JOHN OSTRANDER: Telling Stories

John Ostrander

John Ostrander started his career as a professional writer as a playwright. His best known effort, Bloody Bess, was directed by Stuart Gordon, and starred Dennis Franz, Joe Mantegna, William J. Norris, Meshach Taylor and Joe Mantegna. He has written some of the most important influential comic books of the past 25 years, including Batman, The Spectre, Manhunter, Firestorm, Hawkman, Suicide Squad, Wasteland, X-Men, and The Punisher, as well as Star Wars comics for Dark Horse. New episodes of his creator-owned series, GrimJack, which was first published by First Comics in the 1980s, appear every week on ComicMix.

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2 Responses

  1. mindyp51 says:

    John, you rocked this column!

    I especially liked your comments on math and numbers. When I was taking my Statistics class, I told my teacher: Statistics is bullshit. Whoever's doing the poll or the survey or whatever can screw with the math until it comes out the way he or she wants it. And the teacher agreed.

    That's why I take all those polls about the Presidential campaign as b.s., especially right now. It all depends on who's doing the poll and what their political leanings are. The other day I got a call from a pollster for Herman Cain–check out my column, btw! –I told him that I'd be glad to participate, but that I was not a supporter.

    The guy hung up. Didn't want to hear from someone who wouldn't give him the answers he was looking for.



  2. AdamYJ says:

    As a storyteller, I can agree with some of your sentiments. The telling of stories is something at the core of human existence. It's how people explained the world around them thousands of years ago. Stories entertain and teach and give us insight into ourselves.