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


More info here: https://imagecomics.com/comics/releases/the-red-hook-vol-2-war-cry-tp



STARCROSS: https://www.webtoons.com/en/super-hero/star-cross/list?title_no=1599


(photo of Dean Haspiel 2019 by Whitney Matheson)


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

 photo Dino2015 by Stefano Giovannini_zpsksifitd4.jpg

http://www.deanhaspiel.com/

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.

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 LINE 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

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

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

Artist's Statement:
No permissions. No apologies.

Honors:
-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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Saturday, November 16th, 2019
1:34 pm - DITKO the play
Adam McGovern reviews DITKO the play at HiLoBrow and quotes me:

“I think…it was four or five times? I went [to see Ditko] not only as a fan, but also to show my work, to just get a review or a thought or something. And I had been working on Cuba: My Revolution at the time for Vertigo. I don’t remember what he said, but he was really intrigued with Castro, and Cuba. And I told him how it was my mom’s friend who had written this story, and he was really interested in that. So I was able to get to talk with him — in the front of his door. He had it cracked open, and he always looked a little disheveled, like he had just buttoned up his shirt, and maybe had one shoe on. The sense you would get was that he was always working, ’cuz that’s what he did. The last time I was near his studio, I elected to not go, because I felt like I would have bothered him at that point. I was just trying to say thank-you. Thank you for all the great work, and for influencing me in some way. And then just trying to talk to a person; get to know this person that famously no one really knows about. … And that’s his right. In a world where everyone is just exposing themselves, 24/7 — he didn’t need to do that.”

http://www.hilobrow.com/2019/11/16/off-topic-11/

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Thursday, November 14th, 2019
1:46 am - RIP Tom Spurgeon


We met 23-years ago in Chicago at my first Comicon with my first professionally published comic book (Keyhole #1 with Josh Neufeld) in 1996. We kept in contact on a regular basis ever since.

When Cav texted me "I think Tom Spurgeon died" I didn't want to except that as fact. I immediately called Cav and we talked briefly about the validity of the terrible news and I hoped it was false. But, what gave the bad news some credence was my last interaction with Tom Spurgeon a little less than a month ago when I saw him at Baltimore Comicon. I was surprised and thrilled to see Tom. It had been a good long while. Possibly six years since the eye-opening interview he did with me for The Comics Reporter in 2013 ( http://www.comicsreporter.com/index.php/resources/interviews/41821/ ). So, when I saw him, I gave the big guy a big hug.

The next night I saw Tom at The Ringo Awards when he walked up on stage a couple of times to accept some awards and complained, half-jokingly, that walking up three steps winded him. He was afraid of having a heart attack. I wanted to laugh WITH Tom but it was apparent that he was struggling. When I saw Tom after the award ceremony, he was sitting in a chair. I don't normally express concern for a person's health, especially someone as overweight as Tom could be, but it didn't matter. I was genuinely concerned and asked, "Are you okay, Tom?" He said he was okay, "fighting the flu" or a cold, and I just wanted him to know that I cared. Tom appreciated the "good looking out" and we discussed me coming to CXC and a few other things before I was taken hostage by Jim Steranko and stories of magic and thievery.

Comix was robbed today. I can't imagine a comix industry without Tom Spurgeon. He spoke and wrote about every aspect of comix in an intelligent, insightful, and passionate way, even if it meant sparking spirited debate. Tom was an advocate of the form but he also knew how to push buttons and we had our share of differences. As did most everyone who knew and loved Tom.

He was 50. We lost a beautiful giant.

Rest In Peace, Tom Spurgeon.

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Tuesday, November 12th, 2019
4:14 pm - Another World - A Live Comix Reading at PS122 Gallery, NYC


FANS OF DYNASTY, please join us for Another World, a special reading of their work by New York comix creators, featuring: Jon Allen, Matt Huynh, Derek Marks, Annie Nocenti, Peter Rostovsky, and Dean Haspiel.

