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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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Tuesday, January 17th, 2017
12:23 am - Optical Sloth reviews BEEF WITH TOMATO

"The kind of life he’s led shines through in every story, as he’s constantly depicting himself with various bandages and scars from incidents that rarely even make it onto the page. The man is a seriously talented writer and he’s one of the best artists working today, so if you’re like me and have somehow made it this far without buying one of his books, this is the perfect chance to fix that mistake."

Read the entire review here: http://www.opticalsloth.com/?p=24518

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Saturday, January 14th, 2017
11:18 am - The Red Hook in "Emotional Ebola" - part 2 - in Dark Horse Presents #30
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Part Two of The Red Hook in "Emotional Ebola" is featured in Dark Horse Presents #30, available January 18th, 2017


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Tuesday, January 10th, 2017
1:37 am - Comix Q&A from an Indian girl in Grade 10
Right before the end of 2016, I was contacted by a girl from India in Grade 10 who wanted to interview me for her school exam. I was juggling deadlines and holidays and didn't have the time to answer her questions in depth.

1) What piqued your interest in drawing comics?

Reading comics was a way for me to escape and immerse in other worlds, yet, it made me want to draw and write them, too. The medium sells itself. Especially during a time before movies, TV, and video games could do some of the things that only comics could do.

2) How do you come up with your character designs?

I'm inspired by truth and entertainment and my favorite artists and authors. Every good character should exploit its origin but be versatile for expansion.

3) What does it take to make a well developed plot?

A story that involves characters you care about immediately while dramatically exploring what they want and the obstacles that get in their way. And, at the end of the story, what did the characters learn?

4) Do you prefer drawing digitally or utilizing traditional mediums?

I only draw with pencil and ink on paper. I use Photoshop to color and letter. I sometimes hand letter.

5) Which of your works are you most proud of and why?

Billy Dogma in Fear, My Dear. And, The Red Hook. Because they are autonomous works that speak to my sensibilities as a person and creator. I'm also proud of my collaborations with Jonathan Ames on The Alcoholic, and with Inverna Lockpez on CUBA: My Revolution. My work on The Fox is my favorite franchise job, thus far.

6) What was the inspiration behind The Red Hook?

I challenged myself to create a character done in the style and spirit of "What if a posthumous Jack Kirby, Will Eisner, and Alex Toth collaborated on a brand new character?" The Red Hook is a super thief forced to become a superhero against his will or he will die, during a time when a sentient and heartbroken Brooklyn literally and physically secedes from America. It's a concept that lets me play with the absurdity of the superhero genre while commenting on current events in my life.

7) Between DC and Marvel comics, which do you prefer and why?

I grew up reading more stories involving Marvel Comics characters. I think, partially because the characters lived in real places, mostly in New York where I live. I could imagine Spider-man swinging by my window or The Fantastic Four fighting the Mole Man in midtown. There is more science-fiction and romance in Marvel Comics.

8) What is your take on superhero comics in modern pop culture?

Superheroes are America's modern version of Greek and Norse gods and mythology.

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Wednesday, January 4th, 2017
12:52 am - Kima
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Jen Ferguson Xmas gifted me and Belle a kitty cat named Kima, adopted from the Cat Cafe on Atlantic Avenue, who came to live with us on December 27th, 2016. She's approximately seven months old. She's scrappy like a switchblade sister but her snuggles remind me of Miercoles (RIP), and she purrs like an idling truck. I love her already.

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Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017
12:46 am - Dean Haspiel at Wizard World New Orleans 2017
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( Read The Red Hook in "Emotional Ebola" in Dark Horse Presents #s 29 - 31, and Season One for free at LINE Webtoons http://www.webtoons.com/en/super-hero/the-red-hook/chapter-1/viewer?title_no=643&episode_no=2 )

I will be a guest at Wizard World New Orleans, January 6th - 8th, 2017, stationed at table B87. I will be selling some comix and available for commissions. I'm also doing five panels! Hope to see you there.

