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Exclusive: Comic Book Men's Walt Flanagan looks back on eventful year

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Posted by: Byron Brewer, Contributing Editor
created 03/15/2014 - 9:59am, updated 03/15/2014 - 6:07pm

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As AMC’s Comic Book Men gets set to wrap up its current season, we thought we would check in with old friend Walt Flanagan to see how things are doing on the other side of the doors of Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash.

This year saw many highs for the show and the artist, including the publication of Cryptozoic Man by Dynamite Entertainment, a project that first began as a plot prop on CBM.

Walt, who is just the kindest man this side of Krypton, continues to co-host the “Tell ‘Em Steve-Dave!” podcast with longtime friends Bryan Johnson and Brian Quinn.

He met exclusively with Cosmic Book News M.E. Byron Brewer at a nameless LCS the other side of Red Bank, New Jersey, to discuss the show, the comic book and more.

Cosmic Book News: With only a handful of episodes left, Walt, what would you say was this season's highlight thus far?

Walt Flanagan: Hmmm ... for me? The launch of Cryptozoic Man at the Baltimore con. Truly a dream come true.

CBN: In your opinion, how has the show and the cast -- you -- changed since the comic book store doors opened up to cameras in Season One?

Walt Flanagan: Wow, that's a tough question ... have I changed? I don't think so. I'd be disappointed in myself if I did change. But really only someone else other than me is more qualified to answer the question, "Have I  changed?" 

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CBN: Who has been your favorite guest star, either this season or of all time, on Comic Book Men? (I just loved the George Perez episode.)

Walt Flanagan: The retired New Jersey Devils ... that was surreal, almost like it didn’t happen.

CBN: What was it like to have Dynamite Entertainment and Nick Barrucci publish a miniseries based on a plot thread from Comic Book Men?

Walt Flanagan: Amazing. I can't thank Nick and Dynamite enough. I really enjoyed working under the Dynamite banner.

CBN: What was the reaction to Cryptozoic Man?

Walt Flanagan: I thought the reaction was pretty good. Even before the episode where we launched the book aired, I pre-sold the 4-issue series on my podcast “Tell ‘Em Steve-Dave!” and we pre-sold 20,000 copies grand total of the four issues. That blew me away. Our listeners really supported the comic and I will never forget that support. 

CBN: What did you think of the book, looking back? It was wild having pseudo-reality become reality and then become pseudo-reality on TV!

Walt Flanagan: I think it’s my best work. That has a lot to do with my inker, Chris Ivy, and colorist, Wayne Jansen, who both did a wonderful job! I had so much fun designing weird creatures and Bryan really gave me a story where I could just go crazy a little doing my favorite thing: drawing monsters!

CBN: What was the biggest surprise this season?

Walt Flanagan: The kiss?

CBN: Have we heard anything from AMC about the "next" season?

Walt Flanagan: Not yet.

CBN: What has it been like for you at the cons and other personal appearances since the advent of Comic Book Men?

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Walt Flanagan: Well, I do get noticed more at cons, but that's understandable. That’s our target audience.

CBN: What has not happened on CBM that you would really love to see happen before the series ends?

Walt Flanagan: Surpass Cops as the longest-running unscripted/reality series?

CBNWell, any projects in the present or future that you would like to discuss?

Walt Flanagan: We just announced a “Tell ‘Em Steve-Dave!” Claymation movie earlier this month. Look for it in 2015.

Cosmic Book News would like to thank Walt Flanagan for taking time out of his busy schedule to answer our very fanboy M.E.’s questions.

“Comic Book Men” airs Sundays on AMC!

 

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