Anyone who’s seen any of Kevin Smith’s Evening With DVDs knows exactly what to expect from a Smith Q&A, and the closing panel of Saturday’s Comic Con was no different. Kevin wasted no time getting right to the long line of audience members waiting at the microphone. He gave a quick intro about how he didn’t bring any A Couple of Dicks footage because bringing footage had never helped in the past, and then he was on his way to answering questions.

The questions ranged from serious queries about his current projects to questions about whom he would want to fight in a celebrity boxing match (he said he felt no ill will towards anyone strong enough to risk himself in a fight). There were a couple interesting announcements (those can be read here and here) and a couple of great audience moments. One included a fan giving Kevin a custom made Twilight bag for his daughter and Kevin inviting that guy up on stage for the rest of the panel (a massage was also given later on).

Overall, the Q&A was a slight disappointment, not because Kevin wasn’t hilarious (he always is) but because the audience wasn’t asking interesting questions. Most of the questions were given one-word answers and were usually about past Smith projects. It was easy to tell that Kevin wanted to talk about certain subjects (for instance, the Twilight footage shown the day before), and no one was really opening those doors for him. I was waiting for one sacrificial lamb, a selfless fan who, instead of asking a question about Kevin’s reasoning for picking Bruce Willis for A Couple of Dicks (with a slight attitude, mind you), asks Kevin, “Hey man, what’s on your mind?” It never happened, though.

In a lot of ways, I feel like the whole thing was representative of Kevin’s career. This guy keeps trying to move on from what he used to do, but he has thousands upon thousands of fans (a million, even, according to his Twitter) who can’t move on with him. Understandably, Kevin has probably grown bored with revisiting his past, and it’s possible that’s what causes the one-word answers. That’s why I’m more than glad that he’s decided to take on A Couple of Dicks. Sure, it’s not too much of a departure for him, but it may be enough to help him move on completely for his next movie.

There were still great stories to be told. Kevin compared the Twilight series to the old Hustler magazines he used to look at when working at Quick Stop. He talked about why he no longer puts gays in his movies (because he likes chicks, which was also his reasoning for why he should probably be able to write lesbians well). He talked about random stuff like his favorite roller coaster and even admitting that he had just written the ending to his hockey movie that he’ll be making with Mitch Albom. As always, Kevin didn’t disappoint. It’s impossible to not like a guy that brings so much joy to many geeks.



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