Mike Dawson (cartoonist)

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Mike Dawson

Dawson at the 2009 Brooklyn Book Festival.
Born 1975
Nationality American
Area(s) Artist, Writer
Notable works
Freddie & Me

Mike Dawson (born 1975) is a British-American cartoonist, known for his work on books such as Freddie & Me, Ace-Face and Gabagool!

Early life

Dawson was born in Scotland, but his family moved to Leighton Buzzard, England when he was still an infant. They emigrated to the United States in 1986, where his family settled in Red Bank, New Jersey. He studied painting at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.


Between 1995 and 1998 Dawson wrote and drew a daily comic strip for his college newspaper The Daily Targum. He worked with multiple collaborators, and the strip went through a number of incarnations: Dave & Pissa, Dave & Co, and Dave’s Family.

From 2002 – 2004 he self-published the humor series Gabagool!, with co-writer Chris Radtke.

His first graphic novel, Freddie & Me: A Coming-of-Age (Bohemian) Rhapsody, was published in 2008. In it, Dawson presents a memoir of his younger days as an obsessive fan of the rock group Queen and of the band's flamboyant, charismatic, and vocally gifted lead singer, Freddie Mercury. Dawson explores how the music of Queen corresponds to significant events and meaningful time periods in his life, particularly in his youth.

A collection of short stories entitled Ace-Face: The Mod With the Metal Arms was published in 2009 by AdHouse Books.

Dawson's webcomic Troop 142 received the Ignatz Award for Outstanding Online Comic in 2010.[1] Troop 142 was published as a graphic novel in 2011 by Secret Acres.

Dawson is the co-host of The Ink Panthers Show!, a weekly podcast with cartoonist Alex Robinson. Guests have included Tony Consiglio, Vanessa Davis, Julia Wertz, Dylan Horrocks, Sarah Glidden, and Matt Fraction.

Dawson was also the host a second podcast, TCJ Talkies, which appeared on The Comics Journal website biweekly. Guests included Craig Thompson, Jessica Abel, Tim Kreider, Howard Cruse, and Renee French.


Graphic novels




  1. "2010 Ignatz Award Recipients". SPX. Retrieved 2 February 2015.
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