January 2nd, 2014


Den of Geek: Comics! 101 Creators to Watch in 2014

I made #3! Honored. Humbled. So much great talent on this list.

"Mr. Haspiel already has an impressive portfolio, with a comics career that spans 25 years, an Emmy award (for the Bored to Death main title sequence), and a couple of Eisner and Ignatz nominations to his name. But late 2013 saw the launch of The Fox from Archie’s Red Circle superhero imprint to much fanfare, and Haspiel’s brand of cool jumped off every page. This along with the unveiling of his PsychoTronic Comix anthology (which featured another dynamic superhero by the name of the Red Hook) from Hang Dai Editions (which he co-founded), and his engaging, fans-first presence at conventions and signings, all make Dean Haspiel one of our absolute favorites."


What a difference a year makes

I've been having a lot of thoughts about projections and perceptions; how things change dramatically, witnessing so many comix veterans get the shaft or walk away or wither. As my pal/cartoonist Bob Fingerman once suggested, "Old people are NOT the greatest advertisement for old age," and as funny as that's supposed to be, there's a certain truth to it. Maybe that's why I never got good enough to get locked down. Maybe that's why I DON'T have my Dark Knight and/or my Sin City. I keep hopscotching so nobody can peg me. So I seem fresh. Stay fresh. So, that I can be noted as someone to "look out for" in 2014 and beyond. It's an odd choice to continue making comix in 2014 because the business of comix is just plain awful while the creation of comix is only getting better. My heart is always at war with my mind. Despite hits and accolades, there is no guarantee. You're only as good as your last page.

One year ago today, Tom Spurgeon interviewed me at The Comics Reporter. It was a sobering affair: http://www.comicsreporter.com/index.php/cr_holiday_interview_2_dean_haspiel/

One year later, Brigid Alverson interviewed me about The Fox at Robot 6. What a difference a year makes: http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/2014/01/dean-haspiel-takes-the-fox-for-a-silver-age-spin/

Den of Geek lists me as #3 on their "101 Creators to Watch in 2014":

Warning shot

I'd hazard that a lot of "kids these days" feel somewhat the same as Shia LaBeouf, which is something creators should consider as we huddle and protect our copyrights. With all that's been created, all the stuff we have access to, everything that gets made and shared and stolen, LaBeouf's point of view is an interesting take on appropriation; akin to sampling like a mix-master [only, not nearly as good as a Tarantino movie]. Even if LaBeouf is cutting & pasting and not adding much new to his "take," it's fascinating to witness his defense while "apologizing." I'm not advocating, just warning us of the future...which is now.


Plagiarism is illegal but we live in a "remix culture" that forgives that kind of behavior or, more honestly, doesn't give a shit who created what. I don't care who created the kung fu moves I watch in a kung fu movie. I just want to see my kung fu and munch on pop corn by whoever created pop corn. And, therein lies the rub. Most people don't care where things come from. I don't think I've had a wholly original idea in my life but I credit those who inspire my work as much as I can. I just find it fascinating where our pop culture is heading...