September 7th, 2015


Comic Book Club Live featuring Dean Haspiel, Sept 8, 2015

On this week's Comic Book Club we have Emmy-winning Writer/Artist DEAN HASPIEL! He's got an awesome new auto-biographical collection out called BEEF WITH TOMATO from Alternative Press. We're going to talk about the book, New York City, Dean's work on THE FOX and LIFE IN GENERAL.

PLUS we're going to talk FEAR THE WALKING DEAD, The Force Awakens and Pete's going to speak French for a second!

Bring some friends! Tell your neighbors! Come get some FREE COMICS. Stay for cordials and conversation!!

Comic Book Club – Live!

Tuesday, September 8th – 7pm
Tickets: FREE! (21+)
Fontana’s, 105 Eldridge St. [Btwn. Grand and Broome St.]

Come on down to the live show and be a part of the Podcast! And don't forget, every week we have FREE COMICS as well as a chance to win a $25 gift card to MIDTOWN COMICS!

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Part Five: My Evening with David and Dean – A Conversation in Five Parts

Part Five of a great conversation I had with Jeff Ayers​ and David Greenberger (of Duplex Planet fame)​ during my 4-week retreat at Yaddo​ and a few visits to The Comic Depot in Saratoga Springs, NY​. Hosted at Fanboys, Inc.


"I like Shakespeare, and I was into David Mamet, and I’m a big fan of Richard S. Prather, who is a crime noir writer – if you are going to write, have fun with it.

I dated a woman who would read Pekar, and she would say his grammar was appalling, and would sit there and want to fix the way something was spelled, and the way the sentences were structured, and I’d say “What are you doing?” That is the whole point, it’s observational, it is not supposed to be right. People have said that I am like a beat poet, and I don’t feel that way, but if that is the closest you can assign a criticism to something, I’ll take it."

"Jonathan Ames is another great writer, and I am lucky enough to call him a good friend. He also has this writing style that is vulnerable yet smart. Part of smart writing is to not make the reader feel like they are dumb, so you can feel inspired to tell your stories. It’s like Alex Toth, people will look at his stuff and think his stuff is really simple. But it’s highly sophisticated. You have to earn those few lines of art, and I am trying to do that with my own work. I look at my early stuff and I can see where I was going, but there is also a mess in some of it. Being able to boil down a story, to convey something is the goal. I haven’t read all of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road yet, but I suspect there is a simplification of the writing in that. I have read a chapter or two, and it was just actions; they went and did this, and then they went and did that, and then there might be some dialogue. Some of my favorite film making, like the first 10 or 15 minutes of Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood, there are no words, and it’s incredible."

Read part five here: