October 30th, 2013

2010

Pop Culture Hound interview with Dean Haspiel

I was interviewed by Chris Thompson for Pop Culture Hound podcast #62:

"We discuss the many and varied stages of his career; working with folks like Howard Chaykin, Bill Sienkiewicz, Harvey Pekar and Jonathan Ames; his influences and aspirations; getting naked with Rich Johnston; and how all of that led him to working on The Fox with writer Mark Waid."

http://popculturehound.net/episode-62-getting-foxy-with-dean-haspiel/
2010

Newsarama reviews THE FOX #1

Newsarama reviews THE FOX #1

Excerpt:
"Visually, this is an incredibly pretty comic book. Haspiel is an excellent choice for a character like the Fox, because his style flips easily between domestic scenes and the action. He’s just as much at home depicting Patton taking a beating as he is showing him leaping into action in full costume. Haspiel’s strength as an artist is in his ability to emote and the opening sequence is a good example of this. While two thugs rough up Patton, each of the tight facial shots are unique. Patton winces, cries out, and tries to avoid the blows as the page progresses across six panels. His sharp, angular lines guide us to the points of pain or resistance, telling a lot about what is going on without unnecessary comments in the script."

http://www.newsarama.com/19424-best-shots-advance-reviews-the-fox-1-kick-ass-3-4-five-ghosts-6-witchblade-170.html
2010

Nerdist reviews THE FOX #1

Excerpt:
"Like a glorious phoenix rising from the ashes of forgotten superheroes comes The Fox (and a whole slew of other Red Circle Universe comics from the fine folks over at Archie Comics), a pulpy adventure comic that oozes humor, heart, and metatextual commentary out of every pore . Following the adventures of photojournalist-by-day, superhero-by-night Paul Patton, who comes off like the bastard child of Peter Parker and Lamont Cranston (in a good way), The Fox #1 is a rollicking first issue and a terrific reintroduction to a hero that is a sight for sore eyes to some and a newcomer to others. When it comes to saving the day, Patton is supremely confident in his abilities, but doesn’t want to use them. A reluctant superhero is nothing new, but Haspiel’s art and Waid’s snappy dialogue gives this oft-rebooted character a fresh feel and a spring in his step that gives the issue momentum. Keeping pulp lighthearted is a weightier task, but, with The Fox, Waid and Haspiel rise to the challenge, creating a fun, refreshing book that I’m eager to see continue to grow and evolve."

http://www.nerdist.com/2013/10/comic-book-day-pull-list-for-october-30-2013/
2010

Ain't It Cool News reviews THE FOX #1

Excerpt:
"Dean Haspiel and Mark Waid have put together a comic that effortlessly channels the way-out-there feeling of classic Jack Kirby stories, distilled and injected it into the dimensional, real-world feel that marked Marvel’s best Spider-Man stories, and dressed it all up with exuberant, energetic art that combines the cartoony dynamism of Bruce Timm with the offbeat, funky stylings of Mike Allred’s MADMAN comics."

Read the rest of the review here: http://www.aintitcool.com/node/64881#7
2010

Comics Alternative Podcast reviews THE FOX #1

"They comment on the history of The Fox, beginning back in the 1940s, and then discuss how Haspiel and Waid revive the character for current times. What the Two Guys discover inadvertently are the thematic similarities between The Fox – Haspiel’s critique of social and digital media — and Seth’s emphasis on the past and older printed materials."

http://comicsalternative.com/2013/10/30/episode-59/
2010

Bleeding Cool/Hannah Means-Shannon reviews THE FOX #1

"Deep breath. The Fox gives me a false sense that this is a world I can hold onto a little more easily and get my bearings, but not for long. By the way, I was a little nervous that I might not manage to get all three variant covers of The Fox this week, but I did and now I can breathe again. We have Haspiel’s “Freak Magnet” cover, his official “The Fox” cover which was previewed at New York Comic Con, and Darwyn Cooke’s beasty painted cover of the Fox in black running wild in a fleet of foxes in an autumny wood, and Fiona Staples’ lush painted and poised photog Fox descending on you. The covers for this book are going to be mega throughout. I wouldn’t be satisfied with Dean Haspiel if the story didn’t open with a blow-by-blow punch up. His autobio and Billy Dogma comics are known for their freeze-frame slowed time depiction of brutal impact in basic fisticuffs. It goes brilliantly with the writing in narrative boxes from Mark Waid, “What I long for is a simple life. That’s my problem” as we get an entrée into the deep conflicts in the book, led by The Fox’s inner schism. His desire to leave the superhero life and cease maintaining two identities. It’s reassuring and pretty damn funny how Haspiel always manages to work the villainous side of love into his works, and strikes new notes every time. In The Fox, he renders it all as literal as possible with a character who can manipulate those around but is shockingly monstrous on many levels. Even better that he’s drawing on long-established characters here from Archie Comics’ Red Circle universe—even when it comes to many of the villains.

The Fox pic 2The physical movement in the book is something you simply won’t see anywhere else. Haspiel has devised his own power chords in those chosen moments of motion stopped in time. When he renders them, he neatly removes all excess transitions and presents you with just enough information to put the visual narrative together and challenges you to keep up. The Fox’s “voice”, though, is also one of the strongest elements of the book, the way in which he speaks to the reader and establishes his slightly down trodden bad ass smart alec defiance in spare language, and that’s down to Mark Waid. No surprise given his masterful work on Daredevil, and the way that The Fox straddles two lives and finds the melancholy zone of loneliness between the two is no doubt drawn from handling Murdoch’s constant state of tension. Does Fox #1 live up to my expectations? Come on. It’s a sleek, stream-lined introduction to an old world rendered new for us, and it’s sexy and its got all the right swagger. This is comics done the right way, ways that don’t even occur to people to try. If you’re not reading The Fox, you may not realize that comics are stronger now than we have any good reason to deserve given how little creators are paid and how difficult it is to get distribution for original concepts. By the way, Archie Comics just announced that The Fox has sold out on the Diamond level, so get it while you can!"

--Hannah Means-Shannon, Bleeding Cool

http://www.bleedingcool.com/2013/10/30/live-from-the-comic-shop-preparing-to-be-dazzled-by-sandman-overture-the-fox-five-ghosts-the-legend-of-the-masamune/