Mindy Newell: It’s All About The Image

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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3 Responses

  1. Jonathan (the other one) says:

    The news media are still reporting that Accused.Aurora.20120720.001 (I agree with David Brin, he doesn’t deserve a name) claimed to be the Joker. And they’re still repeating, uncritically, the claim that he dyed his hair bright red “like the character” – who, as I am sure you’re well aware, has NEVER had red hair! It’s varied from kelly green in some of the comics to a greasy dark green in Heath Ledger’s performance, but it is *not* red.

    Are they, perchance, confusing the Joker and Ronald McDonald??

  2. Rich says:

    Thanks for pointing out that the “Joker” quote was false. It was also reported on several of the TV news shows here in Denver that he said it to the officer when he was captured. I did not connect the dots until I read you column, but I just realized that the police announced in a press conference after his arrest that they were not going to disclose any information about him. Which means (duh!), that unless a reporter was standing right there when he was captured (which none were) they could not have possibly known that.

    Interestingly, CNN is on the TV behind me as I type this and they just referred to him as the Joker again. CNN also spent quite a bit of time on the night of the tragedy explaining to viewers that Aurora was a city 8 miles from Denver. I live in Denver and Aurora is a suburb whose border line is about 10 blocks away.

    As the line in “Who Shot Liberty Valance” goes: “When the truth meets the legend, print the legend.” Sigh….

    • mike weber says:

      Hmm. I thought i posted to this – the “ten miles” is doubtless center-to-center distance as given on, say, Google Maps.

      As an example – Hapeville GA (site of the Dwarf House, the first Chcik-Fil-a location) is contiguous with Atlanta. In fact, Atlanta is on three sides of Hapeville.

      Yahoo Maps gives the Atlanta-to-Hapeville distance as nine miles.

      It lists Denver-to-Aurora as roughly ten miles.