The arrival of this Comic Book Men recap reminded us of something from long long ago and the time known as 2011. Back when the show was announced, there was much complaining that a show called Comic Book Men did not reflect the actual world that we live in, where almost every comics shop has female employees, and women make up nearly 50% of con attendance. The program, as it exists, consists of four men who hang out and run Secret Stash in Red Bank chatting about comics and then chatting more with show producer Kevin Smith.
In response to the hullabaloo, Smith tweeted last year
Via @TheNerdyBird “Why No Women in COMIC BOOK MEN” Saving them for season 2, to have somewhere to go story-wise. Season 1, we meet the guys.
And, if we recall correctly, there seemed to be a consistent suggestion that eventually a female would join the cast.
While we are not allowed to watch Comic Book Men at Stately Beat Manor for various reasons, from reading the recap, it still seems penis-focused, c. 1998:
Kevin Smith holds a book signing at the Secret Stash, and Jason Mewes works security. Ming tells Jason that there are over a thousand people that showed up for the signing, so he needs to cap the line. During their podcast, the Secret Stash guys talk about the Star Wars Holiday Special, which introduced Boba Fett.
A customer comes in looking for some of the original seventies KISS comics. The first issue was famous because KISS members poured some of their own blood into the ink used to print the comic. After some negotiation, Walt agrees to sell the first two issues of the KISS comic for $200 total.
So for those who are allowed to watch the show—or maybe those who have some insights into the workings of the show—we ask: where are the women we were promised!
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.