Manly Question Results

Last week I asked the manly question of what kind of questions would you like to see comic book creators and editors asked and answer in interviews.

The turn out of emails were much better than I thought. The total of emails came in at 354. That’s not counting the postings of various message boards on the internet.

The emails were all in-depth and I thank everyone that wrote in for going to so much trouble. I spent a good part of the evenings going over all the emails and enjoyed it. It really seems that there are a lot of folks out there that are thinking the same way when it comes to what they would like out of an interview.

I went through em’ all and summed up the most requested wants for questions and subjects that they would like to see.

Unless the creator is working on a really HUGE event or change in a character, they don’t really want to read that much about the story line. They said that they get most of that information in daily news items and for the most part they all keep upon story lines by being a regular reader and picking up Diamond Previews and checking regular internet news sites.

They would like more insights on how the writers come up with the stories, do they take notes, do outlines, drafts and the length that it takes them to complete a story. What program do they use, MS Word, Final Draft or any other writing program? They want to know how the writer goes about getting work or if that writer is working on the X-Men, how they pitched to get it or the process they went through to get that job.


“Ask me the tough questions, I’m a writer. You’re not.”
-Geoff Johns

They want to know about networking. How a writer goes about it and what they had to do to establish them selves. They mentioned they would like to know what kind of things influence them the most, is it movies, novels, music?

They want to know if they prefer working in full script or plot “Marvel Style”. How does it change a story or their writing habits when they work with a co-writer. What is their working relationship with the artist, or is there any? What do they prefer when working closely with an artist?

There were lots of requests to know what it’s like working with an editor. What is expected? What kind of editorial style is best suited for them? Is there a big difference between working with Marvel and DC than with an Indy publisher?


“Ask me tougher questions. I’m an artist and I will crush you like the insect you are.”
-Scot Eaton

Questions they want to see asked of artists flow along in the same line as writers. Influences, working relationships with writers and editors; networking and working with an inker. There were really a lot of emails asking about what tools they used, brushes, pens, markets, paper, the procedure of how they lay out a page, do they prefer full script as to plot and when is the best time to look for work. There were a few that wanted to know what characters they liked working on or wanted to work on, but most questions seemed to lie on the work or technical side.

There were loads of people that wanted to see interviews with editors where they were asked what they look for in a pitch and IF they even want to. They wanted to know if pitches were something their publisher asks them to seek out or do they just want pitches from established or creators that are already working for them.

They wanted to see editors asked what a pitch should be or look like in content and format. They want to know what format they prefer a writer to use. They wanted to know how much as an editor you have to deal or work with the marketing department and sales. What factors in when it comes to getting a new project off the launch pad?


“I promise to answer all your questions, Beau. I’m an editor. Just please don’t make fun of my Aqualad haircut anymore.”
-Eddie Berganza

From most of the emails it really seems that we have a lot of people out there looking to get into comics as creators. Almost all the questions were directed at “How To?”. Most of the questions were also slanted at Marvel and DC Comics. Most were concerned with established characters. Please remember, this was what I had reported in from 354 people, there are a whole lot more folks out there. These are also from people that are on the internet and read my column. I’m sure if this was reaching a larger more broad-based readership there would be even more questions and opinions to digest.

It does sound like there are a lot of people that are interested in being professional creators in comics. I guess guys like me have to keep looking over our shoulder for the next pack of young pups to come nipping at our heels.

I wanna thank everybody that wrote in and please keep you thoughts coming in. They are always appreciated.


The Worth Of Comics

I remember the once a year thrill I would get when the new Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide would come out. It was 1973 when I got my first price guide. It was a thick book loaded with all sorts of wonderful information and photos of comics that I had and comics I could only dream of owning.

