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

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Emmy & Ringo award winner, Dean Haspiel created Billy Dogma, The Red Hook, and War Cry, 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. Dino has written and drawn many comix for Marvel, DC, Image, Archie, IDW, Dark Horse, Heavy Metal, and LINE Webtoons; including The Fox, The Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, X-men, Deadpool, Batman, Wonder Woman, Godzilla, Mars Attacks, Creepy, The Walking Dead, SpongeBob SquarePants, and semi-autobio collaborations with Harvey Pekar, Jonathan Ames, Inverna Lockpez, Jonathan Lethem, Stoya, and Stan Lee.

Read THE RED HOOK, and WAR CRY for free at LINE Webtoons http://www.webtoons.com/en/super-hero/the-red-hook/list?title_no=643 & http://www.webtoons.com/en/super-hero/war-cry/ep-1/viewer?title_no=1247&episode_no=1

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

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Monday, September 24th, 2018
11:11 am - Dean Haspiel at Baltimore Comicon 2018

I'm a guest at my favorite comix show of the year, Baltimore Comicon this September 28-30, 2018! I'm also a Ringo Award nominee for 'Best Webcomic' for my work on WAR CRY, the sequel to THE RED HOOK (published at LINE Webtoon). I will be tabling with Christa Cassano, David Proch, Clinton Hobart, David & Sarah Trustman, Frank Reynoso, and Jeffrey Burandt.

I also contributed an original STRANGERS IN PARADISE pin-up to the annual Baltimore Comicon Yearbook celebrating independent cartoonist, Terry Moore!

I will also be in conversation with my mentor, Howard Chaykin, for an hour.

1:30-2:30 - The Chaykin and Haspiel Show / Room 345-346
Howard Chaykin (Hey Kids! Comics!, American Flagg!) and Dean Haspiel (The Red Hook, American Splendor) sit down to talk about anything and everything! Join them for what is sure to be an amazing hour of outrageous conversation!


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Sunday, September 16th, 2018
1:11 pm - Dean Haspiel moderating New Superstories at Brooklyn Book Festival 2018
Sunday, September 16, 2018

5:00pm New Superstories. Superheroes aren’t what they used to be, and that means the possibilities are endless! Ed Piskor (X-Men: Grand Design), Kwanza Osajyefo (Black), and Sheena Howard (Superb) discuss how to keep what they love about the genre, and how to reimagine the rest. Moderated by artist-creator Dean Haspiel (The Red Hook).


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Friday, September 14th, 2018
4:27 pm - Fanbase Press reviews THE ALCOHOLIC

"Dean Haspiel is the other creative force behind The Alcoholic. He was tasked with the challenge of translating this convoluted, time-jumping, diary-of-sorts to life. The art in the book is consistently good throughout and never feels incidental to the writing. I was worried about this in the first half of the book, since Ames’ writing basically takes over huge swaths of the page, almost as if his words are eating the art alive. As the book progresses, the writing settles down, the exposition subsides to a humble narration, and the opportunities for quiet/tasteful panels flourish. Haspiel takes every advantage to make us feel through the unspoken context of Ames’ tragic moments."

Read the entire review here: http://fanbasepress.com/index.php/press/reviews/item/9260-the-alcoholic-10th-anniversary-expanded-edition-advance-trade-paperback-review

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4:25 pm - Geekery Magazine reviews THE ALCOHOLIC

"...this is all so complemented by Dean Haspiel’s intricately detailed and sometimes loosely rendered yet so expressive visual characterization, careful choices and panel-to-panel pacing."

Read the entire review here: https://www.undercovercapes.com/review-the-alcoholic/

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Friday, September 7th, 2018
8:40 pm - Long Beach Comicon 2018 interviews Dean Haspiel

Long Beach Comic Con: What are you most excited about for LBCC?

Dean Haspiel: Besides Hot Tub-Con (shhh – don’t ask/don’t tell)? I enjoy participating in panels yielding spirited discussions about the medium and the synergy between fans and peers while celebrating mainstream and small press comics.

LBCC: What question do fans ask you most often?

DH: When will you bring back Billy Dogma? Will you do more of The Fox for Archie Comics?

LBCC: Is there anything you try to make time to see when you’re at a con?

DH: I always try to meet the creators I admire. Especially, the veterans of the form. I started out as a fan and I remain one.