Friday, Nov. 15th, 7-9 pm, FREE
PS122 Gallery 150 First Avenue, NYC, 10009

Organized by Dean Haspiel & Peter Rostovsky as part of Dynasty, curated by Amy Goldrich, Christopher K. Ho, Omar Lopez-Chahoud, and Sara Reisman.

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Monday, November 11th, 2019
10:24 am - Unrequited Batman


HiLoBrow asked 25 writers to tell them about a significant object they’d lost (or thrown away, or destroyed), then assigned these stories to 25 illustrators. I illustrated Leah Hennessey's "Batman Ring" story for Round Two of this Lost Object series.

http://www.hilobrow.com/2019/11/11/lost-objects-39/

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Friday, November 8th, 2019
5:31 pm - Dean Haspiel interview at The Creative Independent
In one of my favorite conversations, Whitney Matheson interviewed me for The Creative Independent: Cartoonist and playwright Dean Haspiel on the value of community building, why imposter syndrome can sometimes be a good thing, and trying to tell stories that can somehow stand the test of time.

"Even though financially I’m still eating peanut butter sandwiches and takeout Chinese food, on paper I’m a success, because right now I’m in this awesome autonomous space where I’m writing and drawing something that I own and am getting paid for. That is the prize, isn’t it? That’s what success is."

Right? Gosh, I sure hope so. There's lots of stuff to chew on in this deep dive. Be sure to check out my 5 recommendations at the end of the interview.

https://thecreativeindependent.com/people/cartoonist-and-playwright-dean-haspiel-on-the-power-of-creative-communities/

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Thursday, November 7th, 2019
12:49 pm - Exploring Webcomics With The Pros at Baltimore Comicon 2019


Exploring Webcomics With The Pros at Baltimore Comic-Con on October 20, 2019. The panelists were Steve Conley, Katie Cook, Dean Haspiel, and Thom Zahler, moderated by Bob Harrison.

Here is a link to the audio and video at Pop Culture Squad:

https://popculturesquad.com/2019/11/06/exploring-webcomics-with-the-pros-the-video-squadcast/

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Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019
4:40 pm - The Brooklyn Ink: “RED HOOK,” BROOKLYN’S VERY OWN SUPERHERO, BATTLES VILLAINS AND RISING RENTS
When I was signing WAR CRY (The Red Hook vol.2) at the Image Comics booth during New York Comicon 2019, journalist Jenna Gyimesi interviewed me for The Brooklyn Ink.

Here's an excerpt:

The Red Hook resulted from Haspiel “anthropomorphizing my problem,” he said. “Do you not care about your artists. Do you just want to be a bunch of CVS’s and banks? Just rich people buying up lots, and apartments and never using them? Who’s supposed to live here?” he asked.

“I’m not a religious person,” Haspiel said, yet he found a kind of spirituality sitting in the small back room of Sunny’s bar, where musicians flow into the crowd with accordions and mandolins on Saturday night Bluegrass Jams, making it difficult to tell who is a part of the band and who’s not.

What seems more important to Haspiel is that his ideas may one day make a positive impact on the world. “Look at Star Trek, a lot of our sci-fi, a lot of our superhero stuff,” he said. “Eventually some of these things become realized, these weird ideas. I realized maybe as an author, an artist, a cartoonist, if I put these ideas out there, maybe they will boomerang into real life.”

Read the entire article here: http://brooklynink.org/2019/10/16/57209-red-hook-brooklyns-very-own-superhero-battles-villains-and-rising-rents/

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Wednesday, October 16th, 2019
11:20 am - Dean Haspiel at Baltimore Comicon 2019


I'm a guest at my favorite comix show of the year, Baltimore Comicon this October 18-20, 2019! I will be tabling with Christa Cassano, David Proch, David & Sarah Trustman, and Peter Rostovsky.

I contributed an original BLACKSAD pin-up to the annual Baltimore Comicon Yearbook celebrating independent cartoonists Juan Díaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido!

