Dean Haspiel

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Sunday, May 31st, 2020
12:36 pm - Dino FAQ

Emmy award winner and Eisner and Harvey Award nominee Dean Haspiel created BILLY DOGMA, illustrated for HBO's "Bored To Death," was a Master Artist at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, is a Yaddo fellow, a playwright ("Switch To Kill"), occasionally teaches comic book storytelling, and is the co-founder of HANG DAI Editions. Dino has written and drawn many comix including The Red Hook, The Fox, The Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, X-men, Deadpool, Batman, Godzilla, Mars Attacks, and semi-autobio collaborations with Harvey Pekar, Jonathan Ames, Inverna Lockpez, Stan Lee, and Jonathan Lethem. Look out for his latest graphic novel, FEAR, MY DEAR: A Billy Dogma Experience.

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Please click here to see what Dean’s been up to at TRIP CITY:

Experiencing Yaddo First-Hand: An Interview with Cartoonist Dean Haspiel:

The Atlantic Center for the Arts: Residency #147:

Tom Spurgeon interviews me for The Comics Reporter:

Poet Sandra Beasley interviews me for Barrelhouse Magazine

Dean Haspiel speaks at The Library of Congress:

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:


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Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014
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"If I helped set a Dark Circle precedent of sorts, then I'm honored. It seems that a lot of the franchise companies are editorially dictating what they want these days, but I prefer creator-inspired comix, and I'm glad Dark Circle is basically entrusting their characters with their talent. I don't envy DC having to cook up another game-changing Batman story after 75+ years, or Marvel having to make some kind of galaxy-sized sense out of Avengers continuity. And, frankly, the big crossover events often read like desperate yet unnecessary Hail Maries. I have no gripes against exciting the fans and making a big deal out of your fictional universe on an annual basis, but I enjoy the quieter superhero books like "Daredevil," "Hawkeye," "She-Hulk," "Silver Surfer," "Moon Knight" and "Iron Fist" because they're largely left alone and I don't need to spend a quadrillion dollars to get the full scope of the story. And, right now, Dark Circle is mandating that we dig deep, get serious and/or psychedelic and experiment with their toys while keeping us in check of what the market wants. It's been an interesting learning curve for me."

"I suppose the difference between Billy Dogma and The Fox is that Billy can't help himself. The Fox attempts to make sensible and heroic choices, whereas Billy Dogma is a force, albeit a flawed force, of nature. Flaws are where the two characters connect, actually, but Billy embraces conflict whereas The Fox would rather avoid it. Both characters ultimately do what needs to be done but The Fox takes longer to arrive at the solution because he's got too much white noise scrambling his mind, and Billy Dogma is too willing to break things in order to save what he deems worth saving."

Read the rest of the interview here:

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1:25 pm - Rhymes With Geek reviews GARBAGE PAIL KIDS: Puke-Tacular
"Asphalt Walt is a new character created by Delsante & Haspiel. Walt is kind of a parody of The Thing, who lays bricks in another story brimming with toilet humor. It’s a fun little one-page comic with an appropriately Kirby-inspired art style."

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Friday, December 19th, 2014
11:13 am - 12/17/2014
What a day. Obama opens the doors to Cuba. NYC rejects fracking. Sony negotiates with cyber terrorism by denying our freedom of expression (no matter HOW dumb and caustic that freedom is). And Seth Kushner walks out of the hospital cancer free.

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Thursday, December 18th, 2014
11:17 am - ESCAPO pin-up
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Inspired by Mondrian, I had the great honor of doing a pin-up for Paul Pope's ESCAPO graphic novel (published by Z2).

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12:08 am - Dean Haspiel's Library of Congress donation & comix talk
The comix talk I did at The Library of Congress on May 8, 2013, with SPX director, Warren Bernard (when I donated my mini-comix collection):

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Wednesday, December 17th, 2014
12:42 am - The Bigger Bang #2
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I did a pin-up for D.J. Kirkbride and Vassilis Gogtzilas' THE BIGGER BANG #2, published by IDW, which comes out today.

Read/see a preview of the comic book here:

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Tuesday, December 16th, 2014
12:43 pm - COSTUMED CHARACTERS in "The Anti-Hero Equation"
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“The Anti-Hero Equation”, features a bizarre love triangle between the villains, Professor Mandrowicz cum Professor Mandroid, The Ruse, and the heroic Major Patriot.

Another COSTUMED CHARACTERS photocomic by Seth Kushner and Dean Haspiel, featuring Chris Miskiewicz, Jeffrey Burandt aka Jef UK, and Gabrielle Archer.

Read it here:

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12:35 pm - Costumed Characters in "The Hall of Just Us"
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In "The Hall Of Just Us," The nuclear powered Fission and Duplicato spend an evening at the “Hall of Just Us” bar, competing for the attention of The Tarot, a beautiful heroine whose cards hold a mysterious power.

Another COSTUMED CHARACTERS photocomic by Seth Kushner and Dean Haspiel, featuring Christopher Irving, Katelan Foisy and Ron Scalzo.

Read it here:

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Monday, December 15th, 2014
3:31 pm - The Fox #1 (ongoing series) solicitation
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NEW ONGOING SERIES FROM DARK CIRCLE! THE FOX is BACK! Emmy Award winning writer/artist Dean Haspiel (Billy Dogma, HBO's Bored to Death) is once again united with Eisner award-winning writer Mark Waid (Daredevil, Thrillbent) for FOX HUNT: Part One "The Situation": When a billionaire philanthropist prepares Paul Patton Jr's home town for demolition, our hero is sent on assignment to photograph the event. But what strange force lurks in the shadows, and why will it take Paul's alter-ego, THE FOX, to stop it? The answer is the beginning of a deadly FOX HUNT and you won't believe what happens next! Don't miss the debut issue from the critically-acclaimed team that brought you THE FOX: FREAK MAGNET, featuring FOUR all-new variant covers! With art from Dean Haspiel, David Mack, Thomas Pitilli, Ulises Farinas and Chris Samnee!