I would spend the first week after buying my price guide just looking up the comics from my own collection and guessing at their condition. I never sold any of my comics, but knowing what they were worth gave me a feeling of worth that I could attach to my hobby. It was also an immense help when I went to buy back issues from the few comic shops that were around and the mail order places. I loved the galleries in the book where they would show pictures of all kinds of great Golden and Silver Age comics in the book. I would dream of finding those issues in an attic or basement. That was always the dream of kids like me, to find an unearthed treasure of comic books. Another dream was to one day have one of my own comic books listed in the Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide. Well, I never did find that attic stash of old comics, but I have had my comics listed and even their covers printed in the price guide. It was a thrill the first time and continues to be.

I was lucky enough years ago to become friends with the man that started the price guide, Mr. Robert M Overstreet. Bob is a wonderful friend and comic book historian. I still find it hard to believe that I finally met and became friends with the man that started the price guide that I enjoyed so much. Bob and his lovely wife have always treated me like family and that sure means a lot to me. The Overstreet Price Guide is now published by another friend of mine, Steve Geppi, the owner and ruler of Diamond Comics Distribution as well as Gemstone Publishing that churns out the price guide. It couldn’t be in better hands. I think Steve is still the world’s biggest comic book fan. A title anyone should be proud to have.

I just got the 36th edition Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide the other day. It’s bigger than ever. It has been on my nightstand all week. Every night I go through it and relive memories and make new ones. Funny thing? I didn’t used to have to wear reading glasses when I read it, now I do. I guess some of us are getting older. Not Bob Overstreet.

Thanks for all years and many more to come, Bob.


Being Manly, Being Proud

There’s not a day that goes by that most of us here in the United States don’t think of or are reminded of the tragedy that took place on September 11, 2001.

It’s one of those days in history that we will always remember where we were and what we were doing when we found out.

It started a war that may not be over any time soon if ever. As the media always says, “It changed our lives forever.”

It wasn’t soon after that terrible day that I was contacted by long time friend and publisher of DC Comics, Paul Levitz. Paul told me about a book they were doing to that dealt with the events of 9/11. They were gathering a wonderful list of creators to be a part of this and to tell a story of their feelings. I was very proud and honored to be asked to be a part of that project.

As a writer I get asked in interviews what work of mine I am extra proud of. I always mention the 9/11 September 11, 2001 Volume 2 book. It was a six-page story that only took me an hour to write. Not because it was easy, but because I just sat there and wrote from the heart. I let the words flow out and find their place on the paper. It was a magical time as a creator.

At the time I didn’t know who would be drawing my story. I wondered if they would be able to translate what I had in my head and put it to drawing paper. I was notified that the artist was to be Val Semeiks with Romeo Tanghal on inks. I was excited. I had always admired Val’s work and had never worked with him before. Same with Romeo. I loved his work on all those Teen Titans issues. Nice guy Kurt Hathaway was brought in to letter they book and my friend Lee Loughridge was the man on the colors. Lee and I had worked together on some Guy Gardner Warrior stuff before. He always nails the job.

What they did with my story was beyond my dreams. They captured the grit and heroics that I was wanting to relay in my story. The details and colors really stood out and made this a story that was quite different than the others in the book. The other day while fixing up yet another bookshelf here at the ranch I pulled the 9/11 book down from the shelf and reread it. I think it means even more to me now than then. I am very proud of that piece of work. I think I always will be. The name of the story was Soldiers. If you run across the 9/11 book please give it a read.


Manly Reading Of The Week

This week I have a very fun recommendation for your manly reading. In fact I think that your wife, girlfriend or babe you’re trying to impress will also love it as well.

It’s a comic book called LOVE AND CAPES by writer/artist Thom Zahler. It’s classified as a “Heroically Super Situation Comedy”. Ya know what? It is!