For more info: http://www.wizardworld.com/comiccon/neworleans


Howard Victor Chaykin has been a comic book professional for more than forty years. Forty years. Think about it. He took a hiatus from the comics industry for about fifteen years, to work his way up the ladder of television, on shows which he’d never watch—while keeping his hands in the comics business, because he knows nothing lasts forever. He has a terrible reputation among fans for profanity, limited patience with nonsense, and spite, an attitude he’s finally and gratefully aged into. Among his many comics works are American Flagg, Black Kiss, and the Shadow. Today, Howard will say stuff about comics and life that you’ll regret missing. Writer-artist Dean Haspiel (The Fox; The Red Hook)—Howard’s former assistant—and comics scholar Brannon Costello (LSU; editor of Conversations with Howard Chaykin) join Howard in conversation. Danny Fingeroth (Disguised as Clark Kent: Jews, Comics and the Creation of the Superhero; Spider-Man) moderates.

Celebrate two titans as we near their 100th birthdays in 2017. Will Eisner was creator of The Spirit and an innovator of the graphic novel, starting with A Contract With God. Jack Kirby was co-creator of Captain America, Fantastic Four, the Avengers and more. Join panelists including Fred Van Lente (The Comic Book History of Comics), Ty Templeton (Batman Adventures), Dean Haspiel (The Red Hook) and moderator Danny Fingeroth (chair of Will Eisner Week) as they discuss what made these two great.

5:30 - 6:15pm Marvel vs DC: A SILVER SCREEN SUPER FAN SHOWDOWN (Room #243). Forget about who would win in a fight between Batman and Superman, or Team Cap vs. Team Iron Man, because in this riotous (but good-natured) fan debate, we're pitting the onscreen heroes of Marvel and DC against one another. Which classic comics house is owning it on television? Who has the better team movie? Which studio has landed the better villain? And who's film lineup has you the most excited. Join professional nerd Aaron Sagers (Travel Channel, Syfy, MTV, CNN) for an interactive and friendly super-fan showdown. It's the battle to bring the multiverse to its knees!


12:00 - 12:45pm THE WRITERS ROOM GAMESHOW (Room #243). Think Han should have kicked Kylo Ren's butt? Were you lost at the end of Lost? Did Man of Steel's finale snap you out of the movie? For all of you who think you could have come up with a better ending, you can't miss The Writers Room Gameshow. Professional writers join audience members, and are quizzed to come up with funnier finales for iconic movies and TV shows. Hosted by professional nerd Aaron Sagers (Syfy, Travel Channel), this hilariously interactive panel will test the improv skills and creativity of everyone.

2:00 - 2:45 PM WHO’S THE MOST NEUROTIC SUPERHERO? INSIDE THE MINDS OF BATMAN, SPIDER-MAN, CAPTAIN AMERICA, JESSICA JONES AND MORE with BATMAN AND PSYCHOLOGY’S DR. TRAVIS LANGLEY, MARVEL ZOMBIES’ FRED VAN LENTE, THE RED HOOK’S DEAN HASPIEL & SPIDER-MAN’S DANNY FINGEROTH (ROOM 238) Ever since the dawn of Marvel’s “superheroes with real problems,” costumed adventurers have been letting their psychological damage show. Spider-Man’s guilt and insecurity, Batman’s tango with trauma, Captain America’s survivor’s guilt and Jessica Jones’ smorgasbord of symptoms are just a few of the mental challenges that modern superheroes deal with. Today, psychologist Travis Langley (Captain America vs. Iron Man: Freedom, Security, Psychology), Fred Van Lente (Action Philosophers), Dean Haspiel (The Red Hook) and historian Danny Fingeroth (Superman on the Couch: What Superheroes Really Tell Us About Ourselves and Our Society) discuss the psychological challenges a variety of heroes (and maybe some villains) deals with.

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Saturday, December 24th, 2016
2:58 pm - Merry Xmas Jen!
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Tuesday, December 20th, 2016
11:43 am - The Red Hook in "Emotional Ebola" - part 1 - in Dark Horse Presents #29
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A dream come true! I finally get my turn in Dark Horse Presents, one of my very favorite comic book anthologies. This is the venue that debuted Frank Miller's SIN CITY, Paul Chadwick's CONCRETE, John Byrne's NEXT MEN, and so many other amazing creator-owned comics. In Dark Horse Presents #29, vol.3, I debut my story, "Emotional Ebola" part one (of three), featuring THE RED HOOK and The Possum in a pre-New Brooklyn tale. The comic is made available in comix shops and online 12/21/2016. Enjoy!

