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5 MINUTES WITH: JOSEPH MICHAEL LINSNER

From JML's official site: Joseph Michael Linsner (known to his fans as JML) was born on December 13th, 1968 and is now one of the comic industry's premier illustrators. His stunning and lush renderings have made him a fan favorite and also a much sought after cover artist. JML is most well-known for Dawn, his personal representation of the Mother Goddess, prominent in dozens of ancient (and modern) religions. JML's mix of heartfelt writing and beautiful art, sprinkled with his personal mix of theology and iconography, have struck a chord with thousands of fans.

At a young age he discovered comics, Batman and Conan being a few of his favorites. JML has said that comics helped save his life, since they helped teach him to read so he wouldn't be held back a grade. When he moved to Long Island, he began to draw regularly. Joe made it into the top 100 applicants for the New York School of Visual Arts, but "boned" (his words) his interview. He then decided not to put himself through the daily hell of class anymore. Dawn was born of JML's mind way back in 1987, and made her first appearance on the cover of Cry for Dawn 1 in 1989. But it wasn't until a little later, when he was illustrating Cry for Dawn 3 that JML realized that Dawn was the representation of life that he had been looking for to act as a lover and opposite to Death. Influenced by the diverse artistic masters Frazetta, Giger, and Vargas, JML's art evolved into a distinctive and stunning style.

Cry for Dawn published 9 issues of the CFD comic, Subtle Violents, and numerous other one shots and several miniseries by other creators such as Jim Balent and Kevin Taylor. In October of 1993, Cry for Dawn broke up and so began a nasty legal squabble over the CFD properties. In June 1994, Dawn rose again in Drama, published by the brand new Sirius Entertainment. When Dawn 1 hit the stands, it outsold both Batman and Superman. The collected Dawn miniseries, Lucifer's Halo, continues to be a popular collection and its sequel, Return of the Goddess, was also a popular success and became the first entry into the Linsner Library.

More recently, JML wrote and illustrated a Killraven one-shot for Marvel Knights, and returned to self-publishing through the newly founded Linsner.com, which has since published several prints and books, all of which have been successes. Linsner.com will continue to publish smaller projects such as prints, one-shots, and portfolios. JML recently found a home for his new work and library in Image comics.

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DF: Dawn has been around for 15 years. When you first created her, did you ever think it would gain such stature?
JML: No, of course not. It's good to dream, & I had hopes Dawn would connect with people. But I know I got damned lucky ^ she found an audience right out of the gate. That those fans have stayed with me, many of them for all 15 years, proves to me that I must be doing something right. I owe a lot to each & every Dawn fan out there.

DF: Who are your artistic inspirations and influences? How about as a writer??
JML: I have many artistic inspirations. Frank Frazetta is the man; I love so much about his paintings. They're rich in emotion, sometimes even humor. Wally Wood, Jeffrey Jones, Alberto Vargas, Moebius, Richard Corben; all are artists whose work has left its mark on me.

I try to read as many dfifferent types of literature as I can. The writers I go back to most frequently are William S. Burroughs, Jack Kerouac, and Charles Bukowski. In comics, it's Kurtzman, Eisner, Pat Mills and Alan Moore.

DF: DF is releasing its second Dawn trading card series. What are your thoughts on this process and the creation of exclusive material? The first was quite successful, thoughts on its quick sell-out and demand for this second series?
JML: Of course, I'm delighted when Dawn goodies sell well. Trading cards have always seemed to have a special allure to fans. Who knows what it is about 'em - the small size, the large amount of art you can get in one card set, the portability factor or even the nutty 'collectibility' of them. Gotta get 'em all, right? Card sets can be kind of fun, because you get to see comic art printed in an out-of-the-ordinary format. I hope this series proves to resonate with the fans just as much.

DF: Any more cover work for Dark Horse? Marvel? Will we ever see a Linsner DC cover? If so, what character would you choose?
JML: Nothing immediately pending with Dark Horse or Marvel, but I've enjoyed working with them immensely, and both the Conan and Mystique covers proved hugely popular with fans. As for a DC cover, who can say? You'd have to ask the editors over at DC. It's no secret that I love Batman. I'd really go to town on a Batman painting.

DF: Any more writing for Marvel in the future? What's your favorite character at Marvel? DC?
JML: I have a really good relationship with the guys at Marvel, & I definitely see myself doing more work for them as soon as I am out of Dawnland.

Don't know if I can nail a single favorite character, because that changes from day to day, but I love all the classic dudes in their classic costumes; Thor, Iron Man, Galactus, and Adam Warlock.

DF: What are you reading these days? Listening to? Watching?
JML: I haven't had time to sit down with a good book for awhile, because I am finishing post-production work on Dawn. But Dune just came out on audiobook, & I have been enjoying that while I work.

As for music, I'll check out divergent bands, depending on my mood. Today my iTunes has been playing Bow Wow Wow, Cocteau Twins, Dead Can Dance, David Bowie, Beck and Curve. Tomorrow it'll likely be completely different.

I just saw the movie Napoleon Dynamite, that was damned funny. I don't watch a whole lot of TV, but I do have to confess - I love the show Mythbusters! I have a pretty large DVD movie collection; I recently watched Master & Commander - its epic scope really impressed me. The Incredibles gets my vote as the best superhero movie of all time.

Be sure to check out our complete selection of comics and collectibles by Joseph Michael Linsner!

We'll be back next week with another interview featuring YOUR favorite creator!

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