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Sunday, May 31st, 2020
12:36 pm - Dino FAQ
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Emmy award winner and Eisner and Harvey Award nominee Dean Haspiel created Billy Dogma, The Red Hook, illustrated for HBO's "Bored To Death," was a Master Artist at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, is a Yaddo fellow, a playwright, helped pioneer personal webcomix via ACT-I-VATE, a multimedia salon via TRIP CITY.net, and is the co-founder of HANG DAI Studios. Dino has written and drawn many comix for Marvel, DC, Archie, IDW, Dark Horse, & Heavy Metal, including The Fox, The Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, X-men: First Class, Deadpool, Batman, Wonder Woman, Godzilla, Mars Attacks, Creepy, The Walking Dead, SpongeBob SquarePants, and semi-autobio collaborations with Harvey Pekar, Jonathan Ames, Inverna Lockpez, Jonathan Lethem, Stoya, and Stan Lee. Look out for his latest graphic novel about his Manhattan exodus to Brooklyn, BEEF WITH TOMATO (Alternative Comics). Read THE RED HOOK for free at LINE Webtoons http://www.webtoons.com/en/super-hero/the-red-hook/list?title_no=643

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/deanhaspiel_art/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/deanhaspiel

Artist's Statement:
I'm impelled to excavate universal truths and impart life experiences from my unique perspective to communicate with strangers and perpetuate hope with no permissions and no apologies.

-Yaddo fellow.
-Master Artist at The Atlantic Center for the Arts
-Emmy Award winner for title design work on HBO's "Bored To Death."
-Eisner Award nominee for "Talent Deserving of Wider Recognition" and "Outstanding Webcomic."
-Harvey Award nominee for "Best Artist"

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Please click here to see what Dean’s been up to at TRIP CITY: http://welcometotripcity.com/author/dean-haspiel/

HANG DAI Editions: http://hangdaieditions.com/

Experiencing Yaddo First-Hand: An Interview with Cartoonist Dean Haspiel: http://thefreegeorge.com/thefreegeorge/dean-haspiel-yaddo-interview/

The Atlantic Center for the Arts: Residency #147: http://welcometotripcity.com/2012/12/the-atlantic-center-for-the-arts-residency-147/

Tom Spurgeon interviews me for The Comics Reporter: http://www.comicsreporter.com/index.php/cr_holiday_interview_2_dean_haspiel/

Poet Sandra Beasley interviews me for Barrelhouse Magazine

Dean Haspiel speaks at The Library of Congress: http://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=5709

ATTENTION Art Directors, Editors, Publishers, Writers, Etc: if you’d like to see current samples of Dean Haspiel’s art, please check out his gallery: http://welcometotripcity.com/2012/01/dean-haspiel-gallery/


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Thursday, October 27th, 2016
11:21 am - Attacks are NOT opinions.
Dear Comix Consumer, if you don't like it, don't buy it. You don't have the right to bully creators & producers. Attacks are NOT opinions. Same goes for TV/movies, music, comedy, novels, poetry, etc. Fed up? CREATE or look elsewhere for your self-entitled universe.

And the people who post more about what they DON'T like versus what they DO like need to get a grip. Those are some unhappy people. Social Networking has become a tiresome challenge & trial of social stamina & endurance. No wonder creatives quit the spotlight and go MAKE what they wanna read, see & hear.

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Wednesday, October 26th, 2016
5:21 pm - The Red Hook in Savage Dragon #217
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Image Comics published a six-page Red Hook story called "Hooking The Red Hook" in the back of Erik Larsen's SAVAGE DRAGON #217. The print version is available today in comic book shops and digitally on ComiXology.

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4:07 pm - Urban Folk Art® Studio's Halloween group art show 2016
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Urban Folk Art® Annual Halloween Group Art Show

Friday, October 28 at 7pm - 10pm
Urban Folk Art Studios
101 Smith St, Brooklyn, New York 11201
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1768232630060896/

Join us for Urban Folk Art® Studio's yearly Halloween group art show. Opening Oct 28th, 27 awesome artists of varying mediums and backgrounds including painters, photographers, graphic designers, comic book artists, tattooers and more.

