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TV Review: Comic Book Men S5E5 Stash-pocalypse

comic book menIn this episode of Comic Book Men, a hot zombie comic prompts the guys to reconsider their apocalyptic preparations. An eccentric collector comes seeking Walt’s help.

The episode continues the normal formula for the series which sees the guys joke around, see what folks want to sell, and then head on some adventure that normal folks don’t really do.

This episode has some interesting moments at least, but as usual, the moments aren’t capitalized upon to make the show really interesting. One segment has a guy selling an item that’s really sought after right now, and very valuable. There’s some discussion over it, but it’s not very in-depth or dealing in facts. The second segment of someone selling something is a bit more interesting in that it involves a knock-off unlicensed item, which is interesting they’d show it. The final segment has a guy wanting a sketch from Walt, which would have been a lot more interesting discussing the folks who have already contributed and discussing the idea of sketch books and conventions. As usual, the show doesn’t take advantage of what’s in front of them.

The segment involving all of the guys is a bit eye-rolling in that it has little to do with the comic shop, only having it spun out of their discussions. It feels like filler sadly.

I will say the episode had one comment which got me to laugh, but other than that, the episode sticks to the formula, giving us little new.

Overall rating: 6.5

TV Review: Comic Book Men S5E4 Bryan Gets Bit

comic book menIn this episode of Comic Book Men, the guys help Bryan take a dip into the icy waters of collecting by visiting a”JAWS museum.” A roll of super-powered toilet paper comes through.

With the previous episode being so good, it’s easy to be disappointed by this episode which goes back to the formula of some interesting items being bought or sold and then the guys heading out on some adventure.

In this case, the items being sold are interesting in their rarity and the history. One involves Bruce to come in who really brings knowledge and history that’s needed for the rest of the segments. It’s cool to hear some history and why items might be rare and the market in general. We usually don’t get that for most segments of the sort.

The guys then head to a Jaws museum which is cool to see in that I didn’t know it existed, and it shows how collecting can be really expensive. Again, it’d be nice to hear more about the items themselves and some of the history of the collecting instead of just how much items were worth.

The series showed a bit of originality last episode, but is back to its normal business just one episode later.

Overall rating: 6.5

TV Review: Comic Book Men S5E3 Captain and the Clerk

comic book menIn this episode of Comic Book Men, Kevin meets with the original captain of Starfleet, William Shatner, to talk comics. Walt drools over a Mego doll with unique packaging.

I knocked the show last week for being a bit formulaic and sticking to a knock-off of Pawn Stars, but with less history and flatter jokes. This episode breaks the mold instead throwing in a segment of Kevin Smith interviewing William Shatner about his latest comic venture, and then a couple of segments over items.

Lets start with the items, both are rare and ones I’ve never seen or knew about. They give a lot of history about the items, and talk about why they’re important and why they matter to everyone. It’s a lot more information than some of the previous episodes have given about items being bought and sold. They’re solid segments.

What’s news is Kevin Smith interviewing Shatner which comes off as very staged, but also Smith is clearly a fan and excited about the interview. There’s not a lot of ground being broken, but it’s an interesting change and a segment I actually hope we see more of.

The episode is the best of this year and one of the best in a long time. Instead of silly segments where the guys have an experience no one has ever gotten a chance to do, instead we get a cool interview instead. A nice change of pace and entertaining episode.

Overall rating: 7.75

TV Review: Comic Book Men S5E2 Holy Zap Copter!

comic book menIn this episode of Comic Book Men, Mike takes flight in the Bat Copter to celebrate 15 years at the Secret Stash. The boys look at one of the hottest books of the 90s.

The second episode of the season focuses first on the buying/selling segments and while it’s interesting, again the guys don’t go into enough interesting details of the segments to make it really work. The show either does really well in these types of moments, or just fails miserably. Here, it’s the latter.

What the episode is really about is Mike having worked at the shop for 15 years, and the guys giving him a gift the celebrate it. It’s nice to see the guys recognizing his hard work and dedication, and they celebrate by giving him a nice present and adventure.

With all of these types of segments, it’s hard to figure out what’s dumb luck of working out for them, or how much of it is really set up by them and the show to make interesting segments. This one is possible, but it also feels really set up, like many have in recent years. It’s also a segment which touches on nostalgia, but could have used a bit more history.

While the show takes place at a comic shop, it again is far from the reality of what working in a shop is really like, and the show still can’t quite decide if it wants to be Pawn Stars, or acting out geek fantasies. Five seasons and it’s the same old formula.

