Paul Dini

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Paul Dini
Paul Dini.jpg
Paul Dini at the 2009 Comic Con.
Born (1957-08-07) August 7, 1957 (age 57)
New York City, New York
Years active 1981-present
Notable work(s) Batman: The Animated Series
Batman: Arkham Asylum
Batman: Arkham City
Freakazoid!
Batman: Streets of Gotham
Tower Prep
Spouse(s) Misty Lee (2005-present)

Paul Dini (born August 7,[1] 1957) is an American writer and producer who works in the television and comic book industries. He is best known as a producer and writer for several Warner Bros./DC Comics animated series, including Star Wars: Ewoks, Tiny Toon Adventures, Batman: The Animated Series, Superman: The Animated Series, The New Batman/Superman Adventures, Batman Beyond and Duck Dodgers. He developed and scripted Krypto the Superdog and contributed scripts to Transformers, Animaniacs, Freakazoid, Justice League and Justice League Unlimited. After leaving Warner Bros. in early 2004, Dini went on to write and story edit the popular ABC adventure series Lost. He has written a number of comic books for DC Comics, including Harley Quinn and Superman: Peace on Earth. Fall 2010 saw the debut of Tower Prep, a new live action/drama series Dini created for Cartoon Network. It was announced that after two decades of doing DC-related animated projects, Paul Dini has gone over to Marvel to serve as a writer and producer for Ultimate Spider-Man and Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H..

Early life[edit]

Paul Dini was born in New York City. He attended the Stevenson School in Pebble Beach, California on an art scholarship. He attended Emerson College in Boston, where he earned a BFA degree in creative writing.

During college, he began doing freelance animation scripts for Filmation,[2] and a number of other studios. In 1984, he was hired to work for George Lucas on several of his animation projects. Dini later returned to the Star Wars universe in 2007 to script several episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

Career[edit]

Dini wrote a number of episodes of the 1983-85 animated TV series, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe that became favorites amongst the show's fans over the Internet, as well as contributing to interviews on the released box sets of the series, though Dini has made no secret of his distaste for Filmation and the He-Man concept. He wrote an episode of the Generation One Transformers cartoon series, "The Dweller in The Depths," and an episode of the 1985 G.I. Joe cartoon called "Jungle Trap" and contributed to various episodes of the Star Wars: Ewoks animated series,[3] several of which included rare appearances from the Empire. He also wrote the Jem episode "Music Is Magic" for the show's second season.

In 1989, he was hired at Warner Bros. Animation to work on Tiny Toon Adventures. Later, he moved onto Batman: The Animated Series, where he worked as a writer, producer and editor, later working on Batman Beyond. He continued working with WB animation, working on a number of internal projects, including Krypto the Superdog and Duck Dodgers, until 2004. In 1989 and again in 1990, he contributed scripts to the live-action television horror anthology series Monsters: "One Wolf's Family" and "Talk Nice to Me".

He has earned five Emmy awards for his animation work. In a related effort, Dini was the co-author with Chip Kidd of Batman Animated, a 1998 non-fiction coffee table book about the animated Batman franchise.

Dini and Bruce Timm introduced Harley Quinn in the Batman: The Animated Series television series and in 1994, they adapted the character into comics in The Batman Adventures: Mad Love one-shot.[4] Harley Quinn was integrated into the mainstream DC Comics continuity in the Batman: Harley Quinn one-shot published in 1999.[5] Dini has written several comics stories for DC Comics, including an oversized graphic novel series illustrated by painter Alex Ross[6] featuring Superman,[7] Batman,[8] Captain Marvel, Wonder Woman, and the Justice League. A hardcover collection of the Dini and Ross stories was published in 2005 under the title The World's Greatest Super-Heroes.[9]

Best known among Dini's original creations is Jingle Belle, the rebellious teen-age daughter of Santa Claus. Dini created Sheriff Ida Red, the super-powered cowgirl star of a series of books set in Dini's mythical town of Mutant, Texas. He collaborated with Kevin Smith on Clerks: The Animated Series. In 2001 Dini made a cameo appearance in Smith's film Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back during the scene in which Jay and Silent Bob wear ridiculous looking costumes for a film being directed by Chris Rock, in which Dini says to them "you guys look pretty bad ass".

In 2006, Dini became the writer for DC Comics' Detective Comics. While Grant Morrison was starting a seven year Batman story on the Batman title composed of long, interlinking arcs, Dini wrote a number of done-in-one stories over the following year as well as two crossovers with Morrison's Batman, one focussing on the resurrection of Ra's al Ghul and another on the return of Hush. After Morrison killed off Batman in 2009, creators were moved around titles and Dini started writing two new Batman titles Batman: Streets of Gotham[10] and Gotham City Sirens.[11] Streets of Gotham started and ended with story arcs about Hush while Gotham City Sirens focussed on the females of Gotham; he wrote the bulk of both titles during their existence including the first and last issue of both.

In 2006 he announced that he was writing a hardcover graphic novel starring Zatanna and Black Canary. The following year he was announced as the head writer of that company's weekly series, Countdown.[12] Dini co-wrote a draft script for the ill-fated Science Ninja Team Gatchaman movie, which never saw the light of day, resulting in him leaving the project. Dini wrote a series for Top Cow Productions, based in a character he created, Madame Mirage.

In July 2008, Dini started a partnership with GoAnimate to launch his Super Rica & Rashy series on the platform. Dini writes episodes released on the website on a regular basis. He lets anyone use his characters to create their own stories using the website's online animation creation application.

