Bryan Johnson (comic book writer)
Johnson at the 2012 New York Comic Con.
|Born||Bryan Lee Johnson
December 7, 1967
Highlands, New Jersey
|Occupation||Comic book writer, podcaster, television personality, actor, screenwriter, film director|
|Notable work||Comic Book Men
Bryan Lee Johnson (born December 7, 1967) is an American comic book writer, podcaster, actor and television personality associated with filmmaker Kevin Smith and the View Askewniverse. He is best known by his local fame in New Jersey and appearances in Smith's New Jersey films as comic book fan Steve-Dave Pulasti. He was also the basis for the Clerks character Randal Graves. Through his friendship with Smith, he was often involved in his productions until Smith moved to Los Angeles. He wrote and directed one film, Vulgar (2000), for View Askew. He worked briefly at the Los Angeles branch of Smith's comic book store, Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash. He became co-host of the Tell 'Em Steve-Dave! podcast with friend Walt Flanagan and Brian Quinn. He also has co-starred on the AMC reality series Comic Book Men since 2012.
Johnson has collaborated with Flanagan in creating comics adapted from their screenplays, including the 2004 miniseries Karney and the 2007 miniseries War of the Undead. According to an April 12, 2013 posting, Johnson no longer lives in his parents' basement.
Bryan Lee Johnson was born in Highlands, New Jersey. Johnson attended Highlands Elementary School there (part of the Highlands School District) and Henry Hudson Regional High School, graduating in the mid 1980s.
Johnson has discussed his life and work with Kevin Smith in detail in various SmodCo podcasts, including 'Highlands, a Peephole History,' 'Why Bry?' with Kevin Smith, and 'Tell 'Em Steve-Dave,' the podcast he has hosted since Johnson created it in 2009.
In late 2009 Johnson began the podcast Tell 'Em Steve-Dave with his friends Walt Flanagan and Brian Quinn.
On February 12, 2012, the reality television series Comic Book Men premiered, on which both Johnson and Flanagan star.
The series aired its 5th season finale on April 3, 2016.
On July 24, 2014 during the edition entitled 'Shady Acres' from his podcast Tell 'Em Steve-Dave, Johnson expressed intent on creating a follow-up to his 2000 film, Vulgar. He stated that he has spoken with Kevin Smith about the project with Smith replying, 'Start writing immediately.' Smith is on board as an executive producer. The script is being written by Bryan Johnson while he and the production wait for the original film's rights to go back to Johnson sometime in 2015. But as of 2016 no sequel has been produced.
- Mallrats (1995) (Actor)
- Chasing Amy (1997) (Actor)
- Big Helium Dog (1999) (Actor)
- Dogma (1999) (Actor)
- Vulgar (2000) (Actor, Writer, Director)
- Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001) (Actor)
- Jay & Silent Bob's Super Groovy Cartoon Movie (2013) (voice actor)
- Mallbrats (2016) (Actor)
- Clerks: The Animated Series (2000) (Voice actor)
- Comic Book Men (2012-) (Himself)
- Talking Bad (2013) (Himself)
- Soul Asylum - Cant Even Tell (1994) playing hockey on the Quick Stop roof
- "Ming in Charge". Comic Book Men. Season 2. Episode 4. November 4, 2012. AMC.
- Lin, Jennifer. " Smith relocates his Secret Stash". The View Askewnierse. Retrieved September 28, 2013.
- Weiland, Jonah (October 19, 2004). "Sideshow Freak: Bryan Johnson Explores the World of 'Karney'". Comic Book Resources.
- Ullrich, Chris (January 10, 2007). "War is Hell: Johnson and Flannigan Talk 'War of the Undead'". Comic Book Resources.
- Johnson, Bryan. "Tell 'em Steve-Dave Twitter Account".
- Muir, John Kenneth. An Askew View 2: The Films of Kevin Smith, Hal Leonard Corporation, 2012. ISBN 1557837945. Accessed February 6, 2013. "Bryan Johnson, the director of Vulgar (2000) and the actor who portrays comic book snob Steve-Dave in the View Askew universe was born in Highlands and later attended Highlands Elementary and Henry Hudson regional High School (the latter named after the sea captain who first explored the area in 1609)."
- Kehr, Dave (April 26, 2002). "FILM IN REVIEW; 'Vulgar'". The New York Times.
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