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

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Emmy & Ringo award winner, Dean Haspiel created Billy Dogma, The Red Hook, and War Cry, illustrated for HBO's "Bored To Death," was a Master Artist at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, is a Yaddo fellow, a playwright, and helped pioneer personal webcomics. Dino has written and drawn many comix for Marvel, DC, Image, Archie, IDW, Dark Horse, Heavy Metal, and LINE Webtoons; including The Fox, The Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, X-men, 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.

Read THE RED HOOK, and WAR CRY for free at LINE Webtoons http://www.webtoons.com/en/super-hero/the-red-hook/list?title_no=643 & http://www.webtoons.com/en/super-hero/war-cry/ep-1/viewer?title_no=1247&episode_no=1

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-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."
-Ringo Award winner for "Best Webcomic 2017" for THE RED HOOK

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Thursday, October 18th, 2018
11:09 am - The Bushwick Book Club performs original songs inspired by Dean Haspiel's THE RED HOOK

Click link below to hear THE RED HOOK inspired songs that were performed by The Bushwick Book Club on July 25, 2018 at Barbès!


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Friday, October 12th, 2018
12:00 pm - Pop Culture Squad: Talking Web Comics and the Red Hook with Dean Haspiel

Bob Harrison interviewed me at Baltimore Comicon 2018 for Pop Culture Squad.


"I didn’t even consider monetizing ACT-I-VATE. I thought getting people to read a comic online for free was tough enough. You are competing with everyone’s attention, especially nowadays given the current political climate. Sometimes, people want to escape that political scene by reading a comic or anything else, or they are only consumed by the politics of the day, and can’t read anything else. So, I am competing with that, and because I am doing superheroes, I am competing with the cinematic universes of Marvel and DC. A lot of people who are fans of the characters of Marvel and DC are being introduced to them from the movies and TV and forget that there are comic books out there. Also, if those people want to get a comic book, where do they get it? There are no more newsstands and, sadly, comic book shops are dwindling."

"The mainstream dream is the trickle-down effect; movies to comic books and/or digital, and I don’t think that is happening. But if you have a webcomic, that only exists as a webcomic and has ancillary t-shirts or buttons, I think people like to have souvenirs. I think people who come to conventions these days are more interested in souvenirs. They don’t need to read the first issue of how something started or get the full collected arc of a story."

"I like writing better than drawing. I do realize that drawing comics is also a method of writing due to the visual storytelling, and because of that, I’ve rarely illustrated something to stand on its own. To me, comics art is always serving the narrative.

As much as I grow as an artist, I am always trying to reduce the labor so that maybe someday I could be drawing as fast as you can be reading it. But that really does reduce it down to a type of shorthand. That, I think maybe, a fine comic book artist would have to earn. I think of someone like Gary Panter, who never even attempted to draw like John Byrne or George Perez. Yet, he found a shorthand that only he could do so it became a signature style, but also, it conveys a story. Ultimately, I am trying to write and draw the stuff that I loved as a kid, but hopefully I’ll enter a phase of telling stories that are not necessarily influenced by my childhood but, instead, influenced by my adulthood."

"StarCross is about how love will save the world. At the end of War Cry, the main character is abducted by this big blue cosmic hand and taken away from the Red Hook. It was right when War Cry, formerly The Possum, and Red Hook were about to get back together. They had just defeated the bad guy of the second season and come to peace with what has happened to her physically sharing a body with a gay teenage boy. Red Hook was constantly trying to get a kiss with her, and at the end, he goes in for the kiss when, suddenly, she gets stolen. So, we start StarCross a year later. We will find out what happened to War Cry and what the new crisis is. Even though The Red Hook starts out about a sentient, heartbroken Brooklyn that seceded from America to form her own republic, where art can be bartered for foods and services, the first trilogy is ultimately about a cosmic romance between Sam Brosia (The Red Hook) and Ava Bloom (The Possum/War Cry). And because it’s a romance, it’s got to be tragic."

Read the entire interview here: https://popculturesquad.com/2018/10/10/spotlight-interview-talking-web-comics-and-the-red-hook-with-dean-haspiel/

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Tuesday, October 9th, 2018
1:08 pm - Dean Haspiel at Diversity Comic Con 2018
I'm a guest at Diversity Comic Con 2018 in NYC at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology), and will be on a panel.

