Dusk Comics: A Home for Independent Creators, Strong Female Characters

From comics to cosplay, Dusk Publishing's David Doub is making a name for himself by nurturing new talent and creating compelling characters.

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Dusk Comics publisher, founder, and head writer David Doub always has had a passion for comic books, and now his DFW-based company is helping him live his dream and help independent creators get their work published.

He founded Dusk Comics as a startup in 2006, and his independent comic, Dusk, features strong female characters — a timely theme in the current national environment in which many women have spoken up about their treatment in the workplace and society in general.

“His biggest strength is that his preferred focus comic-wise is strong, capable female characters.”
Beth Hobbs

“His biggest strength is that his preferred focus comic-wise is strong, capable female characters,” Beth Dobbs, who is on the planning committee of Women of Wonder Con, told the North Texas Daily, the student newspaper of the University of North Texas. “He writes exactly what people are always complaining is lacking in so much mainstream comic media — apart from Wonder Woman — so his content is very timely.”

Doub, you used the tagline, “The Most Interesting Man in Comics,” is helping with Women of Wonder Con, an event that supports women in the creative industries and to encourage new generation of female creators. 

The event will from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 10, 2018, at the Dallas Public Library, 1515 Young St., in downtown Dallas.

Dusk also has a philosophy of fostering new talent. It publishes a variety of comics and graphic novels that include sci-fi adventure, superhero pulps, and supernatural thrillers.

DOUB PROMOTES DUSK COMICS AT CONVENTIONS

Doub told the North Texas Daily that he believes in selling his company’s titles via face-to-face contact as conventions and events, rather than in stores or online.

“We’ve been involved with conventions,” Doub told the North Texas Daily. “We found that it’s kind of silly to leave out a big part of the creators involved.”

He said it’s about showing the next generation of creators, “‘You can do it, too.”

Doub said that he does a lot of conventions and interacts with a lot of people because everyone benefits.

“You know anyone can do it if they really want to, so we do a lot of those types of events because we feel it just makes for better stories ultimately,” Doub told the North Texas Daily. “Honestly, anyone who does comics loves comics, and you would want to see good books, so you want good people to make those books.”

COSPLAY BOOK HELPS SUPPORT NONPROFITS

Earlier this year, Doub released his latest book, Cosplay Unmasked: Behind the Costumes, and donated the proceeds to the nonprofit groups Heroic Inner Kids and Hope Rising.

The charities use the power of cosplay to advocate, educate, and add wonder to the lives of those in need.

“At the very least, I hope people that read the book not only learn to enjoy cosplay and appreciate it, but gain a bit more insight into it what it truly is for many people,” Doub told the Red Dirt Report. “I want to inspire people to get out of their shells because they are afraid that they aren’t the right body type or the right look to cosplay, but then they see all these other people and go “Oh! I can do it too!” They too can be real-life superheroes!”

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