Kevin Smith at Midtown Comics Grand Central in Manhattan
Kevin Smith, screenwriter, actor, producer, director, and comic book writer, talks about New York Comic-Con and the new season of his show, "Comic Book Men," set in his comic book shop in Red Bank. Smith appears at the Gramercy Theatre tonight.
I find it intersting that Kevin's own reasoning is being used to attack him. If as one person feels he hasn't contributed anything since "Chasing Amy" wouldn't that support his decision to retire, not refute it. People still look down on the comics medium (though I do feel DC and Marvel are in the process of self destructing). I grew up on comics, sold them to pay for my college education, and make my first big move in life. I learned the wisdom of adapatability from my heroes in comics and have stayed one step ahead of our changing economy that way. Kevin is right in that we should see and sieze the opportunities around us, rather than complaining about them or the people who have already jumped ahead.
Hold on, Kevin. You're challenging a critic to make a movie while you yourself are retiring so the "young bucks" can make films? What are you, 45? 50??? How many film makers barely got their mature artist's training wheels under them by that time??? How many films have you made, anyway?
And you break out your "urban speak" on his ass while you do product placement for Comixology??? Please, stop believing so much in yourself so you can be an artist again.
Did anyone really take seriously his reasoning for leaving the film industry? He said something about not having anything new to offer. It's more like...with the exception of his first few films - ending with "Chasing Amy", he's mostly created crap. He NEVER had anything new to offer! No wonder he is so full of bluster today. Guess if he shouts loudly enough he'll drown out the underlying reasons and not give anyone room to ask. Kevin Smith is seriously out of touch - with himself.
worn forum but what is romney's excuse EDWARD?, if that is your real name.
Why is Brian indulging this nonsense, he should be better than this. This just goes to prove how out of touch both Denby and Williams are. How many people have access to the technology to make a film. Williams knows how much the equipment costs, let alone the training, and obviously for his level of income this is accessible, but in the real world it's another story. The biggest issue is lack of diversity and that's what neither one of them want to address, because it's not in either one of their interests, not unlike the politicians.
If you're a nice articulate white boy with a big personality, a popular class clown type, with little else going for you in terms of talent, you might be able to make the connections to get a foot in the door like he did. But the fact is the nerdy boys who have currently infiltrated the creative side all come from affluent white America and it's damned disingenuous for him to state otherwise. It's still a white boy's club and he knows it. Having two queens do battle over cinema is just the same old story and was really enough already. His final comment about "the ladies" really was a laugh riot, I hope his fans feel justified in giving their cash to such a worthy artist; no wonder he's smiling at them.
Joe Biden too much coffee?
That explains his arm waving and facial contortions.
Wow, too much coffee dude!
Listening to this guy is good reason not to read comics.
That was quite the tirade against David Denby--Smith took it a little too personally. You directed "Clerks," dude, not "Star Wars." Get over yourself.
And maybe lay off the Red Bull a little.
Movies? Ha! I just finished playing a "The Amazing Spider Man" VIDEO GAME and its better than any paper comic book or any comic book movie! Books and movies are OLD entertainment media. Video games are the movies of the 21st century. Anyone who isn't playing video games is living in the past.
Oh brother, this guy is a ridiculous . You mean if you can't paint or draw you shouldn't critique artwork? If you're not a writer you can't critique literature? Please!
Hahaha I love you Kevin Smith. Great attitude -- get off your duff and do it! Thanks to my son, I have come to love the Comic Book movies as much as I used to love the Sci Fi movies that no one else would watch with me.
I want my niece who is a total comic book and manga nerd to illustrate the book I'm planning on how to improve infant feeding using gaming theory.
My niece is working to change gender attitudes within the comic, manga and gaming worlds.
How can he speak without breathing??
YEAH! Bring it Kevin Smith - make it change it stop bitching about it. You are so right on, you given me the chills.
Critics - hear it loud - put up or shut up. You don't like it, don't watch it. And definitely don't write about it - tell me about what you like instead.
Whoa ~ didn't realize Kevin Smith was such a jerk at his base. My respect for all of his years of work - GONE!!
Brian, PLEASE, don't be like Jim Lehrer - STOP THIS MAN!!!!
He's an overgrown adolescent, who hasn't grown an intellectual inch since he was 14! Cliche after cliche.
Smith/Della Penna 2016!
Take his philosphy and logic to politics.
Shut this man up!!!!!
Yeah, this is what made America great. Or not so much. So, with the context of the Veep debate last night and the election in general, this guest is emblematic of where so many of the youth of this country is going.
He missed most of the brainless AM radio era of the '60's and '70's.
HA HA HA. My bookstore put the comicbook section next to the religion section and in each section they're muttering to themselves: "those hopeless fantasy-loving fools."
When can I expect my collection of 1,100 Marvel comics - late 60s-early 70s mostly - some early 80's to recover their value? They have been bagged for the last 20 years. Most are good to mint condition.
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