In the past few months I have done almost everything I know to get the word out on my upcoming mini-series Cobb: Off The Leash from IDW Publishing (street date May 31). I’ve done most of this with little or no money. Not because I wanted to, but because I had to. I pulled out 20 years worth of grassroots marketing and promotions out of my saddlebags. Everything that I ever did to put Eclipse Comics, Image Comics, McFarlane Toys, and IDW Publishing on the map I have put into getting the word out on Cobb.
It’s all worked. The word is out and growing more every day. I’d love to stick out my hairy chest and claim all the credit for this swell of excitement for Cobb, but I’m not drunk enough to lie and too sober to make up a good story. The reason the word on Cobb is being passed around so well is because you guys. All of you that read Busted Knuckles, post on the various message boards, write reviews, throw interviews my way and best of all know that I don’t lie to ya when it comes to comics.
My thanks go out to you. Yes, Cobb is something that I personally enjoy creating and writing, but I also do it because I know it’s something that has been missing in the field of comics for a while. It’s something that you, the readers, have asked for and very few have listened. It all comes down to just that, listening to those that pay the bills and give you a chance to do something you love for a living.
I wanna thank the hundreds of you that have emailed me and requested the free signed Cobb print that Eduardo Barreto and I have done. To date they have all been sent out to you and you should either have them or be getting them any day. They went all around the world and to some of the most unique and strange places. I’ve really enjoyed that.
This is all just the pre-release buzz for Cobb. Come May 31st when the first issue is on the retail shelves and in the hands of readers, that’s when the push becomes the big shove. I’ve got my next phase of manly promotions planned and with the book on the streets I intend on paving the roads of the world with it. You guys will be one step ahead of the rest of the world. You will be the soldiers of Beau Nation that I will depend on to pass the word even further. All you have to do is tell one other person that you liked it and they might too. No late night infomercial or chanting at the airport terminal. Just a few words to someone else. It will be greatly appreciated and also show the comics industry that everything doesn’t have to be force- fed to you with a blindfold on.
With all of the buzz that you’ve been generating you’ve caused the world of films and TV to come calling. Through your efforts there is also growing interest in Hollywood on Cobb. In fact, it’s been pretty fast and furious. I know that you haven’t read or seen the full issue of Cobb: Off The Leash #1 yet, but I thought I’d share my thoughts on the casting of Cobb with you. In return I hope that you will share your thoughts and suggestions with me. I’m sure you’ll have a better idea of who you’d like to see playing these parts once the issue is out, until then , I thought I’d get the ball rolling on my end. Remember, these are just my thoughts.
Cobb: Physically I think that big wave surfer Laird Hamilton would be the perfect Cobb. Both of em’ are six foot three and around 220 lbs. The only drawback is that Hamilton isn’t an actor. I think he’s done surfing stunts for some movies, but nothing in the form of a role. My more realistic choice would be actor Mark Valley from TV’s Boston Legal and Keen Eddie. He is the right age and even has a real life military background. (Gulf War). I like him because he always seems to be able to get a great sense of humor across and is always likable. These things are a must for the character of Cobb. My dark horse would be Brian Van Holt from the now axed TV show Threshold. If you watched the show I think you should be able to see where he’d fit the role. I’d love to see my buddy Gary Daniels get a shot at it. He’d be great. He’d have to lose the British accent, but he’s a good actor. He could do it. I could send him tapes of my talking. That’d be scary.
Molly: I think this role would be a great large screen step for Evangeline Lilly from the TV show Lost. She’s the right age, look and she’s shown a wide range that would really fit the character of Molly. She’s also shown that she can do the action stuff which is a must in this role. Of course I’d love to see Rhona Mitra in this role. I guess she could lose the British accent pretty easy.
Jack Murphy: For the role of Cobb’s secret service mentor and Molly’s grandfather the great actor James Caan comes to mind first. Right age, great actor and can do the action stuff. James Gammon would be a fun choice. I love everything this great character actor has ever done. He’s been in countless westerns, was great as Don Johnson’s dad in Nash Bridges and as a blast in the movie Major League.
Yuri Ivankov: For the role of the head of the Russian Mafia my first choice would be Gary Oldman. Wonderful actor and I know he could bring his own slant to the Russian gangster that fancies himself an expert on human behavior. Lance Henricksen would also be a good choice. The man can act and there is always that great look in his eyes that lets you know you do not wanna mess with this guy. Another choice would be one of my favorite actors, William Forsythe. This guy can play anything! When it comes to being menacing he is a master.
