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Saturday, May 31st, 2025
12:36 pm - Dino FAQ

(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," is a Master Artist at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, helped pioneer personal webcomics via ACT-I-VATE, is a Yaddo fellow, a playwright and emerging filmmaker. Dino has written and drawn many comix for Marvel, DC, Image, Archie, IDW, Dark Horse, Heavy Metal, and 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 Studio is a Brooklyn-based multimedia collaboration project between Dean Haspiel & Whitney Matheson: https://www.nightwork.studio/

Subscribe to Dean Haspiel's free, occasional newsletter: https://deanhaspiel.substack.com/

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
5) PTSD: Post-Traumatic Superhero Disorder https://www.webtoons.com/en/super-hero/the-red-hook-blackout/ep-27-ptsd-part-1-season-2-premiere/viewer?title_no=2282&episode_no=27

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
Substack: https://deanhaspiel.substack.com/
Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/deanhaspiel

Artist's Statements:

No permissions. No apologies.

Exploit the narrative 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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Sunday, August 14th, 2022
10:21 am - Baltimore Comic-con 2022 brings Brooklyn

I'll be sharing a table with writers/artists, Jeffrey Burandt, Sean Von Gorman, and Whitney Matheson at my favorite comix show of the year, Baltimore Comic-con, October 28-30, 2022.

You can learn more about our posse bringing Brooklyn to Baltimore HERE.


I also created an original pin-up celebrating Jill Thompson's SCARY GODMOTHER in the annual Baltimore Comic-Con Yearbook

Get tickets for the show HERE. https://baltimorecomiccon.com/

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DC Comics recently announced that I will be illustrating a Superman story starring Jimmy Olsen, written by Sina Grace in SUPERMAN: KAL-EL RETURNS SPECIAL #1

"Kal-El has returned from his long sojourn to Warworld, but what ramifications does this hold for the broader DC Universe?" Superman: Kal-El Returns Special #1 spotlights Kal-El's reunion with the Dark Knight, Jimmy Olsen, the Justice League, and... Lex Luthor?!”

Cover by DAN MORA
Variant cover by TRAVIS MOORE 1:25
variant cover by MARIO “FOX” FOCCILLO

ON SALE 11/29/22


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Thursday, August 4th, 2022
6:47 pm - DENNY BARRACUDA is an official selection of the Rhode Island International Film Festival

"Who on earth is Denny Barracuda? William has no idea, but he's about to let her into his apartment after spending eight months in quarantine."

What started out as a one-act play at The Brick theater in Williamsburg, BK/NY, soon evolved into a short film shot in Park Slope. I am honored and humbled to have co-produced this powerful story beautifully written by Whitney Matheson and deftly directed and edited by Shannon Goldman, starring pitch perfect performances by Madeleine Charmaine Morrell and Lawrence Trailer.

DENNY BARRACUDA is an official selection of the Rhode Island International Film Festival!

World Premiere / August 12, 2022 / 4:30p

Starring Madeleine Charmaine Morrell and Lawrence Trailer
Written by Whitney Matheson
Directed and Edited by Shannon Goldman
Cinematography by Noah Yuan-Vogel
Sound by Ian Hunter
Music by Americans UK (thanks Jeffrey Burandt)
Produced by Dean Haspiel, Whitney Matheson, Shannon Goldman, Super G Films and Nightwork Studio


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Monday, August 1st, 2022
11:23 am - Calling All Cartoonists for The Atlantic Center of the Arts residency #188

REMINDER: I will be mentoring a bunch of lucky creators in the art of comix at The Atlantic Center of the Arts residency #188, in New Smyrna Beach, FL next year from February 12 to March 4, 2023.

Here are links to my residency statement + requirements and to the application page.



Here is a very nice thing artist George Folz said about me and the residency:

"Cartoonist and comic art friends-- if you have not already applied to study under Dean Haspiel at ACA next March, I can't recommend doing so highly enough. I was fortunate enough to be selected to study under Dean at a previous ACA residency in 2012, and that residency is the reason that I'm now able to make my living full-time as an artist. Dean is as tremendous a mentor as a young maker can hope to have. His endless passion, uncommon insight, and good humor inspired me, and put me on a path to carve out a lane for myself. I'm envious of the experience that you're about to have."

Please spread the word. Thanks!

