December 21st, 2010


The Daily Cross Hatch: The Best Damn Comics of 2010 Chosen by the Artists

Dean Haspiel (Cuba: My Revolution)
Impossible to remember everything I read in 2010, I elected to acknowledge five original works that were released this calendar year rather than choose from the many great collections, anthologies, and archive editions that break my wallet nearly every month.
1. The Playwright by by Daren White and Eddie Campbell
2. Make Me a Woman by Vanessa Davis
3. Richard Stark’s Parker Book Two: The Outfit by Darwyn Cooke
4. Scalped by Jason Aaron and R.M. Guera, Various
5. Motel Art Improvement Service by Jason Little

And, because webcomix are just as valid and cool and hardly get the same credit as print comics, I'd like to alert you kids to my favorite of the year, Michel Fiffe's ZEGAS:

Heeb Storytelling: The Live Comics Edition

Heeb Storytelling: Live Comics Edition a night of irreverent entertainment—graphic novel-style—curated by Heeb’s comics editor Jeff Newelt.
get tix:

Eight extraordinary comics creators project their smart, funny and sexy comics on a big screen, accompanied by a soundtrack and shenanigans. Featuring legendary MAD artist Al Jaffee, Paul Pope, Molly Crabapple, Dean Haspiel, Sarah Glidden, Josh Neufeld, Cynthia Von Buhler, Jeff Newelt, Rachel Kramer Bussel, and Seth Kushner.

Early bird prize! First 10 people in the door get free copies of the rare Heeb "Love" issue with cover by Robert & Aline Crumb!

**FREE** raffle tickets! 5 winners get *supersets* of graphic novels (each set includes Sarah Glidden's How To Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less; CUBA: My Revolution by Inverna Lockpez & Dean Haspiel; Bill Ayers "To Teach"; Royal Flush Magazine 7; AL JAFFEE's MAD LIFE and TRIBES: The Dog Years ( **

“Comics aren’t just for schmendricks anymore,” said Jeff Newelt

Tuesday, December 21, 7p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (Doors 6pm)
Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette Street, NYC
$15 (reservations required for table seating)
Call theater: (212) 539-8778 or buy tickets at (Telecharge: 212-239-6200)

Storytellers include:
MOLLY CRABAPPLE international artstress / impressaria (Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School, Puppet Makers)

AL JAFFEE - legendary creator of the MAD Magazine “Fold-in” and “Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions;”

PAUL POPE comics destroyer, designer for DKNY, Diesel screenprints (Batman Year100, THB)

DEAN HASPIEL (artist, American Splendor; Emmy Award-winning cartoonist on HBO’s BORED TO DEATH, co-creator CUBA: My Revolution)
We will also be screening Dean Haspiel's BILLY DOGMA: Sex Planet, a motion comic directed by DANIEL KRAMER.

SARAH GLIDDEN (How To Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less)

CYNTHIA VON BUHLER award-winning artist / children's book illustrator; creator of the upcoming EVELYN EVELYN: A Terrible Tale in Two Tomes illustrated by Buhler and written by Amanda Palmer, Jason Webley with a forward by Neil Gaiman) -- coming from Dark Horse in March.

JOSH NEUFELD (artist, American Splendor; creator of “Best American Comics”-winning graphic novel documentary A.D.: New Orleans After The Deluge (


RACHEL KRAMER BUSSEL erotic book editor/cupcake connoisseur

SETH KUSHNER creator of CulturePOP photocomix


THE DAILY BEAST Best YA Novels of 2010 includes CUBA: MY REVOLUTION

Best YA Novels of 2010
by Shannon Donnelly

For the One Who Knows Comics Aren’t Just Guys in Tights

Cuba: My Revolution
by Inverna Lockpez, Dean Haspiel, and Jose Villarrubia

The Cuban revolution and rise of Fidel Castro is explored in this graphic novel written by Inverna Lockpez and based on her life. Artists Dean Haspiel and Jose Villarrubia use a stark palette of black, white, and red to tell the story of Sonya, an idealistic young woman who gets swept up in the revolution that saw Fidel Castro installed into power. But it doesn’t take long before the regime’s abuses turn her from a revolutionary to a disillusioned artist looking to flee the increasingly oppressed country. Though some graphic violence and sexual themes make it unsuitable for younger readers, it will appeal to more mature fans of Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis and Art Spiegelman’s Maus.

Happy Holidays

I recently hung out with an old junior high school chum who is going through a career transition and our mutual pal asked him, "What do you want to do?" and he couldn't answer.

I found that "what do you want to do?" is a life-long question that can only be "answered" through action and time. Deeds, not words. And the joke is, no matter how hard you try, you will never come to know the answer. Upon your death, other people will weigh in on your value if your testament of life even rates the debate. With that in mind, it's up to you to build a case of value. Or, at the very least, perceived value. Not for them but for you.

I chose a risky career [fueled by unbridled passion] that sacrifices stability, sleep, and common sense for expression, ridicule, and fantasy. I was once asked to write a 6-word memoir and what I wrote was, "Gravestone won't say Had Health Insurance." The good news is that most people don't know what they want nor question it. I believe that most people find a way while society prescribes a template of life to quell the universal questions by providing safe and satisfactory solutions. Alas, I'm too nosy and silly and snobby to settle and my days are filled with grueling questions that I can only begin to answer [or question further] in my journey to put experience and ideas to paper and break pencils.

Ultimately, there is no answer. There just is and the experimentation of that. I doubt we will live to see the day the stars make sense, much less, people [good luck, science and psychology]. And, we gotta be okay with that.

Stay curious. Live life large. Even if large = picking up your kid from school, two turn tables and a microphone, or studying a lump of coal while a celestial wind brings goosebumps.