Mindy Newell: Paul Is Dead

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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2 Responses

  1. mike weber says:

    In order for Clara to die heroically at the end, she had to do Something Really Stupid halfway through.

    She’ll be back, at least once or twice. After all, this Clara is only one of many. The Doctor has seen her die a couple of times before she became his companion.

    I have to say that the Doctor’s last line is right up there with some of the best “Bou have you ever F***ed up” lines i’ve run across in a while.

    • Mindy Newell says:

      Totally agree, Mike. As another Mike (Gold) said to me, “Moffat never forgets”–or something like that! :-) He also said: “Moffat lies.” (A big theme in Matt Smith’s run.)

      The “other” Claras are still out there, somewhere in time and space, so I think we’ll be seeing some incarnation of her before the season is out…big hint: the latest issue of DR. WHO magazine features Jenna Coleman on the cover, dressed as a waitress in a “classic” American diner.