2pm - 3:20pm Room A / History of Comics as an Art Form: In the past, comics has been considered a disposable media. But not anymore! Panelists are Dean Haspiel, Janice Chiang, NC Chris Couch, and Larry Hama; Brendan Leach, moderator.


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Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018
4:09 pm - "The New Mainstream" at Art on A Gallery, NYC, curated by Dean Haspiel

Hannah Means-Shannon wrote an article about the opening at Comicon.com: http://www.comicon.com/2018/10/04/nycc-2018-the-new-mainstream-in-comic-art-exhibits-at-the-art-on-a-gallery/

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3:19 pm - Dean Haspiel at New York Comicon 2018

I will be attending New York Comicon 2018 this Friday and Saturday, and will be participating on a few panels and doing a couple of signings for The Alcoholic and The Red Hook.

FRIDAY 10/5/2018

12:30PM - 1:30PM Berger Books: The Second Wave / Room 1A21
Berger Books keeps great comics coming in its second wave of new and unusual genre-bending series! Editor Karen Berger (Vertigo founder) is joined by legendary comics writer Ann Nocenti (The Seeds), Get Jiro co-writer, Joel Rose, (Anthony Bourdain’s Hungry Ghosts), artist Martín Morazzo of She Could Fly, best-selling Chang & Eng novelist Darin Strauss (Olivia Twist) and short fiction writer Adam Dalva (Olivia Twist), Dean Haspiel, Emmy Award-winning artist of HBO's Bored to Death (The Alcoholic), Richard Bruning, Berger Books art director, and renowned comics writer J.M. De Matteis (Spiderman, Moonshadow) announcing a brand new series with artist Corin Howell (Ghostbusters)!

3:00pm - 3:50pm Dark Horse Comics booth #1636
BERGER BOOKS GROUP SIGNING with Dave Gibbons, Dean Haspiel, JM De Matteis, Corin Howell, Karen Berger

5:00pm The Red Hook/Dean Haspiel signing at Image Comics booth #1444

SATURDAY 10/6/2018

11:00AM - 12:00PM Will Eisner and the Graphic Novel Revolution / Room 1B03
WILL EISNER revolutionized comics with his pioneering 1978 graphic novel, “A Contract with God.” GN sales have now outgrown comic book sales and can be found in an amazing array of genres and styles. DENIS KITCHEN (“A Contract With God Curator’s Collection”), KAREN GREEN (Curator of Comics & Cartoons at Columbia), N.C. CHRISTOPHER COUCH (“Will Eisner Companion”), DEAN HASPIEL (“The Red Hook”) and PAUL LEVITZ (“Brooklyn Blood”) discuss the evolution of the graphic novel and what the future holds. Speakers: Paul Levitz (moderator), Denis Kitchen, Karen Green, N.C. Christopher Couch, Dean Haspiel, Danny Fingeroth

1:30PM – 2:30PM Welcome to the Digital Age of Comics / Room 1B03
Panel discussion from the big three on the success of digital comics. No longer does a creator have to wait for print and ship, you can go live when you are ready and get immediate feedback from fans. For creators what it takes to join a platform. For readers, the diversity of content is endless. Speakers: Michael Son, Tom Akel, Heidi MacDonald, Dean Haspiel, Michi, Ben Wolstenholme


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Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018
12:31 pm - Comicon.com: Baltimore Comic-Con 2018: Howard Chaykin And Dean Haspiel Dish Comics
Hannah-Means Shannon writes about the discussion I had with Howard Chaykin at Baltimore Comicon 2018:


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Monday, September 24th, 2018
11:11 am - Dean Haspiel at Baltimore Comicon 2018

I'm a guest at my favorite comix show of the year, Baltimore Comicon this September 28-30, 2018! I'm also a Ringo Award nominee for 'Best Webcomic' for my work on WAR CRY, the sequel to THE RED HOOK (published at LINE Webtoon). I will be tabling with Christa Cassano, David Proch, Clinton Hobart, David & Sarah Trustman, Frank Reynoso, and Jeffrey Burandt.

I also contributed an original STRANGERS IN PARADISE pin-up to the annual Baltimore Comicon Yearbook celebrating independent cartoonist, Terry Moore!