Overall rating: 6.7

TV Review: Comic Book Men S5E1 Wookiee Fever

comic book menIn this episode of Comic Book Men, Chewbacca himself, Peter Mayhew, judges a wookiee call contest at the Stash.

Five seasons, and Comic Book Men has not changed its formula one bit. The episode is the usual silly fun that is more nostalgia than actual working in a comic book store.

The episode has what seems like less segments going over items people are buying or selling, instead focusing on the contest of the guys having wookie call contest. Yes, Peter Mayhew does show up and there is a contest. It’s the usual goofy fun where the guys ask questions to Mayhew, and do their goofy thing.

The buying/selling segments are interesting, though neither goes into enough depth. Both the Rom and lunch box segments could have opened up interesting discussions both as to the crazy history of Rom, but also why the guy wanted the box.

For the fifth season opener the show has not changed at all, that’s both a good and a bad thing. Much like their hints of not growing up as individuals, the show has not done so either.

Overall rating: 6.9

Diamond Select Toys On Sale This Week: Predator, Green Goblin and the Comic Book Men!

With Comic Book Men slated to return for a fifth season in the fall, there’s never been a better time to celebrate, so why not do it with some of the geekiest bottle openers known to man? This week, three new items hit comic shops and specialty stores from Diamond Select Toys: the Comic-Book Men Minimates Box Set, featuring all five of the Men; a metal bottle opener of the Green Goblin on his glider, and a metal opener of the Unmasked Predator! Read on for more details, then pick yours up at your local comic shop, or order through your favorite online retailer!

Comic Book Men TV Minimates Box Set

A Diamond Select Toys release! The gang’s all here! The five stars of AMC’s hit reality TV series Comic Book Men combine to form the most powerful Minimates box set in the galaxy! Kevin Smith, Walt Flanagan, Bryan Johnson, Ming Chen and Mike Zapcic each get their own 2-inch Minimates mini-figure in the first five-pack dedicated to the Comic Book Men. Each figure stands 2 inches tall with 14 points of articulation, and features interchangeable parts and accessories. Packaged on a full-color blister card. Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #FEB152151, SRP: $24.99)

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Predator Unmasked Metal Bottle Opener

A Diamond Select Toys release! Predators love the heat, and nothing beats the heat like a cool, refreshing drink. Whether you’re slogging through an impenetrable jungle or hiding out in a Los Angeles barrio, use the mandibles on this metal Predator bottle opener to pop the cap off of your favorite bottled beverage. Plus, magnets on the back will hold it fast to your refrigerator or trophy case, so you’ll never have to “hunt” for an opener again! Packaged in a full-color slipcase. (Item #FEB152158, SRP: $18.00)

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Marvel Green Goblin Metal Bottle Opener

A Diamond Select Toys release! Unmask your beverage with this sculpted metal bottle opener of Spider-Man’s greatest foe! Measuring 3 inches tall, the Green Goblin stands atop his famous Goblin Glider, his legs forming the lever to remove the bottlecap from your bottle. And magnets on his back keep him hovering on your refrigerator until it’s time to strike! Comes packaged in a full-color slipcase. (Item #JAN152174, SRP: $18.00)

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Comic Book Men Production and Writers Attempt to Unionize

comic book menWhile a union dedicated to just comic creators has been discussed for decades (and probably be a while before one happens), the production and writing team behind the show Comic Book Men have been attempting to. The effort is being organized by the Writers Guild of America East.

Original Media is the company behind Comic Book Men, Swamp People, Inkmaster, NY Ink, LA Ink, Miami Ink, The Rachel Zoe Project and much more. In 2014, the writers and producers voted overwhelmingly to unionize and join the Writers Guild. The vote was 42 to 9. It was a part of a campaign by unions to organize writers in the reality television business. The goal is to provide the kind of benefits and working conditions writers on scripted shows receive. The claim is reality show writers put in long hours without extra pay (some work up to 70 hours a week) and denied insurance and other benefits.

Since then the WGA East has said that Original Media has “refused to bargain in good faith.” Original Media is also being investigated  by the National Labor Relations Board for “failing to bargain in good faith, and by the wage and hour authorities for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from their freelance workforce.” The Writers Guild has successfully negotiated collective bargaining agreements with at least three other nonfiction television production companies.

In 2013 the editorial crew of Swamp People walked off the job due to a dispute with Original Media. The walkout was due to “unfair labor practice … unlawfully interfer(ing) with employees’ rights under the National Labor Relations Act by interrogating employees about union organizing activity.”

