Geoff Boucher

Nov. 01, 2008 | 9:18 p.m.

Growing up, Geoff Boucher
always wanted to be a mild-mannered reporter working for a major
metropolitan newspaper….or maybe a wookiee. He came to the Los
Angeles Times in 1991 and, after years covering crime and local
politics, he switched to the Hollywood beat covering film and music.
Now he’s the paper’s go-to geek.

Also contributing:

The Legion of Super-Bloggers here at the Hero Complex includes Jevon Phillips,
a Times staffer who specializes in our favorite television shows,
especially “Heroes” and the frakking brilliant “Battlestar Galactica;” Denise Martin, another Times staffer, who has an undying passion for “Twilight” and anyone ever enrolled at Hogwarts; Gina McIntyre, a Times editor who learned her craft by watching too many slasher films; and Yvonne Villarreal,
whose earliest memory of wanting to be a journalist stems from watching
broadcast reporter April O’Neil on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
television series.

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28 Responses to Geoff Boucher

  1. Hi, Geoff,
    I was just reading Alex Segura's guest post on Pop Candy and he mentioned that you are a Star Trek fan.
    In that spirit/katra I invite you to check out my blog, Bad News From Outer Space, where, in between movie reviews and other shenanigans, I do some TOS Photoshop Fumetti that you might enjoy. <a href="; rel="nofollow"&gt <a href="http:// <a href="http://;"” target=”_blank”>;" target="_blank"> <a href="http://;” target=”_blank”>;
    I do hope you check it out.

  2. Jovana says:

    Hi Geoff–
    Big, BIG fan of your blog. Just thought I'd pop here after being a silent lurker for so long and let you know.
    I've added you to the "sites we like" blogroll on my own science in entertainment blog, Looking forward to much more geeky goodness from you in the future!

  3. Sarah VZ says:

    Hey Geoff,
    I met you on Monday in Hick's class. It was great listening to you talk and all of your stories were so interesting and helpful!
    Love the blog so far, can't wait to read more.
    Thanks again,

  4. Hi Geoff,
    I was wondering if you would be interested in writing AUDIO MEETS VISUAL REDUX with the complete details of that historic night I brought Jack Kirby and Frank Zappa together. I think you will find it magically entertaining as it was several years in the making.
    You might also like details on graphic novel I am doing based on a screenplay I wrote with Jack, FOREVER AMORE and the characters I created including Noctvrnvs.
    Contact info is available at my website. I look forward to hearing from you.

  5. Hello, Geoff!
    Just found this blog and really enjoy it. I'm a big Doctor Who fan and am about to delve into your posts on the show.
    I'm a comic book writer/editor, and it'd be amazing to get the word out about the new book I'm working on with the help of Hero Comples. Here's the spiel:
    The fourth volume of Image Comics' Harvey Award-winning POPGUN anthology is set to be released on February 10, 2010. We're looking to get the word out as much as possible.
    Ben Templesmith's cover art, five preview stories, and a full list of contributors can be found here:
    If you'd be interested in conducting an interview with any of our creators or doing a review (I can send you a link to our PDF of the entire book), please let me know, and we'll set something up. It'd be fun and much appreciated!
    D.J. Kirkbride, co-editor POPGUN 4

  6. Reel Brother Steve says:

    Hi Geoff, and Happy New Year/Decade –
    Enjoy your "Hero Complex" very much and have discussed many of the same stories on my radio show dealing with all aspects of the film industry, but my heart always leans toward genre films!
    I'm planning to launch an evening version of the show shortly, and would love to have you on as a guest sometime. If interested, please e-mail me at the above address and we'll make something happen!
    Steve Holmes a/k/a Reel Brother Steve

  7. Hi,
    I thought you might be interested in learning about a phenomenon that's spreading on the internet. Avatar fan are depressed because the movie was so beautiful that they aren't able to cope with the fact of the planet not being real. I would love to see what James Cameron has to say about it, here is the link to the original article on a forum:
    Thank you