LBCC: What is your view on the comic industry and how has it changed over the years?

DH: Comics was a haven for nerds and outliers and has become a worldwide phenomenon of the form. Even though the business of comics is hard to crack, it’s one of the easiest mediums to express yourself in. It only takes a blank piece of paper and your imagination.

LBCC: What is the most surprising or rewarding thing that’s happened to you at a show?

DH: Over the years, there have been plenty of surprises and rewards (including the Ringo award I received for my webcomic, The Red Hook, last year at Baltimore Comicon), but nothing beats meeting genuine fans of your work. The people who take time to swing by and let you know that they appreciate your work.


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Tuesday, September 4th, 2018
7:47 pm - The Alcoholic 10th Anniversary Release Party & Reading at Secret Headquarters, Sept 12th, 2018

You're invited!

The Alcoholic 10th Anniversary Release Party & Reading
With Dean Haspiel & Jonathan Ames
Wednesday, September 12th
7 - 9pm

Secret Headquarters
3817 W Sunset Blvd
LA CA 90026

Afterwards, we're hopping over to the 4100 Bar
1087 Manzanita Street

Brings pals!
Hope to see you there.

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1:02 pm - Mass Movement reviews THE ALCOHOLIC 10th Anniversary expanded edition

"Dean Haspiel’s art lives in absolute symbiosis with Jonathan’s writing, each enhanced by the other. Perfect juxtaposition between soaring heights and crippling depression exist in the same panel, the “yeah, I guess I could do one more line” and the waking up in bed with ten girls and no job, the nervous excitement of sexual encounter, and crippling embarrassment when it all falls apart in the instant. The daydreams and fantasies, the comical facial expressions, every detail and cast extra crowding him in to accentuate what is ultimately his seclusion in addiction."

Read the entire review here: http://massmovement.co.uk/the-alcoholic-tenth-anniversary-expanded-edition/

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12:08 pm - Dean Haspiel at Long Beach Comicon 2018

I'm a guest at Long Beach Comicon 2018. I will be doing panels and a couple of signings, including hanging with my pals, Jonathan Ames and Bob Fingerman.

Saturday, Sept 8th

3pm - 4pm Steve Ditko: A Tribute / Room S7
A celebration of the work and legacy of Steve Ditko, best known for his work creating Spider-Man and Doctor Strange among dozens of familiar characters, who passed away in June. Join legendary writer and former Marvel Comics editor-in-chief Marv Wolfman, artist Dean Haspiel (THE RED HOOK, THE ALCOHOLIC), and comics historian Benjamin Dickow–President and Executive Director of Columbia Memorial Space Center–for a special Long Beach remembrance. Fans are encouraged to share their stories!

4pm - 5pm From Punching Nazis to... Not Punching Nazis?: Superheroes and the Worlds They Live In / Room S1
DC’s biggest heroes were born as America entered World War II. Marvel’s biggest heroes were created in the heart of the Cold War. How do these heroes and more-modern ones reflect the world of today? Take part in a discussion with Emmy winner Dean Haspiel (THE RED HOOK), novelist Matt Wallace (GREEDY PIGS), Bryan Edward Hill (DETECTIVE COMICS), and Brian Buccellato (THE FLASH, LOWLIFES), moderated by sacrificial lamb David Gallaher (THE ONLY LIVING BOY).

5:15pm - 6pm Dean Haspiel signing The Red Hook at The Comics Beat booth.

Sunday, Sept 9th

12pm - 1pm THE ALCOHOLIC at Ten: Jonathan Ames and Dean Haspiel / Room S1
Jonathan Ames–creator of BORED TO DEATH (HBO), BLUNT TALK (Starz) and author of YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE, recently adapted into a movie starring Joaquin Phoenix–and Emmy Award-winning cartoonist Dean Haspiel (THE RED HOOK, WAR CRY) discuss the 10th-anniversary edition of their graphic novel THE ALCOHOLIC, as well as their other collaborations in a memorable conversation moderated by cartoonist Bob Fingerman (MINIMUM WAGE, MAD MAGAZINE). Ames and Haspiel will follow the panel with a signing at Booth #TK, hosted by THE BEAT.

1pm - 2pm Dean Haspiel & Jonathan Ames signing The Alcoholic at The Comics Beat booth.


