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(photo of Dean Haspiel 2019 by Whitney Matheson)

(Photo by Steve Friedman. Taken at Yaddo, Sept. 2019)

(photo of Dean Haspiel 2020 by Jen Ferguson)

(Dino selfie, 2020)

(Dino selfie, January 2021)

(Dino selfie, February 2021)


Emmy & Ringo award winner, 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, and helped pioneer personal webcomics via ACT-I-VATE. Dino has written and drawn many comix for Marvel, DC, Image, Archie, IDW, Dark Horse, Heavy Metal, and LINE Webtoon; including The Fox, The Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, X-men, Deadpool, Batman, Wonder Woman, Godzilla, Mars Attacks, Creepy, SpongeBob SquarePants, Popeye, and semi-autobio collaborations with Harvey Pekar, Jonathan Ames, Inverna Lockpez, Jonathan Lethem, Stoya, and Stan Lee.

NIGHTWORK is a multimedia collaboration project between Dean Haspiel & Whitney Matheson: https://www.nightwork.studio/

Subscribe to Dean Haspiel's free, occasional newsletter: https://deanhaspiel.us20.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=7317095478d5910eecbe63be4&id=41f5fba78c

Listen to SCENE BY SCENE WITH JOSH & DEAN, the podcast that breaks down American Splendor the movie, Josh Neufeld & Dean Haspiel's relationship with the late/great Harvey Pekar, and growing up in NYC learning to make comix: http://scenebyscenepodcast.com/

Read THE RED HOOK saga for free at Webtoon:
1) THE RED HOOK: http://www.webtoons.com/en/super-hero/the-red-hook/list?title_no=643
2) WAR CRY: https://www.webtoons.com/en/super-hero/war-cry/list?title_no=1247
3) STARCROSS: https://www.webtoons.com/en/super-hero/star-cross/list?title_no=1599
4) BLACKOUT: https://www.webtoons.com/en/super-hero/the-red-hook-blackout/list?title_no=2282

THE RED HOOK vol.1 New Brooklyn is also available at ComiXology: https://www.comixology.com/The-Red-Hook/comics-series/128047

THE RED HOOK promo videos:
Webtoon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSA3jLZVWkk (with original music by Moby)
Image: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJteYH6WZoU

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/deanhaspiel_art/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/deanhaspiel
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DeanHaspielArt
Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/deanhaspiel

Artist's Statements:

No permissions. No apologies.

Exploit the real-estate of the blank page while yielding to the collaborative virtues of words and pictures where image is text, too.

-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
-Yaddo fellow
-Master Artist at The Atlantic Center for the Arts

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My father in Cindy Adams' NY Post column today

"1983, photographer Jim Haspiel’s Marilyn Monroe photo library was printed. 1991, his book “The Ultimate Look at the Legend Marilyn Monroe” was published. 1995, stories called him “Marilyn’s friend” and “ace archivist.” ’08, his full-page candids of her were re-reprinted.

In his 80s, living quietly, his camera now focused on friendly neighboring deer, he challenged last week’s newspaper story of a self-styled Marilyn impersonator claiming she lived in a $2.73 million Hollywood abode which had been Marilyn’s.

“No,” he said. “Look, I’ve followed Marilyn and been part of her life since I’m 16. Marilyn’s was 508 N. Palm Drive, Beverly Hills.

“The Reelz channel just did a doc on Marilyn. Netflix is now doing one, so’s CNN. And a movie’s coming,” he said. “Everything about her — including her homes — has been thoroughly documented even in newsreels.”

Seems Ms. Monroe dipped her toes in many many LA homes."


Godzilla vs King Kong

On March 4th between 11:30am - 1pm EST, I heard a loud metal CRUNCH sound outside my 3rd floor window of REDACTED Street. I was immediately worried that my double-parked car was damaged by a large vehicle. When I looked outside my window, I was relieved to discover that my car was safe but alarmed to see that two other cars had been damaged by a large truck. In our neighborhood (as is true for many neighborhoods) it's perfectly legal and customary to double-park your car to allow sanitation to clean the street. However, it makes car owners wary because large trucks sometime traverse our residential block and it creates cause for concern. Space becomes limited.

Anyway, I saw that a large truck was stuck between two cars and the truck driver tried to navigate his way out of it by moving back and forth only to cause more damage. It sounded like Godzilla versus King Kong as this occurred and some people on the street yelled at the driver. At one point, both cars lifted UP and to the side as the large truck moved forward and drove away. It was brutal.

When I went downstairs to park my car, I saw the man who owned one of the damaged cars and let him know what I saw, offering to make a statement if needed. It was the first (and only) time I met REDACTED. I remember advising him to open his car door to see if it still opened. That's how badly damaged his car was.

It happened. And there were other people on my block who witnessed it, too.

