Glenn Hauman

Glenn is VP of Production at ComicMix. He has written Star Trek and X-Men stories and worked for DC Comics, Simon & Schuster, Random House, arrogant/MGMS and Apple Comics. He's also what happens when a Young Turk of publishing gets old.

2 Responses

  1. Russ Rogers says:

    OK, this is an odd comment. But the title of the story is, "The Manx Cat." The name of this Avatar of Chaos that John Gaunt/St. John of Knives is meeting is "Mannachs." This seems to come from the Gaelic name for the Manx, "kayt Manninagh." Maybe "Mannachs" is just a bastardization of the word "Manx." So, the distinguishing feature of the Manx Cat is a cat with a shortened, stubbin tail or no tail at all. And yet, Mannachs has a VERY long and slender tail. All right, Cynosure is not Earth. "Mannachs" has some phonetic similarities with "Manx," but that doesn't mean that she IS a Manx cat. The Manx Cat statuette doesn't seem to have a tail, so maybe that is where the tail-less part comes in. We've seen Mannachs earlier in the story, but this was the first time it really struck me, "Hey, THAT Cat has a TAIL! She's no Manx!"

    • John Ostrander says:

      As much as I like to pretend to be very learned, the truth is I went with a phonetic pronunciation for Mannachs. I wanted something that could sound like it might be corrupted into Manx. I was looking to put a distance between the Manx Cat in Cynosure and what a Manx cat is with us. Looks like the Manx Cat is having the last laugh.As for Mannach's appearance (such as its tail) — being a creature of Chaos, it's not confined to any ONE form. This is the form it currently chooses to use. in other words, any similarities between OUR Manx Cat and real Manx cats is completely coincidental and probably confusing to the story.The deep dark secret is — when I first created the Manx Cat for the very FIRST GJ story WAAAAAY back in the dawn of time (well, the dawn of my comics writing career), I was just doing a nod to the Maltese Falcon, the great icon and story and movie that started with Dash Hammet, one of the creators of the hard-boiled detectives and in whose mold Gaunt was created. I never thought I'd actually be trying to EXPLAIN the whole thing! Wish I could tell you there was a "grand plan" regarding GrimJack but Gaunt/Twilley/Whoever just goes off and does their thing and I sort of go where they go.This probably doesn't answer anything but — there ya go!