ComicMix Contributors

Mike Gold

Mike Gold is the Editor-in-Chief of ComicMix. He has been the director of editorial development and a group editor at DC and editor-in-chief of First Comics, which he helped start. Founder of arrogant/MGMS, he knows everybody.

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Robert Greenberger

Now the News Editor for ComicMix, Robert Greenberger is best known to comics fans as the editor of Watchmen, by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. He’s written and edited several Star Trek novels and is the author of The Essential Batman Encyclopedia. He was on staff at both DC and Marvel Comics, and is now piloting the new Famous Monsters of Filmland site.

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Alan Kistler

Alan Kistler is a freelance writer who has contributed to and He is a freelance video editor who occasionally acts in independent film projects. His blog is located at

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Glenn Hauman

Glenn Hauman is VP of Production at ComicMix. He has written Star Trek and X-Men stories and worked for DC Comics, Simon & Schuster, Random House, arrogant/MGMS and Apple Comics.

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Van Jensen

Van Jensen is a former crime reporter turned comic book journalist. In addition to ComicMix, he contributes to Publishers Weekly and Comic Book Resources. He lives in Atlanta, and his blog can be found at

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Rick Marshall

Rick Marshall was Online Managing Editor for ComicMix before joining MTV’s SplashPage. Previously, he was Online Content Manager for Wizard Entertainment. He has written for several daily newspapers, alternative weekly newspapers, trade magazines and online media, and was named “Writer of the Year” by the New York Press Association in 2005.

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Jami Philbrick

Jami Philbrick is a freelance comic book and movie news reporter living in the Los Angeles area. In addition to ComicMix, he writes for Wizard Magazine and CBR News and works in the post-production department at 20th Century Fox.

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Elayne Riggs

Elayne Riggs is the creator of the popular blog Pen-Elayne on the Web. She was a founding member of Friends of Lulu, an organization dedicated to increasing the involvement of girls and women in comics, as readers and creators. She is married to inker Robin Riggs, with whom she shares two cats, and has odd love/hate relationship with Hillary Clinton.

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Aaron Rosenberg

Aaron Rosenberg has written novels for Pockt’s Star Trek: Starfleet Corps of Engineers, White Wolf’s Exalted and Games Workshop’s Warhammer lines. He has his own game company, Clockworks (

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Art Tebbel

Art Tebbel is a freelance writer in Los Angeles. He was editor-in-chief of Nonsense, Hofstra University’s only intentional humor publication.

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Chris Ullrich

Chris Ullrich is a freelance writer living in Los Angeles. In addition to ComicMix, he is a contributor to some of the most popular entertainment sites on the net, including The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW), Download Squad, Cinematical, Comic Book Resources and LAist, where he has served as Technology Editor.

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Andrew Wheeler

Andrew Wheeler spent 16 years as a book club editor, most notably for the Science Fiction Book Club, and has been a judge for the 2005 World Fantasy Awards. He is now Marketing Manager for John Wiley & Sons.

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ComicMix Columnists

Mike Gold

ComicMix’s award-winning and spectacularly shy editor-in-chief Mike Gold also performs the weekly two-hour Weird Sounds Inside The Gold Mind ass-kicking rock, blues and blather radio show on The Point, and on iNetRadio, (search: Hit Oldies) every Sunday at 7:00 PM Eastern, rebroadcast three times during the week – check above for times and on-demand streaming information.

Dennis O’Neil

Dennis O’Neil was born in 1939, the same year that Batman first appeared in Detective Comics. It was thus perhaps fated that he would be so closely associated with the character, writing and editing the Dark Knight for more than 30 years. He’s been an editor at Marvel and DC Comics. In addition to Batman, he’s worked on Spider-Man, Daredevil, Iron Man, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern/Green Arrow, the Question, The Shadow and more. O’Neil has won every major award in the industry. His prose novels have been New York Times bestsellers. Denny lives in Rockland County with his wife, Marifran.

Elayne Riggs

Elayne Riggs began writing at age 13, when she realized, after passing around her “Dream Marriage” stories, that other people seemed to enjoy reading what she wrote. She self-published and edited the seminal ‘zine, Inside Joke, for ten years, as well as Four-Alarm FIRESIGNal, the official fanzine of The Firesign Theatre. For the last five years, she has written on a variety of subjects on her blog, Pen-Elayne. Her work has appeared in publications such as the Comic Buyers Guide, the Jack Kirby Collector and the Utne Reader. She lives with her husband, inker Robin Riggs.

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.

