Kicking off the 2024 Washington State Summer Con announcements is one of the honorary Sons of Puyallup, Ming Chen. In a small ceremony outside Bumpy’s Tavern, Ming was recently awarded the official title of Summer Con Dignitary and is now kicking off the guest list again. We love Ming and are honored that he always fits us into his busy schedule each year.

Ming spent seven seasons on AMC’s Comic Book Men and has been involved in one way or another with the View Askew Universe for the last 20 years. He was recently featured in “Jay and Silent Bob Reboot” and the “Clerks III” movie and was awarded The Most Outstanding Hockey Player” award from the film.

Ming Chen’s road to Jay & Silent Bob’s Secret Stash all began in 1995 when the college student, video store employee, and Kevin Smith follower developed a fan website based on the movie Clerks. Smith appreciated Chen’s work and asked him to create the website for his production company, View Askew Productions.

Ming hosts a weekly podcast called I Sell Comics! with Michael Zapcic and co-owns a podcast studio with Zapcic called “A Shared Universe.” He is a partner in a coffee, gaming and comics café called “Coral Sword” in Houston, Texas, with retired major league baseball player Hunter Pence.

Come hang out with Ming at the Washington State Summer Con on June 21st-23rd. He will be with us all three days, meeting fans, signing autographs, hosting panels, recording podcasts, and other activities yet to be determined.