MIND MELD: Comic Book Characters Who Deserve Reboots

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The recent announcement of the Falcon taking over Captain America, the announcement of a female Thor, Miles Morales’ Spider-Man, the new Ms. Marvel, the various incarnations of Green Lantern…there is opportunity in rebooting comic book characters to reflect our diverse society, or to cast new light and new angles on old characters.

Q: What are the perils and challenges and opportunities of doing such a reboot? Pick a comic book character that you’d like to reboot. How would you do it, and to what end?

Here’s what they said…

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Interview with Author Cassandra Rose Clarke

Cassandra Rose Clarke is a speculative fiction writer living amongst the beige stucco and overgrown pecan trees of Houston, Texas. She graduated in 2006 from The University of St. Thomas with a bachelor’s degree in English, and in 2008 she completed her master’s degree in creative writing at The University of Texas at Austin. Both of these degrees have served her surprisingly well.

During the summer of 2010, she attended the Clarion West Writers Workshop in Seattle. She was also a recipient of the 2010 Susan C. Petrey Clarion Scholarship Fund.

Her first published novel, The Assassin’s Curse, is a YA fantasy that was released in October 2012 by Strange Chemistry.  The second novel in that series, The Pirate’s Wish, is due out in June.   Her first adult novel, The Mad Scientist’s Daughter, is a work of literary science fiction that was released on January 29th.


Carl V. Anderson:  We have the information from your official bio, but let me start out by asking for a less authorial answer to the question “Who is Cassandra Rose Clarke?”.

Cassandra Rose Clarke: Let’s see. I love to draw and paint. I used to crochet although I don’t do it so much anymore. I love to cook, but I hate eating leftovers, which means my refrigerator gets filled with boxes of old food that I have to force myself to eat for lunch everyday. I love watching movies at the theater. I hate shopping for shoes, or indeed, wearing shoes. There’s more, but I figure the shoe thing is a good stopping point.

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