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Hi, I'm Dellen! I'm a published author born and raised in Oregon, and I'm about to graduate from University of Oregon with a degree in English. I adore analyzing literature, comics, movies, and games—I get excited for anything I can view and write about.

What is your favorite comic book and why?
Asterios Polyp by David Mazzucchelli. I always love allusions, and Mazzucchelli's comic book is packed with allusions to Greek mythology and various philosophies. Plus the art is amazing—Mazzucchelli constantly switches between colors and styles to show how different individuals see the world.

If you could have one superpower what would it be?
Shooting webs like Spider-Man. What's more fun than swinging around New York?

What comics make you happy?
The Arrival by Shaun Tan. That might sound odd because it can be a depressing comic, but that's one reason I love it so much—it has a great range of emotions. I adore the little creatures which accompany the characters and feel happy whenever I see them countering the darkness of the world. And I can't read The Arrival without thinking of The Golden Compass, which triggers a whole lot of pleasant childhood memories.

Which comic book characters do you most admire?
Batman. I highly admire his commitment to stopping crime without becoming a criminal himself. As a superhero without any superpowers, Batman is simply a badass and goodhearted hero.

Which comic book characters do you most despise?
Superman. Because it’s utterly foolish to think glasses will hide your identity!

What is the quality you most like in a creator (writer or artist)?
I love when creators try a new style. It's usually risky, but trying to make something new out of all the media out there is admirable, and it’s impressive when the creator can pull it off.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

Sweet, how are you, cool.

Which comic book character would you most easily fall in love with?
Spider-Gwen. She’s selfless and funny and kind and has a great, quirky outfit. If we met, I wouldn’t stand a chance.

Which creator talent would you most like to have?
Painting and drawing. I am so jealous of the amazing artists I see, since I can’t draw much beyond stick-figures.

If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing (character or creator), what would it be?
Spider-Man. Super-strength and super-reflexes and climbing walls and swinging around cities just sounds like so much fun.

What fictional universe would you most like to live?
The Harry Potter universe. Because Quidditch.

What comic is your most treasured possession?
Asterios Polyp. I still read over it every once in a while to find those things I missed before.

What do you most value in your friends?
Patience. As long as friends are patient enough to talk, listen, and try to empathize with one another, they can respect one another and preserve important friendships.

Who are your favorite writers?
Patrick Rothfuss and Shakespeare. Both have great humor, wonderful characters, and exciting stories (except Shakespeare's historical plays—I can't handle those).

Who is your hero of comic book fiction?
Batman. Despite his dark backstory, Batman does not enact vengeance or commit evil but instead tries to end and avoid all crime.

Which comic book figure do you most identify with?
Batman, because he is willing to do everything in his power to better the world while avoiding punishment by death.

Who are your heroes in real life?
My older brother. He’s done so much for me, has always been willing to listen to my troubles, and has inspired me to do so many great things in my life.

What is the comic book that you most dislike?
Some of the older Spider-Man comics. Peter Parker can be extremely selfish.

What comic storyline would you most like to change?
The transformation and death of Earth-65’s Peter Parker. I would prefer if he’d used his admiration of Spider-Gwen to become an everyday hero without superpowers rather than toy with superpowers. I’m also really interested in how he and Spider-Gwen would have interacted if he hadn’t been killed.

Which comic book character do you think should die a permanent non-comic book death?
The Jackal. His love for Gwen is creepy, and his look as a supervillain is disturbing for all ages.

What is your personal motto?
“Everything will work out.” Of course bad things are inevitable and terrible, but I truly believe that if people stay optimistic, patient, and committed they can best any storm.

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