I will also be in conversation with my mentor, Howard Chaykin, for an hour.

1:30-2:30 - The Chaykin and Haspiel Show / Room 345-346
Howard Chaykin (Hey Kids! Comics!, American Flagg!) and Dean Haspiel (The Red Hook, American Splendor) sit down to talk about anything and everything! Join them for what is sure to be an amazing hour of outrageous conversation!


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Sunday, September 16th, 2018
1:11 pm - Dean Haspiel moderating New Superstories at Brooklyn Book Festival 2018
Sunday, September 16, 2018

5:00pm New Superstories. Superheroes aren’t what they used to be, and that means the possibilities are endless! Ed Piskor (X-Men: Grand Design), Kwanza Osajyefo (Black), and Sheena Howard (Superb) discuss how to keep what they love about the genre, and how to reimagine the rest. Moderated by artist-creator Dean Haspiel (The Red Hook).


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Friday, September 14th, 2018
4:27 pm - Fanbase Press reviews THE ALCOHOLIC

"Dean Haspiel is the other creative force behind The Alcoholic. He was tasked with the challenge of translating this convoluted, time-jumping, diary-of-sorts to life. The art in the book is consistently good throughout and never feels incidental to the writing. I was worried about this in the first half of the book, since Ames’ writing basically takes over huge swaths of the page, almost as if his words are eating the art alive. As the book progresses, the writing settles down, the exposition subsides to a humble narration, and the opportunities for quiet/tasteful panels flourish. Haspiel takes every advantage to make us feel through the unspoken context of Ames’ tragic moments."

Read the entire review here: http://fanbasepress.com/index.php/press/reviews/item/9260-the-alcoholic-10th-anniversary-expanded-edition-advance-trade-paperback-review

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4:25 pm - Geekery Magazine reviews THE ALCOHOLIC

"...this is all so complemented by Dean Haspiel’s intricately detailed and sometimes loosely rendered yet so expressive visual characterization, careful choices and panel-to-panel pacing."

Read the entire review here: https://www.undercovercapes.com/review-the-alcoholic/

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Friday, September 7th, 2018
8:40 pm - Long Beach Comicon 2018 interviews Dean Haspiel

Long Beach Comic Con: What are you most excited about for LBCC?

Dean Haspiel: Besides Hot Tub-Con (shhh – don’t ask/don’t tell)? I enjoy participating in panels yielding spirited discussions about the medium and the synergy between fans and peers while celebrating mainstream and small press comics.

LBCC: What question do fans ask you most often?

DH: When will you bring back Billy Dogma? Will you do more of The Fox for Archie Comics?

LBCC: Is there anything you try to make time to see when you’re at a con?

DH: I always try to meet the creators I admire. Especially, the veterans of the form. I started out as a fan and I remain one.

LBCC: What is your view on the comic industry and how has it changed over the years?

DH: Comics was a haven for nerds and outliers and has become a worldwide phenomenon of the form. Even though the business of comics is hard to crack, it’s one of the easiest mediums to express yourself in. It only takes a blank piece of paper and your imagination.

LBCC: What is the most surprising or rewarding thing that’s happened to you at a show?

DH: Over the years, there have been plenty of surprises and rewards (including the Ringo award I received for my webcomic, The Red Hook, last year at Baltimore Comicon), but nothing beats meeting genuine fans of your work. The people who take time to swing by and let you know that they appreciate your work.


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Tuesday, September 4th, 2018
7:47 pm - The Alcoholic 10th Anniversary Release Party & Reading at Secret Headquarters, Sept 12th, 2018

You're invited!

The Alcoholic 10th Anniversary Release Party & Reading
With Dean Haspiel & Jonathan Ames
Wednesday, September 12th
7 - 9pm

Secret Headquarters
3817 W Sunset Blvd
LA CA 90026

Afterwards, we're hopping over to the 4100 Bar
1087 Manzanita Street

Brings pals!
Hope to see you there.

