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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)

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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.

-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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The Unrelenting Coolness of Dean Haspiel and Red Hook by Ed Catto at Pop Culture Squad

Big THANKS to Ed Catto for writing nice things about me and my Red Hook series at Pop Culture Squad.


"Dean Haspiel is a certain kind of artist. When you read his work, you can’t help but like what he’s doing. And then the more you learn about him, you can’t help but admire who he is, what he’s doing and why he’s doing it. It’s inevitable that you want to learn more about his focus and his work.

There’s no denying that he’s a cool cat. That’s part of it, but only part. He’s also a passionate believer. He’s the type of guy that’s fighting the good fight. It’s easy to picture him getting into arena each day, doing his best, and then repeating that the very next day. His purposeful work ethic and big dreams shine through every page of his work."

"There’s angst and drama peppered with a healthy dose of “I can’t wait to turn the page and see what happens next”.

Haspiel’s engaging art bursts at the seams with unbridled fun. There’s not a lot of shadowy nuances here; it’s all bombastic and straightforward. Haspiel, like so many of us, grew up with the language of comics and easily bends it to serve his imagination in order to provide something fresh and urgent."

Read the entire article/review: The Unrelenting Coolness of Dean Haspiel and Red Hook: https://popculturesquad.com/2019/12/11/with-further-ado-072-the-unrelenting-coolness-of-dean-haspiel-and-red-hook/

My Newsletter

As I ponder my social media footprint and which platform I am willing to surrender to (as much as I enjoy the chatter of Facebook, I think Instagram is taking the lead), I'd like to invite y'all to SUBSCRIBE to my occasional newsletter. If you like what I make and my brief forays into hot topic territory (nothing too strenuous), please sign up. The future for a lot of freelancers is Patreon and, someday soon, I may have to bite the proverbial bullet and go full frontal crowdfund as long as piracy rules the digital sea. Big Ups to Webtoon, Image Comics, and YOU, for keeping me autonomous the last few years. Let's see how far this can go.


Dean Haspiel guest at Miami Book Fair 2019

I'm a guest at Miami Book Fair 2019, hawking my graphic novel, WAR CRY, The Red Hook volume 2, and participating in a panel:

PULP THRILLS. Murderous socialites, costumed super-thieves, a super-natural force possessing a new father, and an elite unit of boy scouts! Gabby Dunn (Bury the Lede), Dean Haspiel (The Red Hook, Volume 2), Celine Loup (The Man Who Came Down The Attic Stairs), and Matt Kindt (Black Badge, Volume 2), come together on a rollicking panel that will delve deep into the dark, the horrific, and the lustful – all the best elements of pulp, in comic form! Moderated by noir author and comics writer Alex Segura (Pete Fernandez Mysteries). Sunday, November 24 @2:30pm in the MAGIC Screening Room (Building 8, 1st Floor), 300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132


Miami Book Fair: https://www.miamibookfair.com

DITKO the play

(Me, Tom DeFalco, and Adam McGovern at the DITKO play in NYC)

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.”


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.

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.

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.