By Beau Smith
Welcome once again to The Flying Fist Ranch, home of Busted Knuckles. Your only true outlet to all that is manly in the world of comics and pop culture. At least that’s what I tell everybody as they shake their head and walk off.
This week I’m once again continuing my new feature Five Manly Questions With?; so far it has been very popular with you the readers. Some of ya just love readin’ what your favorite comic book creators are thinkin’ in the world of testosterone, others are repulsed by the politically incorrect questions and answers that they’ve been readin’. It seems some folks out there want things to be flowers and jelly beans all the time. Tell em’ to try on that dress some place else.
I gotta admit, sometimes it’s hard to find folks that will admit their true feelings in a industry that thinks they’re a mini-Hollywood, and that every one must be of a liberal bent or they aren’t a true artist. Hey! We’re all just normal folks with normal blue collar ways of thinkin’. Hollywood movie stars are the last people that I wanna take lessons from when it comes to politics or the way I should live my life.
With that? I wanna introduce ya to this week’s comic book creator that I hunted down like a dog and talked to. His name is Geoff Johns.
Geoff was born in frigid Detroit Michigan. When he wasn’t runnin’ from the cops or plottin’ comic book crimes with his brother, Geoff was makin’ his mark at Michigan State University where he was doin’ some hardcore studyin’ of screenwriting and film production. I’m not talkin’ porn either? not sayin’ that would be a bad thing, but Geoff was livin’ on the clean side of the street.
After graduatin’, Geoff packed up all his weapons of choice and moved to Los Angeles to see if it was as sinful as the stories always said. It was in Hollywood that Geoff became an intern for Richard Donner. Now that could mean anything from getting’ the guy doughnuts to really runnin’ the show. I figure it was the latter. Wasn’t long before ol’ Geoff became Donner’s assistant and spent four years doin’ the film thing. He worked on such movies as Conspiracy Theory and Lethal Weapon 4. It wasn’t long after that Geoff began writing comic books?his first love. He did a bang up job on Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. and then went into high gear and started workin’ on books like JSA, Hawkman, The Flash, Teen Titans, Avengers, and many more.
Right now Geoff is ridin’ a major high with his hit book Green Lantern: Rebirth. Everybody is dyin’ to know what Geoff has planned for comic book icon Hal Jordan. I’ve got some personal investment in this series ’cause I wanna see what he has planned for my old buddy, Guy Gardner.
Geoff has a flair for respectin’ the characters he writes and always givin’ em’ dignity. He never goes for the cheap shot like some other writers that I wouldn’t piss on if they were on fire. His use of witty and dead on dialogue puts him in a class with the best writers that have ever coined a phrase. Thing is, Geoff has just got started.
That’s enough of admirin’ the Geoff Johns resume. Let’s get on to talkin’ to the man about knuckle bustin’ manly stuff.
It wasn’t long after I hit Los Angeles that I found my way to Geoff’s Hollywood palace of a home. His beautiful French maid, Fifi (that’s all the French are good for) said that Geoff was poolside. I went out there and there was Geoff sayin’ goodbye to Mel Gibson. Mel was there no doubt askin’ Geoff what his next career move should be.
I nodded at Mel and took a seat in the beautiful Hollywood sun. Geoff’s maid, Fifi, high-heeled her way to me with a couple of really cold beers. After some big talk? real men don’t do small talk? I told Geoff that my Busted Knuckles readers were wantin’ his answers to my high-octane manly questions. Geoff said he was more than happy to let everybody into his own manly mind and sit a spell.
Without any further delay? here’s what went down:
Beau: Geoff, bein’ a man that has had his way with Hollywood, what annoyin’ celebrity would ya like to smack in the head with a shovel or a heavy kitchen appliance?
Geoff: I’d pick an industrial sized Mixer and use it on anyone from The Surreal Life!
Beau: Let’s talk chicks. Name some of the sexiest babes on the planet.
Geoff: The Laker Girls. All of them?. except the redhead.
Beau: Name the manliest movie ever made. One that every real man should see to rev up his testosterone.
Geoff: That’s easy, Beau. The Dirty Dozen. One of my favorite movies by far about bonding, redemption and damnation. Great film, beautifully directed as well.
Beau: Ok, tough guy?a fight question. If you’re gonna take out somebody’s kneecaps what do ya use?a ball bat or a lead pipe?
Geoff: [grunt] ? a shotgun.
Beau: Name your latest and upcoming manly work in comics and entertainment so my manly readers can steal the money from their mommy’s purse to buy it. Name the publisher as well.
Geoff: Green Lantern: Rebirth, Teen Titans, The Flash, and JSA. All DC Books. My favorite books to read right now are Wolverine, Green Arrow, Adam Strange and Y, The Last Man.
I took a second to count to five on my hand. Yep. My work here is finished. I asked five manly questions.
I thanked Geoff for the beer and the time. He took a long pull of his beer and nodded. Fifi came back out to show me the way to the door. I enjoyed followin’ her.
L.A. is a nice place to kill someone, but I wouldn’t wanna live there. It was time to head back to the hills of West Virginia. I had more work to do.
I want all of ya to make sure you get over to Geoff’s very good webiste. He has one of the best message boards in the business. Really nice people meet there and talk not only about Geoff and his books, but all kinds of other manly stuff that ya need to be a part of. Here’s the address: http://www.geoffjohns.com
If ya get the chance to meet Geoff at one of the cons make sure ya shake his hand and ask him about all the trouble he used to get into in Michigan.
Be here in the next few weeks when I’ll ask Five Manly Questions to more of the top creators in comics. Folks like Dwayne Turner, Gail Simone, Terry Moore, Colleen Doran, Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Conner and more. In the mean time, send in your list of folks ya want me to ask my five manly questions to. Maybe I’ll hunt em’ down.
As for me? I ain’t hard to find.
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