MINDY NEWELL: Am I Really A Writer?

Mindy Newell

These days Mindy Newell knows that if she could do it all over again she’d have gone to college for screenwriting and film editing. Instead she became a nurse to please her parents and pleasing your parents was what it was all about for nice Jewish girls who graduated from high school in 1971. But the creative larva was in her soul, and when the cocoon broke and the butterfly emerged, it flew to DC’s New Talent Showcase program. Under the auspices of legendary editors Karen Berger, Len Wein, Julius Schwartz, Paul Levitz, and ComicMix’s own Robert Greenberger, Mindy learned the craft and art of writing comics, including Tales Of The Legion, V, Legionnaires 3, Amethyst, Lois Lane: When It Rains God Is Crying, and numerous other comics, including a Superman story based on a dream Mindy had as a child. She also worked on Howard Chaykin’s American Flagg! and other independent comics. All this time Mindy continued to work as a nurse while being a single mom to her daughter Alixandra, until the late and dear Mark Gruenwald hired her as an assistant editor at Marvel, while writing stories of the Black Widow and Daredevil. She edited NFL Pro Action, a licensed kid’s magazine about football with the NFL until Marvel imploded in 1996. Returning to full-time nursing, she she also co-wrote a story for 2000 A.D. with her then-husband, British artist John Higgins. A few years ago Mike Gold called and asked her to join the team of columnists here at ComicMix, where her topics freely range from comics to pop culture to politics; she even wrote a piece about the great American thoroughbred Secretariat, which caused editor Mike to tell her that she had won the prize for the most off-topic column ever written ComicMix.

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6 Responses

  1. Russ Rogers says:

    A writer writes. You are a writer, even if you don’t have the same habits or talents as other writers you admire. And anytime I start comparing what I do with what I see others doing better, that’s almost always a losing proposition, a one-way ticket to depression, self-doubt and inaction.

  2. Mindy Newell says:

    Which is why I’m in therapy, Russ. ;-).

  3. Writing is a funny game. 90% of what I do now is writing and i’m working on some pretty big projects but I couldn’t seem to finish what I wrote UNTIL I realized that writing is RE-writing.

    Once that got into my head I’ve been able to finish, put it down and come back with enthusiasm vigor.

    I also found that the more time you spend with your editor the better you become as a writer.

    Lastly-you are SUCH a writer Monday. I still remember when you and Mike Grell spoke to my students, they were not the only person taking notes. ;-)

  4. Mindy Newell says:

    Yo, Mike, don’t you know I was bullshitting my way through that speech? :-) LOL!

  5. Mindy Newell says:

    Yo, Mike, Monday’s are the one day I DON’t write!