Mindy Newell Is Writing This During The Giants / Packers Game

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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4 Responses

  1. That game not only got away from the Giants, the backlash in the media against OBJ the next day is killing me as a fan. Have you watched OA yet?

    • Mindy Newell says:

      Sorry, Mark, im-not-so-ho, OBJ deserves all the backlash for dropping those two very easily catchable passes into the end zone. (My brother thinks he’s highly overrated, btw.)

      No, I haven’t watched OA yet. The premise didn’t pique my interest, as it sounded a lot like that show on network TV where the kid shows up after being dead–what was that show again?–and I didn’t hear enough good things about it to negate that.

      Am I wrong?

  2. ReneCat says:

    Mindy you hit the nail on the head! 24 without Jack(especially)and Chloe is just 24 Lite.

    • Mindy Newell says:

      However, ReneCat, I just watched the last three episodes of last season’s HOMELAND before the premiere last night, and Miranda Otto was so remarkable as Russian mole Allison Carr! And I believe she (Miranda, not Allison) is playing the new head of the CTU on 24:LEGACY, so I will definitely watch the premiere after the Super Bowl on February 5. :-)