If asked to create a mental image of Kevin Smith, you’d likely picture him wearing one of his giant hockey jerseys with his “Fatman” podcast logo. But following the massive heart attack Smith suffered last year—in which marijuana might have saved his life—he has since lost a ton of weight, rendering most of his clothing, hockey jerseys included, too big.
Yes, Kevin Smith is retiring his iconic baggywear that defined his look for so long. Smith made the announcement following a segment on Bill Maher’s Real Time program, where Maher doubled down on his criticisms of comic book fans, while making Smith and his hockey jerseys a punchline. To his credit, Smith took it all in stride.
Yes, @billmaher took a shot at me during his show last night, in the midst of his latest rant about @TheRealStanLee and adults who like comic books. No, I’m not mad at all. Bill may talk tough but he’s a stoner like me and a real pussycat when confronted: https://t.co/LRNdNeI2vr pic.twitter.com/VEf3fYi3b4
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) January 26, 2019
Comic book artist Joe Quesada, a legend in his own right, also came to the defense of Smith and comic fans everywhere. In a Twitter thread deconstructing Maher’s mean-spirited takedown, Quesada started by acknowledging the healthy evolution Smith has undergone.
“I’ve watched @billmaher from time to time, been in the audience as well. I don’t agree with everything he says, I don’t always find him funny and no one’s happier than me that @ThatKevinSmith is done with those damn hockey jerseys (m’boy’s looking sexy these days),” Quesada tweeted.
Then came the shock no one expected.
I wasn’t done with the hockey jerseys, @JoeQuesada – the hockey jerseys were done with me. But we still text each other on rainy days or whenever we’re feeling sentimental. One night we tried a hockey jersey booty call. But it just wasn’t the same anymore. We’d both changed. https://t.co/taA2mK3ByO
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) January 27, 2019
Don’t worry, true believers, Kevin Smith is doing just fine otherwise. In fact, he’s “pleased as a pot-head to announce that the good folks at SABAN and UNIVERSAL have given the green light” to the Jay and Silent Bob reboot. Shooting will begin on February 25, the one-year anniversary of Smith’s heart attack.
SNOOGANS! To celebrate my 25th anniversary at Sundance, I’m pleased as a pot-head to announce that the good folks at SABAN and UNIVERSAL have given the green light to #JayAndSilentBobReboot! @JayMewes and I start shooting on 2/25 (the one year anniversary of my heart attack)! https://t.co/fFTO9AFZbk
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) January 25, 2019