The annual “An Evening with Kevin Smith” event at SDCC almost didn’t happen this year. Not because it was removed from the schedule or not because Kevin didn’t want to do it but because of a much more serious reason. Back in February, Kevin suffered a major heart attack. Smith’s doctor told him that the type of blockage that caused the attack kills 80% of patients but because he was “blazed as f#ck”(Kevin’s description), it prevented his stress levels from compounding the attack.
Thankfully Kevin made it and “An Evening with Kevin Smith” was indeed able to happen once again. The night started off with Kevin being presented the International Inkpot Award by Director of Programming Eddie Ibraham. Kevin thanked all his fans and Comic-Con International for all their support.
He then talked about his career and how thankful he was, especially with the recent health scare. He filled the crowd in on what happened and with what his doctor diagnosed. While on the subject, he spoke about his fear of death at first and referenced it to the comic book story written by Neil Gaiman named Sandman. He said he has come to the conclusion that if he wouldn’t have made it, he would have left the world satisfied because he has accomplished and followed his dream and made it into a career that he loved. He talked about how the scare forced him to reflect on the nature of mortality and how the love and blessings that he has received over his 47 years were more than most get. Then in a fitting way to wrap up the “serious” talk, he gave his respects to the late Jon Schnepp who recently died and then he gave a moment of silence to pay tribute to a fallen friend.
To change and lighten up the mood in the room, Kevin began to talk about some of his upcoming projects. A new series “Hollyweed” is a show that is run through the streaming service Rivit Tv. Rivit Tv is a new way of streaming and is currently promoting the pilot episode which Kevin also gave the audience a full screening of. The service gives the show 45 days to raise money from fans for a new episode. The new series is Kevin’s first lead role and you can check it out on Rivit Tv but don’t forget to donate since it’s up to fans to keep the show alive!
The next project he talked about was the one that everyone was waiting to hear about, the long-promised follow-up to Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, the Jay and Silent Bob Reboot. The film will star him and Jason Mewes of course, but it will also feature actors Grant Gustin, Tom Cavanagh and Carlos Valdes from the CW series The Flash. No details as to who the three will be playing in the film were given though. Smith told fans :
“We’re doing a sequel to Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and it’s called Jay and Silent Bob Reboot,” It’s us, it’s me and Jay so it’s not really strictly a reboot in the way that people think of a reboot. If you remember Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back it was a movie in which Jay and Silent Bob found out Hollywood was making a movie about them so they went cross country to Hollywood to stop that from happening. Jay and Silent Bob Reboot is completely f–ing different. In Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, Jay and Silent Bob find out that Hollywood is making a reboot of that old movie that they had made about them, and they have to go cross the country to Hollywood to stop it all over again. It’s literally the same f–ing movie all over again. It’s a movie that makes fun of sequels and remakes and reboots while being all three at the same time.”
Then just like that, it was time to go and “An Evening with Kevin Smith” was over again for another year. If you missed the chance to check it out then you can do so below.