Mindy Newell’s Mind Rumblings

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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15 Responses

  1. Jarrod Buttery says:

    I have no idea what a Grover Norquist is. I thought the Republicans were trying to close Sesame Street, not occupy it.

    It is with a little trepidation that I innocently ask your opinion (if any) about IDW’s Star Trek / Doctor Who crossover. I’m enjoying it and my local comic shop can’t keep it on the shelves.

    • Mindy Newell says:

      Jarrod, I haven’t read the ST/DR. WHO crossover. Based on the ST/LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES crossover, I’m not that into it–although the idea has major possibilities with the right writer.

  2. Bill Mulligan says:

    “You can’t blame Obama this time!”

    Good grief, what did I miss? he isn’t president any more???

    When did the speaker of the House become the defacto leader of the free world? Well, that being the case, let’s let Boehmer make his proposal and everyone else can sign off on it.

    • Mindy Newell says:

      He’s still kowtowing to the Tea Party, more worried about his position than the country, Bill. (Of course, getting Eric Cantor or Paul Ryan as Speaker of the House would be 10 x’s worse.

      I would like him take a real position of leadership and tell those still objecting to Obama that he (Obama) clearly won the election and that the public wants the wealthy to pay their share–and btw, I think the $250K threshold is WAY too low, should be @ the least $725 K, and at the best, $1M K–and not have corporations like GE (which is the largest and richest corporation in the world, even more than the oil companies) get away without paying one penny in tax. Or remember that this is a GLOBAL economy, and if America’s credit rating is downgraded again, it will have major negative consequences not only here at home, but around the world.

    • Michael Poole says:

      Well i’ll be…is that a typo in your comment? Surely not. His name is actually John Boehner. But since you’re actually repeating Mindys misspelling in the article, I kinda doubt you even know who the man is.

      • Bill Mulligan says:

        Oh, I make LOTS of typos. I just try not to mispell “dumb” when i am calling someone else “dumb” because it makes me look, well, dumb.

        “I kinda doubt you even know who the man is.”

        Wrong again, trolleo. Now, say something foolish in reply.

  3. George Haberberger says:

    I think Estes sent Quinn to kill Brody to wrap up all the loose ends after he assumed they killed Nazir. When he was told Nazir wasn’t there, he knew he still needed Brody so he called off the hit.

    Dar Adal apparently is an agent of a super-secret, off-the-books faction of the CIA and Quinn is his operative. Estes of course asked for Adal and Quinn to be brought in on this case probably because of reduced confidence in Carrie.

    I have no idea why Jessica calls him Brody instead of Nick that makes logical sense. However it is probably significant that his wife calls him by his last name while Nazir calls him by his first name.

    • Mindy Newell says:

      Yes, George, and it’s significant that Jessica calls Mike “Mike,” too! Great points!

  4. Michael Poole says:

    “What fucking world do the Republicans live in? Who the fuck cares what Grover Norquist thinks? Attention John Boehmer!!!! Your job is to lead, not to follow the bug-fucked extremists and Tea Party wingnuts or to worry about losing your position as Speaker of the House! Get the deal done, for Christ’s sake! You can’t blame Obama this time! Like we said in the 60s, the whole world is watching!”
    Oh yes…much more civil and respectful than what I said in the comments of the other article. Wouldn’t you agree Bill and Glenn?

  5. Bill Myers says:

    “I continue to be especially impressed by Karl Urban’s Dr. Leonard McCoy…”

    I’m actually most impressed with Quinto’s portrayal of Spock. Rather than channel Nimoy he made the role his own. At the risk of getting my ass kicked by TOS fans I have to say I like Quinto’s spin on the role better than Nimoy’s. Quinto did a better job of selling the inner conflict of a man trying to live one heritage but torn inside by a conflict with a diametrically opposed heritage.

    I also love how Kirk is no longer the rock-jawed stud he was in TOS. He makes a pass at Uhura and gets nowhere, gets beat up, and in general is an irreverent smart-ass. It wouldn’t have worked had they not changed one crucial element of his past to set him on a new path.

    Also… that can’t be Michael Poole back here again. He vowed seven ways from Sunday never to come back. To come back after that, he’d have to be some kind of rampaging jackass or something.

    • Mindy Newell says:

      Bill (Myers), did you see the preview to the next STAR TREK?


      But we have to wait ’til May! :-(

      • Bill Myers says:

        Oh yeah, I’ve seen the preview. If the whole movie lives up to that promise it’s gonna be a good ride.

        I have a friend who is concerned it won’t be Trek-like enough. I don’t think spectacle and Trek are incompatible. I don’t think it’s like Roddenberry rejected incredible optics in favor of three guys in cheap-ass costumes staring at funny-looking lit buttons as a stylistic choice. The money and technology weren’t available then to do what can be done now.

        I don’t know if you watched Enterprise but when the Xindi storyline kicked into high gear there was that ep where Enterprise was getting the crap kicked out of it. Our heroes were outnumbered and outgunned, and Archer was captured by the enemy to boot. I loved that moment. It created a real sense of jeopardy that made the crew’s eventual victory that much more fun. I get the sense this new Trek movie will provide similar moments.

        It better. If they give us another “Nemesis” I’ll leave the theater before it’s over.

        • Bill Myers says:

          I should add — or at least I think I should add — the reason why that sequence from Enterprise worked so well is that the SFX were quite good. We could see the enemy ships blasting the hell out of Enterprise. We could see the weapons impacting on its hull, and see pieces flying off. It looked real. They sold it. That’s part of what made it so exciting.

          If the new Star Trek movie is all optics, if it doesn’t offer any of the intellectual and philosophical underpinnings that make Trek what it is, then I’ll be disappointed. At its best Trek is about far more than “outer space shit where good guys fight bad guys and good guys win.” Nevertheless, there’s no reason why they can’t wrap that stuff up in a rip-roaring space adventure. It looks like the writer(s) (who should come first but in Hollywood are instead ignored because this is an effed-up planet), director, and producers dreamed BIG. Good. Cool. Awesome. That’s what I want out of a Trek movie. Make me think and take me on a thrill ride at the same time. Go big or stay home, y’know?

          • Mindy Newell says:

            Well, based on the “first” TREK, I’m not worried about the writing, i.e., the “intellectual and philosophical underpinnings,” Bill (Myers). J. J. Abrams and his team get it. And, if the “villain” is Gary Mitchell, as the boards are guessing, there will be plenty of intellectual and philosophical underpinnings. After all, underlying Gary’s story is “Power corrupts. And absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

          • Bill Mulligan says:

            I’m deeply impressed that they have done such a great job at keeping the story under wraps–no easy task these days. I just hope the reveal is better than some of the speculation has been.