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The View Askewniverse is a fictional universe created by writer/director Kevin Smith, featured in several films, comics and a television series; it is named for Smith's production company, View Askew Productions. The characters Jay and Silent Bob appear in almost all the View Askewniverse media, and characters from one story often reappear or are made reference to in others. Smith often casts the same actors for multiple characters in the universe, sometimes even in the same film. Smith has recently stated that the "Askewniverse" may be effectively abandoned as he feels the Jay and Silent Bob characters may be outplayed, and citing his desire to move forward in his career.

Smith's recurring characters, settings, and motifs first appeared in his debut film, Clerks. Since then, the main canon has consisted of six feature films, in addition to several short films, comic books, and a short-lived animated TV series. The View Askewniverse is centered on the towns of Leonardomarker and Red Bankmarker, both located in Monmouth Countymarker, central New Jerseymarker. Chasing Amy also takes place partly in New Yorkmarker, and both Dogma and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back involve road trips.

Media

The following is a complete list of media in which the View Askewniverse has been portrayed.

Feature films



Short films



Television

  • Clerks: The Animated Series – six episodes featuring characters from the movie Clerks. that originally aired on ABC in 2000 (only for two episodes) and were later released on DVD in 2001.


Comics

  • Clerks. – a three-part comic book series published in the late 1990s, continuing the adventures of the film's main characters.
  • Chasing Dogma – a four-part series about Jay and Silent Bob's adventures between the events of Chasing Amy and Dogma. Many elements of the comic would end up in the film Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.
  • Bluntman and Chronic – the comic "created" by Holden McNeil and Banky Edwards in Chasing Amy, published to coincide with the release of Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.
  • "Jay and Silent Bob in Walt Flanagan's Dog" – a story in Oni Double Feature #1.
  • "Bluntman and Chronic in The Derris Affair, Part 1," – published in Oni Double Feature #12.
  • "On the Perils of Cinema" – a one-page Clerks. comic in the November 1999 issue of Talk magazine.
  • Where's the Beef? – 20-page comic bridging the gap between the events depicted in the opening scenes of Clerks II.


Non-canon

Film

  • Much of the cast of Mallrats featured in a simultaneous production, Drawing Flies, which features two actors credited as one of their characters in the View Askew films; Kevin Smith credited as Silent Bob & Ethan Suplee credited as Willam Black. Both are referred to as different characters within the film, but "Silent Bob" is credited as himself. Smith also wore the same Bob coat from Mallrats in the film.
  • Scream 3 – Although not officially a part of the View Askewniverse, the third film of the Scream trilogy, Jay and Silent Bob make a quick cameo appearance, appearing as tourists visiting Sunrise Studios. In the original Scream, a VHS copy of their first film Clerks can be spotted in Stu Macher's house. Kevin Smith would later go on to include Wes Craven in a cameo as the director of a fictitious Scream 4 in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back; in addition, a copy of Scream 3 can be seen in the background of a scene taking place within a video store in Smith's Jersey Girl.
  • Superman Lives, an unused draft of Kevin Smith's script, featured a character named "Derris." It also mentions a "Governor Caitlin Bree" and her son "Brodie."


Television

  • Clerks – a live-action pilot for a TV show, based on the film Clerks. (This production did not involve Kevin Smith).
  • MTV's Jay and Silent Bob Shorts
  • VH1's I Love the 90s (2005) ("Jay and Silent Bob Re-name Your Favorite TV Show" & "Guys We'd Go Gay For")
  • VH1's I Love the '90s: Part Deux (2005)
  • Degrassi: The Next Generation (fictional filming of "Jay and Silent Bob Go Canadian, Eh?" over 3 episodes)
    • "The Lexicon of Love: Part 1"
    • "The Lexicon of Love: Part 2"
    • "Goin' Down the Road: Part 1"
    • "Goin' Down the Road: Part 2"
    • "West End Girls"
  • Yes, Dear 2004 episode, "The Premiere"
  • Video on Trial Episode #1.31 (2006)
  • My Name is Earl – Stars Jason Lee and Ethan Suplee have co-starred in numerous films directed by Kevin Smith, including Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and Clerks II. In an episode, Earl claims to have robbed a Quick Stop. Another obscure reference occurred in "Barn Burner" when Randy, waking up, blurts out "poopie trim" which he similarly blurted as Willam in Mallrats, as did Chris Rock in Dogma.


