Comic Book Men
Q: You’re a long-time friend of Kevin and have appeared in several of his films. What still manages to surprise you about him after all these years?
A: I would say his output. I’ll be honest – when he made Clerks, and you see that kind of laze throughout the movie, that’s the way we were: slackers. We hung around doing nothing. In the last couple of years, his creative output is nothing less than astonishing. As he’s gotten older, he’s even more ambitious and prolific.
A: I’ve known Walt since fifth grade and we’ve been really good friends. When people find out I used to work at Quick Stop with Kevin, they write it off as a crappy job, but aside from Comic Book Men, it was the best job I ever had because you got to hang out with your friend all day. At the time, you didn’t realize it, but all those conversations we had were practice. Us sitting around and having conversations was our [version of] college. I think the podcast helps in terms of reacting faster than you might otherwise. My job is to basically make fun of people, so I have to be on point and think about where I’m going to interject. Knowing Walt for so long definitely helps in terms of playing off of each other.
Q: Although you’re not an official employee at the Stash, what is your favorite thing about spending time there?
Ming Chen, star of AMC’s Comic Book Men, talks about what to expect in Season 4 and which of his Stash coworkers he’d team up with during a zombie apocalypse.
Q: We’re now into Season 4. Has Comic Book Men changed your daily life?
A: I’m definitely getting stopped at the mall. I think out of all four of us, Bryan probably gets the most attention and is the most recognizable because of the beard, but people stop me here and there. One of my favorite instances was at my favorite restaurant a few months ago. I noticed one of the waiters in the back looking at his phone, back up at me and then he came up to me. I love the fact that it was at my favorite restaurant and maybe the service felt even better that day.
Q: Do any of the other guys get jealous when you’re recognized?
A: Walt actually hates attention, but he’s so good on camera. Even if I wasn’t on the show, I would love to just watch him. With Bryan, it depends on what day it is. Sometimes he loves it, but he tends to be a grump. I think Mike loves it as well.
Q: Tell us more about babysitting at The Stash during Season 4, Episode 4, “Super Baby.” Are you naturally good with kids?
Walt Flanagan, star of AMC’s Comic Book Men, talks about which moment from the show made him laugh the hardest and the rarest item he’s seen come into the store.
Q: You challenge the guys to perform stand up comedy at The Stash in Episode 403. Who do you think has the most potential as a stand up comedian?
A: Positively, without a doubt, Bryan. The other efforts were admirable and it’s not easy to go up there and try to make people laugh – so I’m not disparaging Mike or Ming’s efforts, but I think Bryan may have a leg up on the guys in the stand up department.
Q: Speaking of comedy, what moment from the series so far made you laugh out loud the hardest?
A: I’d have to go back to Season 2. It was when we had just gotten back from the auction [Season 2, Episode 2, "My Big Fat Geek Wedding"] and we were letting Robert Bruce tally up the booty that we had gotten. We had a bet going on for which team could bring back the better booty and Robert chose our stuff as more prize-worthy. Mike and Ming started arguing amongst each other and that’s still my favorite moment. They turned on each other so quickly!
Q: On camera, you always seem focused on the bottom line… Has Comic Book Men attracted more customers to The Stash?
Q: Ming chose you for who he’d want on his team during a zombie apocalypse. What kind of skills would you bring to the table?
A: I’ve got an arsenal in my house. It’s kind of funny. My children are into martial arts, so they’re dealing with nunchucks and swords. We’ve bought them actual swords. In my wife’s car, she’s got a complete set of emergency flares, road signs and everything she needs. I also put in a machete, just in case.
Q: Hey, you never know when you’ll need a machete, right?
A: Exactly! The one thing that’s most important is I have a plan. I’m the kind of guy who likes to think about stuff before it happens. I’d rather have a plan and not need it than need a plan and not have it. We were caught in Hurricane Sandy and we weren’t prepared for everything. Now I’ve got an emergency preparation plan that can pretty much be used for almost any situation. It’s not necessarily a zombie apocalypse plan, but it can be used for that. It’s fun to think about it.
Q: If you had to pick any superhero to back you during an apocalypse, who would it be and why?
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This Sunday at Midnight/11c, Kevin Smith and the guys from Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash return to AMC. Looking for ways to geek out until then? Here are eight ways to get ready Comic Book Men‘s return.
1. Watch a trailer for the new season of Comic Book Men.
2. Catch up on (or relive) Season 3 with full episodes on amc.com.
3. Read an interview with Kevin Smith who shares what fans can look forward to in the new season.
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Q: What can fans expect during the upcoming season of Comic Book Men?
A: This year, we find our niche. We let our geek flag fly. In the past, we held back a little because we wondered if anyone would understand who or what we’re talking about, but this season, we went for it. There are a lot of guest stars including DMC from Run DMC, which was awesome for me. My jaw hit the ground. He had some amazing stories about selling comic books to buy his turntables. Stuff like that is heaven to me.
Q: Is there a moment from the first 3 seasons that made you laugh out loud?
A: The beauty of the show is you get to see me laugh out loud during the podcast sequences. There have definitely been moments, like the Trivia Chew-Off we did last year, I thought were really hysterical. Walt has some crazy one-liners and when the boys sit around the store, that’s the stuff that makes me laugh the hardest. To be fair, they’re all my friends. I’ve found them funny for years.
Q: Any plans to live-tweet this season? What do you enjoy most about interacting with fans in real time?
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Every comic fan has asked themselves the question one time or another: Which superhero would I be? Now you can get a definitive answer with Comic Book Men‘s “Which Superhero Are You?” Quiz. Just answer seven questions and you’ll find out your true superhero identity. Then share your results with your friends (don’t worry, this identity doesn’t have to be secret!)
Comic Book Men returns Sun., Oct. 12 at midnight/11c on AMC.
Longing for the return of Kevin Smith and the super-team from Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash? Have no fear: Ming, Bryan, Mike and Walt are mere weeks away from saving the day when Season 4 premieres on Oct 12. In the meantime, check out new shots of the guys posed and ready for action in this all-new Comic Book Men cast gallery.
Comic Book Men returns Sunday, October 12 at Midnight/11c.
Today AMC unveiled the official Season 4 poster for Comic Book Men, in glorious 3D. So break out your 3D glasses and enter the world of Kevin Smith and the gang from Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash.
Comic Book Men returns Sun., Oct. 12 at Midnight/11c on AMC.
Catch up on Comic Book Men Season 3 with full episodes on amc.com. (Log-in required)
Comic Book Men returns for Season 4 on Sunday, October 12th. Can’t wait that long to see your favorite fanboys again? You’re in luck: the first eight episodes of Season 3 are available on amc.com with your cable provider log-in. Ration yourself one episode at a time or binge your way through the batch until September 13th, when the second half of Season 3 will become available.