Artists include
Abe Lincoln Jr.
Adam Suerte
Brewster Smith
Chelle Mayer
Christa Cassano
Dave Tree
Dean Haspiel
Elizabeth Kresch
Gabriel Pantoja
Gregory Benton
Jason Goungor
Jason Mitchell
Jason Shaltz
Jen Ferguson
Jessica Furst
Katie Diamond
Keith Thomson
Kevin Lyons
Luke Ratray
Mahoney Perkins
Mike Sorgatz
Pat Mazza
Pete Conlon
Rachel Gibbs
Robert Bobhomme
Sara Antoinette Martin
Willie Paredes

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Tuesday, October 18th, 2016
9:44 pm - A&A: THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #11 variant cover by Dean Haspiel
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Last year I was commissioned to create a variant cover for Valiant Comics' ARCHER & ARMSTRONG which is finally being published in A&A #11, come January 2017. A&A is a rock 'em sock 'em comic book written by the hilarious Rafer Roberts and illustrated by amazing artists. Check it out!

Here is the official solicitation:

Cover A by KANO
Variant Cover by DEAN HASPIEL

Freaky fracas!

Obadiah Archer: Skilled marksmen, trained fighter, and...deranged circus freak?! Through the unfathomable forces of nature, Archer and Gub Gub – the pint-sized and deranged clone of Armstrong – have swapped minds! When Gub Gub’s body is kidnapped by nefarious forces, Armstrong and his long-lost wife, Andromeda, must race to save their friend and undo the horrendous merger of minds before the damage becomes permanent!


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6:41 pm - ComiXology Unbound Podcast interviews Dean Haspiel at NYCC 2016
"In this podcast episode Dean talks about loving people and also comics.

Topics include being with other creators, image being text in comics, looking amazing, sexy mirrors, comics being a shortcut art, reducing ones art style, working in an artist studio, wearing one sock, LIVEJOURNAL omg yes, artist stereotypes, art reflecting deadlines, how television and comic books have evolved into each other, snoozing during binge-watching, Matt embarrasses Tia because of course, Dean’s romance poses, chest-hair, becoming invisible online, showing up to your own party, what he’s reading!"


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Thursday, October 6th, 2016
1:58 pm - Slings & Arrows reviews The Alcoholic
"Dean Haspiel’s art evokes a real world without being in any way realistic, and his pages have a real charm and character-building panache about them. When older people feature Haspiel supplies a warm dignity, and he’s delicate with excess."

Read the entire review here: http://theslingsandarrows.com/the-alcoholic/

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12:16 pm - RIP Joe Stockdale.
RIP Joe Stockdale. Your class in Dramatic Structure at SUNY Purchase in the late 1980's taught me the greatest lesson in writing stories. What does a character want? What did Willy Loman want in "Death of a Salesman?" No one knew the answer until you showed us how to find it. Willy Loman wanted to be "well-liked" and that dictated his choices and behavior. It was written in the script. Write what you want. And, I have, ever since.

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Monday, October 3rd, 2016
8:52 pm - Dean Haspiel at New York Comicon 2016
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I will be doing some signings and a panel at New York Comicon 2016 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center this coming weekend.

FRIDAY, October 7th

4:30pm - 5:30pm ComiXology's Comic Book All-Star trading cards series 2 at table (M3-4 in Artist’s Alley)

SATURDAY, October 8th

2pm - 3:30pm Heavy Metal magazine signing with Stoya (Booth 541)

4pm - 5pm LINE Webtoons signing - (Booth #N101)

SUNDAY, October 9th

12pm - 12:30pm Panel: LINE Webtoon – The Future of Comics – (#NYCC Twitch Live Stage) With Katie Cook (Nothing Special), Colleen Doran (Finality), David Tischman (Heroine Chic), Zach Howard (Buck), and Dean Haspiel (The Red Hook)

2:30pm - 3:30pm LINE Webtoons Portfolio Reviews - (Booth #N101) w/Dean Haspiel

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Friday, September 30th, 2016
3:40 pm - ComiXology Comic Book All-Star trading cards, series 2, featuring Dean Haspiel
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I've been given the honor of being a trading card for series 2 of ComiXology's Comic Book All-Stars, debuting at New York Comicon 2016. I'll be signing Friday, October 7 from 4:30pm - 5:30pm at the ComiXology table in Artist's Alley.

Read more about the trading cards at Entertainment Weekly: http://www.ew.com/article/2016/09/29/comixology-unveils-more-creator-trading-cards-new-york-comic-con

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3:14 pm - Hillary Clinton
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Mom asked me to draw Hillary Clinton as a superhero. I'm terrible at drawing likeness. The design was her idea.

Hill Yes.

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Wednesday, September 28th, 2016
7:19 pm - Forces of Geek: Dean Haspiel Bids Adieu To ‘The Red Hook’ (review)
Clay N. Ferno reviewed THE RED HOOK season one at Forces of Geek. Thanks, Clay!


"Stan and Jack would be proud of the names of the characters and plot points in the story. You don’t need to be a New York native to get the jokes, you have probably seen enough television to cover the main neighborhoods in Brooklyn referenced."

"The Red Hook isn’t a rehash of old Marvel or Dean’s work on Archie’s The Fox. While there are similarities and some Kirby-as-Genre stylistic choices, this is the most unique to market independently published comic since the pay to play model of Brian K. Vaughn and Marcos Martin’s The Private Eye."

"The end of the story opens up to a larger world (it is comics after all) and sets up New Brooklyn heroes in a relatively clean sandbox to play in. Art is currency. Thieves are now heroes. New Brooklyn has been born, and I for one can’t wait to see what else is hiding in that particular Borough."

Read the entire review here: http://www.forcesofgeek.com/2016/09/dean-haspiel-bids-adieu-to-the-red-hook-review.html

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11:12 am - The end of an era
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Goodbye studio space at 112 Second Avenue in Gowanus, Brooklyn.

Long Live Hang Dai!

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11:02 am - The Red Hook - chapter 26
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The End of THE RED HOOK season one. Thanks for your cheer & support! http://bit.ly/2dkFYev

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Read the first season of THE RED HOOK for free from the start: http://www.webtoons.com/en/super-hero/the-red-hook/list?title_no=643

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Monday, September 26th, 2016
12:47 am - Hyperallergic: Gowanus Artists Are Evicted from Building, and Trash Pickup Suddenly Halts
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(Dean Haspiel at Hang Dai Studios in 112 Second Avenue, Gowanus, BK/NY. Photo by Benjamin Sutton, Sept 21, 2016)

“Where does the city expect the artists to go to make it cool next?” asks comics artist Dean Haspiel, who has been in the building, on and off, since 2007. “I think art is moving out of New York.”

Read the entire article here: http://hyperallergic.com/324193/gowanus-artists-are-evicted-from-building-and-trash-pickup-suddenly-halts/

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Wednesday, September 21st, 2016
1:30 am - The Red Hook - chapter 25
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Will The Red Hook embrace his destiny? Read the 2nd to last chapter for free: http://bit.ly/2d7odjP

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Read The Red Hook from the start: http://www.webtoons.com/en/super-hero/the-red-hook/list?title_no=643

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Tuesday, September 20th, 2016
10:31 am - Dean Haspiel at Wizard World Austin 2016
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I'm a guest at Wizard World Austin, September 23-25, 2016, stationed at table A29. I will have copies of my graphic novels, BEEF WITH TOMATO, and FEAR, MY DEAR. Plus, rare copies of my exclusive THE WALKING DEAD cover. Ask me about my weekly webcomic series, THE RED HOOK, published for free at LINE Webtoons http://www.webtoons.com/en/super-hero/the-red-hook/list?title_no=643 I'm available for commissions, and I will also be doing four panels and a comix reading performance throughout the convention (see details below).

Click here for Wizard World Austin: http://wizardworld.com/comiccon/austin


Top comics artists talk about their careers, their craft, the comics business and whatever else might come up—and will show you some of their top-secret techniques as they draw live before your eyes! Join peerless pencilers Michael Cho (X-Men: First Class; Shoplifter), Val Mayerik (Howard the Duck co-creator; Magic: The Gathering), Dean Haspiel (The Red Hook; The Fox) and Steve Geiger (Spider-Man; The Hulk) as they pull back the curtain and tell you what it’s really like to be a comics artist! Danny Fingeroth (How to Create Comics from Script to Print; Spider-Man) moderates.


Accomplished comics writers Tom DeFalco (Spider-Man; Thor), Dean Haspiel (The Red Hook; Beef With Tomato), Alex de Campi (Grindhouse; No Mercy), Charles Soule (Daredevil; Uncanny Inhumans), Paul Benjamin (The Hulk; Pantheon High) and Danny Fingeroth (How to Create Comics From Script to Print; Spider-Man) talk about how to put together a compelling comics story. Plus, they’ll answer your questions about both the creative and business sides of the comics writing profession, including how to find an artist to work with (hint: a comics convention is the number one place!) and how to write exciting dialogue!

2:00-2:45PM NEW BROOKLYN VS OLD BROOKLYN: Dean Haspiel and friends perform slideshow excerpts from his New Brooklyn webcomic, THE RED HOOK, and balances it with an Old Brooklyn story from his graphic novel memoir, BEEF WITH TOMATO. (Creative Stage)

Ironic superhero stories, coming-of-age tales, historical literature, modern drama, and everything in between fill graphic novels. What is a graphic novel, though, and what makes one great? Join authors Katrina Hill and Alex Langley (100 Greatest Graphic Novels: The Good, the Bad, the Epic) as they fight it out with Victor Dandridge (Vantage: Inhouse), Tom DeFalco (former Marvel editor-in-chief), Dean Haspiel (American Splendor; Batman), Clinton Hobart (Disney), and Dr. Travis Langley. Which ones are the best of the best?


Ever wonder what it would be like to collaborate on making comics with top professionals? In this fun-and-educational session, celebrated writer Tom DeFalco (Spider-Man; Fantastic Four), Emmy-winning artist Dean Haspiel (The Red Hook; Spider-Man) and renowned painter Clinton Hobart (Licensed Disney Fine Artist; Beauty and the Beast) create a new character and story before your eyes, incorporating audience members' ideas and suggestions! Come see—and join in—the creative process! The panel will be moderated by longtime Marvel writer and editor Danny Fingeroth (Spider-Man; How to Create Comics from Script to Print).

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Thursday, September 15th, 2016
10:33 am - The Red Hook in Dark Horse Presents #s 29 - 31
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Now that season one of The Red Hook is wrapping up at LINE Webtoons.com (read it for free: http://www.webtoons.com/en/super-hero/the-red-hook/list?title_no=643 ), I'm currently working on a new 3-part Red Hook story for Dark Horse Presents #s 29 - 31. This story takes place BEFORE the great secession that sparked a New Brooklyn Universe.

(BIG UPS to Hannah Means-Shannon for shepherding the deal, and Rachel Roberts for editorial notes)

Solicitation details:

Dark Horse Presents #29

Paul Levitz (W), Carla Speed McNeil (W/A), Kaare Andrews (W), Dean Haspiel (W/A), John Nadeau (W/A), Dan Jolley (W), Francesco Francavilla (W/A/Cover), Tim Hamilton (A), and Troy Nixey (A)

On sale Dec 21
FC, 48 pages

This month, Dark Horse is celebrating a decade of Francesco Francavilla in comics! Features a stunning cover as well as the continuation of Francavilla’s The Black Beetle in Kara Bocek! Plus, Dean Haspiel brings his popular webcomic The Red Hook to print!

This issue also features the continuation of favorites Brooklyn Blood by Paul Levitz and Tim Hamilton; Finder: Chase the Lady by Carla Speed McNeil; The Black Sinister by Kaare Andrews, Troy Nixey, and Dave McCaig; and Murder Society by John Nadeau and Dan Jolley!


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Wednesday, September 14th, 2016
3:12 pm - Broken Frontier interviews Dean Haspiel about The Red Hook
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Hooked on Haspiel: The Rabidly Loyal Brooklynite Turns the Page on a New Chapter for his Beloved Borough: http://www.brokenfrontier.com/hooked-haspiel-rabidly-loyal-brooklynite-turns-page-new-chapter-beloved-borough/


You suggest that works of art will become a lucrative new currency in New Brooklyn. Could you elaborate a little on this idea of art as currency?

It’s a total fantasy. In a sense, art has become New Brooklyn’s oil where a doodle can buy you a drink and a landscape can buy you a house. There are so many artists in Brooklyn, many of them struggling (including myself), that I wanted to project this good will idea in hopes that it may transcend from my comix and come true.

You pay tribute to Jack Kirby and the Silver Age of comics throughout the strip. How has the King’s influence on your work evolved over the course of your career?

Jack Kirby designed great ideas and drew powerful stories that forever impacted me. He practically reinvented the superhero genre, several times! Comix can do anything but one of the things they excel at is superhero stories, which is really just a combination of science fiction, crime and romance, with a sprinkle of horror.

Originally, I created The Red Hook as an artist’s residency palette cleanser at Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, NY in 2012. Because I was going there to write for a month, I wanted to shrug off my comix leanings and The Red Hook was my attempt to create a character done in the spirit of “What if Jack Kirby, Alex Toth and Will Eisner collaborated on a superhero together?”

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1:58 am - The Red Hook - chapter 24
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With heroism comes sacrifice in The Red Hook chapter 24: http://www.webtoons.com/en/super-hero/the-red-hook/chapter-24/viewer?title_no=643&episode_no=25

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Read THE RED HOOK from the start for free: http://www.webtoons.com/en/super-hero/the-red-hook/list?title_no=643

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