Dawn

This mysterious, beautiful redhead debuted on the cover of the 1989 horror anthology Cry For Dawn #1, which Joseph Michael Linsner collaborated on with Joseph M.Monks. Linsner's vision was to create "a goddess of birth and rebirth," to combine "pin-up art, with deep heart and soul." As a being who can travel to Heaven and Hell and all points in between, Dawn dances in and out of the lives of both mortals and gods alike. She normally acts as a catalyst in human affairs, or an impartial observer or messenger in the affairs of God and Lucifer.

Linsner has been drawing her in one form or another since highschool. "She started out [in Cry For Dawn #1] as a Vanna White-type hostess, introducing the stories," he says. "After the first issue, I felt really uncomfortable with that because, deep down, I knew she was going to find her place somewhere else. So after Cry For Dawn #1, she only appeared on the covers."

But after nine extremely dark issues of Cry For Dawn, Linsner felt the need to move in a different direction. He had purged all of his personal demons after enduring the fustration that came with being an aspiring artist. He felt the only logical step was to do a full Dawn story. To that point, Dawn had basically only appeared on covers, where she was dressed in a corset with three black tears flowing from her left eye.

After a dispute with Monks over the creative direction of Cry For Dawn, Linsner took Dawn to Sirius Entertainment, kicking off with 1994's Drama, a collection of stories that laid the groundwork for Dawn's "universe." Also published Angry Christ Comix, a trade paperback collecting stories from Cry For Dawn. Linsner then went on to self-publish a limited, one-shot, Tears Of Dawn, containing various pin-up art that were unused or inspired for various covers, plus a brief origin of Dawn. Linsner's current projects include Dawn, a six-issue mini-series, and the latest Crypt of Dawn, an on-going series, with stories similar in style as contained in Cry For Dawn. And as usual, Dawn hosts each of the covers.

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