Wednesday, July 08, 2020

This is what a lighted bubble blowing gun looks like in the dark.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

RIP to my dad, Dale Alvin Dillon, 1941-2020. He had been a paratrooper in Vietnam, a singer, guitar player, professional writer for a time, artist, woodworker, avid reader, auto mechanic, cattle wrangling cowboy, gardener, cook, fisherman, bowman...lots of awesome things BUT he spent most of my lifetime working from 3am-6am as a newspaper carrier and from 7am-3pm as a hotel maintenance man, to support his family. He never missed a day of work, especially those newspaper that had to be delivered even on Christmas. When he was off work, he would drop everything and drive me basically anywhere I asked, the park, the comic shop, library, soccer practice, baseball practice, wrestling, band, went to my concerts, a million other things. Now that I'm a father of 4 I realize he had a superhuman amount of patience. I have pretty severe ADHD and was more than a handful growing up, talked nonstop (he always seemed interested and happy for me), broke every window in our house with a soccer ball, broke his tools, tied string all over the house to make a Spider-man inspited web labyrinth for him to go through after a long day at his manual labor job, just to name a few, and he never lost his temper with me, never seemed annoyed or anxious even. When I started drawing seriously and getting into comics he made sure I had what I needed, even if he had to make it himself. We didn't have much money but he used what he had on me and found a way every time. He even let me take over half the small house we lived in to make it an art studio. I owe so much to him. And I hope he knew how much I appreciated him. I can't believe he's really gone. I knew he was old and it was a matter of time but he still seemed immortal to me. He was a superhero. Love you, Daddy. Miss you forever. Also pictured here is my mom, Judy. She passed away several years ago now. But their love story is pretty wonderful too. They had a rocky relationship at times (who doesn't) but they're love for each other was never a question. They had been together since their 20s and stayed together through lots of hardships that taught me that everything will be okay in the end. Love you, momma.

Saturday, February 15, 2020