This book is almost a one-man-show with Zahler doing the writing, the drawing and most everything else. It’s full color and clocks in at about 24 pages. I love the animated, TV look and pace of the story. Most of you will think of Bruce Timm when you see the art. That’s a very good thing. Zahler has always been one of the wittiest writers and creators I know. For someone to be so talented in so many fields he lacks my shameless, self-promoting ways. He really needs to swipe some of my DNA and have a mad scientist inject it into him. This is a book that many need to see and read. It has no gender borders. It will appeal to everyone. It has the taste of Seinfeld and Friends. Everyone will find something they like here.

LOVE AND CAPES is full of fast paced, witty dialogue that doesn’t tug at your sleeve and tell you it’s funny. You know it is. It’s a play on so many super hero stories that you know and love. I promise you will enjoy the banter and sparks between the hero know and Crusader and his girlfriend Abby. The supporting cast is supports the story, as well written supporting characters are supposed to do. Amazonia is one of my favorite characters in here. You see her and you’ll know why.

You must check this book out. It’s a manly order. To do so here is the info:

Love and Capes by Thom Zahler
Maerkle Press
http://www.maerklepress.com
http://www.loveandcapes.com
http://www.thomz.com
$3.95 cover price

Tell em’ Beau Sent ya.


Serenity NOW!

A few weeks ago I told all of you about me finally discovering Joss Whedon’s FIREFLY TV series as well as his movie SERENITY. Now I’m back to make sure y’all know about the wonderful trading cards that are out there on SERENITY. The fine folks at Inkworks have come out with a very coolest of trading cards called simply SERENTITY PREMIUM TRADING CARDS. These are top quality photo cards that will make your knees quiver with collecting fever. 72 prime cards as well as cool chase cards like The Women Of Serenity and Serenity Renegades.

These cards are really beautiful and a must for anyone, like me, that is a fan of FIREFLY and SERENITY. Here is the info straight from Inkworks:

    Inkworks brings the amazing space adventure film, Serenity, to a premium set of trading cards. From the Oscar®- and Emmy-nominated writer/director Joss Whedon – responsible for the worldwide television phenomena Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel – now applies his trademark compassion and wit to the film about a small band of galactic outcasts first brought to audiences in the cult hit television series Firefly. The 72-card series features the amazing story and special effects of the highly anticipated film that hit theaters September 30, 2005. It has already garnered rave reviews from Browncoats at sold-out preview screenings across the country. Also look for randomly inserted bonus cards to add to the collectibility of this new sci-fi classic!

  • Autograph Cards – One Per Box! – 10 different signers: Nathan Fillion as Mal, Gina Torres as Zoe, Adam Baldwin as Jayne, Alan Tudyk as Wash, Jewel Staite as Kaylee, Morena Baccarin as Inara, Summer Glau as River, Sean Maher as Simon, Ron Glass as Shepherd Book and Chiwetel Ejiofor as The Operative (10 different cards, inserted approximately 1:36 packs).
  • Pieceworks® Cards- One Per Box! – Eight different cards featuring pieces of the actual costumes worn on-screen during the filming of the movie. (8 different cards, inserted approximately 1:36 packs).
    1. PW1 – Shirt worn by Nathan Fillion as Mal
    2. PW2 – Pants worn by Gina Torres as Zoe
    3. PW3 – T-shirt worn by Adam Baldwin as Jayne
    4. PW4 – Shirt worn by Alan Tudyk as Wash
    5. PW5 – Shirt worn by Jewel Staite as Kaylee
    6. PW6 – Pants worn by Morena Baccarin as Inara
    7. PW7 – T-shirt worn by Sean Maher as Simon
    8. PW8 – T-shirt worn by Chiwetel Ejiofor as The Operative
  • “RENEGADES” – a nine-card foil puzzle. (9 different cards, inserted approximately 1:11 packs).
  • “WOMEN OF SERENITY” – five foil stamped, die-cut cards featuring the women of Serenity. (5 cards, inserted approximately 1:17 packs).
  • Plus look for 3 box loaders “THE TRUTH WITHIN” (3 different cards – 1 per box) and a case loader “BROWNCOATS UNITE” (1 per shipping case).

