July 9th, 2014


COMIC RIFFS CELEBRATES: 60 Telling Quotes About Comics and Cartooning

“The fact of the matter is, comic books proper — whether in print or digital — is still a niche story art form and will never be able to compete with the Hollywood industry, The filet mignon I enjoyed at the Governor’s Ball in Los Angeles to celebrate the Emmy win … doesn’t mean I can stop working until midnight six days a week and stop eating peanut butter sandwiches at my art table for dinner. I do what I love and that’s almost why the pay is allowed to be so damned lousy but I have no fantasy that my work will get me on Easy Street and that’s okay.”
– Cartoonist DEAN HASPIEL, on life after winning an Emmy for the opening sequence of HBO’s “Bored to Death”


Comics Never Stop reviews FEAR, MY DEAR

"Haspiel is a master storyteller. He utilizes the 4 panel grid to perfection in these stories. Keeping the storyline and action constantly moving, yet still including some quiet reflective moments for both the reader and the characters. At one point in the story Billy is alone by himself minus Jane and the story switches from 3 colors (Black, White and Red) to 2 colors (Black and White) to show the absence of Jane in Billy’s life, “Pure Genius!” I say."

Read the rest of the review here: http://comicsneverstop.blogspot.com/2014/07/just-read-fear-my-dear-by-dean-haspiel.html

Multiversity Comics reviews FEAR, MY DEAR

"Both stories have genuine laugh moments, as well as tenderness that may seem surprising. In “Immortal,” when Billy cries, his excuse made me snort laugh out loud, waking up my wife in bed: “My eyes are sensitive to feelings.” His troubled refrain, “Shit. Fuck. Piss. Karate,” might be my new phrase of choice when stubbing my toe. Even the tender moments between characters have some truly funny moments."

"The one stumbling block for me, initially, was the juxtaposition of the intensely personal and the surreal. This work goes further in both directions than I initially expected, and that, at first, caused the book to read differently than I had presumed it would. Struggling through that eventually brought me to appreciate the work even more so, and wound up meaning something quite profound."

Read the rest of the review here: http://multiversitycomics.com/reviews/with-fear-my-dear-dean-haspiel-battles-demons-both-real-and-imaginary-for-the-glory-of-love-review/