Mindy Newell: Have A Coke And A Snark

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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5 Responses

  1. ReneCat says:

    I knew that 24 Lite…er Legacy was going to STINK. When Jack(Kiefer Sutherland)the writers and producers LOST THEIR MINDS!!!!

    • ReneCat says:

      I meant when Jack(Kiefer Sutherland)left they lost their minds.

    • Mindy Newell says:

      Actually, Rene, I thought 24: LEGACY was pretty good–I admit I got excited when I heard the drum beating and the time winding down to “24.”

      Going to watch it tonight. I’ll let you know if I’m still feeling positive.

  2. Mindy Newell says:

    Hey, guys, regarding my, uh, dislike for Tom Brady…

    Last night was one of the most INCREDIBLE displays of the sport of football I have ever seen. To come back from behind (28-3) the way the Pats did, led by Brady, was absolutely amazing!

    So I am hereby giving my due to Mr. Brady. Plus, he was obviously crying when he was sitting on the bench. Plus, I really, really, REALLY hope his mom beats her cance, which, according to FOX SPORTS last night, she has been battling for 18 months. And btw, Terry and Jimmy and Huey were respecting the family’s wishes and did not SAY she has cancer, but I caught a shot of her around her son, and it looks as if she has gone through some serious chemo, so I am interpreting what I saw.

    • George Haberberger says:

      Hey Mindy, your post giving Tom Brady his due is just another example of your fairness and principled attitude.