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|Publisher||Cry for Dawn Productions
|First appearance||Cry for Dawn #1 (December 1989)|
|Created by||Joseph Michael Linsner|
|Notable aliases||Aurora, Gaia, Goddess of Birth and Rebirth, Isis, Kali, Mary, The Goddess/The Triple Goddess|
|Abilities||Immortal, immune to gunfire, inter-planar travel|
Dawn is an American comic book series created by artist Joseph Michael Linsner. The title character first appeared on the cover of Cry for Dawn #1 (December 1989) before being featured in her own one-shot drama from new publisher Sirius Entertainment, and then the mini-series Dawn: Lucifer's Halo, Dawn: Return of the Goddess, and Dawn: Three Tiers.
Dawn is the goddess of birth and rebirth. While her appearance depends on who is viewing her, she is generally depicted as a young, red-haired woman with three "tears" running from her left eye (and two running from her right eye, on the few occasions that it has been shown); during the witch hunt, witches were discovered to only cry from their left eyes. She also has a rose on one wrist and a chain on the other. The rose represents Hell, and although it has beauty, it only pricks and hurts a person; the chain represents Heaven because a person can only go so far before they are stopped short by its restrictions.[better source needed] Dawn is the guardian of all the witches on Earth, and the goddess to whom they pray.
Dawn is shown in many different facets, shapes, sizes, and colors. She is generally depicted as a woman; Joseph Michael Linsner stresses that all women are goddesses. Dawn takes many shapes since all shapes are beautiful, and so are all women.
Dawn's lover is Cernunnos (sometimes also known as the Horned God), the god of death, who has incarnated himself in the mortal form of Darrian Ashoka. Darrian, unaware of his true origins, lives in a post-apocalyptic New York City when he first meets Dawn. She leads him on his path of true identity and self-discovery.
- Cry for Dawn (1989-1992): nine issue anthology where Dawn only appears on the covers.
- Dawn: Lucifer's Halo (1995-1997): six issue mini-series.
- Crypt of Dawn (1996–1999): six issue anthology.
- Dawn: Return of the Goddess (1999–2000): four issue mini-series.
- Dawn: Three Tiers (2003–2005): six issue mini-series.
In other media
- Dawn is featured on the Gary Numan CD album Dawn (Released in the UK as Sacrifice). For the last ten years, a Dawn look-alike contest has been held at Dragon Con. Recently she appeared in the comic Witchblade, talking to Sara and asking her if she wanted the power of the Witchblade.
- In the fall of 2010, in conjunction with the Hero Initiative and Joseph Michael Linsner, Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab released four Dawn inspired perfume oils. Proceeds from the sale of those oils go to the Hero Initiative.
- "Coming Soon! The New & Improved JoeLinsner.com". Linsner.com. Retrieved 2013-08-22.
- A. J. J. M. Vingerhoets, Randolph R. Cornelius 2001, p. 5.
- "Coming Soon! The New & Improved JoeLinsner.com". Linsner.com. Archived from the original on 2012-02-14. Retrieved 2013-08-22.
- "Limited Edition "Dawn" Scents from Black Phoenix Alchemy Benefit Hero Initiative". Comic Book Resources. 2010-08-24. Retrieved 2013-08-22.