MARTHA THOMASES: Wild in the Streets

Martha Thomases

Martha Thomases brought more comics to the attention of more people than anyone else in the industry. Her work promoting The Death of Superman made an entire nation share in the tragedy of one of our most iconic American heroes. As a freelance journalist, she has been published in the Village Voice, High Times, Spy, the National Lampoon, Metropolitan Home, and more. For Marvel comics she created the series Dakota North. Martha worked as a researcher and assistant for the author Norman Mailer on several of his books, including the Pulitzer-Prize-winning Executioner's Song, On Women and Their Elegance, Ancient Evenings, and Harlot's Ghost.

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7 Responses

  1. Linda Gold says:

    Martha, thanks for the reminder that doing anything, no matter how small, is better than giving up and doing nothing.

  2. John Ostrander says:

    I remember the scene, way back in A HARD DAY'S NIGHT, where George Harrison is dragged into a businessman's office to be shown some shirts. The "suit" is not even aware that harrison is one of the Beatles and harrison makes rude comments about the shirts and the spokesmodel. It's a brilliant satiric scene. It's all about selling widgets TO widgets, isn't it?

  3. Rick Taylor says:

    Yup.As long as you do SOMETHING and don't buy in to apathy, you'll remain true to yourself.

  4. Joe in Philly says:

    Good column, Martha. Fight the power!

  5. Patrick says:

    Shine on, you crazy diamond!Pat

  6. Howard Cruse says:

    Breaking through the obstacles involved in print distribution is all but impossible these days without an amazing amount of sheer luck. Meanwhile, the possibilities for creative freedom in Internet based comics (and are in general) and for reaching large audiences is dazzling. That's hugely important, since changing the world" for the better, whether in large or small ways, in the absence of SOME platform that can reach large audiences remains pretty much a pipe dream.The rub is that significant amounts of time and concentration are required for the creation of substantial art that will stand the test of time, and who is gonna pay the everyday expenses of life while the exciting possibilities of webcomics (which can in time be re-formatted for the permanence of print) are getting mined?BitPass was a noble attempt to create the viable micropayment system that Scott McCloud has long predicted could break the logjam, giving web-based comics artists some hope of earning reasonable compensation for their labors. BitPass ran aground, but the concept of potentially worldwide audiences paying small "prices of admission" to cumulatively generate sustainable subsidies for these artists still seems worth pursuing. It could make the difference between tomorrow's comics creators feeling like powerless "voices in the wilderness" and an exciting new era of empowerment.