Sad Comic-Con's Over? Sob Not Young Nerdlings - Blackest Night's Geoff Johns is Here to Fill Your Con-less Hole!

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When approaching "Blackest Night" and to a greater extent the DC
Universe what mythologies do you find yourself consistently drawing
from?
 
When I reintroduced Hawkman, I named his city St Roch after a saint who, in many ways for me, represented Hawkman. I draw a lot of things from history, not from mythology - theology, I guess.

How do you feel about Fanboys?
I'm a fan boy so I love fanboys.

How does your opinion of the fans affect the way you approach stories? Do you find yourself considering the potential backlash before doing something?


If I was worried about backlash I never would have followed Mark Waid on The Flash. I never would have brought Hal Jordan back. I wouldn't have done half the things I've done in my career. I worry about character and story first. But I'm also a fan so I do what I woul like to read. I'd love to read a big Green Lantern epic that's huge and insane. But, you always want to be respectful of the material. If I like say, Captain Cold (Flash), I want to reintroduce him as a major character and to do that I might change some things that might have been established - originally he didn't have a whole lot of drive or motivation and I wanted to change that. One thing I love about the Rogues is they live hand to mouth - very blue collar - and they wake up with an alarm clock, like, "6 AM! Time to rob the banks!" Captain Cold doesn't want to rule the world, he just wants to live a comfortable life and this is the only way he knows how to do that. So for me, taking a character who hasn't been utilized much and revamping them, making them something bigger, most of the times readers respond to that - it resonates with them.

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Tell me what hoops you have to jump through to kill off a major character (Ke'haan from the Lost Lanterns for example)... are there any?  Do you have to clear it with DC / other writers?

Characters I know are going to die, I try to build them up, give them pathos and purpose so that when they die, the audience is like, "whoa." You really feel it.

The only truly major character I've ever killed was Superboy and it was very editorialy constructed.  They wanted to kill a character that had ties to everybody. I had spent years building him up on Teen Titans (I wrote Teen Titans for awhile) and I felt like I was much better suited to killing him off in an organic way. Subsequently he's been brought back to life.

(smiles)

Actually, that incident affected my feelings for Teen Titans and I left that book about a year later. I didn't think I could continue without my linchpin of Superboy and Robin. So I left.

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Has the prophecy of "The Blackest Night" existed in the form all along - or are you making it up as you go? 

It grew organically out of Green Lantern: Rebirth, but I usually have big goal posts where I want to go. As soon as the Sinestro Corps developed, I knew where I wanted to go.

When you're writing do you have walls covered with timelines? I feel like I would have to do that in order to keep everything straight.

No I keep it all in my head. I have some notebooks but in general it's up here (taps head). But I do have about a hundred (virtual) stickies open on my computer with ideas - I have a new series I'm starting next year with literally a hundred issues all plotted out on these stickies.
That's one series where I know where I'm going to end.

 Is there a favorite story or issue that you've ever written?  What makes it so special?

Issue 25, the end of the Sinestro Corps war, when Coast City stands up and says no, we're not leaving to the Sinestro Corps who are basically terrorists. That was the best ending I ever wrote.I set out to creat something emotionally satidfying and I feel like I accomplished that.
That issue is my favorite I've ever done. Blackest Night comes pretty close.It's a different kind of emotion - horror - but still...

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How do you feel about digital comics?

I want tangibility in my comics but as long as both options are there, on the web and on paper I'm fine with it.

Anything else you'd like to add?

Just that I love being at Isotope Comics. James is a great host, has an incredible store, and a great philosophy on retailing and running a comic book store. I don't do many store signings that I have to fly to - it's been years since I have. That should say a lot.

Johns recently partnered with Earth 2 comics to open a store in Sherman Oaks. More details found at Johns website by clicking here.

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