14 June 2010 12:13 AM CDT


Daniel in his studio - January 2012


Aside from various art shows in the Baltimore, MD and Saint Petersburg, FL areas, currently Daniel is illustrating Lovecraft with writer Craig Engler as well as working on two sequential projects which he is under NDA not to discuss at this time. Yearly he storyboards for Marvel comics Infinite comics, and he’s recently illustrated Grimm for Dynamite Entertainment – sequentials and covers, and has developed a number of creator-owned projects such as RELAUNCH with Marvel executive Ron Perazza. He co-founded Comic Book Think Tank with Ron, and uses that platform to share ideas and findings on creating comics digitally and the process behind it. He illustrates various book  and album covers, and creates hundreds of private commissions and paintings each year.


Daniel Govar majored in Imaging and Digital Art at University of Maryland with a focus and emphasis on interactivity, animation, traditional film, and illustration. Daniel worked for some time at a private school in Baltimore, MD producing enrichment CD-ROMs and Web sites. He was a programmer/animator/project lead over a 3 year period, and produced 3 CD-ROMS (Ancient Greece, A Child’s History of the World, Astronomy Explorer), and an Astronomy web site. in 2000, Daniel and filmmaker Russell Wicks, developed an animated series called Eclipse for the SciFi Channel and later was asked to animate Chi-Chian another series under director/musician Voltaire, once Eclipse wraped it’s first season, helping the series win a coveted Flash Forward award for fan favorite animation. Daniel did concept art/illustration contract work over the next four years for Gaming, Film, & Magazine clients. Daniel has done work for clients such as Nike, MCI, Marriott, the USDA, USA sports teams, Government clients, Simon & Shuster, & Open Road Publishing, to name a few. He co-founded the website ThereAndBackAgain, a Lord of the Rings website dedicated to illustrating all facets of the world created by J.R.R. Tolkien, which garnered numerous awards and has been seen in worldwide publications, such as Entertainment Weekly and TV Guide. He has illustrated nearly 15 books, (ie. Seekers of Dreams,From Witch to Wicca, etc.) and In October 2008, Daniel won a contract with DC Comics for his scifi series Azure. Azure continued for two seasons with DC Comics, and is currently available via the comiXology and DC Comics Apps for digital comics, as well as the through the Sony PSP store. Daniel is also a frequent contributor to Project Rooftop, a site which focuses on redesigning superheroes, and won their Aquaman Redesign competition in 2011. Daniel illustrated a guest comic for False Positive a site with Macabre tales of horror, scifi, and suspense – most written and drawn by Mike Walton.

Dan - San Diego Comic Con 2009
Dan – San Diego Comic Con 2009

Bits: I have the most amazing boxer named Sandor. I go for runs and hikes, sleep very little, love beer and wine, play video games (not very often at the moment), am a movie whore, draw every single day, and I sculpt ever so often.

Books/Authors: The Song of Ice and Fire Series, Neil Gaiman (All Works), J.R.R. Tolkien (All Works), Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn series), S.M. Stirling (Dies the Fire series), Temeraire novel series by Naomi Novik, Arthur C. Clarke, Brave New World,  Harry Potter Series, Twain, and many MANY more..

Music: MUSE, Florence & the Machine, Radiohead, Pixies, Zero 7, Moloko, Tori Amos, Theivery Corporation, Dead Can Dance/Lisa Gerard, good 80’s stuff, James, Fiona Apple, NIN, Arcade Fire, Hooverphonic, Bjork, Charles Mingus, Florence & the Machine, and many more.

Movies: As I mentioned earlier – I’m a movie whore. Some of my favorites: Bladerunner, Delicatessan, Pacific Rim, Ghost in the Shell I & II, The Abyss, The Lord of the Rings Series, Star Wars Series, Harry Potter Series, Matrix series, Indiana Jones series, Dune (oldest version), 300, Brazil, Life is Beautiful, Step Into Liquid, and many, many more.

Countries Lived-in or Visited: USA (citizen), Canada, Bahamas, Aruba, Denmark, Iceland, United Kingdom.


  • Kevin
    June 25, 2010

    Great looking website. Lots of high quality images to enjoy. Thanks.

  • admin
    June 25, 2010

    Thanks Kev! Now I just have to keep it regularly updated :)

  • Andy
    August 8, 2010

    Is Azure solely a webcomic or is it possible to purchase the comic as an actual print (like in the old days)?

    I’m sorry that I am uninformed but I live in Austria (Europe) and I haven’t found anything “hard-copy(-sort-of)” related about zuda comics in general or Azure in particular – only the digital comic edition on comixology.com.

