Mindy Newell: Live Fast… Die Never!

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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8 Responses

  1. mike weber says:

    I loved the Angel finale; particularly the conclusion of the Wesley and wossname-the-blue-goddess arc … and her discovery, at the worst possible moment (for the bad guys), of what humanity means…

  2. That final season was so incredible, it totally made up for losing me earlier in the whole “son growing up in a demon dimension” arc. Every single episode of the last season was phenomenal- I’ve just finished re-watching many of them for the first time since they first aired, and I think my favorite may be the bit about the rich folks gathering to dine on werewolf.

    But the final episode, and the final moments especially were just so moving, from Lorne’s last scene to the last actual scene of the show. So well done. I would say that in many ways, Angel surpassed Buffy as a re-watchable series.

    • Mindy Newell says:

      Yeah, Richard, I really hated that storyline, too. But what happened was that Cordelia was going to be revealed as the “Big Bad” (to borrow a phrase from BUFFY) in the season finale, but she was pregnant, so TPTB had to work around that…and what they came up with was the horrible scene with Cordelia and Connor sleeping together.

    • Mindy Newell says:

      Yes, I loved the introduction of the werewolf/girlfriend storyline, too, Richard. Damn, but I can’t remember the character’s name right now, though I can see her clearly and even her voice.

  3. Mindy Newell says:

    Beautiful scenes/storylines in the final season of ANGEL:

    The final scenes between Wesley and Fred as she lay dying. (“Please…why can’t I stay?”

    Cordelia’s final episode. Absolutely wonderful and incredibly poignant.

  4. Bill Mulligan says:

    Buffy kind of limped to its ending, though the last few episodes were epic…but ANGEL went out on top. Which is good…but the show easily had a season or two left in the gas tank.

  5. Bill Mulligan says:

    Thinking it over, I think most of my favorite episodes of both series are pretty heavily Buffcentric…but as a whole, Angel really holds up better.