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I’m Beau Smith, your only true friend. Here at The  Flying Fist Ranch you’ll find all the latest info about my writing career in graphic novels,  comic books, pop culture and entertainment. You can check out all of my past work or be the first to find out what new writing  crimes I’ve committed. Most all of the thoughts here at The  Flying Fist Ranch are mine, so you’ve got nobody to blame but me if you read something you don’t quite agree with. After all… if everybody in the world agreed with me it would be almost darn near perfect. (Twisted, but perfect.)

I hope you enjoy your vist, as always, if you have any comments or questions, just let me know.

Your amigo,

Beau Smith

The Flying Fist Ranch

P.O. Box 706

Ceredo, WV. 25507

beausmith2@earthlink.net

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As we battle with one of the most harsh Winter seasons we’ve had in decades, Wynonna Earp, covert U.S. Marshal for the Black Badge Division, also has her gloved hands full in the remote wilderness of Alaska.  She has chased down paranormal fugitives including a southern fired Dr. Frankenstein, Communist Yeti, Russian Immortals and the Vampire nation.  She’s got back up in the form of a team of kung fu Bigfoot that work for the Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Needless to say, this is a graphic novel that you really need to read.

Wynonna Earp has recently been optioned for a TV series and noted Pop Culture reviewer, Ben Herman has reviewed my graphic novel, Wynonna Earp: The Yeti Wars to give you an idea just what you’re in for.

Bundle up, it’s gonna be a bit nippy outside:

http://benjaminherman.wordpress.com/2014/02/10/comic-book-reviews-wynonna-earp-the-yeti-wars/

Your frostbitten amigo,

Beau Smith

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It doesn’t matter if you’re a life time comic book reader or a casual one, you need to know how to buy comics and most importantly, enjoy them.  I think I have a few tips and insights on the topic for you.  All you need to do is click and read, I’ll do the rest.

http://westfieldcomics.com/blog/interviews-and-columns/beauology-101-how-to-buy-and-enjoy-comic-books/

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At one point or another, we’ve all had “earth shattering” questions that we wanted to ask fictional characters in comic books.  Most of us keep those questions in our heads so that regular folks won’t think we’re nutty, not me!  This week I ask those questions out loud and to the imaginary people that populate comic books and have for over 70 years.  Now is your chance to feel like a serial killer that has discovered like-minded psychopaths, read these questions, pretend they have answers and then ask your own.  Join my nutty world.

http://westfieldcomics.com/blog/interviews-and-columns/beauology-101-superhero-qa/

From the asylum,

Beau Smith

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Parts Unknown-The most guilty pleasure in comic books. Read a little about how this vile, violent, vessel of alien villainy all got started.  Just click on the link and enter Beau Smith’s Parts Unknown.  http://westfieldcomics.com/blog/interviews-and-columns/beauology-101-beau-smith-and-his-u-f-o-sighting-in-comics/

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Promotional and Giveaway Comics At Their Best

As a comic book reader, collector and creator, I have always enjoyed the rare promotional comic books that publishers like Marvel and DC have produced from time to time. I especially enjoy the older promo comics from the early 1980s, when they popped up a lot. I was very lucky in those days to have friends working at both Marvel and DC that knew I enjoyed the hard-to-find promotional comics, and those friends would send me a handful of promos from time to time when they came out.

The comics were fun, action-packed, and contained solid story telling. There was always a sense of 1960s Saturday morning cartoon enjoyment that I found entertaining on a few different levels. The comics were created for all ages – and I truly mean all ages. They had oddball team ups of heroes and you never knew what bad guy(s) they would toss in. Here are a few just to give you an idea:

Good Guys: Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk, Captain America, the X-Men, Spider-Woman, Storm, Power Man, the New Teen Titans with the Protector, Firestar and Iceman. One issue of courtesy of Marvel and the Dallas Times Herald newspaper, had Spider-Man team up with The Dallas Cowboys of the NFL in an all-out battle with The Ringmaster and his Circus Of Crime!

Bad Guys: Daddy Long Legs, King Rat and his Army of Mice, Kingpin, Dr. Doom, Magneto, Sandman, Dr. Octopus, Kraven The Hunter, the Beetle, SmokeScreen, the Enforcers, the Absorbing Man, the Rhino, the Wizard, the Enchantress, and the Trapster! Those are just a few of the great rogues that show up in these books.

The creative teams that they used were a true Who’s Who of solid professionals such as: John Romita, Sr., Marie Severin, David Anthony Kraft, Kerry Gammill, Mike Esposito, Stan Goldberg, Jim Salicrup, Jim Mooney, John Tartag, Alan Kupperburg, Rick Parker, Chic Stone, Johnn Costanza, Marv Wolfman, George Perez, Ross Andru, Joe Giella, Sal Buscema, Stan Lee, Steve Ditko, Ed Hannigan, Al Milgrom, and many more.

My personal favorite of these is a 7 Eleven/Marvel issue where they teamed up Spider-Man, Captain America, the Incredible Hulk and Spider-Woman to battle the Enchantress, the Wizard, the Rhino and the Trapster. It’s a fun issue with the Wizard in love with the Enchantress, a really pissed off Rhino and the Trapster still trying to live down his original name of Paste Pot Pete. The issue is also filled with cool ads where you can order 7-Eleven/Marvel shirts, cups, posters and other such hard-to-find items. In fact, most of the issues do include ways to subscribe to Marvel & DC issues and local ads for the stores and companies that helped to sponsor these fun comics, folks like 7 Eleven, Acme & Dingo Children’s Boots, Foley’s, the American Cancer Society, Concentrated All Detergent, the President’s Drug Awareness Campaign, theChicago Tribune, Nestle Quik, the Kansas City Star, the Fight Against Tooth Decay, the Dallas Times Herald, Sanger Harris May D&F Stores, and more.

On the collectors’ side, I’ve seen these issues go for a pretty penny with retailers and dealers. I don’t know what the print runs were for these oddball comics, but since these were giveaways to non-traditional comic book reading crowd, I suspect that not very many of these were kept and put away. More than likely they were lost and thrown away, making the issues even that more collectable. I know I cherish mine and enjoy them to this day. I highly recommend them for your collection and hunt of oddball comics, promotional and giveaway comics are a whole sub-genre of collecting on their own. Join in and see what you can find.

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Recently, Shawn Engel and Thomas Deja interviewed me on their entertaining podcast JUST ONE OF THE GUYS.  It ended up being a “Tell All” about my run of writing Guy Gardner at DC Comics. It’s an in-depth interview and as you listen to it you’ll no doubt ask yourself, “Doesn’t Beau ever shut up?”  In answer to that…..Nope!  I hope you enjoy the interview and tell all your friends and enemies about it.

http://twotruefreaks.com/main.php

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Yeti Vs. Bigfoot. You wonder why it’s never happened in movies, on TV or even in books, I did too, and then I decided to take action. I got tired of waiting for someone else to create this match up of mayhem, so I did it! Wynonna Earp: The Yeti Wars not only brings Yeti vs. Bigfoot, but it also gives you, communist immortals, the corporate vampire nation, A mad, southern fried scientist that splices humans and animals AND….Wynonna Earp-U.S. Marshal that hunts down paranormal fugitives. Published by IDW Publishing. You can buy it from IDW or order it from your local comic book shop, (Order #OCT100439) and Amazon. Check the link below to order it directly from IDW. Order today and make me not-so-poor and semi-famous! http://shop.idwpublishing.com/wynonna-earp-the-yeti-wars.html

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I quench my thirst for revenge from my Manly Modock Mug Of Mayhem. World Domination Never Tasted So Darn Good.

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