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1:02 pm - Mass Movement reviews THE ALCOHOLIC 10th Anniversary expanded edition

"Dean Haspiel’s art lives in absolute symbiosis with Jonathan’s writing, each enhanced by the other. Perfect juxtaposition between soaring heights and crippling depression exist in the same panel, the “yeah, I guess I could do one more line” and the waking up in bed with ten girls and no job, the nervous excitement of sexual encounter, and crippling embarrassment when it all falls apart in the instant. The daydreams and fantasies, the comical facial expressions, every detail and cast extra crowding him in to accentuate what is ultimately his seclusion in addiction."

Read the entire review here: http://massmovement.co.uk/the-alcoholic-tenth-anniversary-expanded-edition/

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12:08 pm - Dean Haspiel at Long Beach Comicon 2018

I'm a guest at Long Beach Comicon 2018. I will be doing panels and a couple of signings, including hanging with my pals, Jonathan Ames and Bob Fingerman.

Saturday, Sept 8th

3pm - 4pm Steve Ditko: A Tribute / Room S7
A celebration of the work and legacy of Steve Ditko, best known for his work creating Spider-Man and Doctor Strange among dozens of familiar characters, who passed away in June. Join legendary writer and former Marvel Comics editor-in-chief Marv Wolfman, artist Dean Haspiel (THE RED HOOK, THE ALCOHOLIC), and comics historian Benjamin Dickow–President and Executive Director of Columbia Memorial Space Center–for a special Long Beach remembrance. Fans are encouraged to share their stories!

4pm - 5pm From Punching Nazis to... Not Punching Nazis?: Superheroes and the Worlds They Live In / Room S1
DC’s biggest heroes were born as America entered World War II. Marvel’s biggest heroes were created in the heart of the Cold War. How do these heroes and more-modern ones reflect the world of today? Take part in a discussion with Emmy winner Dean Haspiel (THE RED HOOK), novelist Matt Wallace (GREEDY PIGS), Bryan Edward Hill (DETECTIVE COMICS), and Brian Buccellato (THE FLASH, LOWLIFES), moderated by sacrificial lamb David Gallaher (THE ONLY LIVING BOY).

5:15pm - 6pm Dean Haspiel signing The Red Hook at The Comics Beat booth.

Sunday, Sept 9th

12pm - 1pm THE ALCOHOLIC at Ten: Jonathan Ames and Dean Haspiel / Room S1
Jonathan Ames–creator of BORED TO DEATH (HBO), BLUNT TALK (Starz) and author of YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE, recently adapted into a movie starring Joaquin Phoenix–and Emmy Award-winning cartoonist Dean Haspiel (THE RED HOOK, WAR CRY) discuss the 10th-anniversary edition of their graphic novel THE ALCOHOLIC, as well as their other collaborations in a memorable conversation moderated by cartoonist Bob Fingerman (MINIMUM WAGE, MAD MAGAZINE). Ames and Haspiel will follow the panel with a signing at Booth #TK, hosted by THE BEAT.

1pm - 2pm Dean Haspiel & Jonathan Ames signing The Alcoholic at The Comics Beat booth.


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Tuesday, August 28th, 2018
12:11 pm - The Beautiful Book of Exquisite Corpses

I was invited by author/editor Gavin Edwards to contribute to the ’The Beautiful Book of Exquisite Corpses’ published by Penguin Books which was released today.

I am honored to share the same creative space with a stellar cabal of artists, musicians, cartoonists, & DJ’s, including studio mates Frank Reynoso, Christa Cassano, Brooklyn tattoo artist, Adam Suerte, and many more -- plus YOU!

You too can be in the book, as the format is explained: The game of Exquisite Corpse is simple: two or more people create an unpredictable artwork by folding the paper to hide each contribution, leaving only small connective lines for clues. The unfolded page reveals a finished collaboration—sometimes wacky, sometimes twisted, and always unique. With this book, you can create your own Exquisite Corpses, with friends or on your own, because the pages are already packed with potential collaborators.


Tuesday, September 19th, 2018 from 7-9pm! Release party for THE BEAUTIFUL BOOK OF EXQUISITE CORPSES, edited & curated by Gavin Edwards at the Armory in Brooklyn (67 Fourth Ave) with special guests!


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11:32 am - The Red Hook action figure from Amazing Heroes

THE RED HOOK action figure is the first stretch goal in the new Amazing Heroes Kickstarter for Indie/Alt superheroes! Check 'em out.


