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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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Thursday, December 13th, 2018

A fun Red Hook ad I did commissioned by Howard Chaykin for his series HEY KIDS! COMICS! #3 (published by Image Comics). Buy the book! Read the webcomics!

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Wednesday, December 12th, 2018
7:00 pm - My two favorite books of 2018
Gil Roth asked me and thirty authors to weigh in on their favorite book of 2018 for The Virtual Memories podcast. I chose a graphic novel by two veterans of the comic book form, and a debut novel written by a seasoned actor. You can listen to it here:


KILL OR BE KILLED (published Image Comics)
by Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips & Elizabeth Breitweiser

I've been a fan of Brubaker's writing ever since he was a pup in the comic book industry, writing & drawing indie-comix. He once got mad at me and threatened "You're one pubic hair away from getting punched in the face." Later on, he crashed my apartment in Brooklyn when he flew in from LA to pitch and score a career-changing gig writing Batman, Cat Woman, and Gotham Central, which led to his ground-breaking Captain America run which introduced The Winter Soldier. After a successful time writing for DC & Marvel Comics, Ed returned to his roots and has produced a plethora of creator-owned comics with his art partner Sean Phillips, published by Image Comics. KILL OR BE KILLED is a great first person story where the narrative is intense yet unreliable as a tortured man exacts brutal justice upon criminals at the behest of a demon. The subtitle could've been "sick of it all." A great read that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Fans of Martin Scorceses' TAXI DRIVER and Jonathan Ames' YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE will enjoy KILL OR BE KILLED.

THE PERFUME BURNED HIS EYES (published by Akashic Books)
by Michael Imperioli

Whenever you hear that an actor is writing a novel, you roll your eyes. How dare we except the concept that an actor can do anything more than pretend on screen and/or on stage. You wonder if he or she had a ghost writer or maybe they're transitioning to books because they're aging out of their perceived demographic. At best, you think he or she should just write their tell all book from their life and time in Hollywood. Not this time. Not this guy. Michael Imperioli is the real deal. Having written episodes of HBO's The Soprano's and other stuff, including a feature length movie, Michael's novel debut is a coming of age story in the big bad New York city of the 1970s, where a 16-year old boy must confront and negotiate sex, drugs, and an upstairs neighbor cum spiritual mentor in the guise of rock music legend, Lou Reed. Michael's writing is blue collar yet irreverent and all too human. THE PERFUME BURNED HIS EYES is a great brisk read with a mountain of heart.

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Tuesday, November 27th, 2018
10:40 pm - RIP Stephen Hillenburg
RIP Stephen Hillenburg, creator of SpongeBob SquarePants. A few years ago, I was lucky enough to draw a Larry the Lifeguard story for the comic book series, written & laid out by Sam Henderson, lettered by Rob Leigh, and curated & edited by Chris Duffy.

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Thursday, November 22nd, 2018
1:23 pm - Thanksgiving
My father and I spoke today about thanks and giving.

Years ago, in the 1980s, my father was in a diner finishing his breakfast. Next to him was an older woman who ordered an egg sandwich.

When her egg sandwich arrived, he noticed as she discreetly cut the sandwich in half and folded one half into a paper napkin and pocketed it.

Probably, so she could have dinner later.

My father, a man of the streets, always carried an extra five dollar bill in his wallet. Just in case.

He retrieved the five dollar bill and hid it in his fist and bent down, pretending to pick it up off the floor.

"Excuse me, miss. You dropped this."

And, he placed the five dollar bill on her table.

The older lady looked at the money and then at my father and said, "Oh, no. That's not mine"

My father said "Well, it's not mine, either."

He got up and said "Have a nice day." And, left her with the five dollar bill.

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Wednesday, November 14th, 2018
1:51 pm - Dean Haspiel at Miami Book Fair 2018

I'm a guest at The Miami Book Fair 2018. I'll be hawking The Red Hook vol.1 New Brooklyn, and The Alcoholic 10th Anniversary edition (with writer Jonathan Ames). I'm also doing panels and participating in the Drink & Draw! Check out my schedule:

Thursday, November 15

Drink & Draw @ The Standard
7pm | The Standard Spa, 40 Island Ave, Miami Beach | Free
Join your host, raucous author Conor McCreery, for a hilariously graphic night of cocktails and comics. First, renowned illustrators George O’Connor, Dean Haspiel, Maggie Thrash and Liana Finck will go marker-to-marker in a book themed draw-off competition! Then we turn the drawing tables on you as you work in teams to create your own illustration. Prizes, drinks and fun guaranteed!

Saturday, November 17

3pm Beasts of Our Own Making
The seductive pull of love — it’s an endlessly powerful force in literature, creating some of the funniest, bleakest, and most haunting scenarios we can imagine as writers and artists. Pull up a chair with Dean Haspiel and Jonathan Ames (The Alcoholic) and Nate Powell (Come Again) to find out what dark beasts lie on the edges of desire. Moderated by Adrian Todd Zuniga.