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Thursday, July 28th, 2022
7:58 pm - RUDY + CAMILLE
Nightwork Studio mate Whitney Matheson and I are presenting a reading of an impromptu, preapocalyptic thing we co-wrote in the wee hours called…

RUDY + CAMILLE is a psychedelic rom-com that chronicles two office mates who spend most of their time pontificating and pawing at each other -- instead of preventing the impending apocalypse. Starring Morgan Lennon, Sharief Johnson and Adam Files.

Tuesday, August 2nd at 9:30pm
The Tank
312 W 36th Street, Floor 1, NYC 10018

Buy tickets HERE: https://ci.green.prod.ovationtix.com/35658/production/1132665?performanceId=11129717

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6:30 pm - Sequential Synergy: The Art of Comics Artist Talk

"Sequential Synergy -- The Art Of Comics" jurors, Dean Haspiel and Whitney Matheson join artists Onur Tukel, Gina Minichino, Jerry Ma, and moderator/gallery artist Karen Gibbons to discuss the artist's process, inspiration and sequential art as an artform via 440 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.

Click here to watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_A5Bvpb7ERU

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Wednesday, July 27th, 2022
8:00 pm - NYT: “Comics That Read Top to Bottom Are Bringing in New Readers”

A month ago, I was interviewed by the New York Times about creating webcomics since 2006 — from my pioneering days at ACT-I-VATE to Zuda to Trip City (all R.I.P.) and making digital-only comics for Marvel & DC. Plus, my recent foray with The Red Hook at Webtoon.

The reporters failed to mention the fact that I won a Ringo Award for ‘Best Webcomic’ for The Red Hook, among other cool things, and elected to concentrate my relationship with Webtoon to a proverbial bowl of sour grapes.

FOR THE RECORD: I am very proud of the four-and-a-half seasons of The Red Hook I produced at Webtoon, the 3-part story I did for Dark Horse Presents, and the two volumes that were print published by Image Comics. Including all the real-life adventures and opportunities that series granted me. Alas, working for a publisher becomes a numbers game and we all wish more people read my webcomic but it wasn’t meant to be (even though I have plenty of new Red Hook stories to tell).

Here’s an excerpt from the article where I appear in the NYT:

“Comics That Read Top to Bottom Are Bringing in New Readers”

"And some creators have not found digital platforms as good a fit. The veteran cartoonist Dean Haspiel, 55, published his comic “The Red Hook,” about a Brooklyn superhero, on Webtoon in 2016. The series continued for more than four seasons but “didn’t get the kind of response that we wanted,” he said.

“Ultimately I started to understand that the Webtoon reading audience is a very different audience than the kind of comics I would produce,” he said."


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Saturday, July 9th, 2022
10:56 am - SEQUENTIAL SYNERGY: The Art of Comics

440 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
July 7 - July 29, 2022
Opening reception: July 9th, 3-6pm

Co-juried by Dean Haspiel and Whitney Matheson, this show celebrates the diverse ways cartoonists utilize the real estate of the blank page.

Exhibiting artists: Maurice Buckley, Peter Carella, Caitlin Cass, Junjun Chen, Brianna Collins, Joseph Desposito, Tom Galambos, Geoff Grogan, Alisa Harvey, Marie Hueston, Mindy Indy, Craig Johnson II, Simon Kiener, Jerry Ma, Brian McNamara, Gina Minichino, Adriano Moraes, Sarah K Myers, Josh Neufeld, Susanna Plotnick, Jerry Ramirez, Joan Reilly, Lynne Marie Rosenberg, Bill Roundy, Kevin Sacco, Arlen Schumer, Karl Stevens, Onur Tukel, Weston Wei, Marlene Weisman


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Wednesday, July 6th, 2022
10:52 am - Dino Summer 2022 music mix

Here's a link to my Dino Summer 2022 music mix:


You can also listen to:

Spring 2022 mix: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2JXC9cDSOprQtZdO9nBklN?si=3cea880babb64539

Winter 2022 mix: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/52mxj7kMicRbGb6m79sWPc?si=6d8fb36a7628409c

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Tuesday, July 5th, 2022
6:11 pm - THE TIP

After writing, directing and editing my short film, “There Is No Try,” at The Manhattan Film Institute, MFI asked me and my Nightwork Studio partner, Whitney Matheson, to double-down and co-write, co-direct and edit another short film, starring Madeleine Morrell, Max Morrell, and Zachary Deakyne called “The Tip.”

You can watch THE TIP here: https://vimeo.com/719628938

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Monday, June 27th, 2022
7:40 pm - THERE IS NO TRY

That's a wrap!

