"In September, Brooklyn comics collective Hang Dai Studios is releasing books by three founding members via a new distribution deal with Alternative Comics.
Hang Dai Studios will debut the titles, which are published under its Hang Dai Editions line, at the Small Press Expo in Bethesda, Maryland (September 19–20) and at the Baltimore Comic-Con (Sept. 25–27).
The list includes Dean Haspiel’s Beef With Tomato, a 96-page trade paperback that collects Street Code, a series of autobiographical web comics, along with essays by the cartoonist. A veteran of the mainstream comics industry and the indie comics scene, Haspiel told PW that Beef with Tomato is a “love letter to New York City” that details his “escape from Manhattan to Brooklyn.”
"Haspiel noted that the many artists who contributed art to Kushner’s anthology will be available to help promote Schmuck. He also said that more Kushner comics, and fundraising benefits for the Kushner family, are forthcoming. “We have his scripts. Seth did more work while he was in the hospital than most people do walking around healthy.”
The Hang Dai Studios collective debuted in 2013 at Comics Art Brooklyn, the annual independent comics festival in Williamsburg, with the goal of working independently of conventional publishers. “We launched Hang Dai so we could piggyback on each others work,” Haspiel said. “If you like my work, you’ll probably like my partners’ works.”
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