    I’m also sorry if I am bothering you and you might not be responsible for sales in any way but I really like your artwork and the storyline in Azure – at least the beginning (#01) which I have read on comixology. Great work. Thumbs up!

  • saulone (Daniel)
    August 8, 2010

    Hi Andy!

    Azure is not currently in print, but DC is not ruling that out yet. They are still printing the Zuda titles that have gone to 3 seasons, and I suspect if Azure gets a 3rd season it will then be put on the collected print edition list.

    The digital copy on there is currently the only way to read it :/

    Thanks so much for the kind words! I really appreciate it and keeps me going, big time :) I am finishing the last issue of season 2 now (#6) One thing you can do to help get it to print, is send a note here: busdev@dccomics.com or on twitter here: http://www.twitter.com/zudacomics

    Thanks again for all the kind words!

  • Marianne Monaghan Deschanel
    November 23, 2010

    Amazing work Daniel, love your illustrations! My little brother Sean suggested we connect (I’m also a graduate from UMBC and graphic designer, but not multi-media). I remember when you guys worked on the Tolkien website – loved it.

  • saulone (Daniel)
    November 23, 2010

    Hi Marianne!

    Thanks muchly for the compliments :) I remember you – I’m pretty sure we met when you came to visit Sean years ago when we worked together…or it may have been a party of he and Cyndi’s. I miss working on that Tolkien site. Thee seems to never be time enough to do all that we want, right? Thanks again for checking in!

  • Jessica
    January 21, 2012

    Hi Daniel,
    Deine Werke sind einfach toll :)
    Ein Werk fand ich so toll, dass ich es mir auf meinem Körper verewigen lassen habe :)

    Viele dankende Grüße aus Deutschland
    Jessica K.

    January 30, 2012

    Met Daniel at the New Orleans Comic-Con on Saturday quite by accident as I stopped to ask him where I could find a slipcover & saw one of his Dragons. I was quite taken with his beautiful work & wind up buying two of his Dragons. If I had had more money I would have bought a few more. Daniel was very friendly & patient with me despite my silly gushing over his work. It was a pleasure to meet him. Thanks for your kindness, James

  • saulone (Daniel)
    January 30, 2012

    James, the pleasure was all mine, sir and thanks again! I’m already looking forward to the next New Orleans Comic Con :)

  • Patrizio Dino Vannucci
    June 7, 2012

    Dear Daniel,

    Do you ever get to come to the San Diego Comic-con? I graduated back in 2003 with a degree in illustration from Savannah College of Art & Design, though I do not know if you have heard of it.
    It was a wonderful college to attend and just draw. draw and draw…:) May I ask did you have to
    get a Master’s degree to teach? or was a BA enough, as I am not certain what direction I want my
    illustration work to go into. I did a minor in interactive design but got my computer broken here
    a few years ago helping to save a Police woman’s life, and sadly my laptop was broken with all my
    Mac-Work websites, illustrations and all that expensive Photoshop Dreamweaver software…Ugh!

    In any event I greatly enjoyed your Facebook page, your re-design of the New Mutants (God I recall
    being 12 years old when they came out) and all your wonderful artwork. How I would love to see
    how you color your work, as I was never good with a brush and always relied on Photoshop, but would
    love to learn your “Ink Wash” technique with these “Copic markers”….Do you combine the two to get
    most of your incredible artwork colored?

    In any event, feel free to check out my website. It was done all in Flash, and sadly since I now have
    Cancer, and lack the means to fix it…I cannot change the contact button to send to: patrizio@vannucci.net. But if possible, perhaps you might add me to your “Friends” List on Facebook.
    As i would love to one day commission a Jean Grey Phoenix illustration…In turn I will illustrate you a
    Kitty Pryde & Lockheed illustration, though I fear you are getting the cheaper end of the stick! :)

    In any event take care and I would greatly value any professional lessons you might have to offer.
    And as I am considering leaving San Diego to move to NYC can I ask…When is NYC Comic-Con?

    Thanks and take care…Patrizio

  • saulone (Daniel)
    June 13, 2012

    Hi Patrizio!

    I have been a few years, but sadly won’t be thee this year – too busy with projects to come to that side of the country. I will be at NYCC – in October and will be at Heores in Charlotte, North Carolina in a week and a half. Master’s degree – no – not for what I teach from time to time with tends to be illustration guest classes and digital art. I mostly have done guest lectures when I have the time.

    Ink washes are pretty fun and easy, and mostly involves playing with ink and water combinations and using a dry or wet surface to start. Copics I think have a slightly larger learning curve and I’ve only been working with them for a year or so, so practice makes perfect! THanks so much about the New Mutants redesigns. I have an X-men one coming up soon.

    I’ll add you on FB :) Thanks again for the note!


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