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RED BANK: HIPPIES STOKED FOR THE STASH

stockpot kitchen 060316WhatsGoingOnHereA merry band of self-described hippies get ready to reboard their bus, dubbed the Stockpot Kitchen, after a stop in downtown Red Bank Friday.

Traveling America “with the purpose of feeding and supporting everyone, everywhere,” according to their Facebook page, the collective just had to make a stop at Jay and Bob’s Secret Stash, the comic book store on Broad Street, they told redbankgreen. (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

SMITH FANS UNITE, INCHING TOWARD STASH

Fans waited in line as long as 10 hours with Kevin Smith books, films and artwork to be signed by their hero. Below, actor Jason Mewes, trailed by a video crew.  (Photos by Stacie Fanelli. Click to enlarge.)

By STACIE FANELLI

North on Broad Street, around the bend at Mechanic, sharp right into an alley, past the “end of line” sign and back around again. That’s the route hundreds of fans took Sunday, inches at a time, as they waited in line to meet director Kevin Smith.

Some came from down the block, others from up to five hours away – all to spend maybe 60 seconds with the Highlands native and owner of Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash in downtown Red Bank. The store is such a haven for comic book fans that it is the focal point of AMC’s reality show “Comic Book Men,” for which Smith’s appearance was a part.

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STASH PLANS AUDITIONS FOR REALITY SHOW

secret-stashFilmmaker Kevin Smith is casting a pilot show about comic-book fandom this week at his Broad Street comics and memorabilia store. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)\

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Kevin Smith seems to have a Brett Favre-y way of retiring — sans allegations of creepy text messages.smith2006

The cult hero/director/producer/author/schmoozer and SModcaster, who announced earlier this year he’s bowing out of the film scene, isn’t completely leaving the entertainment world.

Smith’s next venture is reality TV  and he’s looking “for real people who live and breath (sic) the comic book lifestyle. Must be funny outgoing and have a knowledge and passion for comics, superheroes, movie memorabilia and everything that goes with it.”

In other words, he’s looking for people a lot like himself.

Smith is set to produce a pilot show billed as a sort of “Pawn Stars for fanboys” at his Red Bank comic and memorabilia Mecca, Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash.

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AIRLINE BOUNCES SMITH AS TOO FAT TO FLY

ksmith8Filmmaker and Red Bank toy retailer Kevin Smith was asked to get off a Southwest Airlines plane scheduled to fly from Oakland to Burbank, California Saturday because he was “too fat,” according to a report in the Los Angeles Times.

Mashable reports on Smith’s posts about the incident on his Twitter account, and the corresponding pledges by a Southwest Air rep to make the situation right on the airline’s Twitter feed.

From the Times:

“I’m way fat, but I’m not there just yet,” Smith wrote on his Twitter.com account after the incident, adding that he was able to lower both arm rests at his seat. “I broke no regulation.”

Southwest Airlines measures whether a customers too large to fly based on the passenger’s ability to lower both armrests while sitting on the plane. If the passenger cannot lower one or both armrests, the carrier typically requires the passenger to purchase an additional seat or make arrangements on other flights that may accommodate for extra space.

“Wanna tell me I’m too wide for the sky?” Smith inquired on his Twitter account. “Totally cool, but fair warning folks: If you look like me, you may be ejected from Southwest Air.”

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