Plot/Art: Dean Haspiel
Script: Mark Waid
Art: Dean Haspiel, Jose Villarubia, and John Workman
Cover: Dean Haspiel
Variant Cover 1: Chris Samnee and Matt Wilson
Variant Cover 2: David Mack
Variant Cover 3: Ulises Farinas and Ryan Hill
Variant Cover 4: Thomas Pitilli
On Sale Date: 4/8
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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Friday, December 12th, 2014
3:15 pm - The Beat reviews FEAR, MY DEAR
"The pair of poetic graphic stories in Fear, My Dear reflect Dino’s unfettered physicality and passionate persona. Since winning an Emmy award for his TV collaboration with Jonathan Ames, Bored to Death and The Alcoholic, their graphic novel from Vertigo, Haspiel has if anything become bolder and more exuberant. For this nicely produced hardcover from Josh Frankel’s new Z squared imprint, the artist uses a four-panels-per-page grid format and a monochromatic color scheme (red in the first piece, yellow and orange in the second, both with an elegant use of white for emphasis) to further define the relationship between his creator-owned characters Billy Dogma and Jane Legit. Their romance haunts post-apocalyptic urban rubble and breaks through to a star-crossed dreamscape, only to end up where they knew they must: together."

--James Romberger, The Beat

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3:05 pm - Garbage Pail Kids comic book
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"When Denton asked me to pitch an idea for the romance issue, this is what I initially gave him:

Ew Nick in "Love Punch." Ew Nick (eunuch) likes girls but he has never kissed a girl and didn't get a prom date. So, he's standing sad and alone by the punch bowl at the prom where he (nefariously) spikes it with a love potion in hopes of getting a girl to drink it and fall for him. Literally. Sally Bit (celibate) notices what Ew Nick did and lets him pitch one pathetic line of woo before she declares "I'm saving myself for a proper Romeo, you psycho-sexual predator" and clocks him with her fist, knocking him out. Ew Nick wakes up naked in a bathtub full of ice wearing a bloody diaper and a ransom note for his castrated balls. Those two were never meant to get laid!

Needless to say, Denton (thankfully) shot that idea down. What was I thinking???"

Read the rest of the interview/article here:

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Tuesday, December 9th, 2014
1:46 pm - Happy Holidays
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Monday, December 8th, 2014
6:29 pm - Bleeding Cool visits Hang Dai Studios
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"Hanging At Hang Dai Studios With Joe Infurnari, Dean Haspiel, And Seth Kushner" by Hannah Means-Shannon at Bleeding Cool.

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11:33 am - Mantronix
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I had the honor of creating a MANTRONIX pin-up for Ed Piskor's upcoming HIP HOP FAMILY TREE book 3. I grew up with NYC Hip Hop since its inception and love what Ed has been doing with the history of it in comix form. My favorite rap song of all time is Afrika Bambaataa and the Soul Sonic Force's "Planet Rock." And, since Ed already covered Bambaataa in earlier volumes, I decided to celebrate Mantronix, a lesser known progenitor of electro-funk with hits like "Fresh is the word" and "Needle to the groove." "Cold Gettin' Dumb" is a phenomenal collaboration between Mantronix and Just-Ice; first introduced to me by old school pals, Raf & Cooly C (Raf aka jazz guitar impresario, Adam Rafferty, and Cooly C aka John-Christian Urich of Tortured Soul) whenever we threw house parties and they would spark a "table bug," which consisted of busting out pots and pans and smashing them together while dancing around a kitchen table.

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Sunday, December 7th, 2014
2:29 pm - In My Not So Humble Opinion reviews SENSATION COMICS #4
"The art by Haspiel is fantastic. As I’ve observed in the past, Dino has always been great at evoking different artistic eras in his work, and he successfully renders these various characters interacting with each other. Haspiel is also a superb storyteller who very much knows how to lay out a page. He clearly had no problems working within the digital-first format, and the action flows very smoothly."

Read the rest of the review here:

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Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014
5:39 pm - COSTUMED CHARACTERS in "Heyday"
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Fighting cancer from his hospital bed in Mt. Sinai, Seth Kushner published and debuted COSTUMED CHARACTERS with "Heyday" ~ today, for free, at the Hang Dai Editions website.

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5:35 pm - SO BUTTONS cover
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I drew and co-designed the cover for Jonathan Baylis' upcoming SO BUTTONS semi-autobio comix collection.

Read more about it here:

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Monday, December 1st, 2014
6:34 pm - Broken Frontier reviews LITTLE NEMO: Dream Another Dream
"Other favorites include Dean Haspiel’s poignant, silent tale, fusing the aging imagination with just a touch of romance"

Read the rest of the review here:

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Wednesday, November 26th, 2014
3:43 pm - New York Times reviews FEAR, MY DEAR
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"I can't get enough of Billy Dogma, a brute of a man desperate to find love and redemption with his partner, Jane Legit, whose exploits have been previously exploited online. The plots are cataclysmic, the dialogue is poetic (and sometimes blue), and the illustrations are mesmerizing (with some nudity) with thick, bold lines and striking use of color. More please."
--George Gene Gustines, The New York Times

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