John Ostrander: No Trespassing

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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  2. Mindy Newell says:

    Great column, John!!!!

    I was in therapy and dealing with depression when I was at my busiest in the comics world. Though I was never worried about therapy interfering with my writing; never thought it about, to be honest. However, looking back, (and even now) I’m glad I WAS in therapy, not just for personal reasons, but for my professional life as a writer–it was actually, uh, therapeutic :-) for my writing–I was able to understand and get into my characters’ heads even better, and I think it gave me a more nuanced “feel” to my dialogue.

    Anyway, Woody Allen was in therapy for years and it sure didn’t hurt HIS output–although maybe it did fuck up his relationship to Mia. *gasp!”