John Ostrander: Don’t Mess With The Bird

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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  1. The thing that’s interesting is that EVERY time PBS’ funding is threatened b someone in the government, Sesame Street is the image they use to represent the network. It’s an easy move, it’s clearly their most recognized show, but I’ll bet it cheeses the hell out of other folks that work there.

    While I definitely still check in on the folks on Sesame Street when I can (their recent parodies have been brilliant – they just did Boardwalk Empire, for pete’s sake), I also remember PBS as where I got turned onto Monty Python and the world of Britcoms, not to mention Red Dwarf. Most old school Doctor Who fans got their first look at The Doctor on PBS. (It played on WOR here in New York before that).Just about every British show you ever fell in love with, up to and including that Upstairs Downstairs pastiche you’re all losing your fudge over..

    They were saying before the debate that Mitt always writes a note to himself on his notepad to remind him that his Dad’s election hopes were lost with a poorly-chosen off-the-cuff remark. He should get a tattoo.

  2. Duane B says:

    If you want to cut subsidies, the needed place to start are to the countries OUTSIDE this one. They are just going to have to understand that the cash cow, they’re so fond of getting their milk money from, is a little sick and needs some time to get better. So they’re just going to have to wait a little while for that solid gold bathroom set.

  3. John,

    I’m in Paris having a bite to eat and trying to catch up on my emails etc. I just read this and when I got to your last line I started laughing, something I RARELY do, out loud. You should looks I’m getting from the people at the cafe as I sit here continuing to laugh like a idiot while I type this.

  4. Mindy Newell says:

    Once again the polls have proven that old adage NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE ABILITY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO BELIEVE BULLSHIT….or something like that.

    Yes, Obama was somewhere else at the debate. (Check out the SNL skit on YouTube for a peek into Obama’s mind.) Who the hell knows what happened?

    But Romney was insufferably rude and boorish, and unable to wipe that smirk–which the media interpreted as a smile, but, sorry, body language is body language, and visual clues are visual clues, and he WAS smirking, probably didn’t even realize he was doing it, probably thought he WAS smililng, but the body doesn’t always go along with what the mind is thinking, y’know?–and he just plain lied.

    Yes, he lied. Period.

    Think of this–if it had been Hillary Clinton acting like that during the debate, the media would be all over her for being rude, loud, obnoxious, overbearing, and lying.

    Sexism, plain and simple.

    Romney is a salesman. He revealed himself to be a salesman at the debate. Not the “Nordstrom = wonderful customer service” type of salesman.


    Romney was the car salesman pitching for the deal…but refusing to let you look under the hood.

    America…look under the hood!!!!

  5. Mindy Newell says:

    Btw, the Republican party has been jonesing to cut off funding to PBS since the day the organization was funded. Just as they have been jonesing to get rid of Social Security for the last 60 years, and Medicare, and Medicaid since the Johnson administration.