I will also be participating in a panel:

Exploring Webcomics with the Pros
Sunday October 20, 2019 12:15-1:15
Join industry acclaimed webcomic creators Steve Conley, Katie Cook, Dean Haspiel, and Thom Zahler as they discuss their work on webcomics. What makes webcomics different from traditional print comics, and how do these panelists approach their craft? Moderated by Bob Harrison.

http://baltimorecomiccon.com/

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Tuesday, October 15th, 2019
10:52 am - Dean Haspiel's WAR CRY signing at JHU Comics, Weds, Oct. 16th, 6-8pm

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10:50 am - Dean Haspiel's (occasional) Newsletter

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

Now you can subscribe to my occasional Newsletter. Click on the link below to see/read the first newsletter and you can hit the SUBSCRIBE button on the upper left hand corner. Thanks and enjoy!

https://mailchi.mp/4eb1a469f165/dean-haspiels-newsletter-405603

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Friday, October 4th, 2019
10:37 am - Dean Haspiel's WAR CRY signing at New York Comicon 2019


https://imagecomics.com/press-releases/image-comics-at-new-york-comic-con-2019

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Tuesday, September 24th, 2019
9:44 am - The Red Hook crosses over with The Night Watchman in The Untold Legend of Luna


Tales of the Night Watchman / The Red Hook: The Untold Legend of Luna #1
48 pages / color / $7.99

Writers: Dean Haspiel & Dave Kelly
Artist: Brett Hobson
Colorist: Sonia Liao
Letterer: DC Hopkins
Cover A: Dean Haspiel
Cover B: Emily Pearson
Cover C: Simon Fraser (Limited to 500 units, 100% of the proceeds assigned to CBLDF)

A crossover event three centuries in the making! Super-thief meets superhero as Image Comics’ Red Hook teams up with the Night Watchman to travel back in time to save Brooklyn’s first superhero, a woman of mystery named Luna, who has been erased from history by a male supervillain harboring an unhealthy obsession for her. Come smash the patriarchy with us in this loving and epic tribute to comics’ Golden Age.

EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW at THE COMICS BEAT: The Night Watchman joins forces with Red Hook to help CBLDF!

https://www.comicsbeat.com/exclusive-preview-night-watchman-red-hook-crossover-cbldf/

Diamond Previews listing: https://www.previewsworld.com/Catalog/OCT192069


(cover by Simon Fraser for the CBLDF)

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Friday, September 20th, 2019
3:24 pm - Whitney Matheson on Dean Haspiel's STARCROSS
"Dean is one of my favorite writers and artists--he writes, as they say, "with the blood," often pouring straight from the aorta. STARCROSS takes place in a trippy alternate Brooklyn where art is currency and only love will save the world." --Whitney Matheson

Thank you, Whitney, for such a sweet response. You're too kind.

https://mailchi.mp/dbba0057f0f5/091319-969477?e=6a22e62a63

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Thursday, September 19th, 2019
1:43 pm - HiLoBrow reviews Dean Haspiel's STARCROSS



"STARCROSS is an epic for a post-solitary century; the kind of quest defined not by what prize you bring back, but by what precious values you leave the world."
--Adam McGovern, HiLoBrow

Gracious thanks to Adam McGovern for writing such a beautiful review of my webcomic, STARCROSS (The Red Hook season 3, which you can binge read starting with chapter 1: https://www.webtoons.com/en/super-hero/star-cross/episode-1/viewer?title_no=1599&episode_no=1 )

Here is the review:

"We try to climb the sky, but it falls past us faster. It’s as if the friezes and tapestries of ancient epic have been turned on their side, the vertical roll of the electronic screen pouring living memory and human effort to the bottom. The stories in our hands progress as our fingers climb down them; to go forward we must dive deeper. Dean Haspiel’s online comic STARCROSS plummets Icarus-like from the firmament for its morality and meaning to rise to Earth.

