Updated on 16 October, 2021
Comic Book Men has opened its remarkably-full money box for the first time, as its cancellation by AMC after just seven seasons and 96 episodes means official news of a potential seventh season (and, yes, a seventh season to go). Smith tells it like it is: he got a "bizarre" phone call from AMC's president, Charlie Collier, telling him straight up that the company was going to renew the show for a seventh season. "It's not a secret that I was very skeptical at the prospect of renewing the show - I had been waiting for over a year and a half," says Smith.
"I was the one that asked Charlie to give me that information, because I honestly didn't believe them when they said it would be coming back for a seventh season. It was the other way around. I called him up and I asked him what the difference was if they were renewing it or not. He said that there wasn't much of a difference, and that there were no plans in the works to move the series to a later season.
Now, I could stop there and say that nothing is definite, but I think you'd be mistaken. The fact is that I heard the news from a very reliable source. And while I can't confirm anything here - I've only seen the television show, and haven't read the comics - I have to say that this tidbit confirms a lot of theories I've already had, especially about the possibility of a Walking Dead spinoff happening. That's right - I've speculated that this new renewal is a positive sign for the comic book store industry, and by extension, a positive sign for the comic book genre itself. Yes, I say genre, because the Walking Dead TV show has become such a huge hit, with such a large following, that many people consider it to be an animated franchise.
If you'll recall, back in the summer of 2021, Negan became the newest member of the undead, after he killed off most of his opponents on the show. Since then he's been featured as one of the main characters, and is well known for killing off anyone in his path. This has led to a lot of discussion about where he comes from, and whether or not he is a hero, a villain, or simply a bad guy who wants to take over the world. Now it looks like someone new may be bringing this conversation to a new level: possibly the upcoming comic book men's spinoff of The Walking Dead.
The concept is simple enough: after the death of the last main character, Abraham, in the third season of the Walking Dead, Negan is introduced. He's a survivor, fresh out of a prison camp, and looking to find a safe place to live. He reunites with other survivors, like a boy named Joe, and comes across an old book store, run by an imposing figure called The Governor. The two team up, and The Governor provides them with a supply of guns, food, and even a radio, in order for them to survive the next few months. However, as they begin to grow more restless, The Governor appears, and decides to kill everybody in the store.
This is the basis for what is supposed to be a successful spinoff of the popular comic book men show. Although some sources are saying that the story is basically unscripted, I really think that it can work. The visual style is very similar to the ones used on the show, and there is already a large fan base of audiences for the show. It would be a perfect match for the new comers coming into the genre that either don't watch the traditional animated fare, or simply love the unscripted nature of television. That being said, I think that Comedy Book Men could find an extended run on FX, where it would easily become one of their top shows, and give them a huge boost in the ratings.
Currently, the writers for the show, along with creator Mike Weber, have been promoting an eighth season of the show, which should begin up sometime around the summer. So far the first episodes have proven to be well received by both fans and critics, but hopefully those first episodes will continue to capture the hearts of viewers everywhere. The premise behind the show is that the main characters, which are the various comic book men, have been mysteriously transported to an alternate version of America, which is based around a secret stash of weapons. With the use of a series of time portals, these men must fight their way through the dangerous terrain and strange settings to find out what the purpose of their visit is. I'm assuming that this is the main premise of the upcoming seasons of the comic book men comic book store, but you can be sure that anything is possible with this show.
This is not the first show that I have heard Mike Weiss talking about working on, nor is it the first series that I have seen him involved with. Over the past several years he has written for numerous television programs including Psych, Leverage, Chuck, X-Files, and just about every other network worth watching today. He is currently working on a new series that I am very interested in, called Burn Notice, so hopefully it will be worth looking into as well. If you haven't had a chance to catch the Comic Book Men show, I highly recommend that you check it out, because it is a fantastic little series that will keep you on the edge of your seat for a good portion of each episode. In fact, if you don't like the show, you'll be able to watch it all of the time, because you'll never get tired of it.