  8. Adelina Vlad says:

    Dear Mr Boucher,
    I'm Adelina Vlad, business editor for Forbes Magazine in Romania, one of the 10th international licences of Forbes US. I write a cover story of Avatar and I really need to interview James Cameron. I've seen your interview before the release of the movie. Can you please help me with some contact details for JC's staff?
    Thank you so much!
    Best regards,
    Adelina Vlad

  9. KAberg says:

    HBO green lighting George RR Martins "Game of thrones"" not mentioned yet ? You might be in danger of getting your nerd/geek/ fan boy credentials revoked…

  10. Sam Lobashev says:

    Hi, Geoff!
    Thanks for running a great blog!
    I am the editor of a new resource for Russian-language screenwriters We publish Russian translations of the best screenwriting articles and interviews we can find online.
    We would like to ask for your permission to publish the translation of your interview with Linda Woolverton. Is it possible?
    Thanks a lot,
    Sam Lobashev.

  11. Geoff Boucher says:

    Sure but please do link to the original

  12. Hey Geoff,
    I dropped a Twitter comment, but thought I'd ask here.
    (and I promise I'm not trying to cause trouble ::grin:: )
    I'm sure you recall there was a bit of a dust up with SDCC guide last year as far as the girl's guide. (Not the story, but the slideshow. The story was informative and very cool!)
    But I know some of the geek gals who frequent SDCC each year have lots of different reasons they love SDCC and great insights, so I was wondering if you guys were:
    a) Planning another feature on SDCC and
    b) Might be interested in getting a little insight from some of the more involved Geek Girls out there?
    The truth is, women are becoming more and more a part of geek culture. You're a geek. You know there are times people don't think Geek Girls even exist (crazy, huh?) or that we fake it to get guys to like us.
    But if anyone might appreciate a geek female perspective over at the LA Times, I'm thinking it might be you. ;-)
    What do you think?
    Geek Girl Diva

  13. Geoff Boucher says:

    GeekGirlDiva, thanks for the note. I thought that slide-show last year was deeply embrassing for the paper and I would have tried to spike it if I had seen it before it ran.
    I'd love to have a guest essay from you or a guide put togetther by readers…what did you have in mind? My email is

  14. Andres says:

    Hey Geoff, a group of us Legion of Super-Heroes fans on Twitter decided to start a homegrown campaign to see if we can get DC Comics to produce a Legion Flight Ring giveaway à la the Blackest Night rings. Here's my post about it:
    Any publicity…probably can't hurt! Thanks!

  15. Niall Murphy says:

    Hey Geoff,
    I just stumbled upon your blog and I think it's awesome. I love comics, movies, action figures, etc. and I myself, just created a blog and I see a lot of similarities. I think some of the people that read your blog would really like mine. I'm wondering if you could possibly give a little shout out about me or maybe even in the future I could write some stuff for you Thanks so much,

  16. Niall Murphy says:

    Hey Geoff,
    I got your e-mail and I'm really enthusiastic about possibly writing for Hero Complex. I sent you an e-mail but I still haven't received a response. If you could send me some topics I could start writing right now. Thanks.

  17. I was wondering if you all would like to do a story about Allison Mack, the leading lady of Smallville, who may be leaving this season. Her fans have put together a commercial to air in the Los Angeles area this spring and have a site at <a href="” target=”_blank”>

  18. Tim Pape says:

    Thought your readers might like this clip:

    Its part of a series we're developing.
    P.S. Dig your blog.

  19. Chris Mason says:

    Hi Geoff,
    I noticed the "Hero Complex" superhero typing image in your logo sure looks familiar…
    Fin, cape, typing – hummmm, bears more than a passing resemblance!
    Chris Mason
    co-founder <a href="” target=”_blank”>

  20. Geoff Boucher says:

    Hey Chris, yes, you're right, there is a similarity in posture and, um, "fin" …I will forward your comment to the artist who did all the new logos for all of the LA Times blogs.
    I know he did about a dozen different ones for the HeroComplex and I picked that one because i thought it was funny. The bulk of the guy reminded me of "the Incredibles."
    I never saw the cartoon from your link before I made that choice. I'll let you know what the artist says, cool?