The third series in Haspiel’s The Red Hook cycle (itself one branch of the “New Brooklyn” stories which also include Vito Delsante & Ricardo Venancio’s The Purple Heart also on Webtoons and, full disclosure, my own Aquaria with Paolo Leandri and Dom Regan in print at Image), STARCROSS crowns the narrative from a teetering beanstalk. It began with the titular hero, a palooka turned costumed burglar, hewing close to the cracking pavement of his native Brooklyn — at least until the anomaly of the borough’s tectonic “secession” from its adjacent New York landscape unleashes celestial forces that push him into a life of good deed-ing. The Red Hook wrestles with his base (and humble) instincts of self-interest and a higher calling bequeathed by a cosmic hero who happens to die in his path and affect a kind of angelic possession. Long story, but the tension between Red Hook’s street scale and the grandeur of his mission has always been a tug of war between the mortal and divine, the pedestrian and quantum.

In his first series the ground held him (and his lover and crime-partner The Possum ended up under it); in the second War Cry, the sky collapsed on them both as she was resurrected in the form of a planetary protector by secret doomsday-failsafe protocols (longer story); in STARCROSS the horizon and the material world reunite after an ordeal that takes our heroes to heaven and back.

Common causes are the staples that bind Haspiel’s universe, and those who go it alone stay that way and end up nowhere. Epic pairs are the nucleus of his work, from the sex god and goddess Billy Dogma and Jane Legit to The Red Hook (Sam) and War Cry (Ava) here; the more circles of humanity that radiate out from these unions, the more gets done. When Jane and Billy’s balance is stormy, the world shakes and whole communities take to the streets and take matters (or each other) into their own hands to restore harmony; in STARCROSS the sun is going out from human coldness and Sam & Ava must figuratively and literally reignite it. Along the way they must cross dimensions, argue with uncaring gods, and share profound sacrifices; Haspiel understands that the most superlative stakes are those that affect each person, and the scale of his monumental menace is measured by the intimacy of his focus.

STARCROSS is an epic for a post-solitary century; the kind of quest defined not by what prize you bring back, but by what precious values you leave the world."

http://www.hilobrow.com/2019/09/18/off-topic-9/

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Thursday, September 12th, 2019
11:58 am - Harvey Pekar’s American Splendor Film Screening and Live Podcast Discussion with the Directors


The Society of Illustrators
October 02, 2019 | 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm

The American Splendor film, about legendary comics writer Harvey Pekar, was directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini, and stars Paul Giamatti. A unique hybrid of live action, documentary, and animation, the film won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, a critics award at Cannes, the Writers Guild Best Adapted Screenplay award, and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Come for a screening of the film and a discussion afterward with Springer Berman & Pulcini, animator Gary Leib, as well as other creators associated with the Pekar legacy. In a live edition of their weekly podcast Scene by Scene with Josh & Dean, Haspiel & Neufeld (both former American Splendor illustrators), will spark a discussion about the film’s unique construction, reveal previously unexplored connections between the original American Splendor comics and the film, and remind everyone why Pekar is such an important figure in the history of comics.

Scene by Scene with Josh & Dean, which debuted in April 2019, has been covered by Publishers Weekly, Word Balloon, The Beat, Bleeding Cool, Forces of Geek, and many more. Guests on the podcast have included actors from the film, as well as other Pekar artists and collaborators.

Tickets:
$15 Non-Members | $10 Members | $7 Seniors + Students (Undergrad with valid ID)

About the Speakers

Between them, Josh Neufeld and Dean Haspiel have an Emmy award, a Xeric, a Ringo, a Knight-Wallace Fellowship, multiple residencies at the Yaddo, and have been nominated for numerous Harvey, Eisner, and Ignatz Awards. Both men have been Master Artists at the Atlantic Center for the Arts. Both were long-time illustrators for Harvey Pekar on American Splendor. Native New Yorkers, Josh & Dean met in high school and have been friends ever since. In addition to Scene by Scene, they have collaborated on numerous prior projects.

