Thank You, Paul Dini – You’re an Inspiration and We’re Lucky to Have You

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(This post originally appeared on GeekDad.)

This year at San Diego Comic-Con, I was fortunate enough to have several amazing opportunities and experiences. A few (such as having drinks with Neil deGrasse Tyson and sitting front row center for the Star Trek press conference with William Shatner, Scott Bakula, Bryan Fuller, and so many more) stand out above the rest. But if pressed to name a highlight, my answer might be surprising: shaking Paul Dini’s hand and telling him, personally, what an inspiration he’s been.

Though I don’t write creatively for film and television, I do make a living (out in the real world and – to a much lesser extent – here online) wrangling words together, so most of my creative idols are writers. And Paul Dini is pretty darn near the top of that list.

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Tiny Titans: Return to the Treehouse #1

  • Tiny Titans: Return to the Treehouse
  • writers: Art Baltazar & Franco
  • artist: Art Baltazar
  • published by DC Comics
  • Roar Score: 4/5

The Tiny Titans are back! After a two-year absence from the comics shelves, they’ve returned for a 6-issue limited series. Baltazar and Franco’s unique take on the Titans ran for 50 issues in its earlier life, which is impressive because it was such an anomaly. How many genuinely family-friendly comics last that long? Answer: Not many.

In the interim, Baltazar and Franco have taken their signature style on a whirlwind tour through DC (with the excellent Superman Family Adventures and Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam), Dynamite (including Captain Action Cat and Li’l Battlestar Galactica), Capstone (the stellar Super-Pets chapter books), and their own Aw Yeah Comics imprint. They’ve become an unstoppable force. Which is how it should be.

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