Whitney Matheson and I expanded our Nightwork Studio horizons by taking an intense two-week film school boot camp at The Manhattan Film Institute in Long Island. It was rigorous, exhausting, illuminating and life-changing. We came out of it with a few short movies and can now call ourselves writers and directors of cinema.

MFI employs a 3-2-1 method of teaching film. Three pages, two actors, and one location. Most writer/directors write a 5-page scene (as I did).

The beginning of the week is filled with learning the tools of the trade and steeping in movie making philosophy while getting to know your tribe in tight living quarters. After a couple of discussions with my director of photography and some rehearsals with actors, we were given four hours to block, shoot, and adjust (including loading in/out and camera lighting/set-up). I basically had an hour and a half to get my takes. It was a great exercise and I learned a lot.

Cheers to our Do-Or-Die MFI 2022 community! Big Ups to Shannon Goldman, Tony Spiridakis and Lisa Gillooly for making it possible for me.

Here is a link to my short film THERE IS NO TRY:


Here are a couple of teaser images:

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6:59 pm - Panel to Panel: Approaches to Graphic Narrative /

"Panel to Panel: Approaches to Graphic Narrative", led by Lesley University MFA faculty Peter Rostovsky.

Streamed live on Jun 19, 2022 Speakers: Emil Ferris, Dean Haspiel, Mark Thomas Gibson, and Bishakh Som

If visual culture is becoming increasingly flattened, demolishing long-established boundaries between high and low, few art forms exert as much influence today as comics and graphic novels. Incorporating figuration, narrative, complex spatial and cinematic strategies, and forms also pioneered by the avant-gardes, sequential art has risen to a level of unprecedented complexity. But what can it teach the “fine arts”? This panel discussion, composed of distinguished practitioners with diverse perspectives on comix, seeks to establish a dialogue between these connected but often disparate spheres, cross-pollinating their formal and conceptual concerns. By learning more about these authors as well as their unique approaches to the medium, this conversation will highlight the creative possibilities offered by graphic narrative while connecting these to the larger ecosystem of visual and textual pursuits.

You can watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHOJBzAT2-k

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Tuesday, May 24th, 2022
1:04 pm - IzzyVerse podcast: Indie Comics and Webtoons Comics Creator Dean Haspiel

On the IzzyVerse podcast we enjoyed a rip-roaring parlay about Harvey "Pecker," American Flagg!, The Thing, The Fox, The Red Hook, Keyhole, webcomics, my formative years and NYC parking woes. Including a Whitney Matheson cameo directly from Nightwork Studio.

Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEURB6pfVX4

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12:58 pm - CradleCon 2022: Why Jack Kirby is Still the King

(photos by Heather Quinlan)

CradleCon 2022: Why Jack Kirby is Still the King

A panel discussing the life and career of Jack Kirby with panelists John K. Snyder III, Adam McGovern, Dan Hort, Jamal Igle, Dean Haspiel, and Roy Schwartz.

Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16-FC65EqVU

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Sunday, May 22nd, 2022
8:43 pm - Part 2 of BILLY DOGMA in IMAGE! 30

The second issue of the 12-issue IMAGE! 30th Anniversary anthology drops soon, featuring the second installment of my 12-page Billy Dogma comic, “I will Break You But I Won’t Kill You Because I Need You.”

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8:42 pm - One-Shot: A Conversation with Dean Haspiel
Filmmaker Matt Molina made a short film about me and making comix for his thesis at The New School in NYC titled, "One-Shot: A Conversation with Dean Haspiel."


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DC Comics is publishing a 48-page one-shot featuring SUPERMAN’S PAL JIMMY OLSEN’S BOSS PERRY WHITE, reprinting a great Perry White and Wildcat story Neil Kleid wrote and I drew.


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Wednesday, May 18th, 2022
4:01 pm - THE FOX: Family Values one-shot

THE FOX: Family Values one-shot is out today in comic book shops everywhere. You can also get it directly from publisher Archie Comics. It was fun to pick up where I left off and revisit my favorite freak magnets. I hope I get invited back to the freak show.

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Tuesday, May 17th, 2022
4:18 pm - Pop Culture Squad reviews THE FOX: FAMILY VALUES
Pop Culture Squad wrote a nice review for THE FOX: FAMILY VALUES one-shot published by Archie Comics. Thanks Bob Harrison!

"Haspiel takes some metaphysical swings in the storytelling and delivers a dynamic story filled with heart that leaves us wanting more from this incarnation of the character."

Read the entire review here:

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