Nikita: Yuri’s former lover and now runaway informant. I would love to see Milla Jovovich in this role. I think she’s great and she fits all the quirks of this character. But most of all because Eduardo and I are big fans of hers and would just love to see her in the movie.
Ivan: Yuri’s wise and experienced enforcer. He physically kinda looks like the father on that TV show American Chopper. Older, powerfully built. As far as an actor, the best choice I have is William Smith. It would truly be an honor to see one of the greatest tough guy actors of all time in this role. The best part is he speaks fluent Russian. Another good choice would be Vernon Wells of Mad Max fame.
I can hardly wait to see who you guys come up with once the issue is out. If everything goes good you never know who might just cast these roles perfect. That’d be great to see some of your choices spitting out my words and teeth on the big screen.
I look forward to your suggestions.
Busted Knuckles Babe Of The Week
Some women have that certain exotic look that just makes you melt. Navi Rawat has that. Some women have that husky voice that makes your ears itch in just the right way. Navi Rawat has that. Some women were born to be the Busted Knuckles Babe of The Week. Navi Rawat is one of em’. You may have seen her in the small sci-fi movie Thoughtcrimes with Joe Flanigan (Stargate Atlantis) It was a real good movie and it really showed off her talents as well as Flanigan. Flanigan is one of those great actors that can do action and always has a great sense of humor about him.
Navi is also a semi-regular on the TV show Numb3rs. She is in an upcoming western/zombie movie called Undead or Alive. You know that sounds fun. Check her out? I do.
Busted Knuckles Manly Cover Of The Week
Star Spangled War Stories #126
DC Comics 1966
“You Can’t Pin A Medal On A Gorilla”
Art By Joe Kubert
Do I really need to say anything?A big ass gorilla with a Thompson Machine Gun taking out a Japanese machine gunner??
I can still remember the day when I saw this cover at the local grocery store in the spinner rack. I was in the 6th grade and even though it was summer I thought it was Christmas. Kubert did the art on the story inside as well. A really great story that tugged at your testosterone and heart strings all at once. No need to worry, Charlie the Gorilla does not meet the same fate as King Kong. I highly recommend that you get this back issue. With Andy and Adam Kubert back at DC it sure would be great to see them join together and do a new Story with Sgt. Charlie the gorilla with a machine gun.
Make sure you stop by my buddy Chuck Dixon’s website to see his “Weakly” attempt to outman me with his manly cover. Check it out on his message board at http://www.dixonverse.net.
Manly, Yes, But Women Like Beau Too
Every once in a while as a writer you get rewarded with an letter or email from a reader that “gets” what you are writing about and how you feel about the characters that you write. Today was one of those special days when that happened.
I got an email from a couple of my female readers that made my day. Sometimes being me, “Beau Smith Permanent Tough Guy” can keep you in a box as a writer. Editors, readers and folks in general tend to wanna keep you in that box that you and others have built. I know that due to me being me I have lost out or not been thought of for certain books, characters and stories because they think I can only write tough guy stuff. I take most of the blame there, but even so, just like comics, we all have variant covers.
Wynonna Earp & Beau Smith
The very nice ladies that sent me the email were diligent enough to see more than my Cowboy Warrior King persona. I appreciate that. I thought I’d share the links to their sites with you and let you read their thoughts on me writing women in comics.
And remember, I have been known to help get cats out of trees. (With a gun?does that count?)
Eyeballs and Lasers Beams
Well, by the time you read this I’ll be getting some eye surgery done. Bright and early Monday morning they’ll be shooting a laser beam in my right eye that The Frogmen on Jonny Quest would love to have. Let’s hope it doesn’t have the same effect. Having Type Two Diabetes such as I do, it is trying to mess with my 20/10 manly vision. I’ve got a little leakage (diabetic bleeding) around my retina. (No?not like a Steve Niles horror book) My doctor wants to fix that up so it doesn’t get worse. So they’re gonna do that Monday morning in my right eye and do the same to my left eye next week. I was sorry to hear that I wasn’t gonna get to wear a manly eye patch and get a parrot that said cuss words to sit on my shoulder. That would’ve been great. Maybe I can still find a beautiful babe to “walk the plank” if you know what I mean and I think you do.
I wll see y’all (patch or no patch) in 7 days. I hope you have a manly week. I look forward to hearing from you as always. Just email me here at the ranch.
Stay outta trouble,
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