Michael Davis

Michael Davis has created and/or written television shows, comic books, and reading curricula. He has run divisions at major entertainment companies and is currently writing a book called Everything You Wanted to Know About Black People But Were Afraid to Ask. Michael is also writing and illustrating a graphic novel on the Underground Railroad. Michael has a Ph.D and thinks most things are funny except cats. He hates cats.

Martha Thomasaes

Martha Thomasaes brought more comics to the attention of more people than anyone else in the industry. Her work promoting The Death of Superman made an entire nation share in the tragedy of one of our most iconic American heroes. As a freelance journalist, she has been published in the Village Voice, High Times, Spy, the National Lampoon, Metropolitan Home, and more. For Marvel comics she created the series Dakota North. Martha worked as a researcher and assistant for the author Norman Mailer on several of his books, including the Pulitzer-Prize-winning Executioner’s Song, On Women and Their Elegance, Ancient Evenings, and Harlot’s Ghost.

Marc Alan Fishman

Marc Alan Fishman is a graphic designer, digital artist, writer, and most importantly a native born Chicagoan. When he’s not making websites, drawing and writing for his indie company Unshaven Comics, or rooting for the Bears… he’s a dedicated husband and father. When you’re not enjoying his column here on ComicMix, feel free to catch his comic book reviews weekly at MichaelDavisWorld, and check out his books and cartoons at Unshaven Comics.

Ed Catto

Ed Catto is a marketing strategist with a specialty in Pop Culture. As co-founder of Bonfire Agency, Ed is dedicated to connecting brands with the “Geeks of the World” in innovative and authentic ways. Ed has appeared on CNBC and PBS as an industry and licensing expert. And as a “retropreneur,” Ed leads a team specializing in rejuvenating brands for today’s audiences.  Ed and his family are longtime Metro NY residents.

Joe Corallo

Joe Corallo is a queer cisgender white guy who tries to keep his privilege in check while residing in Queens, NY. He’s been an active participant in life for three decades, has been reading comics for over two of those decades, and has dabbled in writing comics for barely half a decade. He’s self published four issues of a cyberpunk comic titled Electronic, and had a short comic published in Geeks Out Presents: Power Anthology that premiered at Flame Con 2015. He also contributes to [insertgeekhere].

Bob Ingersoll (The Law Is Ass)

By day Bob Ingersoll was an attorney in the Cuyahoga County Public Defender Office, Appellate Division in Cleveland, Ohio, until he retired in 2009. But in the “Real World” he has also been a freelance writer since 1975, when he sold his first comic-book story to the late, lamented Charlton Comics. He’s still at it and, in addition to his long-running column “The Law Is a Ass” has sold stories to DC, Marvel, Innovation, Now Comics, Comico, Kitchen Sink and others; as well as co-authoring the novels Captain America: Liberty’s Torch and Star Trek: The Case of the Colonist’s Corpse. Bob is married with children, which is about as close to Al Bundy as he cares to get.

Molly Jackson

Molly Jackson is a many-fandomed geek living in NYC. Basically, name the fandom and she has an opinion. When she isn’t working her day job, you can usually find her waiting on line for a comic signing. You can also read up on her exploits as Wilderowens at [insertgeekhere].

Jen Krueger

Jen Krueger is a writer and improviser living in Los Angeles. Ask her and she’ll proudly tell you she hails from Chicago. Don’t ask her, and she’ll probably tell you anyway. Jen is the Associate Director of the LA Indie Improv Festival, and runs Friday night indie improv show The Manifesto Show with her team Penguins on the Playground. Jen also hosts, a podcast about pop culture before it pops. She owns one Calvinball, two sonic screwdrivers, and has degrees in Curiosity and Advanced Curiosity.

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.

Emily S. Whitten

Emily S. Whitten is a writer of many things – from the news, reviews, interviews, how-tos, and opinion pieces posted on ComicMix and elsewhere, to the webcomics that have been featured on ComicMix, MTV Splashpage, and ReelzChannel, to works of poetry and fiction (which have even won a few awards along the way, hey hey!). When she’s not writing for fun or profit, she likes to a) help run fan conventions (and she even co-founded the North American Discworld Convention, woo!); b) answer questions online as her alter-ego, Deadpool; c) create tiny clay things; and d) make costumes. Emily has an affinity for small furry critters, and currently plays parent to the cutest little Chinese dwarf hamster in the world, Minikin J. Squishington the First (but you can call her Squish). Oh, and in her spare time, Emily holds down a 9-to-5 as a lawyer for the government. Although that may just be her superheroine cover identity.