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Tuesday, August 28th, 2018
12:11 pm - The Beautiful Book of Exquisite Corpses

I was invited by author/editor Gavin Edwards to contribute to the ’The Beautiful Book of Exquisite Corpses’ published by Penguin Books which was released today.

I am honored to share the same creative space with a stellar cabal of artists, musicians, cartoonists, & DJ’s, including studio mates Frank Reynoso, Christa Cassano, Brooklyn tattoo artist, Adam Suerte, and many more -- plus YOU!

You too can be in the book, as the format is explained: The game of Exquisite Corpse is simple: two or more people create an unpredictable artwork by folding the paper to hide each contribution, leaving only small connective lines for clues. The unfolded page reveals a finished collaboration—sometimes wacky, sometimes twisted, and always unique. With this book, you can create your own Exquisite Corpses, with friends or on your own, because the pages are already packed with potential collaborators.


Tuesday, September 19th, 2018 from 7-9pm! Release party for THE BEAUTIFUL BOOK OF EXQUISITE CORPSES, edited & curated by Gavin Edwards at the Armory in Brooklyn (67 Fourth Ave) with special guests!


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11:32 am - The Red Hook action figure from Amazing Heroes

THE RED HOOK action figure is the first stretch goal in the new Amazing Heroes Kickstarter for Indie/Alt superheroes! Check 'em out.


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11:20 am - Don't hate. Create.
Don't like a comic? Don't buy the comic. Don't bully the creator/s. Don't hate. Create.

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Saturday, August 18th, 2018
3:46 pm - Dean Haspiel On The Return Of The Alcoholic at Comicon.com

Hannah Means-Shannon interviewed me at San Diego Comicon 2018 about the 10th anniversary edition of THE ALCOHOLIC, published by Berger Books (an imprint of Dark Horse Comics) for Comicon.com


"I had wanted to work with Jonathan Ames since the moment I met him. I was a fan of his writing. It turned out that we lived in the same neighborhood at the time. I went right up to him, and one of the first things I said to him was, “We’re going to work together”. It turned out to be a good thing that he had read comics. You never know with literary people, since some shun comics. Ames was an old fan of The Avengers, and Nova.

Comics were never taken seriously when I was growing up. They were mocked. In general, comics were seen as power fantasies for 12 year old boys. Then there were books like Art Spiegleman’s Maus, and other underground comix, but those were more focused on the holocaust, or drug culture. Harvey Pekar writing memoirs, and being able to write about anything, really broke the idea of what comics could be. Even though the history of comics had originally included other genres like Westerns, War, Romance and Crime. But I think that what comics did especially well were superheroes because of the unlimited budget of the blank page. But little by small, TV and movies have caught up via technology and the ability to visually convey what comics could do best."

"I’d read a bunch of his essays in NY Press. I thought he was very funny, and what was interesting about his essays, when I thought about it later, is that he was usually the loser in the story. And the way that he attracted you and made you care for him was by being vulnerable. When meeting him, he kind of did that, and I realized that’s who he was.

I was surprised, because you never know if it’s a character. Maybe it’s a little bit of a character, just like I have a public face. In this case, he never wanted to hurt other people in his stories, so he would take the brunt of it. He once described himself as “a clown with cancer”.

"He’s definitely empathetic. Ames didn’t want to hurt people, and he didn’t want to judge people in his stories. So, he would meet all kinds of misfits and maybe he was kind of like the straight man, who would enter a situation, and events would unfold. But if anybody got hurt, it was usually him. It wasn’t like he would go on an adventure to get hurt. I don’t think he was masochistic. But when you make yourself available to weird situations, there’s a good chance that you will come out of things a little damaged."

"My pal/cartoonist, Bob Fingerman was the person who revived Jonathan Ames’s work for me. Fingerman had bought his first essay collection, What’s Not To Love?, and he would read some of the stories over the phone to me, and we would be dying laughing. Bedtime stories narrated by Bob Fingerman by way of Jonathan Ames."

"Then you meet your heroes, and you collaborate with them, and it becomes more expansive. In a very different way, I’ve gotten into Doug Stanhope, the comedian, and I went to see his standup recently. A soothsayer for the 21st Century. I gravitate towards these outliers like Harvey Pekar, Howard Chaykin, Frank Miller, and hell, even Steve Ditko and Jack Kirby."

