The Triumph of Never Growing Old and the Spirit of Never Giving Up

January 10th, 2023 “Dennis, Steve and I think you will be as great as Walt Disney but you need to know all the big WORDS! We hope this will help. Be creative?” – Inscription from a thesaurus I received in the early 90’s, from my Aunt Jan and Uncle Steve My obsession with Walt DisneyContinue reading “The Triumph of Never Growing Old and the Spirit of Never Giving Up”

Dennis’ Faves of 2022

January 4th, 2023 Looks like we’re trapped indoors another day, which means there is no better time to share what I enjoyed in 2022. This isn’t a “Best Of” list; this is the stuff that captivated and moved me, and the comics, TV, and films I looked forward to throughout the year. A ton ofContinue reading “Dennis’ Faves of 2022”

Ducks by Kate Beaton

December 19th, 2022 This story broke me. Like a vase falling off a counter. I’m always telling my friends and family to give comics a try. You’re probably my friend and/or family; you know this statement to be true. Give this graphic novel a try. Not since Craig Thompson’s Blankets have I felt this possessedContinue reading “Ducks by Kate Beaton”

For You or Not For You

September 5th, 2022 When I saw the State Fair water tower on the horizon this year, the nostalgia hit me harder than normal. Instead of a general flavor, nostalgia tends to get colored by people whose loss feels recent, like yesterday, even though they’ve been gone, say, nearly two years. It got me thinking aboutContinue reading “For You or Not For You”

Brushfire on Twin Cities Geek

August 20th, 2022 I got a Google alert for my name earlier this evening (yeah, I get Google alerts for my name, shut up) and was delighted to discover that it was because Twin Cities Geek published a sublime review of my all-ages series, Brushfire, written by the incomparable Kyle Casello. An excellent excerpt: “HisContinue reading “Brushfire on Twin Cities Geek”

In Dreams: The Sandman, Flip, and Push

August 8th, 2022 I finished the first season of The Sandman on Netflix this afternoon. As a massive Sandman fan, for years, I personally think it is a better-than-perfect adaptation of the source material. I also want to add how well the series is cast; Tom Sturridge as Dream is the single best casting choiceContinue reading “In Dreams: The Sandman, Flip, and Push”

Negative Space

July 24th, 2022 Criticism isn’t fun. It can be helpful, though. But it’s also stupid and people should mind their own business. I had to understand why I felt this way. And I realized it wasn’t about criticism. It was, as the whole universe is, about balance. People talk shit. It’s just a fact ofContinue reading “Negative Space”

Tell all your friends.

July 18th, 2022 This candid photo of two of my favorite animals is brought to you with a short PSA: The most important thing you can do to help your favorite independent writers and artists is to tell other people about them. This is most easily done with reviews on the internet. It’s free. SoContinue reading “Tell all your friends.”

Stranger Things 4

May 30th, 2022 Stranger Things 4 is a masterpiece. It is one of the best-ever examples of genre storytelling, and how it can explore complex emotional and psychological ideas that traditional storytelling just can’t. It’s both affirming and inspirational, for a person like me. I will absolutely spoil nothing here, but I do want toContinue reading “Stranger Things 4”

I’m sorry I can’t be… PERFECT.

April 25th, 2022 It turns out I’m not perfect. It’s my birthday week, so this is usually the time of year I remind people that if they want to send a free gift, leaving a review (or six, I have a lot of books) on a site like Amazon is a big deal to me.Continue reading “I’m sorry I can’t be… PERFECT.”