New Jersey: we have a stadium, but no sports team. We have a lame reality show or three, and not a lot of respect. What else do we have? An awful lot of nerd credibility. +2 Comedy’s Noah and I went on a little field trip over the weekend to Red Bank, NJ, home of Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash and Yestercades.
Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash is owned by Kevin Smith and operated by the stars of the AMC show Comic Book Men. To our surprise, one of the leads of Comic Book Men was actually there, working the register. Michael was very nice, as it turns out.
The real star, however, is the Stash itself. If you’re a fan of Kevin Smith, you should probably make a pilgrimage. While the store carries graphic novels and single issues, it has a more impressive collection of collectibles, many of which are signed by Smith himself. In display cases throughout the store are pieces of memorabilia from the films, from Mooby uniforms to good ol’ Buddy Christ himself. I picked up the 2014 Ms. Marvel, while Noah grabbed the third Matt Fraction Hawkeye collection. Support comic book stores, guys.
Then we went to the Wonderland that is Yestercades. Packed on an unseasonably comfortable February Saturday, the walls are lined with the cabinets every 80s and 90s kid dreams about. Pinball? Of course. Pac-Man? Galaga? Donkey Kong? Bubble Bobble? Gang’s all here. There are also current and past generation consoles along the walls to play various multiplayer games. Various iterations of Super Smash Bros. seemed to be the most popular.
This was my favorite cabinet- a classic Fix-It Felix cabinet. Disney World didn’t even have one of these. I was delighted to find this one!