AMC’s popular unscripted series Comic Book Men — which follows the antics in and around filmmaker and master fanboy Kevin Smith’s New Jersey comic shop — premiered its sixth season on October 24 with the cast touring Geppi’s Entertainment Museum (GEM) in Baltimore — and the guide was none other than Diamond Comic Distributors Founder, President & CEO Steve Geppi!
Geppi met the cast & crew of the show at GEM this summer, flying back and forth between Baltimore and Comic-Con International: San Diego to film his segment.
“Originally, the GEM segment was going to appear in a later episode this season,” Geppi said, “but everyone was so pleased with how the segment turned out that it was moved up to the season opener. As for my part, I just tried to be myself. In fact, I thrilled the crew and surprised myself by managing to do my on-camera segment in one take, even after flying in from San Diego!”
The Season 6 opener is now available to view for a limited time on AMC.com and other platforms.
Comic Book Men dives into worlds of geekdom using Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash comic book shop as a launch point. Leading the team behind the shop’s counter are Walt, Bryan, Michael and Ming, who geek out over mind-blowing pop culture artifacts and the legends behind them. Whether it’s buying and selling memorabilia or embarking on wild adventures away from the store, the Stash cast shares all the juicy details with Kevin during their hilarious podcast, which is woven in throughout the series.
Geppi leads a roster of top pop culture attractions for Season 6, which will feature appearances by Cassandra Peterson, Elvira, Mistress of the Dark; the Bionic Woman, Lindsay Wagner; and makeup artist extraordinaire Robert Kurtzman.
“Comic Book Men airs after AMC’s The Walking Dead, the top-rated show on television,” Geppi continued. “That illustrates the recognition and respect that comics and the comic industry are getting. My hope is that the GEM segment will continue to show that, and that comic book retailers will see this as another tool for creating excitement as they promote comics, pop culture and their stores.”
Geppi’s Entertainment Museum is located at Camden Station in downtown Baltimore and is the world’s largest showcase for over 200 years of comics, collectibles & pop culture, as well as a unique educational facility presenting thousands of incredible artifacts. The museum is open to all ages from Tuesday through Sunday, 10am-6pm. For tickets and more info, visit www.geppismuseum.com.