PST
8. Play the How Long Would You Survive a Zombie Apocalypse game.
9. Sign up for Dead Alert: The Walking Dead Newsletter to possibly win show swag.
10. Go to TalkingDead.com to submit questions for host Chris Hardwick and this week’s guests Greg Nicotero and Danai Gurira.
Don’t forget: You can always join a conversation with fellow fans in The Walking Dead Talk forum.
The Walking Dead returns this Sunday, Feb. 9 at 9/8c on AMC. Click here for The Walking Dead’s full on-air schedule on AMC.