Slideshow: Three Sides of Director Kevin Smith at Book Promotion in Chicago

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CHICAGO – Kevin Smith is not a subtle guy. The director/writer/actor and comic book geek supreme has a new book out called “Tough Sh*t: Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good.” In it, he relates how his unlikely empire was built, and how he became the force within it. He was recently in downtown Chicago, promoting the life lessons at Books-a-Million on March 30th.

Smith first came on the scene in 1994, when at 23 years old he made the independent film legend, “Clerks.” Since then, he has had film hits (“Chasing Amy”), misses (“Mallrats”) and everything in between, all while maintaining his dream comic book store in New Jersey and acting in such films as “Live Free or Die Hard.” Smith will also appear in Chicago on June 14th as part of the “Just for Laughs Chicago” Festival, in “An Evening with Kevin Smith” at the Chicago Theater.

Click “Next” and “Previous” to scan through the slideshow or jump directly to individual photos with the captioned links below. All images © Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for

  1. KevinSmith1: Kevin Smith, at Books-a-Million on Clark Street in Downtown Chicago
  2. KevinSmith2: Kevin Smith, Author of ‘Tough Sh*t: Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good’
  3. KevinSmith3: Kevin Smith, Appearing in Chicago at ‘Just for Laughs’ on June 14th

“An Evening with Kevin Smith,” part of the “Just for Laughs Chicago” Festival, will be on June 14th at the Chicago Theater. Click here for details and to purchase tickets. “Tough Sh*t: Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good” is available at Books-a-Million, or wherever books are sold. senior staff writer Patrick McDonald

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