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Dean Haspiel

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11th August 2014

10:26am: In My Not So Humble Opinion reviews FEAR, MY DEAR
"Haspiel’s illustration is beautiful, as well as beautifully grotesque. I’ve always found his art to be impressive, but this is undoubtedly some of his strongest work.

You can certainly see the influence to the two gods of Silver Age comic books, Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, in Haspiel’s work. At times Billy brings to mind Kirby’s two iconic tough guys, Ben Grimm / The Thing and Sgt. Fury. Jane somewhat resembles the curvy, wide-hipped, big-haired groovy gals that The King so evocatively rendered. The “space-god” which is awakened by Billy and Jane’s tempestuous love recalls something from one of Ditko’s Doctor Strange stories.

Nevertheless, despite those clear influences, Haspiel possesses a style all his own. Like all the best artists, he is inspired by elements from those who went before him, experiments with them, takes them in different directions, and creates something new & distinctive in the process."

Read the rest of the review here: http://benjaminherman.wordpress.com/2014/08/10/comic-book-reviews-dean-haspiels-fear-my-dear/
12:47pm: Savage Critics reviews BATMAN '66 #13
"Hey, Dean Haspiel! I like Dean Haspiel! He draws his figures all chunky and loaded with momentum dspite an oddly flat aspect. I like it and I liked seeing it unfold in service of Gabe Soria’s comedic conceit about how in the frothy primary coloured world of Batman ’66 a Batman TV show would be all grim and B&W but still as fundamentally ridiculous as the world in which it was transmitted. Possibly even more ridiculous even. The highlight is obviously the whole “bat-business” schtick which is even better if you use the voice of that “Ya filthy animal” guy from Home Alone for TV Batman. I mean, you are doing The Voices in your head anyway aren’t you? Do people do that? I know I’m reading a good comic when I stop “reading” and realise I’ve started acting it out in my head. Some people might think it’s strange but I certainly have no problem admitting I do that as long as it’s a common enough to pass for normal. If it’s grounds for having my kid taken off me then I don’t know what the hell you’re talking about; get the fuck away from me you bloody lunatic! GOOD!"

See more at: http://www.savagecritic.com/reviews/ive-tasted-shoes-with-more-flavour-sometimes-despite-it-being-summer-i-still-sit-here-and-write-this-rhubarb/#sthash.ztjbJVzb.dpuf
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