SDCC ’13 Recap: Kevin Smith’s ComiKev Panel

By July 21, 2013

Writer, director, and king of a podcast empire, Kevin Smith returned to Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con this year.

Over the years, Kevin Smith has become a crucial ingredient in the big, delicious pop culture cake that is San Diego Comic-Con (…and no, that isn’t a fat joke).

Kevin Smith can talk…that’s no secret. But that’s what his fans love about him. His panel this year was no exception. The man has an innate ability to craft what may be the most simplistic story into a work of art. He can do so for hours, which is even more impressive. Simply put, he’s good at talking. Personally, I’ve heard him tell a few stories dozens of times and I still laugh. I still laugh at every single line. That takes pure talent, which is what Smith has proven to have over the last two decades and continued to prove over the course of his two-hour long panel Saturday night.

Fans of the funny man are sure to already know his plans for Clerks 3, the script for which he has already finished. Smith hopes to release the film in 2014, to coincide with the 20th anniversary of Clerks, the film that sparked both Smith’s career and a long-lasting legion of dedicated fans that have made SModco (Smith’s empire) a part of their very own family.

After Clerks 3, Smith has decided to step away from filmmaking. But, he certainly won’t be disappearing. He’s currently touring with Jay and Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie (dates and tickets here). Jason Mewes, who was in notoriously bad shape for a large portion of Smith’s filmmaking (having a drug habit that held down his potential to shine throughout the years), has now been sober for over 3 years. With that sobriety came Mewes’ ability to produce the now successfully touring cartoon film. Smith happily champions his friend’s success at each and every show and during each and every podcast, which is a reminder of how influential a true friendship can be.

The ladies of SModco play a hugely important role in the fundamental workings of the company, empire, and overall SMod community: Jen Schwalbach (Smith’s wife, mother to their daughter, and overall super woman) and Jordan Monsanto (Mewes’ wife and co-producer of Groovy Movie).

Smith’s television show, “Comic Book Men” – a reality show based in his real-life comic book store, Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash – is still going strong. Smith’s childhood friends, Walt Flannagan (who runs the Stash) and Bryan Johnson (who mostly hangs out at the store) are joined by Mike Zapcic and Ming Chen as the show chronicles the inner-workings of the store as well as the relationships between the guys.

The show has been renewed for a third season and will be returning to AMC, and we expect Smith will be back for another long but entertaining SDCC panel next year. It wouldn’t be the same without him.

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Amanda Story

Amanda Story

Amanda is a GeekNation contributor who lives in Los Angeles.