Mewesing About Comic Book Connections

By Frank Peebles on May 10 2016

There are stars who come to Northern FanCon and then there are stars who would pay to come to Northern FanCon.

Jason Mewes got his golden ticket right up onto the celebrity stage before he had to shell out for his own passes, but this is the kind of event he eats for breakfast. Comics? He loves comics! In fact, he has become a slackerhero because of comics.

He doesn’t forget, now that he is the star of film, TV and internet, that none of it would have happened were it not for a certain older teenager he looked up to as a brother, when he was barely out of elementary school.

“That’s how Kevin and I met,” said Mewes, talking about international filmmaking star Kevin Smith. Mewes and Smith have been making movies together since the early 1990s, and their buddycharacters Jay (Mewes) and Silent Bob (Smith) have become a walk-offthe- screen franchise like few others. They are in Hansen Brothers or Trailer Park Boys territory with JSB.

“We went to high school together, but we didn’t talk because he was a senior and I was a freshman. We weren’t really friends. He worked at a community centre in our neighbourhood and I used to go there after school.

Kevin and Walt (Flanagan) and Bryan Johnson from (reality show) The Comic Book Men used to all work there and read comic books, and they started giving me their old comics they didn’t want anymore. So at 13 I started reading comics, and it’s what got me hanging with Kevin.

When he was heading for the comic book store I’d be like ‘please bring me, please bring me’ and he was like ‘look, I’m 18, I’m not hanging out with you’ but he’d still wind up bringing me, and we’d wind up becoming friends.”

After that was a long list of audience favourites: Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma and the capper was Jay & Silent Bob material (movies, TV shows, and now an ongoing podcast).

Mewes also gathered a huge list of credits on projects unassociated to Smith, but on TV this week - with a special FanCon connection - the two are at it together again. Mewes is one of the visiting costars on The Flash, the episode entitled The Runaway Dinosaur. That episode’s guest director is Smith. It airs on May 10, mere days before FanCon (featuring Flash star Candice Patton).

Mewes has had a hard life as much as a charmed one. That duality will be discussed live on the FanCon stage, with his constant torrent of unfiltered conversation and barrage of jokes. “It’s all been a blessing, really, from the movies to the podcasts, and again, it all started with the comic books and Kevin and I’s friendship.”

A2016Norm Coyne