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Daniel Leister

Artist of Wonderland, Hack/Slash and Lord of Gore.

Daniel Leister was born in Germany in 1976. He has been drawing most of his life, but didn’t get into comics till around his 5th grade year. He moved from California to Maryland with his family, but didn’t know anyone or have anything to do. His mother bought him his first comic and that was it for him. After High school he attended the Ohio State University and received his B.F.A. in 2000. Daniel spent may years going to conventions and trying to get a job in comics, but his first break was a talent contest by Marvel at a convention. He came in second place and was offered work by the company After Hours Press. His real break into the professional world of comics came when he was offered the penciling job for the Wonderland series for Zenescope Ent. He spent 3 years working on the trilogy and then moved to Hack/Slash with writer Tim Seeley.

Daniel is now working on various independent projects Including Lord of Gore for Devils Due Entertainment.

He currently resides in Columbus, Ohio with his Wife and Son.

Daniel Leister talks Beyond Wonderland

The Big Bad Wolf: How did you hook up with Zenescope?

Daniel Leister: I knew Raven Gregory from a while back. I used to see him at conventions, etc.

I was working on a book called The Sire, by Mike Dolce and we were in artists alley alot, and I met him through there. Raven moved to Zenescope and a spot opened up for an artist so he called me.

The Big Bad Wolf: How did you get your start in art?

Daniel Leister: A couple years ago in Chicago, Marvel had the draw Wolverine contest and I got second place. I got my first book, Celestial Alliance, with Darren Sanchez because of that.

The Big Bad Wolf: How is it working with Raven Gregory on these Wonderland books?

Daniel Leister: It’s a lot of fun. I couldn’t ask for a better boss. I actually talk to him a lot. It is really easy to work with him. If there is an opinion I have on the book as far as dialogue or something else, he listens to it.

The Big Bad Wolf:What has been the most challenging thing for you so far when working on the Wonderland books?

Daniel Leister: This is my first year being a professional paid artist. The isolation is the most challenging thing. Most of the time it is just me by myself in the basement, drawing. I can’t complain but at the same time, I want to talk to somebody. (laughs)

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