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Dean Haspiel

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21st June 2011

8:37pm: Brooklyn DIY Business Association Conference 2011
What’s the best thing you’ve done for your career and why?

If waking up everyday to the struggles of anxiety and insecurity is what keeps me innovative and productive, then rejection was the best thing that happened to me early on in my graphic novel career. See, I had pipe dreams of becoming a penciler for THE FANTASTIC FOUR, and I wanted to be the next Jack Kirby. Alas, I wasn't good enough and, despite my unyielding commitment to create stories, failure forced me to think different, strive harder, and, ultimately, manifest a unique sensibility to brand and barter with. After he proved himself on DAREDEVIL, it was Frank Miller's vision that sold BATMAN and that profound success gave him latitude to create the hard-boiled SIN CITY series, the histrionic 300, and more. Miller's bold tactics influenced me to take risks and collaborate on semi-autobiographical fare with Harvey Pekar, Jonathan Ames, and Inverna Lockpez, while writing my own semi-auto-bio STREET CODE, and psychotronic BILLY DOGMA. These days, I get hired by franchise publishers to create mythology for their heroes while drawing for high-profile television shows and develop original content for other print and digital media. I've finally come to a crossroad where people are getting unexpurgated Dean Haspiel.

I've been asked to speak during a panel at the Brooklyn DIY Business Association Conference 2011 located at The DUMBO Loft: http://www.thedumboloft.com/

Sunday, June 26th, 11:45am – 12:35pm
Increase Your Income: How to Get Paid What You’re Worth, How to Tap into Funds that You Don’t Even Know Exist, and Practical Ways to Earn Extra Income

• MELISSA HELMBRECHT, Splashlife.com CEO
• DEAN HASPIEL, Illustrator for HBO’s Bored To Death, creator of Billy Dogma, Street Code, and ACT-I-VATE for web comics
• AMBER RAE, Chief Evangelist of Seth Godin’s Domino Project, creator of revolution.is and The Passion Experiment
• JOSH FISCHER, Editorial Director for Yoxi.tv, a creative competition to discover big ideas and bright stars in social innovation
• Moderator: MAURICIO GARCIA, Fellowship Program Manager at The Financial Clinic and DIY Business Association Advisory Board Member

For more information: http://diybusinessassociation.com/
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