John Ostrander: How I Learned to Write

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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3 Responses

  1. Mindy Newell says:

    Great column, John!

    I, too, never really had formal training in writing; a class here, a class there in high school and college, and I did take a couple of courses at the Gotham Writers Workshop in NYC. But most of what I’ve learned came from reading—reading the classics, reading comics, reading science fiction, reading TIME and NEWSWEEK, reading “bodice rippers.

    The operative word is reading.

    Read, kids!

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