MARTHA THOMASES: Grimm – Once Upon a Time

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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4 Responses

  1. ranter1027 says:

    And lest we foget – ONCE UPON A TIME seems to be at least 60 percent a rip off of Bill Willingham’s superb FABLES from Vertigo, which ABC optioned for a series, passed on, then magically came up with ONCE on their own. Yeah, right.

  2. Ella says:

    Correction – Nick isn´t married. He wanted to propose when he found out about his Grimm legacy so he never did it. They just live together. Also, he is “one of the last Grimms”, not the last one.
    But otherwise, I agree, Grimm is a better show from these two.

  3. Mindy Newell says:

    @Ranter1027: Hmm….FABLES was optioned. Then dropped. And ABC came up with ONCE UPON A TIME….

    Can Willingham sue?

  4. JosephW says:

    I gave up on “Once Upon a Time” after the third episode. The pacing was interminably slow (the premiere episode should’ve been a 2-hour event) and the show was giving me the same unpleasant feeling I got from “Carnivale.” With “Carnivale,” each episode had an interesting 5-minute start and the last 10 minutes would be incredibly intriguing enough to get me to watch the next episode; unfortunately, the middle 40-45 minutes was absolutely boring (there might be an occasional WTF moment during that time but ultimately, it was a time waster). Granted, that final 10 minutes always got me to watch the next episode for two seasons. Fortunately, the network cancelled the show at the end of the second season; it kept me from having to do that dirty work myself–the second season finale just ticked me off that much.

    With that bad experience still lingering (even after 6 full years), I was in no mood to give “Once Upon a Time” any more time.

    “Grimm,” on the other hand, was a show I didn’t expect a lot from and, while the first episode was a bit slow, the pace quickly picked up and I’ve been keeping up with it since.