Martha Thomases: Breaking The Four-Color Wall — Comics About Cartoonists

Martha Thomases

Martha Thomases brought more comics to the attention of more people than anyone else in the industry. Her work promoting The Death of Superman made an entire nation share in the tragedy of one of our most iconic American heroes. As a freelance journalist, she has been published in the Village Voice, High Times, Spy, the National Lampoon, Metropolitan Home, and more. For Marvel comics she created the series Dakota North. Martha worked as a researcher and assistant for the author Norman Mailer on several of his books, including the Pulitzer-Prize-winning Executioner's Song, On Women and Their Elegance, Ancient Evenings, and Harlot's Ghost.

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5 Responses

  1. Russ Rogers says:

    “Underworked,” by Bo Hampton is a delicious example of this kind of story, and it’s on ComicMix!

    I think Scott McCloud’s “Understanding Comics” deserves special mention too.

  2. Mindy Newell says:

    I agree with Russ. Scott’s UNDERSTANDING COMICS definitely deserves mention.

  3. Martha Thomases says:

    Not to be a pedant, but reprinting an entire book in a book is, well, too meta even for this.

  4. Russ Rogers says:

    I don’t think the entire book would need to be reprinted. There would be plenty of excepts or even short chapters that might have been included. I just think that Comics Non-Fiction will end up using first person narrative more, without it being a gimmick. OH, MAUS! There’s another good one. There are lots of autobiographical stories. But maybe this is more about those “flights of fancy,” meta, author-interacts-with-characters stories.

    Oh, and lets give mention to the brilliance of Chuck Jones and “Duck Amuck,” where Daffy Duck argues with his animator.

  5. John Ostrander says:

    Another aspect of facing a deadline is when you are (supposedly) making your living off your work. When the deadline looms AND the bills, it can get crazy daunting.