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Sunday, September 01, 2013 

An interview with Christy Marx that asks no hard questions

The Mary Sue site interviewed the animator Christy Marx - she who was one of the creators of the original template for Firestar/Angelica Jones in 1981's Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends - about her work on the remake of Amethyst in the brief Sword and Sorcery series this year. But they don't have anything to say about the story thread in the premiere involving the attempted rape of a classmate. What does come up in the interview is this:
TMS: Were there any unfinished threads you wished you could have tied up or was there anything you would have done differently if you’d known it wasn’t going to continue past a certain issue?

CM: I had just enough advance warning to wrap up the final issues to the best of my ability. There were many threads I had hoped to spin out quite differently, especially the introductions of Preet/House Turquoise and the sons of House Diamond. I had long-term stories to set those up that had to be cast aside and everything compressed.

I began a thread with the Niyati the female Hunter and had no room to weave it into the final issues. I tried, but there simply wasn’t room for her.

I had many other threads for Houses Ruby, Emerald and Sapphire that I had hoped to get to later in the series.
Did those unfinished threads happen to include the classmate the heroine rescued, which was dropped pretty quick? If they did, there's nary a mention in here, and the interviewer doesn't have the courage to challenge her about it. Too bad. That's just why these kind of fumbles occur in scriptwriting, because nobody has the bravery to bring up the toughest details, which could help future writers get an idea what they'd be better off refraining from using.

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