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11:20 am - Don't hate. Create.
Don't like a comic? Don't buy the comic. Don't bully the creator/s. Don't hate. Create.

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Saturday, August 18th, 2018
3:46 pm - Dean Haspiel On The Return Of The Alcoholic at Comicon.com

Hannah Means-Shannon interviewed me at San Diego Comicon 2018 about the 10th anniversary edition of THE ALCOHOLIC, published by Berger Books (an imprint of Dark Horse Comics) for Comicon.com


"I had wanted to work with Jonathan Ames since the moment I met him. I was a fan of his writing. It turned out that we lived in the same neighborhood at the time. I went right up to him, and one of the first things I said to him was, “We’re going to work together”. It turned out to be a good thing that he had read comics. You never know with literary people, since some shun comics. Ames was an old fan of The Avengers, and Nova.

Comics were never taken seriously when I was growing up. They were mocked. In general, comics were seen as power fantasies for 12 year old boys. Then there were books like Art Spiegleman’s Maus, and other underground comix, but those were more focused on the holocaust, or drug culture. Harvey Pekar writing memoirs, and being able to write about anything, really broke the idea of what comics could be. Even though the history of comics had originally included other genres like Westerns, War, Romance and Crime. But I think that what comics did especially well were superheroes because of the unlimited budget of the blank page. But little by small, TV and movies have caught up via technology and the ability to visually convey what comics could do best."

"I’d read a bunch of his essays in NY Press. I thought he was very funny, and what was interesting about his essays, when I thought about it later, is that he was usually the loser in the story. And the way that he attracted you and made you care for him was by being vulnerable. When meeting him, he kind of did that, and I realized that’s who he was.

I was surprised, because you never know if it’s a character. Maybe it’s a little bit of a character, just like I have a public face. In this case, he never wanted to hurt other people in his stories, so he would take the brunt of it. He once described himself as “a clown with cancer”.

"He’s definitely empathetic. Ames didn’t want to hurt people, and he didn’t want to judge people in his stories. So, he would meet all kinds of misfits and maybe he was kind of like the straight man, who would enter a situation, and events would unfold. But if anybody got hurt, it was usually him. It wasn’t like he would go on an adventure to get hurt. I don’t think he was masochistic. But when you make yourself available to weird situations, there’s a good chance that you will come out of things a little damaged."

"My pal/cartoonist, Bob Fingerman was the person who revived Jonathan Ames’s work for me. Fingerman had bought his first essay collection, What’s Not To Love?, and he would read some of the stories over the phone to me, and we would be dying laughing. Bedtime stories narrated by Bob Fingerman by way of Jonathan Ames."

"Then you meet your heroes, and you collaborate with them, and it becomes more expansive. In a very different way, I’ve gotten into Doug Stanhope, the comedian, and I went to see his standup recently. A soothsayer for the 21st Century. I gravitate towards these outliers like Harvey Pekar, Howard Chaykin, Frank Miller, and hell, even Steve Ditko and Jack Kirby."

"People worry about their work, wondering if other people will think it’s weird. Will people like it? That doesn’t matter. Make something you care about, and make it authentic. I think what we’re seeing now, in our culture, is that it is good to put yourself out there, and be honest and authentic about it. It’s not about winning awards, but it is about being acknowledged for your work, whether that’s in sales, people talking about it, someone wanting to option it for other media, whatever. The point is that it starts with you and a blank page, asking “What is it I want to do? What do I need to say?” If you can invest in yourself, maybe others will invest in you, too."

"One of the comics we gave to Jonathan to update him, since he hadn’t read comics since he was younger, was Y: The Last Man by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra. He was so entertained by the cliffhanger aspect of that, he loved it. So, Ames was thinking, “Maybe this issue could end with him on a fire escape, and he doesn’t know where his pants are. Is he going to find his pants?”

Read the entire interview here: http://www.comicon.com/2018/08/17/a-book-ahead-of-its-time-gets-a-new-edition-dean-haspiel-on-the-return-of-the-alcoholic/

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Thursday, August 2nd, 2018
10:48 am - SYFY Wire interviews Dean Haspiel about The Alcoholic & The Red Hook
I talked to Mike Avila about the 10th anniversary edition of The Alcoholic, and The Red Hook on Syfy Wire during San Diego Comicon 2018.



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