Dan Schoening (also known as Dapper Dan) is an animator and comics penciler based in the city of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada.


Dan began drawing at an early age, finding inspiration in classic Disney films and Saturday morning cartoons. After graduating from animation school in 2000, Dan has worked for companies such as Disney, Pixar, Archie Comics, DC Comics, Upperdeck, AKA Studios, Ape Entertainment and IDW Publishing. He has created art for titles such as Back to the Future, TMNT, Mega Man, Sonic the Hedgehog, Archie, and most notably, Ghostbusters.


Dan Schoening uses Col-Erase pencils for line work then he finishes art using Photoshop. [1] He does the roughs in blue, scans and prints the roughs in lighter blue, then cleans them up in black pencil. [2] The art goes to Luis Delgado for coloring. Between the two, it takes about 3.5 weeks to complete an issue's worth of art. [3] The first 3-4 days are spent on thumb-nailing upon getting an issue script from Erik Burnham. Schoening usually spends 14 hours on average on each page. [4] He builds his characters and backgrounds separately, then adds them together later on. This allows him more room to play with composition and edit anything more easily. [5]

Related to Ghostbusters

He has done pencils in comic book stories:

He had done covers in the comic books:

He has written the following comics:


In March 2009, Dan Schoening and James Eatock started work on a pitch for a 10 issue arc to IDW Comics that took place five months after the first movie. Louis Tully, Dana Barrett, and Walter Peck were set to appear. Plans included not repeating events from the movie, not much of Slimer, and staying grounded in New York City. Four sequential pages were included to illustrate the pitch and the story was titled "The Things I Could Tell You About Ereshkigal." The guys emerged from a bust in downtown involving a Class 7 with six tentacles and shot eye beams only to be interviewed by Cynthia Crawford. The first two issues dealt with Jennifer becoming merged with a female spirit called Ereshkigal. The stories would continue with Riker's Island, Ellis Island, and new characters with shady plans.

They pitched the comic months later. The pitch wasn't green lit because a ten issue series was too risky at the time. Ultimately, Eatock and Schoening did an exclusive story "Guess What's Coming To Dinner?" for the Haunted Holidays trade collection. [10] [11]


  • Dan Schoening used to work at a Toys R Us. [12]
  • On page 10 of Ghostbusters Issue #2, Dan makes a cameo on the observation desk with his daughter while walking past Jim Silver.
  • On the Subscription Cover of Ghostbusters Volume 2 Issue #1, Dan's photo is to the right of Janine.
  • In Ghostbusters Get Real Issue #2, the dialogue about occasional transference of P.K.E. from the Real Ghostbusters' Containment Unit to the IDW universe was in part a tongue in cheek explanation for Dan Schoening's easter eggs in the comics he's worked on. [13]
  • On page 7 of the Ghostbusters Annual 2017, in panel 4, Dan is visually based on and named after Dan Schoening. He makes light of his tendency of accurately drawing pre-existing characters into the IDW comics.
  • In Ghostbusters Annual 2017, on page 43, in panel 5, on the left above the microwave is a drawing of a hippo drinking from a river, drawn by Schoening's daughter Paige.
  • "The Schoening Omnibi" is named after Dan Schoening.
  • On page 13 of Ghostbusters Annual 2018, Kylie Griffin reveals a new protocol named Code Dan, a nod to Dan Schoening. Erik Burnham writes in a scene with no background characters to draw.
  • On August 9, 2018, Schoening was featured on Crossing Over Virtual Trading Card #50, the Ghostbusters Comics Team of Dimension TH-151. [14]
  • On page 20 of Ghostbusters Crossing Over Issue #8, in panel 4, the orange menu standee on the table lists rye by Dan Schoening for $4.99.
  • On page 19 of Transformers/Ghostbusters Issue #3, one of the pieces of graffiti on Optimus Prime is "DS," the initials of Dan Schoening.

External Links


  1. Dapperpomade Tweet 10/1/13
  2. Dapperpomade Tweet 11/28/15
  3. erikburnham Tweet #3 3/5/12
  4. Alabama Ghostbusters Podcast Episode 16 6/9/14
  5. Issues With Friends Special 09: Erik Burnham and Dan Schoening; 46:02-46:22 mark 4/8/15
  6. Burnhamania 2/21/15
  7. Ghostbusters: The Board Game 666 Mystery Goal 2/21/15
  8. 3/11 Blog Post
  9. Infestation deviation
  10. Dapper Dan Blog 2/28/10
  11. New York Daily News 3/3/10
  12. Cross The Streams Episode 36, 24:04-24:06
  13. Ghostbusters Wiki Interview with Erik Burnham Part 3, Question 7 answer 12/14/15
  14. TomWaltz Tweet 8/9/18


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