The WGA East is currently running a campaign to have individuals post labor-friendly tattoos on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #InkMasterUnion to show support. Below is some suggested text from their alert.

  • Workers on @SpikeInkMaster deserve a fair contract. @OriginalMedia needs to ink a deal #InkMasterUnion
  • I have ink. I watch@SpikeInkMaster. I want @OriginalMedia to stop #Unionbusting & sign a fair contract #InkMasterUnion
  • I Support @OriginalMedia Workers right to a fair contract #InkMasterUnion

We have reached out to the stars of Comic Book Men and Kevin Smith for their comments. The show airs on AMC.

TV Review: Comic Book Men S4E15 Jay Invades

comic book menIn this episode of Comic Book Men, Jason Mewes drops by the Stash to hang out and play clerk. Walt looks to acquire a mysterious recreation of some iconic comic book art.

The episode features Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith’s partner in crime in his various films. The inclusion of Mewes in the episode isn’t quite the celebrity parade that has been this season (due to his past history), but it does fit the “special guest stars” that seems to fill the season.

The episode is much more comic book focused, taking place in the store which leads to a lot of geeky discussions. That’s a back to basics feel that’s more than overdue. The guys talk a lot about their comic interests and the games they enjoyed as crowing up. It’s some of the strongest material of the season. When I worked in a shop, this was much of our time, debating comics, or games, it’s the most honest episode for some time.

The other segments involve someone trying to sell some letters from Steve Ditko, someone who really likes the Silver Surfer, they’re pretty cool and some cool discussions come from them. Some of the best are some comic pages that need some expertise called in to figure out what they are. It’s pretty cool to see some discussion and interesting conclusions.

The episode goes back to basics as far as geeky fun discussions. It’s not a bad episode overall, and one of the more fun ones of the season so far. Hopefully the mystery gets solved!

Overall rating: 7.3

TV Review: Comic Book Men S4E16 KISS My Stash

comic book menIn this episode of Comic Book Men, the boys rock out at a KISS concert and Walt lives out his childhood dream of meeting Gene Simmons. Ming considers buying an arcade cabinet.

The latest episode of Comic Book Men continues this season’s insistence of having celebrities stop by for “spontaneous” segments that feel set-up and about as natural as an oral bowel movement. The latest is Gene Simmons and the crew heading to a KISS concert. How put on is it? When the guys enter, Simmons asks how they got in, never mind the film crew is already in there!

The best part of the episode is the non-KISS elements. There’s two of individuals trying to buy or sell things. The first is a girl interested in purchasing anything She-ra, and the fact she’s willing to crack open the item to play with it, there’s something really nice about it. The second is a cool segment showing off an original piece of cover art, and the story behind it is actually really cool.

The KISS stuff isn’t all bad. The thing that’s actually good is watching Walt’s reaction. He’s truly excited, and to see him stumble in what he says is actually great to see. The fact they’re all in make-up is even more entertaining, especially since they have some cosplay issues, and they’re called out for it. Overall, the episode has issues, but there’s absolutely some highlights to it that make it enjoyable.

Overall rating: 7

TV Review: Comic Book Men S4E14 Falcon for Sale

comic book menIn this episode of Comic Book Men, Star Wars legend Billy Dee Williams drops by the Stash to win the Millennium Falcon the same way Lando lost it – in a high stakes card game.

The latest episode of Comic Book Men continues this season’s insistence of having celebrities stop by for “spontaneous” segments that feel set-up and about as natural as an oral bowel movement. The latest is Billy Dee Williams who’s looking to get an over-sized Millennium Falcon for his nephew and when quoted the price decides to play a game of cards instead to negotiate on the price. The Star Wars jokes are plenty, as well as Williams’ quoting Lando’s memorable lines as if handed a list of notes to hit during his segments.

Instead the two strongest segments are instead the more natural ones involving people attempting to sell their items. One is a limited edition Bugs Bunny cell, and the other a trading card set of The Twilight Zone. Those two are more interesting because of the discussion of some of the history about them, and more interesting Walt’s decision on what to do as far as purchasing that. It might not seem super exciting, and turns the show into a knock-off of Pawn Stars, but at least in this episode, it’s the most interesting things.

The episode absolutely has its moments, and is pretty humorous at times, but the inclusion of celebrities has been a crutch this season that needs to be gotten rid of. They’re replacing  the “whacky moments” of seasons past, but creates a rather odd world revolving around this “comic book store.” The episode is just ok, but it’s one of the weaker ones this season, no matter how much I might dream of playing cards with Lando….

Overall rating: 6.8

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