Neufeld is known for his nonfiction narratives of political and social upheaval, told through the voices of witnesses. His works include A.D: New Orleans After the Deluge and The Influencing Machine. A faculty member of the School of Visual Arts and the Solstice MFA Program at Pine Manor College, Josh has traveled all over the world speaking about comics.

Haspiel created Billy Dogma, The Red Hook, illustrated for HBO’s Bored to Death, is a playwright, and helped pioneer personal webcomics. He has produced many superhero and memoir comics, and illustrated Harvey Pekar’s “origin story” The Quitter. Dean inspired producer Ted Hope to make an American Splendor movie and introduced him to Pekar.

https://www.societyillustrators.org/events/splendor-live-podcast

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Wednesday, September 11th, 2019
11:32 am - 18-years later...





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11:30 am - Newsarama: DEAN HASPIEL Wrestles With 'Complexities of Love' in RED HOOK: WAR CRY


Lan Pitts talked to me about WAR CRY, The Red Hook vol.2 published by Image Comics, October 9th 2019, at Newsarama.

https://www.newsarama.com/46770-dean-haspiel-shouts-a-war-cry-for-red-hook-s-second-arc.html

Excerpts:

"If by "comics industry" you mean "print comics industry," and to qualify that even further, you mean "Wednesday Comics Industry," I think we're most definitely talking about two very different industries. And, honestly, that's pretty damned exciting. Some webcomics make it into print but the majority just live online to, ultimately, be binge read.

There is a misguided mindset that suggests free webcomics aren't as valid as print comics. You know, comics that you currently pay $4 for 1/6th of a story (which makes me miss the good old days when 35-cents got you an entire story). And, even though more people read my free webcomics than anything else I've ever written and drawn, it's hard to get the hype that a new number one on the comic shop shelf will get. The New York Times or the Washington Post will be sure to ring the alarm for the next superhero gender swap or death-resurrect-repeat, but you'll hardly read about new and regular webcomics.

Maybe because webcomics, in general, don't have the promotional muscle print needs but I hope someone figures out how to turn on more readers about what's happening on your phone.

Or, maybe that's part of the problem? Everyone is on their phone, taken hostage by the horrors of the world while seeking to carve their own digital footprint (guilty as charged), that they don't have the time nor the desire to escape like we used to when we had less technology and more newsstands. It's not nostalgia I crave, but I've foolishly dared to compete with Marvel and DC by creating a new universe of superheroes. Alas, I'd like to think I'm not competing but, in fact, complimenting the characters and stories I grew up loving by adding a small cabal of my own misunderstood misfits."

"I've had to abandon landscape panels and my beloved inset panels for taller, thinner, portrait-sized panels. I've had to forfeit action shots that intrude other panels for static panels that can stack upon each other like funhouse mirrors. So, whatever I loved about the way Jack Kirby, Alex Toth, Will Eisner, Frank Miller, Frank Quitely, and Javier Pulido did and do designing their comics, I've had to shift gears and study the likes of C.C. Beck, Ramona Fradon, and Steve Ditko, who employ a more standard template, and more recently, Mike Mignola, who did really nifty stuff adding the occasional ambient panel to his Hellboy comics. You know the ones I'm talking about? Where there's a statue or a skull or a creepy detail lurking inside a small panel, hovering between two or three other panels like an omniscient specter."

"Ava Blume, a.k.a. the Possum, is the love of Red Hook's life! They broke into banks together. They robbed rich people. They made love by the Statue of Liberty. And, when New Brooklyn happened, it was the Possum who knew they had to stash stolen art and let it appreciate if they ever wanted to buy land in the mountains and build a home. The Possum, a.k.a. the feminine-half of War Cry, is a juggernaut of conviction. A human of mass destruction with a heart of gold. Who wouldn't want to woo that?"

