Who is Dawn?

When I post on the Big Blue Mess I assume a certain level of geekery from my handful of readers and I completely forget that there are those of you who haven’t got a clue what I’m talking about. While I try to remember to include links, a few things get through the cracks and that brings me to this follow-up post.

Charla asked, “Who is Dawn?” And I’m going to have to say that I don’t actually know. Sure, I know she’s a comic book character and I happen to know that Joseph Michael Linsner is her creator. There’s usually a big display in one of the dealer rooms at Dragon*Con featuring her image, so I can say for certain that she’s buxom with an impossibly small waist and equally narrow hips. I’d imagine she’s prone to falling over… a LOT. I don’t know who publishes the series or if the series is still being written regularly. All I know is that there’s a look-alike contest and a lot of red heads (or wigged heads) come out wearing interesting outfits as they show-off their impressions of the character.

Another confession – I don’t know a lot about comics in general (well, maybe a lot more than the average person poking along down the street). I can talk to you a little about X-Men (the origins of the new team and by new, I mean Wolverine, Storm, Colossus, and Nightcrawler – not Jubilee, Marrow or Blink, but we can talk about them, too), I know the first two major story arcs of ElfQuest, the first Kabuki TPB (trade paperback), Quantum & Woody, and a little about Rising Stars (the last TPB is waiting for me). I tend to buy TPB’s (Gaiman’s The Sandman and Stardust, for example) and then I shove them away on a shelf never to be seen again. In the back of my head I still think of them as “funny pages” and associate them with Archie and Jughead, even though I actually know they’re considerably more sophisticated. I guess after about 5th grade I lost my dependency on pictures to help drive a story and there’s that defiant 5th grader saying, “I’m a big girl now. I don’t need illustrations.” I’m not slamming comics, mind you; it’s just my own personal barriers that make it hard for me to read them.

Plus, I have to confess it’s hard to get me excited about a character like Dawn (again, just judging by the art and not the story). What I see when I look at her display is a scantily clad, big bosomed gal wielding weapons – a 14 year old boy’s wet dream – and the same can be said about the artists who draw females for Marvel, Dark Horse, Top Cow and DC – so no matter how pro female they may be, they don’t speak to me. It’s the same argument surrounding strip clubs – are they about empowerment or exploitation? If it’s empowerment when it comes to comics, why is she always running around in thigh high boots and a thong while wielding a sword/gun/staff/what have you? Why does she look like she burst forth from a Boris Vallejo print? You can create a strong, powerful and still beautiful character without all the extra bimbo-iness, but the answer is obviously that their target demographic wouldn’t buy it and I am not their target demographic.

Anyway, in a nutshell since this accidentally turned into a pseudo rant, that’s all I know about Dawn and it will probably be the extent of my knowledge about that character.

Ask me about Kabuki.

6 thoughts on “Who is Dawn?

  1. Tony says:

    Dawn I knew. Who or what is Kabuki? 😉

  2. Beth says:

    Rhetorical, but I’ll humor you.Kabuki was written and drawn/painted by David Mack – and happens to be the only porcelein figure from a comic that I own… but that doesn’t answer your question.Ok, click on the Kabuki link and know that it’s a solid story arc about an assassin working for the Noh (there are actually several in the group – Scarab, Tiger Lilly, and now I’m forgetting names – Lynn, what’s the name of the Saimese twins?) – and she’s fully clothed.My only gripe is that David Mack occasionally reuses frames and the whole “Devil Inside” lyrics were wearing on my nerves. Also, several frames are hard to read due to the white on black style he uses and sometimes they swirl all over the page – interesting, but when you’ve spun the book around 5-10 times to eek out a few lines, you become less impressed with the art/story and become obsessed with saying something to David Mack at the next convention. Or maybe that’s just me.I did meet him – nice guy – gave me several autographs – offered me a baby doll tee – made him stammer when I said “oh c’mon… you ARE kidding, right?” So, I walked away with a different tee.I wish the whole story would have ended with Kabuki. I find the others unreadable.

  3. Lynn says:

    The Alchemy, the newest story, is I think the best.Very clear and polished and incredibly inspiring.I like how each volume is very different from the other and employs a unique style and new themes each time.The early volumes are charming but The Alchemy really crystalizes incredible ideas in a very clear way and energizes you to create your passion.

  4. Lynn says:

    PS – did you read the Scarab story? I really liked that one.LKR

  5. Lynn says:

    Saimese. The others are Ice, Bucho (spelling)and Snapdragon.I too hated reading the Metamorphesis book because of all the turning.I think David Mack has some sort of mother issues too.LKR

  6. Beth says:

    Now see, Lynn is the one that knows about and appreciates Dawn. We need them to do a decent write-up. I’m a bad “go to” girl on the subject.As for Scarab. I have read it, but it wasn’t a favorite. I didn’t related to the character and enjoyed her inevitable run-in with Kabuki.

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