Collider was recently invited to attend a special event, held at the Avalon Bardot Theater in Hollywood, celebrating the creativity of Geoff Johns and benefitting the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, which is dedicated to the protection of the First Amendment rights of the comics art form and its community of retailers, creators, publishers, librarians, and readers. The purpose of the evening was to recognize Johns’ work on Green Lantern, that started in 2004 with Green Lantern: Rebirth, reintroducing Hal Jordan to the DC Comics Universe and beginning a journey that would make the series one of the most exciting and best-selling franchises in the comics industry. After nearly a decade of work, Johns now concludes that run with Green Lantern #20, leaving the franchise with hundreds of new characters and worlds that will be explored for generations to come.
During the event, Geoff Johns sat down for an intimate Q&A, in which he talked about bringing back Hal Jordan, escaping the typical comic book trappings, the mixed emotions he felt while finishing Issue 20, what it was like to start getting the finished pages back, how he decided where and when this story would end, the reaction he got from DC when he finally told them, what he discovered about himself while writing the story, creating the first Arab-American Green Lantern, and when he doubts himself, as a writer. He also talked about his time working for director/producer Richard Donner, and the time he wrecked one of his cars. Check out what he had to say after the jump.