AMC Cancels ‘Comic Book Men’ After Seven Seasons And 96 Episodes


After seven seasons, AMC has cancelled the Kevin Smith reality series ‘Comic Book Men’.  Smith made the announcement via Twitter:

The series launched in 2012 on Sunday nights, as a companion of sorts to the comic book-based ‘The Walking Dead’ and its related chat show ‘Talking Dead’.  However, as ‘The Walking Dead’ grew even more popular, AMC began airing new episodes, followed by ‘Talking Dead’ (which eventually expanded from 30-minutes to an hour) and then an encore showing of ‘The Walking Dead’.  This pushed ‘Comic Book Men’ to the unenviable midnight time slot– which once again, was on Sunday night, the night before the day when most people return to work for a week.  Add to that, the fact that after its initial launch, AMC basically stopped promoting it and you’ll be forgiven if you didn’t even realize this show was still on the air.

While Smith was the main draw of ‘Comic Book Men’, he only made brief appearances on each episode, in segments filmed while he recorded his podcast, Smodcast, discussing topics related to the episode.  ‘Comic Book Men’ instead focused on the employees of Smith’s comic book and collectibles shop Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash in Red Bank, New Jersey– Walt Flanagan, Mike Zapcic, Bryan Johnson and Ming Chen, who not only worked at the shop and talked all things nerdy, but ventured out for various, often-humiliating challenges.  The series borrowed heavily from the formats of other reality series like ‘Pawn Stars’ (as people would often bring in collectibles to have them appraised– they were usually worthless) and ‘Mythbusters’ (because of the stunts).

‘Comic Book Men’ did well enough that at one point AMC was interested in a spin-off featuring guest star Robert Bruce, who would travel cross country looking for collectibles (so, basically ‘American Pickers’).  But AMC then decided that it was no longer interested in unscripted television and cancelled all plans for additional reality shows.  However ‘Talking Dead’ and ‘Comic Book Men’ performed strongly enough to endure.

Considering its terrible time slot and the fact that AMC didn’t promote or even rerun it, it’s kind of astounding that ‘Comic Book Men’ managed to hang in for seven seasons and 96 episodes.  As Smith posted, you can tune in to Smodcast to hear the cast reminisce about their seven year journey.

Jason Motes

Jason’s earliest memory is of watching ‘Batman,’ followed shortly by a memory of playing Batman & Robin with a friend, which entailed running outside in just their underwear and towels as capes. When adults told them they couldn’t run around outside in their underwear, both boys promptly whipped theirs off and ran around in just capes. Jason’s father gamely agreed to read him comic books as bedtime stories instead of ‘Snow White.’ (Super Friends being his favorite.) Jason saw all of the original Star Wars movies (and Indiana Jones and Superman and Star Trek…) in the theaters. Yes, he is old. And grew up in the most GEEKTASTIC decade ever, the 80s, devouring a steady diet of GI Joe, Transformers, Masters of the Universe, Princess of Power and (best of all) Jem! (It totally counts as sci fi! They had a sentient computer that projected holograms!) Jason has studied literature, journalism, film history and has a degree in creative writing (and a minor in psychology) from the University of South Alabama. He has worked as a technical writer and proofreader. These days, most of his creative energy goes into his blog and writing for this site! He lives with the cutest puppies ever.




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