July 9th, 2015


Forces of Geek interviews Dean Haspiel about The Fox

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"I originally proposed a different idea for the Freak Magnet sequel that involved an ex-girlfriend who was a therapist for disturbed superheroes, the power of fossil fuel and the resurrection of a Tyrannosaurus Rex dinosaur buried underneath the center of Impact City, and a zombie-version of The Jaguar.

But, my then editor, Paul Kaminski suggested we do something called Fox Hunt, and I wrote a different idea."

"Cartooning, at its most base, is a reduction of visual ideas boiled down to their narrative core. And, since graphic design helps to better convey visual ideas, the work becomes a formal yet instinctual challenge to innovate the blank page in order to serve the virtues of an illustrated story.

Laying out a story is the hardest part of making comix yet most rewarding.

When hitting a creative road block, I often steep in the work of Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Will Eisner, C.C. Beck, Alex Toth, Nick Cardy, Walter Simonson, Howard Chaykin, John Romita Jr, and Frank Quitely. Plus, any current comix I'm reading at the moment for inspiration."

"Whenever I read an issue of The Fox, it transports me to a time when comic books made me smile."

Read the entire interview here: http://www.forcesofgeek.com/2015/07/fog-speaks-with-dean-haspiel-about-fox.html

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*images from The Fox #4 (Fox Hunt part 4, "The Snoring Corpse")

The Fandom Post reviews The Fox #4

"The book does some really great stuff with the character this time around but it also provides for some really fun and creative artwork as we get the hallucination sequence spread throughout much of it, which begins to get weird and weirder as it goes along. There’s some beautiful visuals to be had here with the The Fox and it leaves me hopeful that is gets a bit more cemented in what it wants to do that it can really take it to the next level. It feels like all the pieces are there and once we get past the range of weird bounty hunters and into a new arc, it could really shape up into something beautiful."

Read the entire review here: http://www.fandompost.com/2015/07/09/the-fox-4-review/

Jazma Online interviews Dean Haspiel about The Fox

"I try to write and draw stories for the comix fan in me. If it makes me grin or cringe with glee, I'm probably doing something right. I'm also inspired by the absurdity of exploitation films; Giallo, Grindhouse, Chopsocky and Spaghetti Westerns. Plus, Silver Age and Alternative comix, pulp fiction, black and electronica music and John Carpenter movies/soundtracks. In the last decade or so I've also come to appreciate live blue-grass music and spoken-word salons. The combination of all that stuff creates a heady chemistry for weird ideas."

"The Fox celebrates what makes comic books fun and heroic. Because regular people can relate to the reluctance of being a superhero with no superpowers. Because everyone has it in them to push themselves beyond their own boundaries and be special."

Read the entire interview here: http://forums.jazmaonline.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=7755