July 24th, 2008

2010

Yes/No

No. I won't be at San Diego Comicon.

Yes. THE DARK KNIGHT makes BATMAN BEGINS look like a lost Adam West episode.
2010

X-men First Class

Awhile back, I received a nice email from Jeff Parker, creator of THE INTERMAN and writer of Marvel Comics' AGENTS OF ATLAS and X-MEN FIRST CLASS, inviting me to draw a 6pp XFC story featuring The Beast and Ice Man for their special Halloween issue. Jeff asked my what some of my favorite horror films were and one of the movies I mentioned, THE THING, is what we settled on paying homage to. Here is the official solicitation for the upcoming October release:

GIANT-SIZE X-MEN: FIRST CLASS #1
Written by JEFF PARKER & ROGER LANGRIDGE
Penciled by MICHAEL CHO, ROGER LANGRIDGE, NICK KILISLIAN, DEAN HASPIEL, DAVID WILLIAMS & JEFF PARKER
Cover by JEFF PARKER, KEVIN NOWLAN & BRAD ANDERSON

Just in time for Halloween, The Beast starts conducting investigations into his own "X" files around the world! Are there aliens among us ­ or things even weirder? Featuring special guest-star artists and classic material too! And emboldened by the safety net of Nowlan inks, Parker even drew the cover!

48 PGS./Rated A …$3.99

Before I start laying out any story, I like to do some quick sketches of the main characters. Here are some initial drawings I did that will probably change by the time I do the final art:





2010

My Word Balloon podcast interview

"Comix aren't just for comix readers anymore."

http://media.libsyn.com/media/wordballoon/WBdeanhaspiel08.mp3

John Siuntres was kind enough to interview me this week over the phone for his excellent comix podcast website, Word Balloon, where I discuss digital comix, my Eisner Award nominated Billy Dogma, Street Code, Next-Door Neighbor, my collaborations with Jonathan Ames on THE ALCOHOLIC, Jeff Parker on X-MEN FIRST CLASS, and my upcoming kids book, MO & JO: FIGHTING TOGETHER FOREVER, with underground comix legend, Jay Lynch, for Francoise Mouly's Toon Books, and much more. The podcast runs 54:25.

For more cool WORD BALLOON interviews: http://www.wordballoon.com/