  21. Cal Godot says:

    Wow. Logo plagiarism. What gives? I don't blame Geoff Boucher – he picked the one he liked. But that graphic designer? Looks like he was more than a little "inspired." Geoff, line them up in Photoshop (using layers) – and I think, being a very honest fellow, you will want to change your logo and refer the designer to your editors.

  22. Chris Mason says:

    Thanks Geoff.
    As an artist I know inspiration comes in many forms – when I saw the logo on your site I was more than a tad miff'd – But you seem to be a stand up guy and I appreciate the quick action in removing it!
    The original as designed by ME, was for our forums and was up until recently in use on our site for over 5 years… The similarities were way too close to be coincidence!
    Thanks again!
    CM <a href="” target=”_blank”>

  23. Geoff Boucher says:

    Yes it was way too close. Give me a call Monday and let's chat some more about it, I'll be happy to tell you everything I've found out. 213 237 6123

  24. B9000 says:

    Dear Mr. Boucher:
    Really enjoy this blog. Lots of fun and informative.
    But I have been waiting for more on "Thor."
    I quote your April 1, 2010 Column:
    "Check back. I will be posting a lot more from my Branagh interview."
    Not much since. How about an update? I'm about the same age as Branagh and felt about the comic in my teenage years much the way he described his own feelings for it, so I'm more than a little interested as to how he is going to pull this off.

  25. Geoff Boucher says:

    Watch this week (or next, at the latest) for that "Thor" stuff and when you see it you'll understand why there was a delay….

  26. MARK11 says:

    Thanks again for such a great, cool place.
    Can't make the Ridley Scott deal next weekend.
    Trying every which way to get from work, but can't.
    Too many projects to finish up.
    Relocating to LA soon.
    Then I can hit as much stuff as possible.
    Plus..I have too many creative questions for Mr. Scott.
    All have fun.

  27. mark11 says:

    After reading about the Germany's film student's odyssey, I can't say anything but…thanks. I'm just…overwhelmed that this fan's trip turned out so great.
    In a current screwed up world and America…to find out that there are still great and gracious folks like yourself, and your co-workers at this fest, Ridley Scott and Chris Nolan…just makes me emotional right now.
    I started off as a simple and voracious fan of comics, movies, graphic novels, etc.
    All because great stories come from great storytellers in so many ways.
    You and others there at the fest., could've easily gone Hollywood idiocy on this film student. And treated him like crap. But…you didn't.
    For whatever the reason is…you just opened the doors, let the guards go…
    and realized…this really is all about bunch of fans coming together
    for something we all love.
    It is the same way I've gotten into making films, writing scripts.
    Just want to give back to the fans…which is where I've come from and will always be.

  28. Neal Kirby says:

    Dear Geoff,

    The Gary Groth interview with my father has been re-released and has been circulating on the internet. Though my opinion may be viewed by some as non-objective, I can say that my father spoke the truth in this interview. Stan Lee has had the advantage since my father's death in 1993 of being the last man standing.

    He has been able to say, claim, invent, whatever he wants without any fear of rebuttal! Is it conceivable that Stan Lee, with little knowledge of mythology, much less Norse mythology, could come up with the premise of Thor as a super hero? Isn't it much more likely that my father, whose studio on Long Island was filled with books on history and mythlogy, of which his favorite was Norse mythology, would be much more likely to have created such a character? I could go on as such concerning almost all of the Marvel characters. What bothers me the most, however, is that Stan Lee is rewriting history in his favor, and the youngsters o today view him as the lone creator of the Marvel characters. There have been many injustices in the 80+ years of comic book history; this, without question, is one of the greatest. Sincerely, Neal Kirby

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