John Ostrander: Telling Secrets

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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6 Responses

  1. Mindy Newell says:

    GREAT column, John!

    In many cultures, and in magic, revealing your name to someone gives the receiver power over that person.

  2. mike weber says:

    Minor semantic quibble:

    The girl’s phone number (to examine) one of your examples, is not a secret before the boy asks – it’s an unknown.

    If she doesn’t give it to him … then it’s a secret.

    • mike weber says:

      Hmmm. That sneaky parenthesis closed itself early.

      Should have read “(to examine one of your examples)”

  3. Mark Turner says:

    Really enjoyed this article! Great reminder for writers on how to add depth and dimension to their characters. I’m actually going to review some work now, asking myself these questions! Thanks!!

  4. Emily S. Whitten says:

    Excellent column on writing and stories, John. Made me think! Thanks.

  5. Council says:

    Thank you for another wonderful post.