SERENITY PREMIUM TRADING CARDS CONFIGURATION:
6 CARDS PER PACK – 36 PACKS PER BOX – 10 BOXES PER CASE – SRP: $2.49
UNCUT MINI-PRESS SHEET “RENEGADES” – Only 199 sequentially-numbered sheets will be available. – SRP: $69.95
SERENITY COLLECTOR ALBUM- SRP: $19.95
Go to http://www.inkworkscards.com and tell em’ Beau sent ya.


Busted Knuckles Babe Of The Week

Susan Anton
– actress and mega-babe


Susan Anton, Today

In the 1970s I was in high school and college. Like me, if you were a man then you had a major lust going for the tall, leggy blonde actress, Susan Anton. She was everywhere, TV, movies, magazines and on posters in every guy’s dorm room. She could sing, she could dance she could act? kinda? but all that was secondary. She was/is HOT! If memory serves me right, I think she even played Pamela Anderson’s mom on a few episodes of BAYWATCH. She is known best for her movie called GOLDEN GIRL where she was the daughter of a neo-nazi doctor that juiced her up to be a “super woman” to win the Olympics. She was also in a fun TV series called Cliffhangers where she played a Lois Lane action character. Fun 70s stuff.


Susan Anton, Golden Girl ? 1979

So take another long look at the lady with the million dollar legs.


Busted Knuckles Manly Comic Book Cover Of The Week

Men’s Adventure #10

This is a mean, tough guy cover. If you read what the Sarge is saying to the quivering soldier you’ll know what I’ve told may a editor and artist that didn’t see eye to eye with me on a job. Men’s Adventure was a great comic that gave you at least 3 to 4 different stories and always a lot of great art. You can find issues pretty cheap if you look real hard in the convention long boxes and on Ebay.

See what my amigo, Chuck Dixon, has hauled out this week on his site for a poor excuse of a manly cover. His website is at http://www.dixonverse.net in the message board section. Tell em’ Beau sent ya.


FREE? FREE? FREE!!

As some of you know, when I’m promoting one of my new projects I like to try and do something a little special for those that might or will support that project. If I were a rich man I’d buy y’all beers and pickled eggs. Since I’m not a rich man I’ll try and do the next best thing.

All you have to do is email me your name and shipping info and I will send you a FREE, autographed, cardstock, B&W print from my upcoming IDW Publishing mini-series Cobb: Off The Leash. I’ll sign it, pay the postage and send it to you, all for FREE!

The only thing I ask is that ya think about buying the series when it comes out in May and please tell your local comic shop retailer to stock and order it. To help your retailer out let em’ know that the Diamond Order Number is MAR06 3280E.

Below is a copy of the print you’ll get done by series artist the legendary Eduardo Barreto. It’s a great manly shot of Cobb and his co-star in the series, Molly, she’s the one in the short skirt with the nice legs.

Tough guy+ Hot Babe+Guns= Manly, Full Throttle Entertainment.

I look forward to your email. Here’s mine: beau@flyingfistranch.com.


Tell Em’ Beau Sent Ya

That seems to be the battle cry this week in Busted Knuckles. Maybe that’s a good thing. I hope that all of ya had a wonderful Easter weekend. Mine was good. Family, food, foolin’ around and I’m sorry to say?mowing the grass. Didn’t sleep much, but then when do I? Watched some really good DVDs and I’ll share those reviews with ya another time.

There is already movie option buzz going around about Cobb and there has also been more calls on Wynonna Earp this past week. All in all I’ve gotta say things are pretty good. That ain’t a bad thing either.

Keep those emails, letter and packages coming in. I look forward to em’. As always keep being a Knucklehead.

Your amigo,

Beau Smith
The Flying Fist Ranch
P.O. Box 706
Ceredo, WV. 25507
http://www.flyingfistranch.com


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About The Author

Beau Smith

Beau Smith is a writer for Comics Bulletin