As a comic book geek, I absolutely love this show. Set at Jay & Silent Bob's Secret Stash in Red Bank, New Jersey, the show enters its third season as part of AMC's new lineup of original programming on Thursday nights.
While I'll miss Comic Book Men as a companion piece to The Walking Dead on Sundays, the move will in no way diminish my enjoyment of the show. The camaraderie among the staff of the Stash (which includes Walt Flanagan, Bryan Johnson, Mike Zapcic, Ming Chen and, usually as part of the wraparound podcast, director Kevin Smith) can be downright hilarious as they not only encounter patrons looking to buy or sell comic related memorabilia but also focus on the day to day activities of running a famous comic book store.
I just watched a rerun of the last episode, "Stan the Man" where comics legend Stan Lee visited the Stash and loved how the guys sat in rapt attention while Lee answered questions about his comic experiences. This is what makes the show so entertaining--that they love what they do and everything about comics. I grew up around guys like that and wish I still had people surrounding me who had as much passion for comic books as I have.
It was difficult to watch the beginning of "Stan the Man" because someone brought in a Walking Dead #1 and it was noted that a high grade copy sold in November 2012 for $10,000. I once had a copy graded at 9.6 and sold it for $400--back when the TV series was in a rough patch in the middle of season 2 and it seemed like a wise idea to unload it. How foolish I was.
Anyway, until my wife and I can make it to the Secret Stash this summer, I'll have to be a part of it every Thursday at 9pm on AMC.