Featured Artist of the Week: Dawn McTeigue

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Dawn McTeigue | Cover Artist

ZE: How long have you been working in comics?
DM: Since March 2012, 3 years

ZE: What age did you realize you wanted to be an artist as a career?
DM: 18 Years old, at 19 I saw my first comic in English (I grew up in Japan & Europe) & right then I decided I wanted to be in comics. Though for many years that felt like an impossibility, I’m so glad the dream finally came true.

ZE: Who has most inspired you in your art career?
DM: J. Scott Campbell

ZE: Have you ever had a mentor? If so, Who?
DM: Yes, EBAS.

ZE: What would I find in your fridge right now?
DM: Eggs, apples, milk, vegetables, salad dressing & hot sauce

ZE: What’s your favorite movie all time if you had to pick one?
DM: 5th Element

ZE: What actor would play you in a movie?
DM: Probably Fairuza Balk, as I’ve been told we have a few similarities.

ZE: If you could only have one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
DM: Sushi or maybe ice-cream …it’s a toss-up.

ZE: What is your favorite band of all time?
DM: KoRn, though close runners-up are: In This Moment, Marilyn Manson

ZE: What Comic Con do you most enjoy traveling to?
DM: C2E2 because the flights out of Calgary are direct & short. I’m not a fan of flying.

ZE: Do you workout? If so, what is your favorite workout routine?
DM: I do. My amazingly fit husband made me a 5-day workout plan that I cycle through. Monday, Wednesday & Friday I do 300 kettlebell swings with 35lbs (I’m trying to work up to 50 lbs). Tuesday is 100 pushups & 50 weighted walking lunges, Thursday is arm & back day with another 50 walking lunges. I can manage to do this much even if I’m on a deadline, so I’ve lost my excuse to skip it altogether.

ZE: What’s your favorite hobby outside of work?
DM: Honestly, I don’t have time for a hobby between art & 3 kids (ages 12, 10 & 4) though I love watching TV shows &/or movies with my family in the evenings. I generally need to keep drawing through the show, but it’s still something we all do together & it’s great to have shows or movies going on in the background.

ZE: Who is your favorite comic book character of all time?
DM: Harley Quinn

ZE: Who is your favorite Zenescope comic book character to draw or color?
DM: Calie Liddle in her badass outfit. It gives so much visual interest & detail, however, I’ll admit, the lacing is a pain to draw. :D


ZE: You can choose any one super power. What is it? Why?
DM: Wolverine’s power of healing & long life for obvious reasons. If the Hugh Jackman Wolverine came along as a bonus I wouldn’t say no.

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Interview with ANTHONY SPAY

Listen to the interview here: ANTHONY SPAY on MORE LIKE RADIO

Our very own Art Director/Artist Anthony Spay gives a personal interview with Michael Falcone of More Like Radio. He lets us in on his life growing up, playing the viola, some of his musical tastes, football and of course… comic books.

Anthony lets you in on what he’s reading, breaking into comics, giving critiques and where ideas come from for exclusives.

He also gives a little insight into the thought process of writing Grimm Fairy Tales and leaks a little information on the upcoming Grimm Fairy Tales 100, and much more.

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Listen to the interview here: ANTHONY SPAY on MORE LIKE RADIO


A Convo with: Dawn McTeigue

Hey fans!

We wanted to give you a look into the 2012 Wonderland Annual. We chat with one of the interior artists.

A Convo with Dawn McTeigue – (credited as Dawn Schwartz in the 2012 Wonderland Annual)

What was the first book you worked on?

JP Roth’s Ancient Dreams Teaser. Drawn in early 2011. I’m new to the industry.

How critical are you of your own work?

VERY! Probably a bit too critical, but it keeps me hungry for improvement & eager to hear people’s critiques of my work so that I can get faster & better.

It was good having you at the SDCC booth. What do you like/dislike about conventions?

I like so much about conventions, but one of the stand-out things is that I get to meet more people in the comic industry. I have so much comic art that I love, and so many artists that I admire, it’s really awesome to be able to talk with them & learn what I can. Also being able to meet the fans of the comic books that I’ve worked on & hear what they have to say about the comic & art is a special treat all its own. As far as what I dislike about conventions: having really sore feet! :-)

How did you go about tackling the Wonderland art style?

I took a long time studying & reading all the previous Wonderland comics. I also really tried to get into Alice & Calie’s headspace to understand everything that they’re going through, what makes them tick & snap respectively & from that, create pages that were in keeping with not only previous artwork, but the girls themselves. I had a ton of fun working on the pages that I did in this issue. I hope the Wonderland fans enjoy them too.

Thank you so much for your time Dawn and your work on the Wonderland Annual. 


We’re going to continue to chat with a number of our artists/writers that work on our comics and we’ll bring you those interviews here on the blog.