Halloween POPsessions: The Stars of 'Comic Book Men' Are Afraid of Rats, Heights, Vomiting, and ... Small Children?
Five things you may not have known about the stars of "Comic Book Men," the AMC reality series set in filmmaker Kevin Smith's Red Bank, New Jersey comic book store, Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash: 1. Walt Flanagan is a comic book artist and longtime friend of Smith's who helped inspire Smith's interest in comics.
2. Bryan Johnson is another longtime Smith friend and the inspiration for the Randal character in "Clerks."
3. Michael Zapcic is said to have an "encyclopedic knowledge of every issue of every comic known to man."
4. Ming Chen is also the creator of Smith's View Askew Productions website.
5. All four "Men" men, like Smith, host their own podcasts.
Something you already know if you're a regular viewer of the show, where Flanagan, Johnson, Zapcic, and Chen interact with Stash customers and join Smith for a review of the week's events: They're ridiculously funny and full of pop culture knowledge. And all of that is on full display in their answers to our Halloween-themed POPsessions questionnaire.
Ming, Bryan, Kevin, Mike, and Walt in "Comic Book Men"
1. What scares you the most?
Walt Flanagan: Vomiting
Bryan Johnson: Walt ridicules me for this all the time, but little children. Specifically, children in a context in which they simply don't belong. If you walk into your house at 2 a.m. and see an unfamiliar adult in your living room, you think "OK, I'm being robbed." Now, swap that adult out for a six-year-old kid who quickly disappears into the shadows of an adjoining room. That is scary.
Mike Zapcic: I'm not terribly fond of heights, and rats are pretty disgusting.
Ming Chen: I'm somewhat claustrophobic. I have always had a fear of being buried alive.
2. What is the scariest movie of all time?
Walt: "The Exorcist" (1973).
Bryan: It's not my favorite and not even technically a horror film, but if we're talking scary, my vote goes to George Sluizer's 1988 film "The Vanishing." As an adult, I'm not super worried about werewolves or vampires sneaking up on me, but the idea of someone kidnapping a loved one from right under my nose and then taunting me about it? To me that's the definition of terror.
Mike: I didn't see "The Exorcist" until I was 12, so I'd built it up until I thought it was going to be the bloodiest, most gruesome film, but it wasn't. The horror was more subtle. It wasn't until a few days later that it really hit me, and that freaked me out even more.