April 7th, 2014


Fred Egg Comics interviews Dean Haspiel

David Roberston interviewed me for his Fred Egg Comics blog.

"I was discovered by DC Comics editor, Joe Orlando (formerly of EC Comics/Mad Magazine/Creepy fame) and he liked what I did on The Verdict mini-series that I drew and co-created with writer Martin Powell for Eternity Comics. Joe recruited and hired me to pencil a Bonus Book for Detective Comics. He was a great cartoonist in his own right, as well as a kind editor, but what I drew didn't come out very good. I knew then that I wasn't ready for prime time. Hell, I'm still not ready for prime time. Anyway, I figured I blew my one chance and DC would never call me back and I started drinking a lot of 40 oz. bottles of Olde English 800 while drawing my Tommy Rocket comix strip for The Load, the college newspaper at SUNY Purchase I was attending at the time. Somehow, Joe took a liking to me and I got a second shot at drawing another Bonus Book only it was for Justice League International and I was asked to pencil AND ink the story. I felt I could redeem myself and I penciled the story as best as I could and then I fell off the college library, a three-story building, breaking both my legs (my left ankle/heel and right knee), tore the ligaments in my right drawing hand and bent the bottom of my spine. DC Comics gave me a little grace period to start my slow recovery process but, deadlines are deadlines, and I wound up inking that comic with a broken hand while sitting in a wheelchair. I didn't work for DC Comics again until editor Dan Raspler hired me to draw a Dr. Fate pin-up."

Read the rest of the interview here: http://fredeggcomics.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/dean-haspiel-freak-magnet.html

2014 Harvey Awards nominations - FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

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Calling ALL cartoonists and comix industry people. Please nominate and nominate well!

I have a some comics I did in 2013 that I'd like y'all to consider for the 2014 Harvey Awards ballot (due no later than May 19th): http://www.harveyawards.org/2014-nomination-ballot/

--THE FOX "Freak Magnet" mini-series (Archie/Red Circle) that I plotted and drew. Co-written by Mark Waid. Colors by Allen Passalaqua. Lettering by John Workman. THE SHIELD back-up feature by writer J.M. DeMatteis and artists Mike Cavallaro, Terry Austin. Lettered by John Workman & colored by Andy Covalt. (NOTE: JMD also wrote the entire 5th issue of THE FOX)

--PSYCHOTRONIC COMIX, written & drawn by me (HANG DAI Editions)

--THE RED HOOK, webcomic at TripCity.net http://welcometotripcity.com/2013/06/the-red-hook/

--"The Scales," a short story I drew, written by Josh Simmons for CREEPY #13 (Dark Horse).