One of our own is making the leap to the flatscreen with a companion show to AMC’s “Comic Book Men”!
Rob Bruce, as you probably know, is the dude the guys at Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash call when they need an expert opinion on something toy or pop-culture-related when haggling with customers on the show.
Anyway, Stash owner/filmmaker/podcaster/bon vivant Kevin Smith talked to the Hollywood Reporter today about what he’s got coming with AMC — and Rob figured large in the piece.
So here’s Rob to give you more about his as-yet-unnamed show, starting this fall.
Dan Greenfield: How awesome is this? You must be pretty stoked! What’s going through your mind?
Rob Bruce: I have a ringing in my ears and my blood pressure … But seriously, 14 months in the works and 8 months of creative, and 2 months of shooting and now I’m overjoyed. Couldn’t be more thankful to Kevin Smith and the guys of “Comic Book Men,” Brian, Walt, Mike and Ming for all their support.
Just wish my dad was alive to see this because he would just be scratching his head and saying, “How can this be happening?”
So how did this all come together?
The Stash is my local comic book shop, and I was born in Red Bank, N.J. So when they started the idea of “Comic Book Men,” I was asked to be the on-air expert. I also work as a consulting producer on the series. Everything’s evolved from that.
Where are you traveling? Can you tell us some of the cities?
Primarily we’ll concentrate on New Jersey. We’ll be going to Philadelphia and NYC.
Tell people how this will be different than “Toy Hunter.”
We’re an ensemble cast, and we don’t focus on just toys. Plus, it’s not just about the value of the items, but that’s all I can say on that.
Will there be guest stars?
No, at first. We’ve got an interesting cast of characters to begin with.
When’s my episode? I have a whole comic book room!
Perhaps you should call the “Comic Book Men,” I have their number if you need it.
What’s your Secret Origin?
As a child at the age of 6, I was given a Batman cap bomb … it started there. That and Amazing Spider-Man #101, the first comic I ever bought with my own money.