Ming Chen from AMC’s hit TV show Comic Book Men continued his convention tour this past weekend at Hudson Valley Comic Con (HVCC) held in Poughkeepsie, New York. Comic Book Men follow’s the antics of four guys that run a comic book store, Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash (‘The Stash’) located in Red Bank, NJ. Ming joins friends Walt Flanagan, Bryan Johnson, and Mike Zapcic in geeking out over iconic pop culture artifacts brought into the store by fellow fans often looking to make a sale. ‘The Stash’ is owned by podcaster, filmmaker, actor/comedian and geek extraordinaire Kevin Smith.
Ming Chen is not only a fan favorite on Comic Book Men, he is also a leader in the podcasting realm. Ming, with friend Mike Zapcic, host I Sell Comics and The Ming and Mike Show. Hilarity ensues as these two pods devote themselves to pop culture ramblings, debates, and a bit of debauchery! Ming does a great job of expressing his seemingly endless knowledge of all things comic and he literally digs in with his fellow fans. I first met and interviewed Mr. Chen at Heroes and Villains Fan Fest in Atlanta, his energy was contagious. Ming is a popular and well-loved presence among the Fan Fest family. Having seen him in action now at three different comic conventions, I can certainly attest to his passion for pop culture.
What truly stood out to me at Hudson Valley Comic Con though was Ming’s willingness to assist those aspiring to break into the podcasting field. He held a Q&A session where he answered questions involving his own personal interests and gave tips on what it takes to run a successful podcast. Not only did he provide some valuable insight for podcast ‘newbies’, he even offered to be a guest on their very first pod to get things going. Ming also teamed up with fellow podcaster and friend DW, from Earplug Podcast (formally Fanboys Inc.), as they invited guests in to share in the HVCC pod experience. It is always great to see those that have found success help those in finding their own.
Be sure to pay a visit to Mr. Ming Chen at a comic convention near you! He is charismatic, funny, nerd-tastic, and very approachable! Follow him on social media for all his latest exploits. Facebook: Ming Chen Twitter: @mingchen37 Instagram: mingchen37