This Sunday, THE MAN himself, Mr. Stan Lee drops by Red Bank, NJ to visit Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash on AMC’s “Comic Book Men.” It’s a monumental moment for the geeks in the shop as they get to hang out with one of the people responsible for the obsession that became not only their passions, but their livelihoods.
I had the opportunity to chat with Comic Book Man Ming Chen via email as he and the rest of the gang gear up for the mid-season finale of “Comic Book Men” on Sunday at 11:30pm on AMC.
MTV Geek: Stan Lee drops by the store in the mid-season finale, what was it like hanging out with “The Man”?
Ming Chen: Hanging out for a full day with Stan Lee was absolutely nuts. I was given the task of greeting him at the door and I was extremely nervous. Just waiting for his limo to pull up was nerve racking. The second he walked in the door all of that went away. I’ve seen Stan on TV, and in interviews and knew that he was extremely personable and engaging – but would he be like that to us? As you will see in the episode he was beyond great with the staff of the Secret Stash (and Bryan too). He answered all of our fanboy questions and indulged us with all of our crazy “what if” questions. It was truly a special day.
Geek: What’s your favorite item brought into the shop this season so far?
MC: My favorite item that was brought into the store this season was one that I got to negotiate myself – the complete Optimus Prime Transformers figure. That was one piece that I never had that I really wanted as a kid. Instead my parents bought me Go-Bots. The Optimus that was brought in was well cared for and complete to the extent that some of the plastic weaponry was still attached to their plastic trees. All the manuals and inserts were included. Despite what Walt said after I bought it, I believe it was a great buy.
Geek: In an interview on AMC, Kevin Smith said you were the guy on the show who loved the cameras most. He said ” I mean, the dude likes to buy expensive jeans.” What do you think about having that rep?
MC: I can’t argue with that because it is 100% true. I’m not really the guy they typically put on TV. Now that cameras have been thrust in front of me I’m going to have as much fun with it until it stops. The fact that I get to do it with friends makes it that much better – even when they make fun of me 99% of the time.
Geek: You worked your way up from creating a fan site for Kevin’s movies to being featured on a TV show on AMC, seems like a gig any fan would kill for, what’s it been like for you?
MC: Needless to say I’ve hit the geek lottery. I’ve spent most of my life in a dark office behind a computer screen or in comic book stores. I remember when an old roommate of mine, in an effort to get me out of the house and in front of girls, told me that doing so would never get me anywhere. I think I’ve proven him wrong. Keep doing what you love, kids and it all works out. This last year or so has been great with fans of the show coming into the store, meeting us at cons and listening to our podcasts.
Geek: What are you geeking out over these days?
MC: Comic Book-wise I am digging the new “Hawkeye” and Robert Kirkman series “Thief of Thieves.” TV – I am digging Glenn’s transformation into a badass on “The Walking Dead” and I never miss “Impractical Jokers.” Movies – can’t wait for Tarantino’s “Django Unchained.”
Geek: What do fans have to look forward to on “Comic Book Men” in 2013?
MC: Stay tuned in 2013 everyone – you will see the ultimate VS. battle in the flesh, an unbelievable comic book collection, the spaceship that made the Kessel Run in 12 parsecs, Walt Flanagan’s artistic genius, Bryan Johnson being athletic and us getting a chance to be good guys.
Geek: Thanks, Ming!
The mid-season finale of AMC’s “Comic Book Men: airs this Sunday, December 2 at 11:30pm.