I'm really excited to score this interview. A little personal story first.
When I was a kid, there were so few female writers of superhero comics that each one seemed like an event, and I would root for them to succeed and follow their careers. When Mindy Newell was given the job of working on Wonder Woman, that completely delighted me. Then her run was cut crazily short before she could even leave her mark. Somehow, at the time, I got the impression that she was never intended to be the ongoing writer.
Many years later, when I got the Wonder Woman job, there was this crazy little firestorm of publicity (contrary to opinion, almost none of it came from DC), where we got the front page of the NY Times art section, a dozen major papers, tv appearances, the whole shmear. And the news was, "WONDER WOMAN GETS FIRST FEMALE WRITER."
I knew that wasn't exactly correct, so I kept correcting everyone, "No, I'm the first female ONGOING writer." But then I spoke to Kurt Busiek and he said I was STILL wrong, that Mindy had absolutely been pegged as the first female ongoing WW writer (to get credit for her work, anyway, but that's another story).
So now, I was going on these interviews and every single one started with the question, "So what's it like being the first female Wonder Woman writer?"
And every time I would say, "I'm not, I'm the first ongoing, long-term female WW writer..."
Guess how many papers published that correction?
You got it. Not a one.
Later, I connected with Mindy online at facebook, and she was incredibly kind and gracious while I gushed at her. I have apologized for the ongoing/not ongoing thing about a million times and she has been wonderful about it. But it still feels bad to me. First, I can't abide getting credit for stuff I didn't do. Second, it feels like people are trying to pave over history, because the REAL pioneer was Mindy, back when being a female writer in comics was darn near impossible.
I'm delighted to have this interview with someone who is a real inspiration to me.
I hope you enjoy it...it's brutally frank and fascinating, and I don't think this story has ever really been told.
One note...we ARE trying to keep this board at a pg-13 level, but because of the importance of this story, we're running it just as Mindy sent it to us. So if righteous cussing offends you, you are warned, okay?
Here we go.