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Dean Haspiel


30th September 2015

11:16am: Charging for signatures
The only time I ever charged for my signature was/is for The Walking Dead variant cover I did for Wizard World Raleigh, which is a signature/celebrity/pop culture show where people PAY for signatures and often flip said signed materials immediately on ebay. I witnessed this MANY times with my Walking Dead variant and it went for as much as $100 on ebay. I was a guest at Wizard World six times this year (they were very good to me) and it's a show that boasts celebrity and signatures where people are willing to pay $250 for a VIP Pass to take a picture and get it signed by William Shatner. Or, pay much more for the same thing to hang with a Dr. Who actor, etc. It's not my money to spend in that way but there is a growing culture that's okay with paying for signed materials. It's almost a silent agreement that a "convention special" or "rare item" be charged more for when signed. And, I don't begrudge any creator from asking, especially these days when a lot of "fans" hardly read or seek out the source materials for the very creation they're dressed up as and/or enjoying iterations of in other, more lucrative mediums. Bottom line: I think there is a big difference between a regular comic book reader (MY bread and butter) and a convention goer (for which I'm learning the ropes). I'm curious to know how many convention goers actually read comix?
1:22pm: MyM reviews BEEF WITH TOMATO
British magazine MyM reviewed my graphic novel, BEEF WITH TOMATO.

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2:59pm: Fanboys, Inc: BALTIMORE COMIC-CON: Mark Waid Guest of Honor Panel
"Dean had heard of his work in comics, but it wasn’t until his run on Fantastic Four that clinched in his mind how important Mark Waid was to comics. Dean really believed that Mark was able to create story that was indicative of the Stan Lee/Jack Kirby era, and he was also intrigued when he would hear that when Mark got mad he would throw books around, which made Dean want to meet him even more, because he felt he was a kindred spirit."

See more at: http://fanboysinc.com/baltimore-comic-con-mark-waid-guest-of-honor-panel/#sthash.gSu1FYgp.dQ7sYQeH.dpuf
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