He returned to write animated version of Batman in Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode "Legends of the Dark Mite". In the very same episode, he appeared in an animated form in comic book convention parody scene, where he was wearing Harley Quinn's costume, along with Bruce Timm wearing Joker's costume next to him. He would go on to write several additional episodes for the series, including "Chill of the Night!", which contained a team-up between Batman and Zatanna, one of Dini's favorite characters. Dini penned the storyline for the Rocksteady Studios video game Batman: Arkham Asylum, released on August 25, 2009. He wrote three episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars: "Cloak of Darkness," "Holocron Heist," and "Voyage of Temptation."

On February 14, 2008 the first edition of Dini's column, "200 Words with Paul Dini" was released on the iFanboy site.[13]

He is the creator of the Tower Prep series. On August 4, 2010, it was confirmed that Paul Dini will be involved in Marvel Comics' upcoming animated series Ultimate Spider-Man, which is set to air on Disney XD in 2012. He is working on Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., an animated series centered around the Hulk and his supporting cast.[14]

Dini worked with Rocksteady studios once again to create Batman: Arkham City, which was a sequel to Batman: Arkham Asylum. He wrote a five-issue comic series set in the game continuity. A building in Arkham City is named Dini Towers, possibly in tribute.

Dini wrote the script for Bloodspell, an original graphic novel starring Black Canary and Zatanna.[15]

Paul Dini and his wife, magician Misty Lee, have created an on-line interview feature called Monkey Talk that runs at Kevin Smith's website, Quick Stop Entertainment.com.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Dini is married to magician and voiceover actress Misty Lee, who performs at the psychic seance show at Hollywood's Disneyland. They and their two Boston terriers, Mugsy and Deuce, were featured in a 2012 episode of The Dog Whisperer, in which they sought Cesar Millan's help with their dogs' behavioral problems. Around this time, Dini began an extensive weight loss and exercise regimen, claiming to have reached a weight of 320 pounds.[16]

Awards[edit]

Further reading[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Miller, John Jackson (June 10, 2005). "Comics Industry Birthdays". Comics Buyer's Guide. Archived from the original on October 29, 2010. Retrieved December 12, 2010. 
  2. ^ Contino, Jennifer M. (April 2000). "I'll Be There With Belles On! Paul Dini". Sequentialtart.com. Retrieved September 1, 2013. 
  3. ^ "One on One with Paul Dini". Hobo Trash Can. January 3, 2006. Archived from the original on July 17, 2012. 
  4. ^ Manning, Matthew K.; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1990s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. Dorling Kindersley. p. 265. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. Writer Paul Dini and artist Bruce Timm partnered for a special set in the animated world of the Dark Knight. Revealing the origin of the Joker's lover, popular made-for-TV character Harley Quinn, the storytelling duo crafted a sweetly disturbing award-winning tale. 
  5. ^ Manning "1990s" in Dolan, p. 289: "Harley Quinn finally made her way into the DC Universe in her own one-shot prestige-format special by writer Paul Dini alongside artist Yvel Guichet."
  6. ^ Smith, Zack (December 2012). "Paul Dini & Alex Ross Discuss a Treasured Format". Back Issue! (TwoMorrows Publishing) (61): 69–77. From 1998 to 2003, [Paul Dini and Alex Ross] produced a series of fully painted oversized books featuring DC's biggest heroes. 
  7. ^ Manning "1990s" in Dolan, p. 286: "Alex Ross teamed up with writer Paul Dini...to tell a powerful story of the Man of Steel. In this beautiful sixty-four-page oversized one-shot...Superman fought a battle even he couldn't truly win: the war on poverty and hunger."
  8. ^ Manning "1990s" in Dolan, p. 289: "The second in the oversized prestige-format tabloid collaborations between writer Paul Dini and painter Alex Ross, Batman: War on Crime was just as successful as its predecessor, and just as beautiful."
  9. ^ Dini, Paul; Ross, Alex (2005). The World's Greatest Super-Heroes. DC Comics. p. 404. ISBN 978-1401202545. 
  10. ^ Renaud, Jeffrey (June 17, 2009). "Dini Takes it to the Streets of Gotham". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on October 9, 2012. Retrieved June 17, 2009. 
  11. ^ Renaud, Jeffrey (June 18, 2009). "Dini's Sirens Blare in Gotham City". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on October 9, 2012. Retrieved June 18, 2009. 
  12. ^ Khouri, Andy (May 22, 2007). "Darkseid Rules: In-Depth with Paul Dini and Countdown". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on December 22, 2008. 
  13. ^ "200 Words with Paul Dini #1 – Sweethearts". iFanboy. February 14, 2008. Archived from the original on July 22, 2012. Retrieved January 15, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Marvel Television Panel NYCC Highlights featuring Jeph Loeb". BadHaven.com. October 16, 2011. Archived from the original on April 25, 2012. 
  15. ^ Arrant, Chris (May 12, 2011). "Paul Dini, Joe Quinones working on Zatanna/Black Canary team-up". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on June 15, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Anger Management". Dog Whisperer. Season 9. Episode 6. August 4, 2012. National Geographic Channel.
  17. ^ "Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming One Hour Or Less) 1991". Emmys.org. Archived from the original on July 23, 2013. Retrieved January 15, 2011. 
  18. ^ "2000 Harvey Awards". HarveyAwards.org. Archived from the original on August 27, 2013. Retrieved September 1, 2013. 

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Preceded by
Kelley Puckett
The Batman & Robin Adventures writer
1995-1996
Succeeded by
Ty Templeton
Preceded by
James Robinson
Detective Comics writer
2006–2009
Succeeded by
Greg Rucka
Preceded by
n/a
Gotham City Sirens writer
2009–2010
Succeeded by
Tony Bedard
Preceded by
n/a
Zatanna writer
2010–2011
Succeeded by
Chris Roberson