Will We See a Comic Book Men Season Two?
The show, filmed at Secret Stash on Broad, concluded its six-episode first season run on AMC Sunday night.
Season one of Comic Book Men is in the books. Though there's no official word about a second season yet, show creator Kevin Smith has already started discussing about what viewers can expect if and when the show gets picked up for another go round: namely, a woman.
Prior to the start of filming at Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash on Broad Street, show producers were looking to cast a female clerk to join the ranks of cohorts Bryan Johnson, Walt Flanagan, Ming Chen and Mike Zapcic, Metro New York reports. The idea was scrapped, however, as executives decided it was best to let audiences get familiar with the guys who occupy the Stash every day.
"(Season one was) all about introducing the boys and hoping you get to love them to warrant season two," Smith said. "And then on season two, you want to bring out (expletive) chicks, put a girl in the story."
The six-episode first season of Comic Book Men concluded with three of our four heroes getting permanent mementoes in the form of apparently first-time tattoos, including the bearded Johnson, who got an oddly endearing zombified portrait of his niece riding a tricycle tattooed on his forearm.
The odd man out of the tattoo shenanigans was Flanagan. The Stash manager first backed out of a deal to get a New Jersey Devils tattoo after the NHL team won a championship in 1995, Johnson said on the show. More than 15 years later and Flanagan still refuses to be inked.
The fate of Comic Book Men remains to be seen, though Chen said recently he's optimistic the show will get renewed. Ratings for the show have increased over its run, he said.
Initial reviews for the show were mixed, with several negative reviews coming from self-described comic book geeks, many of whom centered their somewhat irrational criticisms on the portrayal of other comic book geeks as, well, comic book geeks. The show picked up considerable speed halfway through the first season as Flanagan and Zapcic's encyclopedic knowledge of comic books drew more screen time and the relationship between the four guys was developed a bit more.
The appeal of the show is in its characters and its reality, sort of. Though its stars have openly admitted that some of the show is staged, namely when it comes to people showing up to the Stash with ultra-rare comics, none of the show is scripted.
For now, the question still remains: will there be a second season of the Comic Book Men?