Hello! My name is Dante and if you didn’t have to Google the reference in my article title, then I want to be your friend.
I’ve been interested in geeky stuff my whole life, and love talking about it to practically anyone who has ears. I grew up playing Super Mario Bros and Sonic the Hedgehog because everyone was playing them, but the real turning point in my life came from a fateful trip to the local Pizza Hut; this marks the only time you’ll ever hear me say that I am glad that I ate at Pizza Hut. They were sponsoring X-Men: The Animated Series at the time and some promotion got me the VHS copy of the first two episodes. I cannot tell you how many times I watched those episodes, but I was hooked and I’ve gone full-on nerd ever since.
I love to read (and I’m a librarian by trade, which basically means I’m a professional nerd) so I gravitated towards comics, and I still watch superhero cartoons because I’m an adult and I can make my own choices. My current reads are Paper Girls, Sex Criminals, Saga, and Daredevil in singles and Captain Marvel, Ms. Marvel, and Green Lantern by trade. Comics are a giant passion of mine; they’ve taught me more about modern mythology than I ever learned in school, taught me how to recognize a piece of art, and inspire me to be heroic. I’m a firm advocate of comics in libraries because they are important to the shape of modern mythology and literary history. I love a great story above all else, but I will always love my X-Men, Green Lantern, Superman, Carol Danvers, and Daredevil.
I’ve dabbled in a bunch of other nerdy hobbies, including Magic: The Gathering, Dungeons & Dragons, LARPing, RenFaires, Star Trek, Star Wars, Firefly, The Dresden Files, Buffy/Angel, Doctor Who, comic cosplay, Shadowrun, my all-time favorite video game series Diablo (shut up I know it’s not the greatest thing ever created, but look at my name), Sentinels of the Multiverse (both card and console versions), and my most recently-acquired hobby: roller derby. I don’t play, because I love the feeling of Not Being Hurt way too much. I referee for the 2015 world champions Wheels of Justice in Portland, OR. It’s an active and entirely geeky hobby wherein I regularly have conversations eerily similar to all those hours poring over D&D manuals figuring out just what THAC0 meant and how my GM was violating the spirit of the rule. It’s a lot of fun and I almost love it more than I love comic books. But not quite. Because roller derby doesn’t regularly feature Green Lantern punching something into space.
Author’s note: the black ring also has a GL logo on it, because of course it does.
Dante is the resident comic book savant of The Geek Embassy. He’s been reading comics for as long as he can remember, and now that he’s a librarian he gets to advocate for comics in libraries and get paid for it. He’s also a tabletop gaming fan, especially those that involve cards, with favorites including Sentinels of the Multiverse, Magic: The Gathering, Bang!, Smash Up, Star Realms, and 7 Wonders. Dante is a library professional at Portland Community College in Hillsboro, OR.