View Askewniverse

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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 referred to in others. Smith often casts the same actors for multiple characters in the universe, sometimes even in the same film; Smith himself portrays the character of Silent Bob.

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 Leonardo, Highlands, and Red Bank, all located in Monmouth County, central New Jersey.[1] Chasing Amy also takes place partly in New York, and both Dogma and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back involve road trips.


Clerks (1994)[edit]

Main article: Clerks

Clerks is the first film in the series of the View Askewniverse. It follows a day in the lives of two clerks, Dante Hicks (Brian O'Halloran) and Randal Graves (Jeff Anderson). The main protagonist Dante is called into work, the Quick Stop convenience store, on his day off to cover for a few until the boss is due to relieve him at noon. Dante's day is spent in the purgatory of serving a succession of customers while repeating the fact that he is "not even supposed to be here today". Randal works in the next-door video store, RST Video, although he spends almost the entire day at the Quick Stop. Learning that he is stuck working the store all day, Dante eventually decides to close the store for brief periods to either play hockey (on the roof of the store) or to attend a wake of an ex-girlfriend. Dante also encounters a surprise visit from an old flame who is engaged. The two had been talking on the phone for months and after seeing each other again they are keen to reunite and leave their current relationships.

Mallrats (1995)[edit]

Main article: Mallrats

Takes place one day before the events in Clerks. The film is about two young men, Brodie Bruce and T.S. Quint, who hang out at a mall after being dumped by their girlfriends; while also trying to avoid the wrath of Shannon Hamilton.

Chasing Amy (1997)[edit]

Main article: Chasing Amy

A heterosexual man, Holden McNeil, falls in love with a lesbian, Alyssa Jones, causing conflict with his homophobic best friend, Banky Edwards, with whom he has created a comic book called "Bluntman and Chronic" based upon Jay and Silent Bob.

Dogma (1999)[edit]

Main article: Dogma (film)

The world ends if two angels enter a church in New Jersey and it is up to Jesus' last scion, Jay and Silent Bob, and the thirteenth Apostle to stop them.

Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001)[edit]

Jay and Silent Bob embark on a road-trip to Hollywood to try and stop a "Bluntman and Chronic" movie from being made.

Clerks II (2006)[edit]

Main article: Clerks II

Roughly ten years after Clerks, Dante and Randal are now employed in the fast food industry.

Upcoming films[edit]

Two more films are slated to join the View Askewniverse. They are Mallbrats, due for release in 2016, and Clerks III (release date to be announced).

Short films[edit]

The Flying Car (2002)[edit]

The Flying Car is a short film that was produced for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Clerks: The Lost Scene (2004)[edit]

Clerks: The Lost Scene is an animated short that was produced for Clerks. X (10th anniversary DVD), based on a scene previously off-screen in the original film and only seen in the comics.


Clerks: The Animated Series consists of 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.



Clerks. is a three-part comic book series published in the late 1990s, continuing the adventures of the film's main characters.

Chasing Dogma[edit]

Chasing Dogma is 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[edit]

Bluntman and Chronic is 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.

Walt Flanagan's Dog[edit]

"Jay and Silent Bob in Walt Flanagan's Dog" is a story in Oni Double Feature #1.

Where's the Beef?[edit]

Where's the Beef? is a 20-page comic which bridges the gap between the events depicted in the opening scenes of Clerks II.



Jay & Silent Bob's Super Groovy Cartoon Movie (2014)[edit]

Jay & Silent Bob's Super Groovy Cartoon Movie (from the Bluntman And Chronic comics story) was originally written by Smith as a companion piece to the film Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.

Drawing Flies[edit]

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.


  • 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 Rename 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)
  • 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 one episode, Earl claims to have robbed a Quick Stop.[2] Another reference in the series is how Randy, on waking up, blurts out "poopie trim"[episode needed] which he similarly blurted as Willam in Mallrats, as did Chris Rock in Dogma.


  • Chasing Amy – In Japan, the screenplay of Chasing Amy was adapted into a novel by Kenichi Eguchi and published by Aoyama Publishing. It is a book that 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.[citation needed]
  • Two characters who look similar to that of Jay and Silent Bob appear in the manga Aoi House seen in the background of the mall.

Recurring actors[edit]

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.

To date, Smith and Jason Mewes are the only actors to appear in every film as the same characters. Three other actors have appeared in every film, as different characters, Scott Mosier, Walt Flanagan and Brian O'Halloran, with O'Halloran always appearing as a member of the Hicks family (most notably Dante).

The more notable recurring actors 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'
Scott Mosier Angry hockey-playing customer, Willam Black Roddy
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 Golgothan (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
Bluntman & Chronic Loader/Clapper
Alanis Morissette God God
Jennifer Schwalbach Smith Missy Emma
Harley Quinn Smith Baby Silent Bob Kid in window


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  2. ^ ""Faked My Own Death" Episode Trivia (IMDB)". 2013. 

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