"People worry about their work, wondering if other people will think it’s weird. Will people like it? That doesn’t matter. Make something you care about, and make it authentic. I think what we’re seeing now, in our culture, is that it is good to put yourself out there, and be honest and authentic about it. It’s not about winning awards, but it is about being acknowledged for your work, whether that’s in sales, people talking about it, someone wanting to option it for other media, whatever. The point is that it starts with you and a blank page, asking “What is it I want to do? What do I need to say?” If you can invest in yourself, maybe others will invest in you, too."

"One of the comics we gave to Jonathan to update him, since he hadn’t read comics since he was younger, was Y: The Last Man by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra. He was so entertained by the cliffhanger aspect of that, he loved it. So, Ames was thinking, “Maybe this issue could end with him on a fire escape, and he doesn’t know where his pants are. Is he going to find his pants?”

Read the entire interview here: http://www.comicon.com/2018/08/17/a-book-ahead-of-its-time-gets-a-new-edition-dean-haspiel-on-the-return-of-the-alcoholic/

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Thursday, August 2nd, 2018
10:48 am - SYFY Wire interviews Dean Haspiel about The Alcoholic & The Red Hook
I talked to Mike Avila about the 10th anniversary edition of The Alcoholic, and The Red Hook on Syfy Wire during San Diego Comicon 2018.



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10:37 am - THANKS!
Enormous thanks to everyone who made The Red Hook summer 2018 tour successful.

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Monday, July 30th, 2018
4:49 pm - The Comic Source Podcast Episode 437 – San Diego Sound Bytes 2018: The Alcoholic with Dean Haspiel
I spoke to Jace Milam at San Diego Comicon 2018 about the 10th anniversary edition of THE ALCOHOLIC for The Comic Source podcast.

Listen here: https://lrmonline.com/news/episode-437/

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Friday, July 27th, 2018
1:53 pm - Making Comics Gutter Talk - episode 110
As described and conducted by Adam Greenfield:

"...a conversation during a Comic Con after-party about the vagueness and even capitalistic aspect of what can and can’t be released in a podcast when it comes to background noise. Participants included Gutter Talk alumni Dean Haspiel and Chris Miskiewicz, as well as Glynnes Pruett, owner/operator of Comic Book Hideout in Fullerton, CA. As stated in the podcast, no one makes a claim to be any kind of legal expert on this stuff. It just seemed applicable. And some of it was just plain silliness that needed to be shared."

Listen here: http://www.makingcomics.com/2018/07/27/making-comics-gutter-talk-ep-110-sebastian-kadlecik/#more-9803

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Monday, July 23rd, 2018
8:39 pm - The Comics Beat: Celebrating Artistic Progression & Expanding Creative Visions with Dean Haspiel

AJ Frost interviewed me at San Diego Comicon 2018 for The Comics Beat.


AJ FROST: Hi Dean! It’s so nice to chat with you today. So, I believe from what you told me before we started taping was that this is your first Comic Con in twelve years. Can you talk about the differences you see now that you did not see more than a decade ago?

DEAN HASPIEL: Well, twelve years ago it was 2006. I remember walking through the front doors and I looked to the left of me and I didn’t see any end in sight. I looked to the right of me and I noticed that the earth was curving. I thought to myself: “What is going on here? They expanded out more of the space and Comic Con was just taking over San Diego. And I thought well that’s really cool. But… I started to feel overwhelmed. Now everyone knows how difficult it is to walk through this space; everyone’s waddling like a penguin half the time. But back then, that hadn’t happened yet. Plus, it felt like Hollywood was taking over, being more committed to and exploring IP with television and movies. It started not to feel like a comic con.

It’s expensive to do the show. You come here, you get overwhelmed, it’s physically draining, it’s emotional. Everyone’s trying to make ends meet and now you’re competing with Halle Berry, you know? Now, I love Halle Berry, but this was our place for our people to be Halle Berry. And I think that there was a backlash and a lot of criticism about that. And little by small, Comic Con expanded out and became the same thing that San Diego has become. So I think ultimately what happened is I’ve come back because I’ve embraced the fact that Hollywood is here to stay and it is part of the function of comics in certain ways, especially the franchises.