Comics

  • Chasing Amy – In Japanmarker, the screenplay of Chasing Amy was adapted into a novel by Kenichi Eguchi and published by Aoyama Publishing. The unique concept of the book is that it is roughly half-novel, half-manga, with Moyoco Anno providing the art for the comic book pages.


  • Jay and Silent Bob made a brief appearance in one panel of Green Arrow (vol. 3) #6, standing outside Jason Blood's Safe House in Star City. This issue was written by Kevin Smith during his 15-issue run on the character.


  • Demonic versions of Jay and Silent Bob can be seen in one panel on the second page of Angel: After the Fall issue #5, standing outside of a cafe in the safe haven of Silverlake. Writer Brian Lynch confirmed the reference and attributed their inclusion to artist Franco Urru.


Music videos



References in pop culture

  • In an episode of The Simpsons, Three Gays of the Condo, the family builds a puzzle together. Homer Simpson says (after the task is completed) "This is the only thing worth-while I've ever made that wasn't Lisa." Maggie then gets angry and gives him a dirty look, to which he replies "Prove me wrong, Silent Bob!"


  • In the video game Tony Hawk's Underground, one of the drug dealers in the New Jersey level bears a similarity to Jay and sports a trenchcoat and black toque.






Notable characters







Recurring actors

Smith often casts the same actors for multiple characters in the universe, sometimes even in the same film. This is most notable in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, in which several actors play multiple characters from earlier View Askewniverse films. Some of the more notable include:

Actor/Actress Clerks Mallrats Chasing Amy Dogma Clerks: The Animated Series Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back Clerks II
Jason Mewes Jay
Kevin Smith Silent Bob

Writer
Director Executive Producer Director
Editor

unnamed character in the Independent Feature Film Market cut from the Clerks X DVD
  Editor   Editor
Scott Mosier Producer Executive Producer Producer
Editor Editor Editor
Angry hockey-playing customer, William Black Roddy
(cameo)
Tracer collector Bus passenger
Second Unit Director
Extras wrangler, William Black

Second Unit Director
Concerned Father
Walt Flanagan Woollen cap smoker, egg man, offended customer, cat-admiring bitter customer Walt the Fanboy Woollen cap smoker
Bryan Johnson Steve-Dave
Brian O'Halloran Dante Hicks

Gil Hicks

Jim Hicks

Grant Hicks

Dante Hicks
Jeff Anderson Randal Graves Gun shop clerk Randal Graves
Vincent Pereira Hockey goalie, engagement-savvy customer Startled pinball player Quick Stop customer
Ernest O'Donnell Rick Derris Bystander Cop
John Willyung Dante's killer (alternate ending) Cohee London Passerby
David Klein Hunting-cap smoking boy, low-IQ video store customer, hubcap searching customer, angry mourner Bald comic fan
Director of Photography Director of Photography
Virginia Smith Animal masturbator customer Comic-Con woman
Grace Smith Milk maid Milk maid
Joey Lauren Adams Alyssa Jones (Clerks: The Lost Scene) Gwen Turner Alyssa Jones Alyssa Jones
Jason Lee Brodie Bruce Banky Edwards Azrael Brodie Bruce/Banky Edwards Lance Dowds
Ben Affleck Shannon Hamilton Holden McNeil Bartleby Holden McNeil/himself Gawking guy
Ethan Suplee Willam Black Fan Gologathan (voice) Teen #2
Shannen Doherty Rene Mosier Herself
Renee Humphrey Tricia Jones Tricia Jones
Malcolm Ingram Creepy staring guy Creepy staring guy Pissing customer
Dwight Ewell Hooper X Kan the gang leader Hooper X
Matt Damon Shawn Owen (TV executive #2) Loki Himself
Dan Etheridge Priest Plug Deputy
Chris Rock Rufus Chaka Luther King
George Carlin Cardinal Glick Blowjob-giving hitchhiker
Paul Dini George Lucas
Writer
Bluntman & Chronic Loader/Clapper
Alanis Morissette God God
Jake Richardson Teen #1
Jennifer Schwalbach Smith Missy Emma
Harley Quinn Smith Baby Silent Bob Kid in window


References

  1. Victoria Ahearn (January 29, 2009) U.S. Wal-Marts want 'Zack and Miri' DVD cover without word 'porno': Kevin Smith The Record. Accessed February 1, 2009.


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