The birthdays keep coming! After Vampirella’s 50th, Chaos! Comics’ 25th, and Dynamite’s 15th, another big anniversary is coming up. Dynamite and Joseph Michael Linsner have announced a strengthened licensing deal to celebrate Dawn’s 30th anniversary.
The publisher and creator already have a strong partnership. Linsner is a fan-favorite cover artist for flagship characters like Red Sonja, Elvira, and Bettie Page. There was also the Dawn/Vampirella crossover written and drawn by Linsner (a paperback edition will hit stores this November) as well as the Vampirella: Roses for the Dead limited series he created with his writing partner and Vampirella super fan, Kristina Deak-Linsner. A hardcover collection released this August.
“I am thrilled to be working with Nick Barrucci and the great folks at Dynamite to help celebrate Dawn’s 30th anniversary,” said Linsner. “I’ve known Nick for at least 30 years, so it feels like a friendly reunion getting to put our heads together and come up with new and exciting items. The Dawn statue Dynamite released is my very favorite that I’ve ever done, so let that be a symbol for the good things to follow. I’m excited — the best is yet to come!”
Dawn, the goddess of birth and rebirth, debuted in 1989 for the indie sensation anthology Cry for Dawn. Dawn has since starred in half a dozen series and other appearances, helped by one of the most passionate fan bases.
The first collectible to watch for is a set of promo trading cards. This limited edition set is also available signed by Linsner himself. In addition, there will be two variations on the hit Dawn statue, including a special black and white artist proof edition in October and an artist proof edition of the costume variant statue in November. Only around 50 units are being produced of these rare collector’s items.
Dynamite is also planning to produce a super limited giclée of his iconic Dawn/Vampirella #1 cover. Giclée prints are highest-end art reproductions that capture every detail of the original work as humanly, mechanically, or technically possible. The resulting print has no perceptible dot pattern, an endless array of richly-saturated color, and every nuance of the original image. The publisher will also offer these ultra-premium prints optionally with beautiful frames.
For more on Dawn’s 30th celebration, head over to Dynamite’s website.