Mike Grell is most well known
for his long run as writer and artist on DC's Green Arrow, The Long Bow Hunters.
This lead to Mr. Grell creating a Green Arrow monthly for DC that he continued
working on for many years. Prior to his run on Green Arrow, Mr. Grell created
the comic book Warlord which was DC's best selling monthly title for a time. Mr.
Grell is also the creator of John Sable Freelance who has appeared in many
comics and prose novels written by Mr. Grell.
The five questions are not comic related. We figured you get sick of
answering the same comic related questions.
I asked Mr. Grell the Frivolous 5 questions during his panel discussion held on
March 8th, 2003 at the Chicago Comicfest in Rosemont, Illinois. The attendance
at this convention was low compared to previous years and there were very few
people going to any of the panel discussions. There was a small group of us in
the panel with Mr. Grell. I was sitting off to the side jotting down some notes
as Mr. Grell conducted the panel. When it came time for the question and answer
portion, Mr. Grell looked right at me with my notebook and said, "I know
that you've got some questions!". I proceeded to tell him and the room that
I in fact had 5 questions that I would like to ask for the Collector's Edge
Comics website and if no one minded I would ask them. No one objected and we all
had fun listening to Mr. Grell's responses.
What is the greatest movie of all time?
Oh boy, the greatest movie of all time is pretty much acknowledged to be
"Citizen Kane". If you ask me what my favorite movie is, it's
different than that. My favorite movie to watch, I think, is probably
"Singing in the Rain" followed real close by "Raiders of the Lost
Cool. Second question: are you a little bit country or a little bit rock
and roll? Please explain
I'm a little bit rock and roll. I never cared for that "oh, my dog
died" kind of twangy country music. I glad that somebody invented rap so
that there's a form of music that I hate worse. On the other hand, country music
right now is a lot like rock and roll used to be. Rockabilly, whatever you want
to call it. The songs that you hear right now are not as "country" and
having gone out on that limb, my musical tastes are everything from classic to
jazz to blues. I love swing.
Next question: what is your favorite soup?
[laughs] Chili. Damn near God's perfect food. If God had figured
out a way to take out the farts.
Who is your favorite Muppet and why?
[laughs again] My favorite Muppet has got to be Miss Piggy. I
mean, this is a strong female role model, right? She gets what she wants and
there's no two ways about it. Or, she'll kick you in the chops and that's the
end of it. My father's favorite Muppet is the Swedish Chef. I don't know why
since Dad is true blooded Italian, but there you are.
And the final question, is it better to give or receive?
Mike Grell: It's better to have
enough that you can give.
Thank you very much.
Mike Grell: [continuing and
laughs] …Sort of implies that it's better to receive first. But, it's way
better to give. At Christmas time, my biggest joy is watching other people open
presents. I get stuff, yeah, but, it doesn't matter what it is. One year, I
drove my wife nuts because she asked me what I wanted for Christmas. I told her
I wanted a kazoo. She found this handmade silver and gold, jewel encrusted
kazoo. But, it was seven thousand dollars and she wasn't going to spend that
much. And I said, "Well, I'm really glad because what I really wanted was a
plastic kazoo." And she said, "You're in luck, because here you
go." That was one of my best Christmas presents. And Tinker Toys…excuse
me, Lincoln Logs…Lincoln Logs that I got when I was 20.I never had them.