Steam Crow showcased at Disneyland’s WonderGround Gallery
We’re used to sports icons like Kurt Warner and Michael Jordan, after winning a championship game, announcing to the television cameras that, “I’m going to Disneyland!” Meh, it’s become a pop culture cliché, but when local heroes Daniel and Dawna Davis, also known as the artistic super-team, Steam Crow, made the proclamation that they would be featured at Disney’s WonderGround Gallery, we stood up and took notice.
Steam Crow is known nationally for the webcomic series, Monster Commute, their “spooky-cute” monster illustrations and accessories and for their standout presence at pop culture conventions across the country. Back in the Valley they are recognized for mentoring other artisans with their Tiny Army creative group and as the founders of the annual Keen Halloween event that showcases local creative talent.
This November will be the second time that Daniel and Dawna’s creations will be featured at the WonderGround Gallery, which is part of Disneyland Resort’s “Downtown Disney District.” In addition to having their work displayed in the gallery for the entire month, the team will also be there in person during the first and last weekends of November, showing off their unique wares, signing prints and doing sketches for fans.
The magnificently mustachioed Mr. Davis took a few minutes to answer some questions for NERDVANA about Steam Crow‘s upcoming adventure at the Magic Kingdom.
Steam Crow seems like a perfect and logical fit for Disneyland, how did the WonderGround gig come about?
WonderGround approached us, which is how they like to work. They said that they’ve “been watching us for a while,” most likely at the shows we do; namely WonderCon and San Diego Comic-Con.
Do you have a favorite Disney animated film?
Favorite Disney animated movie would be “Lilo and Stitch,” or maybe “101 Dalmatians,” and “Wreck It Ralph” was surprisingly good.
If they were to build a Steam Crow ride, what would it be like?
Steam Crow ride would be immersive like “Pirates of the Caribbean” maybe, in the dark, with water, scarecrows, and shoot-outs. A Monster Commute ride would be all flat and plywoody like Toad’s Wild Ride, but you’d be avoiding getting stepped on by CrowBots.
You’re known for your original characters and style, but has Disney animation influenced your work at all?
I’m influenced by all kinds of animation, from “Star Blazers” to the “Count Chocula” commercials… I can’t say that there’s anything specific about Disney’s influence on what I like to draw or how I do it. That said, I think that Disney’s influence permeates American culture through and through; I’m sure that it’s in there somewhere.
What does this opportunity mean to you and Dawna?
Opportunity-wise, it means that the gallery likes what we’re doing, and that we fit the indie scene that they curate there. We’re not selling our brand off to them or anything like that; we’re still Steam Crow, building our own little empire.
If you go: Steam Crow will be featured at the WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District, for the full month of November (Nov. 1 – Dec. 1, 2013) and Daniel & Dawna will be there in person on Nov. 1, 2, 30 and Dec. 1, 2013.