RIP Belle

5/1/2014 - 4/23/2021

A week before she was supposed to turn seven years old, I put my cat Belle to sleep. It was the hardest decision of my life. I've had to euthanize my cats before but they were older. It doesn't make it any easier but you don't want to see your beloved friend suffer and sometimes we wait a day or two longer than we should. We keep them alive because we can't let them go.

My veterinarian, who has been super kind and attentive, and let me trade commissioned art for the high cost of dealing with the insidious nature of cancer, advised me to put Belle to sleep before her breathing got too bad. Before she would start to panic and die an awful death, gasping for air.

When I brought Belle into the Vet to check on her status, I didn't think I would be putting her down two days later. A week before, Belle was still very active. Playing, scratching, hopping on top of boxes, galloping to the open windowsill with the fire escape for a back rub, kneading on my chest, meowing and purring. But then it became obvious that she was slowing down. Having trouble breathing. She wasn't playing anymore. Mostly stationary. But who can truly tell how much longer a cat wants to live?

I realized the bond you make with an animal, the trust you manifest between each other, affords the responsibility to make the hardest decision. I felt that Belle could possibly live another week. But the fact was she would probably pass away in a brutal and horrific way within 48-hours or less. It feels impossible to pull the trigger, allow the doctor to push the ingredients in the needle that will expire their life when your friend is still active. Still very much alive.

You hold her in your arms. Place the duck toy that she showed up with when you first met next to her face. The toy she's known all her life. Slept with. Dragged around from one corner of the apartment to the other. She looks at you, wondering what's going on? Why are we in a strange, dimly lit room? What's happening? You look deep into her eyes and try to communicate through your tears that you're sorry. So sorry. You just want one more minute with her. One more minute to play and snuggle and talk but she can't do that anymore. She is very sick. Tired. Maybe she understands as she looks at you -- hoping you know what to do because she can't make that decision. She trusts you to make it for her. This is the greatest challenge of the trust you created together.

My heart.

I love you, Belle.

BLACKOUT and PANDEMIX for your Ringo Awards nomination consideration

Please consider voting for me and my latest works for The Ringo Award nominations.

ANYONE CAN VOTE: https://ringoawards.com/

Best Cartoonist: Dean Haspiel

Best Webcomic: BLACKOUT, The Red Hook season 4


Best Anthology: PANDEMIX, Quarantine Comics in the Age of 'Rona



Navigating humanity in a digital culture.

A month ago a new neighbor contacted me to let me know an older neighbor fell down the stairs and hit their head. The old man was bleeding/etc. Luckily, I was home and ran downstairs and helped the old man get back into his apartment. Had paramedics (and firemen) show up. And, after an hour of encouragement, convinced him to go to the hospital for the contusion that was turning from blue to black on his head. I have to admit, I was confused why the new neighbor called me rather than call 911. In fact, NO ONE in the building opened their doors despite the commotion. What if I wasn't home?

When I first moved into my now 24-year residence it was filled with many old Italians who loved to offer pints of "gravy" (another term for tomato sauce) and other traditional food items. It was a way to get to know each other. Check in sometimes. I've since cooked pasta for neighbors during a blackout and other, less dramatic instances. I've helped neighbors in countless ways (as is my nature -- ask anyone who knows me).

Alas, when the older folks died off and more recent, younger residents moved in, my neighborly overtures were met with indifference. From my personal experience, it seems the days of neighborly parlays in Brooklyn are dwindling (since before the pandemic) and I fear for a society navigating humanity in a digital culture. I'd rather know a good dozen people than *think* I know 5000 Facebook friends.

I'm a GREAT neighbor -- if you'll let me.


My friend/writer Amy Stein-Milford hung out with me for an afternoon in Red Hook to catch up on our lives during the pandemic, discuss art, our past, and the clothing we wear for her cool blog, ALL DRESSED, NOWHERE TO GO.


"While Dean’s superhero characters are not literal stand-ins, they certainly capture aspects of his character. The brave, the ridiculous, the openhearted, the romantic all rolled in one.

Dean had warned me that he wasn’t much for dressing up. He showed up in his uniform of black T-shirt, pants, and Blundstone boots. But this is not to say he did not make an effort! The worn T-shirt he wore was a very special one, he assured me, from a Wizard World Comic Con conference, and one of the few T-shirts he has with writing on it. “When I wear it, it’s like having a dog, a conversation starter. All the people who love comics talk to you.” Also, instead of jeans or Dickies he wore black semi-stylish pants! Most special is the ring he showed me, an M with a devil tail, something he carries in his pocket at all times, a memento from his brother Mike who died sixteen years ago. He told me that he hadn’t really thought about how these kinds of objects you wear or keep with you on your body hold stories until our All Dressed date."

You can read the entire piece here: https://www.alldressednowheretogo.com/post/red-hook-adventures-with-comic-book-artist-dean-haspiel