Mindy Newell: Why?

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. mike weber says:

    As i quoted David Drake’s “Hammer’s Slammers” novel Rolling Hot after 9/11:

    “Does it ever get easier?”

    “No … but it gets over.”

  2. Bill Mulligan says:

    I have no guns. Just to get that out of the way.

    I do not have great fear of being shot at work, despite working at a high school that has, as all do, some young people who are a lot like this young man was. That’s probably because we are NOT a gun free zone. We have–officially–2 resource officers who are armed. Anyone planning on taking out as many people as they can with them had best consider the high likelihood that they will be taken out early in the effort, should they choose my school.

    Some gun rights advocates have made the following claim–since at least 1950, virtually all mass shootings have taken place in places where guns were not allowed (the exception was the shooting of Gabby Giffords). I don’t have the time to check this out (or the interesting claim that the Colorado Dark Knight shooter skipped the closest movie theaters near his home to specifically go for the only one that had big “Gun Free Zone” signs.)

    It makes sense though–if your intent is to kill a lot of people you go to A-where there are people and B-where there are NOT people who can stop you.

    I don’t know what the realistic answer is, I don’t see us really allowing mass numbers of people with concealed weapons walking around New York and Detroit. A nation without any guns is a fantasy. None of the laws I’ve seen proposed in the wake of this tragedy would have had any effect on it. The guns were legal, the kid had not done anything worthy of institutionalism, the family was well off and needed no additional social programs…But I have yet o see any argument that declaring areas “Gun Free” will in any way stop anyone other than someone who has no intention of shooting up the place. I suppose they have a psychological effect on those who don’t dwell too long on the premise.

    Thanks for not being one of the many people who are jumping on this for political points, and I mean people from ALL ends of the political spectrum. It’s unseemly.

  3. John Ostrander says:

    Good column, Mindy. And I’m very fed up with Michigan Republicans.