September 17th, 2015


PopMythology reviews Dean Haspiel's BEEF WITH TOMATO

PopMythology wrote a wonderful review of my graphic novel, BEEF WITH TOMATO.

“It’s not just artistically that Haspiel has been influenced by the superhero ethos. While drawing all those heroes some part of that ethos must have seeped up from the Bristol paper, through his pen, through his veins and into his brain to inform his worldview. He’s got a knack for finding himself in strange, scary or dramatic situations (maybe it’s just a result of living in New York), and he seems to enjoy being the one to call the police or ambulance or the one to stop the gunman from reaching into his coat. Like the heroes he often draws, he doesn’t hesitate to leap into the thick of things to lend a helping hand, and in situations when he can’t, as in the 9/11 vignette “Doored,” it drives him crazy.

Ever by his side, Haspiel’s bicycle is like a second protagonist or sidekick in these stories. It’s the Rocinante in his Quixotic quest to see, absorb and understand as much of the chaotic tangle of humanity that is New York City (or at least Brooklyn) as he can. Or perhaps the Silver Surfer’s board would be a more apt comparison since Haspiel comes across as an observer orbiting people’s private worlds, sometimes stopping to help, sometimes getting into fights, all the while feeding his Galactus-like hunger for experience. Of course, the Surfer’s board doesn’t get ripped off or demolished nearly as often as Haspiel’s bike does so the analogy is admittedly a limited one!”

Read the entire review here:

Dean Haspiel at SPX 2015

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Hang Dai Editions will debut three new graphic novels: Gregory Benton’s SMOKE, Dean Haspiel’s BEEF WITH TOMATO, and the late Seth Kushner’s SCHMUCK, this weekend at The Small Press Expo 2015, Sept. 19-20, in Bethesda, MD. Look for us at table W35.

We will have other HDE comix, including Benton’s STAKE, POCKET BOOK 2, Haspiel’s HEART-SHAPED HOLE, and Josh Neufeld’s THE VAGABONDS. Also, Hang Dai Studios mate, Christa Cassano will be tabling with us and selling/signing her comix and prints, too. We are all available for commissions.

We will be taking part in Fantom Comics‘ “Epic Party Hangout” on Friday, Sept 18th, starting 6pm, located at 2010 P St NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20036. You can learn more about it here:

We will also have sets of the Graphic NYC Seth Kushner trading cards (produced by Chris Irving) for sale, too.

Looking forward to seeing you at SPX 2015!