I still look for the golden gems, the diamonds in the rough, the stuff that is purely comics and can only be comics. I can find that stuff at Baltimore Comic Con, SPX, MoCCA, and these smaller shows, but yet you still can find them here. San Diego Comic Con is like the Times Square of comics where everything is blown up and ginormous and hyperbolic, which is funny because that’s what superhero comics are right. So I guess the Con just took the one genre the comics knows how to do best (even though comics can be about anything) and was able to do that and just exponentially blow it up.

FROST: Has there been anything this time around that really took you by surprise?

HASPIEL: No, because in a way I was prepared for it. What took me by surprise that was that it actually felt easier than the last time I was here.

FROST: Why do you think that is?

HASPIEL: Twelve years of mental preparation. Twelve years of seeing San Diego Comic Con delivered to me on my laptop, or my phone, or via all these great comics websites. There is this idea that you don’t have to be there to be there. But, I also think that nothing beats real life, face-to-face confrontation with this kind of stuff. I’m still a fan. As much as I’ve become a professional and dedicated my life to comics, I’m still a fan and I still love to see my heroes and shake hands and say thank you. Nothing beats saying thank you. I think one of my greatest regrets in my life is never having met Jack Kirby—one of my biggest influences—and shaking his hand and saying thank you. I make sure that I try to do that to the other folks that impress me and inspire me.

FROST: This year you’re promoting two different projects. You have The Red Hook Vol. 1 and the tenth-anniversary edition of The Alcoholic, a book you made in collaboration with Jonathan Ames. Can you talk about those two books and what they meant during the stages of your artistic and professional development?

HASPIEL: Well, it’s funny because The Alcoholic was ten years ago and then the Red Hook is where I’m at now. It’s also one of the other major reasons why I showed up because if I’m going to be making these things, and especially if I’m doing another superhero right now, the Cinematic Universes of DC and Marvel are taking over the world, I’m kind of stupid and an idiot to even dare attempt to introduce another superhero from an indie point of view. But I think that’s why it’s interesting. Because it is from an independent point of view. I mean look at Hellboy, look at Scott Pilgrim and that kind of stuff. One of the good things that Marvel and DC have done over the years is to create a hunger. Sure, there can be a deluge or a backlash to this stuff, but that’s only when it sucks. When it’s good, people want more. You go to a Chinese restaurant and the food is bad, you’re not going to go back to it. But, if you keep eating good food, that just expands your menu and your diet, and then you become overweight. I feel that if I’m going to throw down the gauntlet and say ‘Here’s my superhero,’ starting with the Red Hook as my anchor, then I got to go to the party and see how it fares.

There’s this other work coming out in the fall, which is a reprint and the tenth-anniversary edition of The Alcoholic which is a collaboration with one of my favorite people and one of my good friends and definitely one of my favorite writers Jonathan Ames. And we’ve collaborated on HBO’s Bored to Death and a couple other things, but this is the project where… When I met them, it was in 2001. I had read some of his essays and I noticed him in my local café. I was like, ‘Oh snap! Jonathan Ames lives near me.’ And I went right up to him I said, ‘Hi my name is Dean Haspiel. I love your work. We’re going to make a comic together someday.’ I guess I was able to recognize in his own prose writing that he could probably write a comic. And it wasn’t until I became friends with him when I realized Oh, you do have an appreciation for the form. And. in a lot of ways, he’s a Renaissance man because he was able to transition from novel writing to prose writing into television writing to comic book writing, which a lot of literary-minded authors have a tough time with. They forget that image is text too and to rely on their collaborator i.e. the artist to convey the story visually.

I think we both created something that we otherwise wouldn’t have. And that’s what’s cool about collaboration. That’s why I advocate for collaboration. Because now that we have comic book colleges, I think that they are encouraging the auteur more than ever before. But when I grew up reading comics, it was an assembly line. I thought I was just going to be a penciler one day. So it took me a long time to find the courage and the confidence to write. But some of that came from these collaborations with great writers: Jonathan Ames, Harvey Pekar, Inverna Lockpez, J.M. DeMatteis. I learned from everyone and from all those experiences. And now I feel like I’ve come to my own space because LINE Webtoon pays me to create something I own that [they have digital] exclusivity for, which I can then later turn into a print edition or maybe even create merchandise if I want to. I now have the dreaded ‘IP’ to then go Hollywood baby.