"I'm not gonna lie. I've got two strikes against me: 1) the print versions of my webcomics are available to read online for free. So, why would you buy it? And, 2) I'm stubborn enough to believe I can launch a small new universe of superheroes during a time when Marvel reigns supreme on a global level. But, I have to believe that there is room for outliers like me.

Publishers like Image, Dark Horse, Humanoids, and Lion Forge still make valiant efforts at universe building while seasoned fans bin dive and discover old comics that never made prime time. The stuff that fuels our imagination, encourages the next batch of dreamers and cartoonists, will never truly disappear if there are still long boxes to rummage. If ACT-I-VATE, the webcomics collective I founded in early 2006 with seven other cartoonists on Livejournal still existed, folks would stumble upon some of the best webcomics made 13 years ago."

"My comix are heartfelt abstracts. Pop-theater on paper. A fine mix between melodramatic and sentimental. I learned long ago the best way to impart experience and wisdom is through levity. Do I want people reading my comix to cry? Occasionally. But, it's more important that I have fun making the stuff you have fun indulging and, perhaps, walk away feeling something special."

"Kirby and Ditko are clearly great influences when it comes to costume design. But, I take it a little further. I prefer a more reductive style. For example, The Green Point is a naked guy with weird antlers for antennas, a cape and a sheath for his sword -- and that’s it. The Red Hook looks like a cross-between Daredevil and the Fox. The Coney looks like a black cricket with XX's for eyes and staples for teeth. Simple designs. I also like to assign a bold color for each of my characters so you can "see" and separate them in a group from afar. When it comes to figure drawing (and perspective, for that matter), I try to draw what my gut desires. Nothing about my art is accurate. It's emotional."

"If I ever get to publish an omnibus edition of my Red Hook saga, thus far, I may have to call it "Once Upon A Time In Brooklyn."

Read the entire interview here: https://www.newsarama.com/46770-dean-haspiel-shouts-a-war-cry-for-red-hook-s-second-arc.html

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Monday, September 9th, 2019
6:18 pm - Pop Culture Squad Spotlight Interview with Dean Haspiel


Bob Harrison talked to me at Pop Culture Squad about WAR CRY, The Red Hook vol.2 published by Image Comics, coming out October 9th, 2019:

https://popculturesquad.com/2019/09/04/spotlight-interview-with-dean-haspiel/

Excerpts:

"It is something I learned doing a weekly webcomic when I did Billy Dogma at ACT-I-VATE years ago. The trick that I used there is that I didn’t know what was going to happen next week. It kept it loose yet exciting, but I had to figure out what the hell was going to happen. I found out years later that it’s a trick that Mark Waid uses. He kind of writes himself into a corner, and then tries to figure it out in the next issue. This way the reader and the writer feel this same kind of menace from the cliffhanger."

"When I think about my future in comics, I realize that I am not a “Wednesday Warrior” kind of guy. I’ve done it. I did two five-issue mini-series of The Fox for Archie Comics. Those are examples of monthly comic series that I have done, but usually what I do are graphic novels or webcomics.

I have hopscotched all over the place, but I don’t have four years of a monthly title under my belt, and at this age, frankly, it’s not going to happen. There is no way I could produce something like that even if I was just the penciler. Coming up with twenty-two to twenty-four pages of comics in, what, five weeks? There is no way. Even though I have done a ton of comics and I have a reduced silver-age indie style, there’s no way I could do that.

What I have been thinking about in terms of the future of comics that I produce is the forty-eight- or sixty-four-page graphic novella."

"Thanks God, right now, I am in this really cool autonomous space. For the last three years, I have been creating comics that I own and that I get paid for, which is insane. I am like, “How did that happen?” I thank Tom Akel, my former editor at Line Webtoon, for believing in me, and pushing for me to do the kind of stuff that I do. Not a lot of people would take a risk on me like that. I am not the hotshot writer or artist. I have a peculiar sensibility."

