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My fabulous friend, comics expert and writer Kelly Thompson, asked if I would again participate in her Ladies Comics Project, which seeks to suss out women’s impressions of comics and the comic industry.   HERE is her latest column, which includes my review of the graphic novel Shortcomings by Adrian Tomine. Please check it out!

And please check out Kelly’s personal blog, 1979 Semi-Finalist.  She’s a pip of a writer, whether you’re into comics or not!

Oh, and HERE‘s my original review for Black Widow #6, for your reading pleasure.  😉

Happy V Day, folks!



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Why hello there.

Today, I just realized, it has been four months exactly since my last blog post.  I guess I decided to take an unplanned summer vacation from Dandee.  I’m surprised it hasn’t locked me out after showing signs of abandonment anxiety. 

It’s been an interesting summer, sort of.   I won’t bore you with details, but let’s just say I was a tad preoccupied with work-related surprises (both positive and challenging).  The good news is that, after a couple of years away from school (thanks, economy) I finally returned to continue in the Interior Architecture program at UCLA Extension. It’s only one class, but it’s a start. Yay progress! 

Interestingly, UCLA Extension’s Interior Design program has joined forces with Cal Poly Pomona’s Architecture program to create a Masters Degree Program in Interior Architecture.  So at the end of the curriculum, graduates will recieve a Masters Degree conferred by Cal Poly Pomona, though the program follows Extensions curriculum and takes place at UCLA (faculty are a combination of UCLA and Cal Poly instructors).  So you see where I’m headed?  My one class this quarter takes me one step closer to that Masters.  You heard it here first. 

Now what, do you wonder, am I going to do with the degree?  That’s up for debate.  I am committed to experience design of all types: live events, theatrical design, experience marketing, theme park design, and even restaurant and hospitality design.  I am returning to school so that I can shift from the production side of the process to the true design side.  I suppose while I’m slowly but surely moving through the program the right path will reveal itself.  I have plenty of time to figure it out.  Considering that I still need to work full time to make a living, it’s going to take a few years at least to finish the program.

So along the way I’ll keep posting about interesting experiences and design, including reviews of the best and worst of said experiences.  And I’ll sprinkle in some of my school-related goings on.  If there’s anything you’re interested in exploring here at Dandee, just say the word. 


By the way, yesterday – as part of my class – I took two architectural tours that I would recommend to any of you.  The first was a wonderful docent-led tour of Los Angeles’ Historic Core by the Los Angeles Conservancy.  One of the many tours the Conservancy offers, the Historic Core tour covers the heart of Downtown and includes exteriors and/or interiors of some of LA’s finest early buildings including the Bradbury Building, the Central Library, and the amazing Southern California Edison Building.  I hope to check out their other tours soon, especially Art Deco and the Theater District.  You should check ’em out, too!

Southern California Edison Building (photo from latimemachines.com)

The second tour was at the Heritage Square Museum just off the 110 freeway a few miles north of Downtown.  What a gem of a place.  I honestly didn’t know much about it prior to showing up at the appointed time for the tour.  It’s tucked away at the end of a residential street, in what seems like an extension of that street but from another time long ago.  Basically, it’s a plot of land on which sit eight structures: a depot, a barn, five houses and a church – all from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  A staff-member led us to each structure and told about the history, architecture and societal rules and expectations of the time for each.  We were able to go inside about half of the buildings – some of which were very nicely restored and some of which were still in disrepair (which gave an interesting alternate view of how things were, actually).  All of the structures were rescued from other parts of Los Angeles (where they were about to be destroyed if not moved) and taken to their new home at Heritage Square.  I highly recommend the tour, and for those of you interested in all things Halloween, or death or Victorian, here’s a fun event they have scheduled for the end of October:  Halloween and Mourning Tours.

Heritage Square (photo from heritagesquare.org by Ken Johnson)


I still have some catching up to do on posts (see my last post!), so I’ll try to get to that soon.  But it’s just nice to be back.

Oh, and my fabulous friend Kelly Thompson of 1979 Semi-Finalist is in the midst of a three-part series on women and comics (aka Ladies Comics Project).  She very nicely asked if I would participate, so my review of the latest edition of Black Widow will be featured tomorrow in her column, She Has No Head!, on Comic Book Resources’ blog.  I’ll link to it when it’s up, so please check it out!

Until then, sweet dreams….

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Time keeps on slipping, slipping, slipping…(i just remembered how much i hate that song).

Between working on a major fundraiser in April and May, and then preparing for the finale of my all-time favorite show ever (Lost, of course), I’ve been MIA here on this blog.  While away, though, I briefly started a Lost-related blog with a friend – http://welovelost.wordpress.com – which led to cross-promoting #ThankstoLost Day on Twitter, and further led to being quoted in the Los Angeles Times in what has to be my most embarrassing moment, in the last few weeks at least.

I have a few posts I need to catch up on, but until then, here’s a ridiculous video via Nerdist (Chris Hardwick’s Blog) created by Improv Everywhere.  Enjoy.  🙂




Hey, you! Follow me on twitter…please? @fancfl

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Since I was a little girl, I loved hearing a good story, going to the theater, decorating for a party and using my imagination.  When I grew up, I became an event producer so that I could do what I love to do everyday: create experiences.

This blog explores anything and everything in the world of “experience design”:  Theater, exhibitions, large scale live experiences, alternate reality games, retail environments, and attractions.   Any constructed experience that uses story, atmosphere and emotion to draw in its audience and create a collective sensation.

I intend for this to be an interactive blog, where we can have a shared adventure.   I hope you’ll enjoy the ride!

DeAnne Millais

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