200 Words with Paul Dini #33 – There Will Be Sandwiches, Part Two

October 2, 2008

Lured by the prospect of a meeting with Jeffrey Katzenberg with refreshments to follow, I found myself in a Dreamworks conference room alongside many of the animation industries most talented artists and directors. “What are you doing here?” A director friend wondered as I plunked myself down next to him and his character designer wife. “You don’t even draw well.” “It’s a mistake.” I grinned. “I think they wanted Timm or Radomski, but they goofed and asked me. Don’t blow the gag. And you? I thought you had a three year contract at Disney.” “Someone mentioned sandwiches.” He shrugged.   

A few harried sit-com writers scurried about taping pictures of lions and tigers on the walls. “This series,” one of the writers said, “Is all about the lives of performing animals when they are off-stage.” “Sleep, eat, crap and screw,” I muttered to my designer friend. “Shut up.” She agreed, implanting her pen in my shoulder. “We’re still finding our way with the scripts, but we wanted you to see the initial designs. Hopefully they will generate ideas about where to take these characters when….” Anything else the writer had to say was cut off because Jeffery had entered the room.


Paul Dini is the Emmy and Eisner Award winning writer of Batman: The Animated Series,Superman: The Animated Series, Detective Comics, Countdown among many, many other things. You can find him online at either kingofbreakfast.livejournal.com or http://www.jinglebelle.com/. 



  1. The power of food is strong.  It will bring people pretty much anywhere.

  2. I disagree…….The word "FREE" brings people out of their dank dwellings…….You could put a commercial on t.v. and say "FREE STUFF TOMORROW AT TIMES SQUARE!"  Idiots would pile up to the 5th floor windows even though they had no idea what it would be……It could be poo, and most of them would say……"Yeah…….But it’s FREE poo."


    I gotta go….Down on the multiplex they’re having a promotion where if you buy an entire bucket, every other piece of popcorn in it is free……….S’a good deal….


    Dini……You’re the man….Thanks for everything Batman and especially ‘Tec….