June 16th, 2014


Bill Sienkiewicz

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I had the great fortune of assisting comic book legend Bill Sienkiewicz in 1985 when I was 17-years old. I first fell in love with Bill's art on Marvel Comics' MOON KNIGHT (written by Dough Moench) and later helped him out on backgrounds for Marvel Comics' NEW MUTANTS and ELEKTRA: ASSASSIN (written by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller, respectively). I was intimidated by Bill's talent at the time (still am), and never thought I would ever create something worthy of his time and attention.

This past weekend at NY Comic Fest, I gave Bill Sienkiewicz a copy of my new graphic novel FEAR, MY DEAR: A Billy Dogma Experience, and he wrote a very nice thing about me and the book on his Facebook page:

"Just read Dean's "Fear,My Dear" and it's Fantastic.
Inspiring work.
If I don't sound too much like the 'old pro paternalistic idiot,I'm incredibly proud of him. Not only as a former assistant done way excellent, and Sheer Talent, but as a goddamn human being-type Person.
'Fear, My Dear':
Shit. Fuck. Piss. Karate.
Buy it."


I can die now.
Thank you, Bill, for being a mentor, a hero, and a friend.
Love, Dean

Comics Bulletin reviews FEAR, MY DEAR

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"Fear, My Dear lives in a strange dreamspace for comics: at the same time an action epic, a philosophical treatise and the simple story of the gain or loss of love – all drawn in Dean Haspiel's typically thrilling style. This is one of those "stealth" graphic novels that seems to be one simple thing but ends up being a much more complex work than you might expect at first. If you like romance and action – and spacemonsters too – this is a book for you."

Read the rest of the review here: http://www.comicsbulletin.com/reviews/6849/advance-review-dean-haspiels-fear-my-dear-is-a-war-of-woo/