The Cross Hatch Dispatch – 4.28.2011

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[Above Lars expresses himself in the third dimension, below the Dispatch lines up your weekend.]

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Contest Update :: WE HAVE A WINNER!

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Congratulations to Aron Nels Steinke who correctly guessed our mystery cartoonist! It was in fact MIKE DAWSON, he of Ink Panthers and Troop 142 Fame.

Aron was just the third person to respond with an answer to our contest — and it was the right answer!  I admit, I was pretty stunned.  I thought this would take awhile.  Aron says:

Well, I just do lots of people watching when I do conventions. I for some reason noticed Mike Dawson walking around all over the place and each time I took note of how dark his outfit was and that his bag was black as well. I too wear lots of black and when I saw the photo I thought, that has to be him. I don’t know him and nobody tipped me off. I was just lucky that I noticed him. I’m a creepy observer.

Aron Nels Steinke: He’s watchin’ you. And winnin’ stuff.  Congratulations again, Aron!

Please check out Mike Dawson’s Troop 142 comic online and in print this fall from Secret Acres.  Also subscribe to his wonderful podcast The Ink Panthers Show! which he produces with Alex Robinson.

Check out Aron Nels Steinke’s Neptune (which will be available in French next year) and Balloon Toons: Super Duper Dog Park due out this fall from Blue Apple Books.

Sarah Morean

The Cross Hatch Dispatch 1/28/09

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[Above, Eleanor Davis gets Stinky. Below, the smell of Dispatch in the morning.]

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Interview: Mike Dawson Pt. 2 [of 2]

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Mike Dawson has been tooling around the world of indie comics for some time now. After years of self-publishing minis, the artist been work on the six issue mini-series, Gabagool back in 2002, chronicling the life of three Bronx-based nerds in their early 30s. It was the publication of this year’s Freddie & Me: A Coming of Age (Bohemian) Rhapsody for Bloombury, however, that really put the artist on the map.

The book is as much a love letter to  Dawson’s life-long musical obsessions as it as the autobiography of a young British transplant growing up in the States during the height of Reganomics.

In this second and final part of our interview, we talk about the reaction of Queen fans, the catharsis of autobiography, and how having a kid has affected the artist’s output.

[Part One]
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Interview: Mike Dawson Pt. 1 [of 2]

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Most of us are content to abandon our childhood obsessions, in pursuit of more “grownup” fare. For Mike Dawson, however, being a Queen fan has proved a lifelong commitment, something inexorably linked to his own story, growing up as a British immigrant in the United States in the mid-80s. When Dawson first sat down to document his devotions, he expected little more than a quick one-off.

Four years and 300-odd pages later, Freddie & Me was finally complete. When it came out, earlier this year, the book proved surprisingly touching in its exploration of the lives of both Dawson and Queen frontman, Freddie Mercury.

We sat down briefly with Dawson to discuss the birth of the book and the power of autobiographical comics.

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