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    • Paul Dini has written the following comics:

      - The Batman Adventures Annual #1-2
      - Batman & Robin Adventures #1-3, 8, 17 and Batman & Robin Adventures Annual #1
      - Batgirl Adventures #1
      - Superman Adventures #1
      - Batman & Superman Adventures: Worlds Finest Comic Adaptation

    • Paul really loves animals. He once encountered a number of venomous snakes, a Komodo Dragon, and a charging Sumatran Rhinoceros. He also once kept a wild coyote as a pet.

    • Paul is an an active cryptozoologist, hunter, and wildlife photographer.

    • Paul wrote both the comic book and television series episode adaption of Batman called "Mad Love." He wrote the comic with Bruce W. Timm.`

    • One of Paul Dini's hobbies is being a magician. He is even active member of the Academy of Magical Arts.

    • Paul Dini's favorite Superhero is Zatanna.

    • Paul Dini has recently gotten maried to fellow magician Misty Lee.

    • Paul Dini still writes for Justice League Unlimited (Once every other season at least) even though he has left Warner Bros Animations in 2004.

    • Paul wrote both the comic book and the television adaption of the comic book story: Mad Love

    • Paul Dini wrote The Batman Adventures comic book story Mad Love which he adapted into an episode when he was doing Batman: Gotham Knights.

    • Paul Dini posteds at the toonzone forums under the name of PM Dini.

    • Paul has been a producer for every animated series written by Bruce Timm, except for Justice League Unlimited.

    • Paul Dini is one of the men responsible for the DCAU, which he has been with since the early days of Batman: The Animated Series.

    • Paul Dini once wrote a comic book about the Teen Titans in Bruce Timm's DCAU.

    • Paul Dini wrote JLA: Liberty and Justice. A comic book which is now a graphic novel.

    • Kevin Smith named his first child after Harley Quinn, Dini's original character for Batman: The Animated Series. Also, Dini worked as a writer on Smith's Clerks cartoon.

  • Quotes

    • Paul Dini: (about Kevin Smith) I know him pretty well. He lives a few miles away and when we throw parties, we invite each other. I've been on his film sets. We talk online. His wife is friends with my wife. What can I say? He's a terrific guy, a very creative person and a good buddy.

    • Paul Dini: With children's programming, you're dealing with people who may have failed in other elements of TV programming and wound up there because they have contracts and there is no other place for them. Very rarely do you get someone with a passion for children's programming who really enjoys it.

    • Pual Dini: I was always running home from school so I could see reruns of the Batman '60s show in the afternoon. As I mention in the book, I groaned every time I had to go to confirmation class, because I had confirmation class Thursday afternoon and I'd miss whatever part of Batman they were running that afternoon.

    • Paul Dini: Well, I loved cartoons, I loved writing, I loved acting, I loved any sort of bizarre, goofy entertainment like that. I loved comic books... so basically I was devoting a lot of time towards things that would guarantee me a life of abject poverty. By luck, I was able to combine those things into a career choice, and use that to work in animation, first as a writer, then as a producer.

    • Paul Dini: When I began thinking about a career, it didn't look like strip cartooning was that viable an option based on what they were buying at the time and what my interests were and how well I felt I could do it. But, I did get an offer to go to California for a while and work in an animation studio writing.

    • Paul Dini: I always liked strip cartooning and I would draw my own comic strips all through college.

    • Paul Dini: In college, in the early 80s, I was rooming with some people who were big comic fans and who actually managed a comic book store near Boston. Every Thursday night, one of my roommates would come home with a new comic, so I would read them and go, "Hey, these are pretty good." He had a huge collection of various comics stretching back to the 50s.

    • Paul Dini: I did all the normal kid things. I didn't read all that many comics. I didn't read superhero comics at all until college because I didn't find them all that interesting. I mainly liked comic strips and funny comics

    • Paul Dini: (About The Batman Beyond episode "The Call.") I just looked at the episode yesterday; it came in in animation. One change now: it's called the JLU. It's now forty years in the future, and it's the Justice League Unlimited.

    • Paul Dini: If we do more Batman Beyond, we'll definitely do more JLU.

    • Paul Dini: Zatanna is one of the most powerful magic users in the [DC Universe]; she's right up there with Dr. Fate, Tim Hunter, and Felix Faust in terms of mystic ability. Anything she can visualize she can make happen, largely through mental focus and will power. She does chant spells and mystic commands backwards as a way of invoking significant magical effects, but she's so adept at sorcery that she can often do smaller things, such making objects move around by themselves with just a look or a gesture. I wanted her own world to be filled with magic, some [of] which is explained in detail, some of which is never mentioned. That's the nature of a magician anyway; they never explain all their tricks

    • Paul Dini: I think of Zatanna as a generally benevolent person in an otherwise dark world. She lives equally in the worlds of show business, sorcery, and celebrity; and through a combination of a strong belief in herself, a mastery of her power, and being a genuinely nice person, she gets through okay. That's not to say she doesn't have her dark or down moments; rather, she never allows herself to give into them for too long. Whereas other magic users with shorter tempers wouldn't hesitate to use their powers to settle every argument, Zatanna usually tries to reason things out first before she reaches for her wand. Still, she does display a mischievous sense of humor from time to time, especially when handing out some karma to a deserving jerk.

    • Paul Dini: Bruce Wayne had to learn to be an escape artist from someone, and I thought, 'Wouldn't it be great if he learned from Zatara, DC's old Golden Age hero, who at the time had a cute, little sixteen-year old daughter?' I pitched this to Paul Levitz, president of DC Comics, who said, 'That's wonderful; that's better than anything we've ever done with Zatanna! And it was logical that, if he learned from her father, he would have had a little thing going with Zatanna.

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