"What I was playing with is my love for Shazam. Billy Batson shouts the word “Shazam” and becomes this adult superhero god. It is also kind of like Firestorm where it is two personas becoming one as a superhero. It also plays with the idea of Hawk and Dove where there is a peaceful person that shares a body with an entity that is ready to throw down and fight at any moment. There is also some element of OMAC who is blasted from the robot Eye in the Sky that turns him into a modern-day Ares. So, it is kind of a mashup of all the things that I love put together into War Cry, which is this duality between a young boy and a resurrected super-thief.

It, also, becomes kind of like a love story. A lot of my stories are surrounded by romance, because the key to any good story is romance. Actually, in StarCross, it is about how love will save the world, which is corny and sentimental, but hell, I’d rather put my energy into something that is a positive message than something negative."

"It’s my “Hail Mary” to being a born and bred native New Yorker who can no longer afford live in the home and place that he grew up, where art is increasingly more difficult to sell. We have Patreon and we have Kickstarters, all these social network tools to parade, celebrate, hype, and brand ourselves. It becomes more synonymous with free content as opposed to something that you’re willing to pay for. It is getting harder and harder to make a living.

Thankfully, right now, my work is underwritten by a South Korean publisher online. I have gone out of country to make a living. But luckily, I have a relationship with Image Comics who is taking a risk on publishing the print version. That starts another conversation in that it is already online for free.

Why would people need to buy it? As you are witnessing by looking at the book, it is a different experience. Also, I prefer to read books in my hand versus reading online. After a while, your eyes get tired, and your attention is just stolen all day long by anything and everything that is happening on your phone or the internet. How do you sit and truly indulge anything substantial? New Brooklyn to me is a wish, in a lot of ways. Ironically, we hear people talking about going green and being socialist. It is in a way a socialist fantasy.

I don’t know if that would actually work, but it creates a discussion. Not only for the reader, but for me as well. I am only dipping my toe in New Brooklyn. I am not trying to explain it, because again, I am not that smart. I do have complicated feelings, though, and a lot of my writing comes from an emotional response to what is happening."

"I think I once said that the questions are more important than the answers. So, Sam, the lead of the story, is going to be asking a lot of questions when weird stuff is happening. What do you do with that? How does it impact your life? He is trying to navigate through all of this, because he is a blue-collar kind of guy. Not that I am blue collar, but I respect blue collar thought."

"One shouldn’t say that their mom is the best friend, but my mother is one of my best friends. But she is also my mom. She is my hero. She comes from Michigan. She came to New York and started off as a secretary at the New York State Council of the Arts and became Deputy Director. She went on to own and Antique Store in the Catskills, and became a volunteer firefighter in Florida. She has gotten into politics to try to get Florida to be a little bluer. Earlier, you were saying that you recognized Sam Brosia as being my voice, but in a lot of ways it’s my mother’s voice."

Read the entire interview here: https://popculturesquad.com/2019/09/04/spotlight-interview-with-dean-haspiel/

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Saturday, August 31st, 2019
11:32 am - Publisher's Weekly: Webtoon Builds An Audience for Webcomics
Calvin Reid interviewed me for an article about Webtoon at Publisher's Weekly.

Excerpt:

Webtoon has also partnered with veteran comics professionals, among them Dean Haspiel, who has worked for Marvel, DC, and indie houses. Haspiel launched Red Hook, a satirical superhero series that is now in its third online iteration, on Webtoon in 2016. While Webtoon does not offer print editions, Haspiel has a deal with Image Comics, which released a trade paperback collection of Red Hook: New Brooklyn in 2018; the second volume, Red Hook: War Cry, will be published in October 2019.

Haspiel (The Quitter, The Alcoholic, Billy Dogma, and other graphic novels) described working with Webtoon as “creatively great.” He noted that he’s paid an “acceptable” rate via the site and maintains ownership of his content. “Everyone’s deal is different, but Webtoon has allowed me to be autonomous and work on comics that I own.”

You can read the entire article here: https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/comics/article/81073-webtoon-builds-an-audience-for-webcomics.html

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