September 30th, 2005



Staggering out of slumber unusually early Wednesday morning at the catatonic hour of 6:something-in-the-AM., I knew the evening was going to be especially rough on my bike legs and drink tickets. Armed with this sobering foresight, I helped my lovely Valkyrie, SBX, renovate her house only to hold up progress for a good 15-minutes when I sliced open my finger tips on the sharpest of metal siding while applying masking tape for primer. Relief found purchase when SBX nursed and bandaged my gashed digits making sure to keep my compromised paw above the equator of my heart; lessoning the spill of bloodshed. A beautiful sunny day kept our step in pep and by late afternoon we took a well deserved coffee break, sitting around the patio table for post-school catch ups and ginger snap giggles with her two daughters, Ola and The Haze.

And then the night got busyCollapse )

Entertainment Weekly + THE QUITTER = A

I can't knock the great EW review but what do I have to do to get my credit? DRAW the book? Oh, right. Nevermind. This has happened a few times and it really irks me. Especially since I put so much considered time, talent, and effort, into this collaboration. I truly am the co-author of THE QUITTER and Harvey Pekar would agree. SBX suggested something be written about this conundrum so as to educate editors and critics about what makes comix tick so these mistakes don't continue.

Pekar & Haspiel at B&N / Oct. 5th @7pm

This coming Weds. [10/5], Barnes & Noble [Union Square] is going to host a very important discussion and signing for both Harvey Pekar and I. We are very proud of our new collaboration, THE QUITTER, and we hope you can come join us help make our graphic novel a success.

DC Comics/Vertigo hype:

Who: Writer Harvey Pekar (AMERICAN SPLENDOR) and acclaimed artist Dean Haspiel
What: Discussing and signing their new graphic novel THE QUITTER
Where: Barnes & Noble Union Square, 33 East 17th Street, New York, NY
When: Wednesday, October 5, 7 PM
Why: Why?

Why Part 1) THE QUITTER is a helluva read. In traditional literary terms, THE QUITTER is Harvey Pekar’s coming of age story; in traditional comic book terms, it is his secret origin. For the first time, one of American’s most distinctive writers (and one of our most beloved curmudgeons) reflects back on his childhood years. Before the American Splendor comic books, his contentious appearances on Letterman and the acclaimed biopic of his life, Harvey was one angry young man. Dramatically illustrated by acclaimed New York City-based artist Dean Haspiel, THE QUITTER explores how Pekar’s obsessive fear of not succeeding led him to become a skilled athlete, a schoolyard bully and, finally, the lovable, cranky writer that we know today.

Why Part 2) It's damn beautiful. VARIETY.Com says "Haspiel’s clean, black-and-white art evokes the best qualities of great comics art, from Jack Kirby to Bruce Timm.” Jeff Smith says “Pekar and Haspiel complement each other perfectly. The Quitter may be my favorite work from both artists. Completely engaging!”

Why part 3) Harvey Pekar is unconventional, uncompromising and challenging. Dean Haspiel has the gift of the gab and just might be the best kept secret in comic books.

On October 5th, Vertigo will publish THE QUITTER, Pekar’s graphic novel in collaboration with Haspiel. Please join us for the kickoff of the book's publication.