Dan Merritt co-owns and operates Green Brain Comics in Dearborn, Michigan, with his wife Katie. He is active in the local business community and is vice-chair of the East Dearborn Downtown Development Authority. Dan's first clear thought upon waking up each morning is about comic books; how to sell them, how to promote them and most importantly, when he can read the next one. Green Brain Comics is a comic book specialty shop that focuses squarely on comic books and graphic novels. It has been locally recognized with multiple Best Of awards from the Detroit News, Metro Times (just announced, a fifth Best Comic Book Store in Wayne County 2011) and Corp Magazine. Green Brain Comics has also been nominated three times for the Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award presented at the San Diego Comic Con. Dan is a founding member of the non-profit Kids Read Comics, a reading advocacy organization that promotes the use of comic books and graphic novels as tools for teaching, learning and personal growth for children of all ages. The organization is run by Edith Burney, a youth librarian at the Chelsea Public Library, teaching artist Jerzy Drozd, and veteran comic writer Dan Mishkin. Since forming in 2008, they have organized two annual comic festivals (with a third coming this June in Chelsea, Michigan) and a comic book workshop tour of libraries throughout the lower peninsula. Never one for shying away from a challenge, in 2009 Dan became the curator for the HeadSpace Gallery, which currently resides within Green Brain Comics. His goals are to help promote the work of local artists, to create a richer experience for the customers and to sweeten the pot for art lovers that don’t normally frequent comics shops. When Dan is not obsessing about his favorite art form he is in his basement workshop modifying children's electronic musical toys for insidious auditory purposes.