Sunday, November 18

12pm Webcomics to Print Comics: The Revolution is Here
Webcomics USED to be about finding a way to break in to print, but nowadays the web is all you need to make a living AND tell stories that publishers think “don’t have a market.”
Dean Haspiel (The Red Hook), Ngozi Ukazu (Check, Please), and Farel Dalrymple (It Will All Hurt), will talk about how they build their audience while giving voice to under-served ones, and whether they think they still need print in their careers. Moderated by Joan Hilty.


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Wednesday, October 31st, 2018
6:54 pm - Dean Haspiel interviewed on Comics Pros & Cons podcast #132
Derek Becker interviewed me at New York Comicon 2018 about The Red Hook and creativity for Comics Pros & Cons podcast #132.

Listen here: http://www.comicprosandcons.com/episode-132-dean-haspiel-live-at-new-york-comic-con/

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Wednesday, October 24th, 2018
12:51 pm - Dean Haspiel's THE RED HOOK in Howard Chaykin's HEY KIDS! COMICS! #3

A seasoned master of the medium, Howard Chaykin's HEY KIDS! COMICS! pulls back the bullpen blinds and exposes the ugly business of comics, where historic betrayal and heartbreak left little reason for creators to dream the impossible.

Check out issue #3 for an exclusive comic/ad for The Red Hook!


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12:28 pm - Dean Haspiel launches ‘The Red Hook’ merch on Threadless Artist Shops

“I joined the 21st century in 2006 when I launched my first webcomic series,” Haspiel said in the official press release. “Now, I’m finally joining the 20th century by going analog and hitching my wagon to Threadless to make available tried and true t-shirts and hoodies for fans of The Red Hook and other, soon-to-be revealed merchandise based on my creator-owned fare. I couldn’t be more excited!”

Read more here: https://doomrocket.com/dean-haspiel-red-hook-merch-threadless-artist-shops/

Check out the first wave of merchandise here: https://deanhaspiel.threadless.com/

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Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018
7:02 pm - Will Eisner and The Graphic Novel Revolution at NYCC 2018



Lawrence Brenner
Published on Oct 23, 2018
WILL EISNER revolutionized comics with his pioneering 1978 graphic novel, “A Contract with God.” GN sales have now outgrown comic book sales and can be found in an amazing array of genres and styles. DENIS KITCHEN (“A Contract With God Curator’s Collection”), KAREN GREEN (Curator of Comics & Cartoons at Columbia), N.C. CHRISTOPHER COUCH (“Will Eisner Companion”), DEAN HASPIEL (“The Red Hook”), Danny Fingeroth ("Superman on the Couch: What Superheroes Really Tell Us about Ourselves and Our Society") and PAUL LEVITZ (“Brooklyn Blood”) discuss the evolution of the graphic novel and what the future holds.

Buy A Contract With God: https://amzn.to/2q3wqNE
Buy A Contract With God Curator’s Collection: https://amzn.to/2R8r9zO
Buy The Will Eisner Companion: https://amzn.to/2PLyncG
Buy The Red Hook: https://amzn.to/2D1C3V4
Buy Will Eisner Champion of the Graphic Novel: https://amzn.to/2D1ONeo

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Thursday, October 18th, 2018
11:09 am - The Bushwick Book Club performs original songs inspired by Dean Haspiel's THE RED HOOK

Click link below to hear THE RED HOOK inspired songs that were performed by The Bushwick Book Club on July 25, 2018 at Barbès!


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Friday, October 12th, 2018
12:00 pm - Pop Culture Squad: Talking Web Comics and the Red Hook with Dean Haspiel

Bob Harrison interviewed me at Baltimore Comicon 2018 for Pop Culture Squad.


"I didn’t even consider monetizing ACT-I-VATE. I thought getting people to read a comic online for free was tough enough. You are competing with everyone’s attention, especially nowadays given the current political climate. Sometimes, people want to escape that political scene by reading a comic or anything else, or they are only consumed by the politics of the day, and can’t read anything else. So, I am competing with that, and because I am doing superheroes, I am competing with the cinematic universes of Marvel and DC. A lot of people who are fans of the characters of Marvel and DC are being introduced to them from the movies and TV and forget that there are comic books out there. Also, if those people want to get a comic book, where do they get it? There are no more newsstands and, sadly, comic book shops are dwindling."

"The mainstream dream is the trickle-down effect; movies to comic books and/or digital, and I don’t think that is happening. But if you have a webcomic, that only exists as a webcomic and has ancillary t-shirts or buttons, I think people like to have souvenirs. I think people who come to conventions these days are more interested in souvenirs. They don’t need to read the first issue of how something started or get the full collected arc of a story."

"I like writing better than drawing. I do realize that drawing comics is also a method of writing due to the visual storytelling, and because of that, I’ve rarely illustrated something to stand on its own. To me, comics art is always serving the narrative.