More info here: https://www.darkhorse.com/Comics/30-644/Dark-Horse-Presents-29

You can read The Red Hook and New Brooklyn for free at LINE Webtoon: http://www.webtoons.com/en/super-hero/the-red-hook/chapter-1/viewer?title_no=643&episode_no=2

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Sunday, December 18th, 2016
5:39 pm - Happy Holidays 2016
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Tuesday, December 13th, 2016
7:15 pm - Comic Book Creator #16
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I was honored to collaborate on an Archie Comics/Red Circle jam with artist Dan Parent. He rocked the infamous Archie gang while I drew some of The Crusaders. Look for our interviews in COMIC BOOK CREATOR #16 from TwoMorrows publication come summer 2017.

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Thursday, December 1st, 2016
12:59 pm - Jewish Comicon 2016: How to Break Into Comics the Chutzpah Way (video)
How to Break Into Comics the Chutzpah Way:


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Tuesday, November 29th, 2016
11:08 am - ComicMix reviews CUBA: My Revolution
Joe Corallo revisits Inverna Lockpez's and my "CUBA: My Revolution" graphic novel at ComicMix: http://www.comicmix.com/2016/11/29/joe-corallo-the-rule-of-threes/


"Inverna Lockpez and Dean Haspiel bring to life the horrors that took place in Cuba after the revolution in ways few people have before.

Though we rarely see Castro depicted in the graphic novel, his influence casts a shadow over everyone and everything. As the reader, we slowly watch the unraveling of everyday life in Cuba. We’re shown businesses getting taken over by the government slowly at first then rapidly. We see the citizens have their money taken away in part to make escape from Cuba nearly impossible. We watch a charismatic leader rise to power who commands audiences of hundreds of thousands of people. We witness the rise of professional protesters pushing Castro’s agenda as dissidents go from being harassed to being put in camps or killed. And all from the point of view of a young woman who was filled with hope for the future. It’s an incredibly powerful and heartbreaking story."

"After hearing about Castro’s passing I found my copy of Cuba: My Revolution and began skimming through it. I ended up rereading it in its entirety in one sitting. If you haven’t heard of this graphic novel or simply haven’t gotten around to picking it up yet, now is the time. You may even be taken aback by some of the eerie similarities we are seeing today in American politics compared with the early days of Castro’s revolution. I don’t mean to say that in a way to diminish the countless lives lost and ruined under Castro. That doesn’t mean we should ignore history and allow it to once again repeat itself."

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Monday, November 28th, 2016
12:43 pm - TALES FROM THE CRYPT #1
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Jim Salicrup hired me to draw a variant cover for a modern reboot of the classic horror anthology, TALES FROM THE CRYPT #1 (Papercutz/Super Genius), coming out this Weds (11/30/2016) in finer comix shops.

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Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016
12:21 pm - The Red Hook returns this winter in Dark Horse Presents #s 29 - 31
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Monday, November 21st, 2016
10:03 pm - Dean Haspiel's WAR CRY announced
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From the LINE Webtoons press release at Newsarama:

War Cry is a spin-off title to the critical hit The Red Hook. It will draw readers back into the Red Hook’s adventure with the surprising return of another familiar face. Written and illustrated by Dean Haspiel, War Cry takes readers into the aftermath of the alien attack on earth that killed most of America's superheroes. Now an orphaned, teenager named Rajak has mysteriously become the recipient of all of the dead superheroes powers and escaped to New Brooklyn. When he shouts the words “War Cry,” Rajak transforms into the perfect war goddess, who is a cosmic resurrection of Ava Blume, formerly known as The Possum and love interest of superhero The Red Hook.

"War Cry is complex; Romeo versus Juliet but with superpowers,” said creator Dean Haspiel. “I'm thrilled to see the New Brooklyn universe develop as the characters story lines start to cross over."

