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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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Comic-Con International 2021: Will Eisner and the Metropolis

I participated in a panel about late/great cartoonist Will Eisner for San Diego Comicon 2021.

"From his comics to his graphic novels, city life is at the heart of Will Eisner’s work. Using his native New York as a template, Eisner shows everything from the joys to the terrors of metropolitan life. His classic Spirit stories are set in “Central City” and his autobiographical graphic novels are in the New York City of the Great Depression. In A Contract With God, New York: The Big City, City People Notebook, and others, he reveals the Metropolis as interpreted by his extraordinary skills as a writer and artist. Join David Hajdu (The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How it Changed America), Paul Levitz (Will Eisner: Champion of the Graphic Novel), Jerry Craft (New Kid), Dean Haspiel (The Red Hook), and moderator Danny Fingeroth (A Marvelous Life: The Amazing Story of Stan Lee) in this discussion and slideshow presentation as they reflect on the relationship between the artist, his work, and his city."

You can see/hear it here:

Pop Challenge with Mark Stewart

Last year, my pal, Daniel Kramer, hooked me up with Mark Stewart, an English musician and founding member of The Pop Group. A pioneer of post-punk and industrial hip-hop, his album "As the Veneer of Democracy Starts to Fade" is one of my faves. Anyway, we collaborated on a "Pop Challenge," a mash up of his philosophy and my comix avatar, Billy Dogma, the last romantic antihero. It appeared in the first issue of Mu Magazine earlier this year.

Whitney & Dean fall down a PR rabbit hole x3!

Nightwork studio mate Whitney Matheson and I fell down a press release rabbit hole and recorded three different sessions that yielded a lot more than just PR:

1,500 press releases

1,986 press releases

Pop culture & fiery chicken!

We Are Nightwork: https://www.nightwork.studio/

Cinemental podcast: Reflections In A Golden Eye & Spring Breakers

I chatted with the fellas at the Cinemental podcast about Marlon Brando and Elizabeth Taylor in John Huston's adaptation of Carson McCullers' RELECTIONS IN A GOLDEN EYE.


And, we talked about Harmony Korine's SPRING BREAKERS starring James Franco, Selena Gomez & Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson and Rachel Korine, featuring an infectious song by Skrillex.


Letting go.

Unless it's a commission, I never sell my original art. It's a problem I have -- letting go.

I've been lucky enough to have generous people ask to buy my published art but I never sell it. It's embarrassing. I can't let go. It's kept me in the land of cheap eats and holes in t-shirts but I find it difficult to put a price on the art I create.

The last original piece of art I drew and sold was for a charity at Baltimore Comicon in 2019 (my favorite comix show). It was The Red Hook and Blacksad. Someone at the auction bought it for forty bucks.

Forty bucks.

That made me feel bad. I should've bought my own art back for $41 and kept it in my archive.

Come this Fall, the finale of my "New Brooklyn Saga" (featuring The Red Hook) bows with "PTSD: Post-Traumatic Superhero Disorder" at Webtoon, and I have no current prospects. The comix landscape has shifted so much. Especially the business of comix. I don't know where I stand anymore. To be honest, I never did and it's always kept me on my toes.

Maybe it's time to let go.

Tap Tap Tap

Read "TAP TAP TAP," Larry O'Neil's tribute to his father, the late/great Denny O'Neil, comic book writer, editor and legend.


And you can read an interview Larry did about his tribute via Comic Book Resources.


Bleeding Cool wrote about it, too, suggesting it may win awards. I agree.


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."