Dennis Messner grew up in rural Missouri where he learned such important skills
as drawing, singing, and how to field-dress a deer. Besides illustrating for books and
newspapers, Dennis has also created, written, and/or storyboarded animated projects
for studios such as Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, and Disney.

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Here's a list of influences:
Peanuts by Charles Schultz, Mickey Mouse by Ub Iwerks, Felix the Cat by Otto Messmer,
Krazy Kat by George Herriman, Pogo by Walt Kelly, 1920s-30s Fleischer cartoons,
Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, Popeye by E. C. Segar, Johnny Cash, Tex Avery,
Charlie Chaplin, PeeWee’s Big Adventure, A Confederacy of Dunces, the Ubu plays,
Woody Guthrie, Peter Arno, etc, etc...

Here's a list of past jobs:
Bakery Worker, Supermarket Sack Boy, Hospital Janitor, Ice Cream Truck Driver,
Vacuum Cleaner Salesman, Construction Laborer, Concert Grip, Senior Housing Cook,
House Painter, Gardener, Hay Bale Bucker, Car Wash Vacuumer, Logger, Telemarketer,
Bricklayer, Caterer, Sign Painter, Video Production Grip, Window Display Artist,
Graphic Designer, Art Director, Syndicated Cartoonist, Animation Creator,
Storyboard Artist, Writer, Executive Producer, etc, etc...

Here's a post manual labor resume: