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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, and 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, and a multimedia salon via TRIP CITY.net, and is the co-founder of HANG DAI Editions. Dino has written and drawn many comix 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, and Stan Lee. Look out for his latest graphic novels: FEAR, MY DEAR: A Billy Dogma Experience, and his Manhattan exodus to Brooklyn memoir, BEEF WITH TOMATO.

Read THE RED HOOK for free: 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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Monday, May 30th, 2016
12:36 pm - Why THE RED HOOK is a damn important comic book!
Fabrice Sapolsky wrote a very nice essay about my webcomic series, THE RED HOOK.

"Last week, I met Dean Haspiel for the first time. The Man himself. Meeting Dean was important to me. Not only because I like his work, but also because he’s one of the main creators actively promoting the Brooklyn indie comics scene. And I happen to live in Brooklyn. So it was like being a freshman to Brando’s Godfather.

Truth is, I fell in love with Dean’s last creation, the Red Hook.

If you have never read it, you SHOULD. And you can’t say it’s too expensive because you can have it for free on your smartphone thanks to the Line Webtoon app or on the web.

The Red Hook is a story about Brooklyn. It has superheroes in it. But beyond that, it’s a story about our medium. The comic book medium. Its roots. Its present. Its future. Its founders. Dean tells it himself, it’s a “love letter to the superhero comics”. And it’s damn entertaining too.

Meeting Dean opened my eyes. Here we have a creator who pours every bit of himself in the comics he produces. Sometimes he works for bigger publishers, but he doesn’t cheat. He doesn’t lie. He bares his naked soul to the comic book medium."

You can read the entire essay here: https://fabricesapolsky.wordpress.com/2016/05/29/why-the-red-hook-is-a-damn-important-comic-book/

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Sunday, May 29th, 2016
2:21 pm - Sometimes
I wish I could take you away from you.

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11:40 am - Remembering Darwyn Cooke
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When mainstream comics no longer looked like that or could be like that, Darwyn Cooke proved them otherwise. Brave and bold. Classic and classy. Darwyn was a giant and his comics were timeless. I’ll always appreciate The Fox cover he did for my term on the series and cherish that he reached out to tell me how much he dug what I did on CUBA: My Revolution. It was like being officially anointed by a comix god, the likes of Kirby, Kubert, Caniff, Eisner and Toth.

I wish I'd had time to elaborate more about Darwyn's generosity and talent. His work on CAT WOMAN, BATMAN, JONAH HEX, THE SPIRIT, and PARKER, to name some, are as perennial as any great comix work. The cover he provided for my buddy/studio mate, the late Seth Kushner & George Folz's THE ROMAN NOSE, was perfection: http://www.bleedingcool.com/2015/04/22/kushner-and-folzs-roman-nose-gets-a-darwyn-cooke-cover/

THE NEW FRONTIER is my favorite work of Darwyn's. Superhero comics the way they should be. It was that epic story that charged me to plot and pitch DC Comics with my own exploration of those legendary DC Comics characters sans super powers (still pending).

“Men Of Tomorrow” (aka "Vision Quest") charts the early, soul-searching days of an alternative universe, Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent, two troubled young men, both of whom are running away from their respective homes by traveling the off-roads of America during the “summer of love,” where they explore the relationship between wealth and happiness, as well as, myth and symbolism, and cross paths with other people like them; orphans, bastards, and illegal aliens [including members from the original JLA, Captain Marvel, Plastic Man, and other key cameos], and come to a better understanding of who they are and where they’re supposed to go.

Essentially; Batman and Superman in SULLIVAN'S TRAVELS meets ON THE ROAD, inspired by Darwyn Cooke's THE NEW FRONTIER. I hope to be able to realize my concept someday.

You can read other poignant memorials from industry professionals here: http://www.monkeysfightingrobots.com/remembering-darwyn-industry-pros-pay-tribute-to-a-legend/

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Wednesday, May 25th, 2016
1:39 pm - The death of story
I was walking downstairs in my apartment building and saw a bundle of magazines near a neighbors door, prepared for recycling, and RIGHT THERE ON THE COVER OF ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY was a massive Game Of Thrones spoiler. Turn on the internet and BOOM, everyone is spilling beans like they're winning cash prizes. Fuck. It's like society doesn't want you to enjoy the mystery of narrative because all people seem to care about is the Cliff's Notes version of stories. Media and social networking annihilates the personal pleasure of discovering story as it unfolds. Recently, stories have become gossip columns with a pinch of outrage, as if fans have the right to dictate what creatives should create.

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12:38 pm - Unsolicited advice for folks having a hard time quitting smoking...
Think of exhaling tobacco smoke akin to shitting in other people's mouths and it will either a) disgust you and quell your desire to inhale burnt tobacco leaves, or b) turn you on and make your starfish pucker and twinkle (at the same time).

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10:49 am - The Red Hook - chapter 8
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Get some back-story of where The Red Hook came from and why in chapter 8 of THE RED HOOK: http://www.webtoons.com/en/super-hero/the-red-hook/chapter-8/viewer?title_no=643&episode_no=9

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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, May 24th, 2016
1:00 am - WTF is GOD SLAP?
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...and on the eighth day, David Trustman and Dean Haspiel created God Slap.

Read about it here at Bleeding Cool: http://www.bleedingcool.com/2016/05/24/wtf-is-god-slap/

GOD SLAP website: http://www.godslapcomic.com/

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Friday, May 20th, 2016
11:46 am - The Red Hook - chapter 7
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Getting bequeathed the Omni-Fist of Altruism is heart-gripping in THE RED HOOK chapter 7! http://www.webtoons.com/en/super-hero/the-red-hook/chapter-7/viewer?title_no=643&episode_no=8

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Start reading THE RED HOOK from the every beginning: http://www.webtoons.com/en/super-hero/the-red-hook/list?title_no=643

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11:37 am - Dean Haspiel talks about The Red Hook on WNYC's The Takeaway
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It was great to talk to John Hockenberry about my new/free webcomic series, The Red Hook, for WNYC's "The Takeaway."

"Comic book artist Dean Haspiel was born and raised in New York, but in his latest comic, "The Red Hook," he's coming to terms with a city that has drastically changed since his childhood.

"The Red Hook" is a superhero with the power of altruism. The character and comic were named after a Brooklyn neighborhood that was once known for crime and death, but has since been tamed by millennial hipsters."

LISTEN HERE: http://www.wnyc.org/story/american-comic-book-artist-brings-brooklyn-life/

You can read The Red Hook here: http://www.webtoons.com/en/super-hero/the-red-hook/list?title_no=643

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Thursday, May 19th, 2016
11:58 am - The Annual Brooklyn Bridge Show at Urban Folk Art Gallery; Friday May 20th, 2016, 7-10pm
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I'm participating in Urban Folk Art Gallery's Annual Brooklyn Bridge Show, which opens Friday May 20th and runs through June 20, 2016.

I will have an exclusive/signed, 11x17 print titled "New Brooklyn Bridge" for sale from my current RED HOOK webcomic series: http://www.webtoons.com/en/super-hero/the-red-hook/list?title_no=643

If you miss the opening, the show runs through June 20th so there's plenty of time to stop by and pick up an affordable, awesome piece of Brooklyn Bridge art.

The Annual Brooklyn Bridge Show, May 20th-June 20th, 2016
Urban Folk Art Gallery, 101 Smith Street near Atlantic
OPENING Friday, May 20th, 7-10 pm

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Tuesday, May 17th, 2016
11:05 am - Seth Kushner - one year later
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I lost one of my best friends a year ago today and WE lost a national treasure of a human being. Luckily, Seth Kushner was very creative and quite prolific. Above is a snapshot of an early costume design Seth drew based on a loose concept I did of his posthumous superhero, The Brooklynite, which will be greatly expanded upon and fully realized by co-creator Shamus Beyale come this summer from LINE WEBTOON.com. I have nine different drawings Seth did of this hero and it was a joy to see him drawing from the confines of a hospital bed (fighting cancer) when I only knew him to be a photographer and writer. I'm convinced, had he kept at it, Seth would have made a fine indie/alt comix artist.

I still find it difficult to process the fact that I can't talk to Seth everyday...the things I haven't been able to share with him. I still can't believe he's gone. I miss him. Sometimes I peruse the stuff he did at TRIP CITY, our Brooklyn-filtered literary arts salon, and it brings me smiles. You too can revisit Seth for a little while (all 13 pages! ~ link below) and I'll be sure to let you know when The Brooklynite debuts.

Schmuck. Mensch. Superhero. I love you, Seth.


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Monday, May 16th, 2016
4:43 pm - Spent podcast interviews Dean Haspiel
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(Dean Haspiel portrait by Christa Cassano)

"Someone draws the superheroes that leap off the page and onto the big screen. How much do these artists get paid? The answer is less than heroic. Freelance life requires the strength of a thousand Iron Men and Wonder Women -- chasing down payment and negotiating one's own contracts can often require inner confidence that no amount of spider venom that boost.

Dean Haspiel, an Emmy award winner and Eisner and Harvey Award nominee and creator of Billy Dogma and The Red Hook, illustrator for HBO's "Bored To Death," and artist for many comics 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 collaborations with Harvey Pekar, Jonathan Ames, Inverna Lockpez, Jonathan Lethem, and Stan Lee tells us how he lives to his means, struggles to pay his bills and makes sacrifices to create the art that that heart tells him he must create."

Listen to it here: http://www.spentpodcast.com/episodes-1/2016/5/9/dean-haspiel

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1:44 pm - Fox 5 Good Day interviews Dean Haspiel & Shamus Beyale about New Brooklyn webcomics
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Shamus Beyale and I woke up at the crack of dawn (from our respective Brooklyn abodes) to subway it to Fox 5 Good Day NY talk show in Manhattan to discuss The Red Hook, The Brooklynite and the New Brooklyn Universe; our free webcomic series' published only at LINE Webtoons.com, with hosts Rosanna Scotto & Greg Kelly.

Here is a link to our segment: http://www.fox5ny.com/good-day/141928624-video

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

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Wednesday, May 11th, 2016
2:38 am - The Red Hook - chapter 6
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There's no time left in Chapter 6 of The Red Hook: http://www.webtoons.com/en/super-hero/the-red-hook/chapter-6-/viewer?title_no=643&episode_no=7

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You can read The Red Hook from the beginning: http://www.webtoons.com/en/super-hero/the-red-hook/list?title_no=643

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2:23 am - A teaching tip for The Animation Workshop in Viborg, Denmark
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The organizers and students at The Animation Workshop in Viborg, Denmark, where I helped teach making comix in February, 2014, asked me to provide a tip for a guide they're designing to welcome new comix teachers.


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Tuesday, May 10th, 2016
7:53 pm - Black Ship Books likes THE RED HOOK
"Dean’s style is fun, and energetic. His story telling is quirky, and gives a light hearted look at serious issues. He seems to have a knack for giving his work a certain twist to it, that always leaves me wanting more."

You can read the entire Red Hook review here: http://www.blackshipbooks.com/webcomics-and-the-red-hook-by-dan-haspiel/

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1:50 pm - Red Hook Star-Revue: Red Hook gets an eponymous comic book hero
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Thanks, Halley Bondy, for talking to me about THE RED HOOK and other Brooklyn comix stuff for my neighborhood newspaper.

You can start reading The Red Hook here: http://www.webtoons.com/en/super-hero/the-red-hook/list?title_no=643

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11:29 am - Matter Eater Lad
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George Gene Gustines invited me to take part in a gift for his main squeeze Walt for his 50th birthday. A die-hard Legion of Superheroes fan, George curated a massive Legion puzzle-poster and I drew Matter Eater Lad with a cameo from Bouncing Boy.

You can learn more about the project at George's Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/george.gustines/media_set?set=a.10153599851242621.1073741850.722587620&type=3

Here is the Legion of Superheroes poster!

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The artists (not in order) include:

Andy Lanning; Arlen Schumer; Artyom Trakhanov; Barry Kitson; Bill Walko; Chris Eliopoulos; Chris Giarrusso; Christa Cassano; Chuck Patton; Cliff W Chiang; Dan Parent; Dean Haspiel; Fernando Ruiz; Francis Portela; Fred Hembeck; George Gozum; George O'Connor; Greg LaRocque; Hugo Petrus; Jim Lee; Jeffrey Moy; Jerry Ordway; Joe Staton; Jonathan Brandon Sawyer; Jorge Gonzalez; Judd Winick; Karl Kesel; Leila del Duca; Luciano Vecchio; Mikel Janín; Nikkol Jelenic; Phil Jimenez; Philip Moy; Sandy Jarrell; Scott Kolins; Steve Lightle; Tim Smith; Tony Wolf; Tyler Niccum

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Monday, May 9th, 2016
11:45 am - Comicbook.com Interview: Dean Haspiel Talks About "The Red Hook" and His Love For Brooklyn
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Chase Magnett interviewed me about my new/free webcomic series, THE RED HOOK, and the "New Brooklyn Universe" for Comicbook.com.


"I think what makes Brooklyn a force for manifesting superheroes comes from the fact that blue collar workers like Jack Kirby and Will Eisner, and a slew of other progenitors of the comix form, hailed from Kings County. Kinda like Neil Armstrong planting the American flag on the moon, they got there first and Brooklyn is where the genesis of many famous cartoonists created extraordinary characters to deal with extremely tough times dating as far back as Captain America punching out Adolph Hitler.

Lots of heroes were spawned from war and economic strife. In fact, The Red Hook and New Brooklyn is partially a response to my getting the proverbial boot from my own studio soon so that land developers can attempt to revamp a few more artist-friendly neighborhoods into expensive condominiums and co-worker hubs for those who won't blink at a $12 shot of bourbon. Rapidly dying are the affordable underground happenings that made NYC rich with experimentation."

"My exodus from Manhattan to Brooklyn became the basis for my graphic memoir, "Beef With Tomato" (published by Alternative Comics). I think I fell in love with how Brooklyn kept things "street." There were hardly any pretensions when I landed. What Manhattan abandoned for brighter lights and bigger signs and whiter noise, Brooklyn brandished in their water towers and stoops and trees and people. I felt a better sense of community in Brooklyn, even when I was getting the stink eye from indigenous locals. Hipsters came later. But, in the late '90s, I had to earn my way in. Brooklyn hazes you for your self-worth, especially in Red Hook. Ironically, since my Manhattan escape, Brooklyn has become more expensive. I can't win. Nobody put a gun to my head but I've given my life's blood and art to NYC and it sometimes treats me like an infection just because I'm economically (and esthetically) allergic to champagne and caviar while my veins proudly pump 70% cheap Chinese food takeout and 30% discounted peanut butter. Give me royalty checks or give me grape jelly."

"All good superhero stories express a healthy mix of science-fiction, romance, and crime, don't they? That's what makes superhero comics stand part from singular genres. If you've ever read any of my Billy Dogma comix or the occasional superhero stuff I've done for Marvel, DC and Archie/Dark Circle, you'll know that I've never been good at sticking to the trappings of a particular genre. Listening to Prince, Throbbing Gristle, The Clash, J.G. Thirlwell, Moby, Swans, Death Grips, The Chemical Brothers, and Run The Jewels while watching horror movies, spaghetti westerns, and AMC/HBO shows, has a way of influencing a mind and body. Like life, I'm influenced by a cacophony of diverse cultures, ideas and ambiance. I'm hard to peg. Dub me a one-stop-shop; a Renaissance cartoonist."

Read the entire interview here: http://comicbook.com/2016/05/05/dean-haspiel-talks-about-the-red-hook-and-his-love-for-brooklyn/

You can read THE RED HOOK here: http://www.webtoons.com/en/super-hero/the-red-hook/list?title_no=643

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