FROST: How do you balance and manage your time? And I know you’re so… well, prolific is one word. The other is just producing quality work after quality work: writing plays or comics. You’re doing a new webcomic here. You have an artistic collective. How do you keep all that stuff together and still manage to create that is not only of high quality but work you can look back to and be proud of?

HASPIEL: Gosh. The honest answer is I don’t. I balance my career better than I’ve balanced my life. I don’t have a good quality of life at home. I don’t have dinner with my girlfriend. I work on weekends often. I work odd hours, by which I mean late night hours. I haven’t figured out that wake-up-at-the-crack-of dawn-and-be-done-by-5:00 PM lifestyle. I don’t think a lot of freelancers and/or authors slash artists really figure that out. And I think I trade a lot for that lifestyle because I’m committed and invested in not only crafting stories that mean something to me and hopefully to others but also because I care about other artists. I’m constantly checking in with them and giving unsolicited advice or trying to you know play like an absentee mentor in some ways. I don’t know. Creation, to me is how I get high. It’s life for me. You know it they say violence begets violence and I think creativity just begets more creativity. I guess that’s where I live.

Read the entire interview here: http://www.comicsbeat.com/sdcc-18-interview-celebrating-artistic-progression-expanding-creative-visions-with-dean-haspiel/

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5:47 pm - Comicon.com: Image Comics' We Believe In Suspense Panel at SDCC 2018

Hannah Means-Shannon reported on Image Comics' We Believe In Suspense Panel at San Diego Comicon 2018.


"Dean Haspiel’s Red Hook is kind of an avatar for Silver Age sensibilities, and his long history of working with many legendary comic creators starting in the 80’s onwards. He populated the comic with his “best friends”, a lot of early superheroes, but he’s created his own. There’s an innocence to earlier comics that still appeals to Haspiel, and you’ll find old school stuff thrown into the comic, like classic tropes. He likes to flip and modernize elements, too. There are some politics in the comic, too, like economic commentary on the role of art and the need for supporting artists in society. Creating art creates a kind of “energy”, he feels, and hopefully a positive one, and yet rents rise and spaces shrink, limiting the ability of artists to survive."

"Haspiel added that you should ask more questions than you answer in a comic, and that also develops tension."

"Working on Red Hook for Line Webtoon, which has a vertical scroll, had different reveals and structures based on the reading media, and it took some experimentation and tweaking from him to get suspense into it differently than on a comic page, he said."

Read the entire report here: http://www.comicon.com/2018/07/22/sdcc-2018-images-we-believe-in-suspense-panel-with-donny-cates-mirka-andolfo-jacob-semahn-dean-haspiel-megan-hutchison-steve-orlando/

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5:40 pm - Comicon.com: The Berger Books panel at SDCC 2018

Hannah Means-Shannon reported The Berger Books panel at San Diego Comicon 2018.


"The Alcoholic was originally created by Jonathan Ames and Dean Haspiel, and is back in a new 10th Anniversary Edition from Berger Books, originally published by Vertigo. Haspiel said that Ames was someone whose essays he’d been reading in newspapers, and one day Haspiel walked into a local café and saw him. Haspiel walked up and told Ames that they would work together, at least that’s Haspiel’s perspective on it. Ames had been a comic reader as a kid. The project they created was eventually brought in to Vertigo by Jonathan Vankin and Karen Berger.

It’s a heartbreaking story about an alcoholic, but there’s a lot of levity and humor in the story as well, Haspiel said. Serious messages are best told through comedy, Haspiel feels. There’s also action, romance, and an account of a life from childhood to adulthood. Haspiel loves the ending, too, and was proud to “convey the story visually”. Berger commented that Haspiel is one of the best storytellers in the comic industry. When the book went out of print at Vertigo, the creators asked Berger if she’d like to do another version. It arrives in September, with designs by Richard Bruning.

Haspiel thinks it’s cool that the new release of the book is that his own work and also Ames’ work has risen in the intervening 10 years, which means even more people will be aware of it."

Read the entire report here: http://www.comicon.com/2018/07/21/sdcc-2018-the-berger-books-panel-with-karen-berger-g-willow-wilson-ann-nocenti-dean-haspiel-christopher-cantwell-richard-bruning-dave-gibbons/

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