ABOUT THE ARTIST
Dennis Billows is a published collage artist, pop
culture collector, writer/editor, and vintage research expert. His works
have been commissioned by private collectors. In this phase of his
artistic journey, he is now entering into the world of publishing more of his
unique and entertaining works.
I’ve collected old
postcards, comic books, pulp magazines, and sci-fi memorabilia for most of my
life and was fortunate to have worked as an archivist in the world’s largest
Sci-Fi collection owned by Forrest J Ackerman. During that period of my life I
became a published author and collagist.
I love Sci-Fi and
Fantasy and I am fascinated by its origins. “Star Trek” and “Star Wars” would
not exist without the legends of Hercules, Ulysses, and St. George and the
Dragon. So, one day, while I wondered where we would be if Faust had not sold
his soul to the devil, if the hunchback had stayed within the walls of Notre
Dame, or if the Martians had not invaded the Earth, I decided, like the witches
of “Macbeth,” to put it all in a pot and stir. Inception, the Origin of
Sci-Fi & Fantasy was created.
It’s been a strange
journey. I served four years in the Air Force in Texas and Alaska (two years I
fried and two years I froze). I lived in San Francisco where I worked for the
underground newspaper, The San Francisco Oracle, during the declining years of
the hippie experiment. But I wanted a family and security, so I left the
newspaper, cut my hair, and got a real job as a Customs House Broker. I opened
my own Customs House Brokerage and have lived in Orange Country for the last
I met Forry Ackerman at
one of the San Diego Comic-Cons around 1975. Once a year all the fans of sci-fi
and fantasy from around the world meet at the San Diego Convention Center to
buy, sell, and trade. He invited me to see his collection and I was sucked into
a black hole of sci-fi. For the next twenty years I devoted all my free time to
organizing his collection. I also became assistant editor of Forry Ackerman’s
magazine, Famous Monsters of Filmland.
I have had collages
published in Famous Monsters of Filmland and Odyssey Science-Fiction
magazines, some were sold to pop-art collectors and others were
commissioned, but I still considered collaging to be a hobby. I still think of
it as a hobby and of myself as an archivist. Some of the images are so rare
that few copies of the books or magazines exist.
I hope you enjoy the