As much as I grow as an artist, I am always trying to reduce the labor so that maybe someday I could be drawing as fast as you can be reading it. But that really does reduce it down to a type of shorthand. That, I think maybe, a fine comic book artist would have to earn. I think of someone like Gary Panter, who never even attempted to draw like John Byrne or George Perez. Yet, he found a shorthand that only he could do so it became a signature style, but also, it conveys a story. Ultimately, I am trying to write and draw the stuff that I loved as a kid, but hopefully I’ll enter a phase of telling stories that are not necessarily influenced by my childhood but, instead, influenced by my adulthood."

"StarCross is about how love will save the world. At the end of War Cry, the main character is abducted by this big blue cosmic hand and taken away from the Red Hook. It was right when War Cry, formerly The Possum, and Red Hook were about to get back together. They had just defeated the bad guy of the second season and come to peace with what has happened to her physically sharing a body with a gay teenage boy. Red Hook was constantly trying to get a kiss with her, and at the end, he goes in for the kiss when, suddenly, she gets stolen. So, we start StarCross a year later. We will find out what happened to War Cry and what the new crisis is. Even though The Red Hook starts out about a sentient, heartbroken Brooklyn that seceded from America to form her own republic, where art can be bartered for foods and services, the first trilogy is ultimately about a cosmic romance between Sam Brosia (The Red Hook) and Ava Bloom (The Possum/War Cry). And because it’s a romance, it’s got to be tragic."

Read the entire interview here: https://popculturesquad.com/2018/10/10/spotlight-interview-talking-web-comics-and-the-red-hook-with-dean-haspiel/

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Tuesday, October 9th, 2018
1:08 pm - Dean Haspiel at Diversity Comic Con 2018
I'm a guest at Diversity Comic Con 2018 in NYC at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology), and will be on a panel.

2pm - 3:20pm Room A / History of Comics as an Art Form: In the past, comics has been considered a disposable media. But not anymore! Panelists are Dean Haspiel, Janice Chiang, NC Chris Couch, and Larry Hama; Brendan Leach, moderator.


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Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018
4:09 pm - "The New Mainstream" at Art on A Gallery, NYC, curated by Dean Haspiel

Hannah Means-Shannon wrote an article about the opening at Comicon.com: http://www.comicon.com/2018/10/04/nycc-2018-the-new-mainstream-in-comic-art-exhibits-at-the-art-on-a-gallery/

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3:19 pm - Dean Haspiel at New York Comicon 2018

I will be attending New York Comicon 2018 this Friday and Saturday, and will be participating on a few panels and doing a couple of signings for The Alcoholic and The Red Hook.

FRIDAY 10/5/2018

12:30PM - 1:30PM Berger Books: The Second Wave / Room 1A21
Berger Books keeps great comics coming in its second wave of new and unusual genre-bending series! Editor Karen Berger (Vertigo founder) is joined by legendary comics writer Ann Nocenti (The Seeds), Get Jiro co-writer, Joel Rose, (Anthony Bourdain’s Hungry Ghosts), artist Martín Morazzo of She Could Fly, best-selling Chang & Eng novelist Darin Strauss (Olivia Twist) and short fiction writer Adam Dalva (Olivia Twist), Dean Haspiel, Emmy Award-winning artist of HBO's Bored to Death (The Alcoholic), Richard Bruning, Berger Books art director, and renowned comics writer J.M. De Matteis (Spiderman, Moonshadow) announcing a brand new series with artist Corin Howell (Ghostbusters)!

3:00pm - 3:50pm Dark Horse Comics booth #1636
BERGER BOOKS GROUP SIGNING with Dave Gibbons, Dean Haspiel, JM De Matteis, Corin Howell, Karen Berger

5:00pm The Red Hook/Dean Haspiel signing at Image Comics booth #1444

SATURDAY 10/6/2018

11:00AM - 12:00PM Will Eisner and the Graphic Novel Revolution / Room 1B03
WILL EISNER revolutionized comics with his pioneering 1978 graphic novel, “A Contract with God.” GN sales have now outgrown comic book sales and can be found in an amazing array of genres and styles. DENIS KITCHEN (“A Contract With God Curator’s Collection”), KAREN GREEN (Curator of Comics & Cartoons at Columbia), N.C. CHRISTOPHER COUCH (“Will Eisner Companion”), DEAN HASPIEL (“The Red Hook”) and PAUL LEVITZ (“Brooklyn Blood”) discuss the evolution of the graphic novel and what the future holds. Speakers: Paul Levitz (moderator), Denis Kitchen, Karen Green, N.C. Christopher Couch, Dean Haspiel, Danny Fingeroth

1:30PM – 2:30PM Welcome to the Digital Age of Comics / Room 1B03
Panel discussion from the big three on the success of digital comics. No longer does a creator have to wait for print and ship, you can go live when you are ready and get immediate feedback from fans. For creators what it takes to join a platform. For readers, the diversity of content is endless. Speakers: Michael Son, Tom Akel, Heidi MacDonald, Dean Haspiel, Michi, Ben Wolstenholme


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Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018
12:31 pm - Comicon.com: Baltimore Comic-Con 2018: Howard Chaykin And Dean Haspiel Dish Comics
Hannah-Means Shannon writes about the discussion I had with Howard Chaykin at Baltimore Comicon 2018:


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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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