Read the entire article here: http://www.newsarama.com/32019-nyc-gets-a-new-hero-with-the-brooklynite.html

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Sunday, November 20th, 2016
12:02 pm - Slings & Arrows reviews Dean Haspiel's BEEF WITH TOMATO

"Haspiel remains confident and outward looking, but a man now in his forties has an understanding of life, and this imparts greater honesty. Haspiel is no longer attempting to impress, but secure in who he is."

"Given the tragic content included it’s too glib to refer to Haspiel as a person to whom relatable events seem to occur. Perhaps he merely has a better sense than most about what constitutes a compelling anecdote."

"Toward the end of the book Haspiel shifts frequently from comic strips to prose, and these are equally fine observational pieces. There’s an open and presumptuous tone to them. Judge if you will, Haspiel doesn’t care."

"From what’s offered, Haspiel has his ups and downs, although a line noting he drinks to get drunk indicates something requiring resolution or exorcism. He’s convivial and talented, and appears to make friends easily enough. Make your mind up.

Beef With Tomato presents a pleasing variety of stories worth telling and bring an area to life. They’re well drawn, honest and engaging..."

Read the entire review here: http://theslingsandarrows.com/beef-with-tomato/

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Tuesday, November 15th, 2016
3:29 pm - JTA: At first Jewish Comic Con, artists and geeks revel in tradition
While Sunday’s gathering was a far cry from the largest comic cons, in a certain sense, said artist Dean Haspiel, it was the most appropriate feel for the genre. While Marvel and DC Comics films are booming, he said, comic book artists — like Jews — remain a small community invested in its tradition.

“Even though comic books have become popular in movies and costumes, the actual comic book is becoming like a rare breed,” Haspiel said. “What I admire about the Jewish people that were here, they have each other’s backs through thick and thin, and that’s the same way we feel as cartoonists.”


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3:26 pm - Bklyner: Question the Chutzpahdiks: Brooklyn Welcomes The First Edition Of Jewish Comic Con
“They gave me an offer I couldn’t refuse, which was a table and to be on some panels. I always take advantage, because that’s part of my community tact,” said Dean Haspiel of Carroll Gardens.

“Because I’m half-Jewish, maybe I need to learn more about this. Despite being in the environment, there’s some osmosis there,” added Haspiel.

You can read the entire article here about the first Jewish Comicon at http://bklyner.com/question-the-chutzpahdiks-brooklyn-welcomes-the-first-edition-of-jewish-comic-con/

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10:08 am - Giant Size podcast #48: Dean Haspiel interview
John Gholson interviewed me at Wizard World Austin 2016 for the Giant Size podcast.

48: Enforceable Curfew and Women in Towers
John interviews Dean Haspiel pre-Election 2016 about what it is that he's afraid of and the infinite emptiness of the internet, while Moisés talks with Alex de Campi about the glorious darkness of certain fairy tales and the importance of being on a Science Ninja Team.


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Monday, November 14th, 2016
10:28 am - Dean Haspiel at The Miami Book Fair 2016
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I'm a guest at The Miami Book Fair 2016, and will be competing in a drink & draw, as well as, doing a panel to promote my graphic novel, BEEF WITH TOMATO.

Wednesday, Nov 16th, 7pm - 9pm
Miami Book Fair Drink & Draw
The Standard Spa, Miami Beach, 40 Island Ave, Miami Beach, Florida 33139

Kick off Miami Book Fair with a night of drinking and drawing led by graphic novelists. Stop by for some competitive cartooning and comic creations with prizes, drinks, and fun guaranteed. Not good with a pen? Just call it “avant-garde.”


Sunday, Nov 20th, 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Chronicling the Urban Landscape
These comics makers paint a picture of daily life for a varied set, from fading worlds lost to gentrification, to junkies escaping the dregs, and illustrated narratives with unexpected stories, featuring Ben Katchor with Cheap Novelties, Dean Haspiel with Beef With Tomato, and Richard McGuire with Sequential Drawings: The New Yorker series. Moderated by George O’Connor.

Program: Street Fair Presentation - open to general public. Destination: Comics Program
Location: MAGIC Screening Room (Building 8, 1st Floor) Seats 150.

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