By Beau Smith

Welcome to Busted Knuckles, amigo. Your weekly trip to the Flying Fist Ranch where all that is manly in comics comes to have beers and tell lies.

I’m your manly host, Beau Smith. The guy you can depend on to tell ya what has testosterone and what doesn’t. In other words, I give ya what ya need and boot in the ass all the stuff ya don’t need.

It’s the least I can do for ya in these times of politically correct Nancy-Boys whinin’ and cryin’ about why the pretty girls don’t like em’ and that most strippers would think they were decent guys if they would only give em’ a chance.

This week I’m gonna add a new feature to Busted Knuckles. It’s called Five Manly Questions With? Each week I’m gonna ask five manly questions to various creators and big shots in the world of comic books. These are gonna be questions that nobody else in comics will ask. There won’t be any sissy stuff here, no sir! Only the hairy-chested kinda questions that you would love to ask, but have to depend on ol’ Beau to do it for ya. I’ll always have your back.

This week to start stuff off I found the creator of Shi ? Billy Tucci in a bar room brawl on Long Island. He was busy bustin’ heads and pistol whippin’ morons at the time, but managed to square a few minutes away to answer this week’s manly questions.

Before we get started here are some true to life facts on Billy that ya might need to know.

Billy Tucci

One of the most popular and successful figures in comic books, former paratrooper William (Billy) Tucci is best known as the creator, writer and artist of the award winning graphic series Shi.

Through Billy’s self-published Crusade Fine Arts, Ltd., Shi is printed in six languages, has sold over 4 million comic books and grossed 25 million dollars worldwide.

Producer Mimi Polk Gitlin’s Mandolin Entertainment (Trapped) has recently optioned Shi for a major motion picture. He is writing the screenplay with Kevin Bernhardt (Art of War, Black Friday) and will serve as Executive Producer.

Some Trouble of a SeRRious Nature marks Billy’s film debut as writer, director, and producer. Produced during 2001/2002, Some Trouble? is the hysterical tale concerning the Second World War’s final days, an unfortunate F4U Corsair fighter plane and the hillbillies who are determined to fly it.

Billy Tucci – Your Favorite Flyboy

Some Trouble? debuted at the Long Island International Film Expo where it was awarded Best Short Film.

A graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology, Billy has also created the properties Atomik Angels, Gremlin Effect, Victoria Cross, and The Undaunted. He is currently working on the screenplay for his first feature film, The Burning Blue.

Billy resides in Bayport, NY with his wife Deborah and newborn baby boy, William Alexander.

Email Billy Tucci at Check his manly website out at

Some of ya might find Billy’s answers a little harsh and not sugar coated like most of the answers that ya hear from most PC creators in this business. Please remember, these are Billy’s thoughts and opinions and if ya like em’ I’m sure Billy will buy ya a free beer. If ya don’t, well then drop Billy an email and talk to him. He’s a pretty easy guy to get a hold of.

Ok, time to set em’ up at the bar and listen to what real men in comics talk about when they aren’t eyeballin’ some pretty girl.

Beau: What annoyin’ celebrity would ya like to smack in the head with a shovel?

Billy: That’s an easy one, Beau. Barbara Streisand. But to be honest, (and since I’m a power hitter.) I’d probably kill the stupid bitch. That wouldn’t be such a good thing, because more and more folks are realizin’ just how silly, simple and retarded the big nosed whore really is. I’d also like to hit that fat dickhead, Michael Moore a couple of times too.

Beau: Other than your wife, name some of the sexiest babes on the planet.

Billy: I’m very lucky (or should I say she is) because I married a nice little hottie myself. But? I’ll give this my best shot. Jessica Alba, Salma Hayek, Kelly Hu and Audrey Hepburn (when she was alive.) Oh, and that blue eyed chick from the Victoria’s Secret catalogue, you know, the one that just cut her hair.

Beau: Ok, name some manly movies that every real man should see.

Billy: Oh man alive, every real man should watch the following at least once a year:

  • The Rough Riders (1997) True American heroism.
  • The Wild Bunch (1969) True friendship and honor among thieves.
  • Seven Samurai. (1954) My personal all time favorite on heroic sacrifice and “stick up for the little guy.”
  • The Magnificent Seven. (1960) manly attempt to remake the best film of all time with some of the coolest men to walk the Earth?Steve McQueen, Yul Brynner and Charles Bronson.
  • Lawrence Of Arabia. (1962) “Give that man some lemonade!”
  • The Battle Of Britain. (1969) Amazing against all odds and “We saved The World” epic chock full of air battles, burning planes and pilots with good old English grit.
  • Zulu. (1964) True English (Mostly Welsh) and Zulu heroism amidst sand, spears and bayonets “with some guts behind it.”
  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day. (1991) The Governator’s finest hour.
  • Henry V. (1989) Kenneth Branagh delivers Shakespeare’s “Eternal Order Of Brotherhood” making it the best rally to battle speech in film history and if it weren’t for that we wouldn’t have?
  • Braveheart. (1995) Man, I still scream and look for a fight after watching this one!
  • Blackhawk Down. (2001) True special operations heroism. “Two in the chest, one in the head!”

Okay, That’s enough, but I don’t want to forget “Lethal Weapon” (1987), “Sand Of Iwo Jima” (1949) and “The Longest Day” (1962)

Beau: Head butt or uppercut?

Billy: I gotta tell you, I only tried one head butt , but hit the guy’s forehead and it didn’t work out all that well. You see, Beau?you gotta hit the bridge of the scumbag’s nose with your forehead or you’re just gonna piss him off even more than he (or she) already is.

Just uppercut to the chin and then choke em’ out.

Beau: Name your latest and upcoming manly work in comics so these readers of mine will be able to roll a drunk to get money to buy it. Name the publishers too if need be.

Billy: Well, Beau. I’d have to say my manliest has to be Gremlin Effect which is about little gremlin bastards fighting off Nazi goblins and helping to win the Battle Of Britain. I’m also gonna release The Magnificent Seventh Graders with my buddy J.C. Vaughn and Mark Haynes. Seventh Graders is pretty much The Seven Samurai in a middle school with a little bit of Bad News Bears thrown into the mix. I was planning on doing them myself, but think it would be best to have someone else publish it so I can concentrate on the creative. I’ve spoken with some of my manly industry friends who are very interested. Gotta see just what’s the best course of action to take.

At this point in the conversation a roughneck took a swing at Billy with a bar stool and Billy had to duck rather quickly. Billy seemed to have things in hand so I let him finish up his “Blood Bath In Bayport”. I pinched the waitress on the butt, stole a beer and made my way out into the chilly night.

I hope you enjoyed getting’ into Billy Tucci’s head for a little while? I just hope ya made it out. It’s a dangerous place to be. Be checkin’ with me from week to week to see who else I arm wrestle and speak words of iron with. I think you’re gonna be surprised at what your favorite creators are thinkin’.

I wanna thank Billy for takin’ the time to join us here for the first installment of Five Manly Questions With? Check out his comics, his website and his wife’s butt when Billy ain’t lookin’.

I also want ya to try and take the time to visit my own website It’s the only place that you can get a tank full of testosterone and have a little fun. I’ve got lots of art, scripts and tons of fun photos for ya to check out. As always, if ya wanna send me YOUR photo I’ll be glad to put it up in my Manly Fans Section. Ya need to check it out, there are lots of hot babes there.

Ya might even run into me there? I ain’t hard to find.

Your amigo,

Beau Smith
The Flying Fist Ranch
P.O. Box 706
Ceredo, WV. 25507

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About The Author

Beau Smith

Beau Smith is a writer for Comics Bulletin