October 5th, 2015


NY Daily News interviews Dean Haspiel about New Brooklyn webcomix-series and The Red Hook.

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I spoke to the NY Daily News about my upcoming web-series, The Red Hook, and the New Brooklyn Universe, which includes The Brooklynite by Seth Kushner and Shamus Beyale, and The Purple Heart by Vito Delsante and Ricardo Venancio.


In what is called the New Brooklyn universe, heroes must rise to fight villains in an alternate world where the borough is a sentient entity that separates itself from New York state.

“The idea was what if we incorporated Brooklyn as a character. Not only a character because it’s a city, but it actually has a beating heart. And what if Brooklyn’s heart got broken and decides to secede the boroughs,” Haspiel said.

Brooklyn and its residents as a result of this become self-sustaining. It returns back to a barter system, growing its own food and also giving rise to its own heroes. One of those heroes is Red Hook, created by Haspiel who has lived in Brooklyn for 18 years.

Inspired by the gritty history of the neighborhood with the same name as well as the works of legendary artists Jack Kirby and Alex Toth, the “Red Hook” comic will tell the story of a thief turned reluctant hero when given unexpected powers.

Read the entire article here: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/brooklyn/comic-book-artists-bring-brooklyn-alive-superheroes-article-1.2383869

The New Brooklyn Universe & The Red Hook by Dean Haspiel & Co.

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Here is the official press release for the new project I'm working on featuring New Brooklyn and The Red Hook. Including The Brooklynite by the late Seth Kushner & Shamus Beyale, and The Purple Heart by Vito Delsante & Ricardo Venancio.


From the Minds of Dean Haspiel, Seth Kushner, and Vito Delsante New Brooklyn Follows the Adventures of Three Heroes - The Red Hook, The Brooklynite, and The Purple Heart - Who Emerge in the Fallout Following Brooklyn’s Secession from NY

LOS ANGELES, October XX, 2015 – LINE Webtoon, the popular digital comic service pioneering the distribution and consumption of comics worldwide announced today the first three titles to debut as part of a brand new comic universe, New Brooklyn. Launching its first title, The Red Hook, in March 2016, New Brooklyn is the first comic universe to truly encapsulate the borough’s spirit with comics starring Brooklyn as their centerpieces and created by Brooklyn writers and artists. New Brooklyn is the creation of notable comic artist Dean Haspiel, along with his Brooklyn studio-mates Vito Delsante, Ricardo Venâncio, the late Seth Kushner, and Shamus Beyale.

The series follows the adventures of a unique group of heroes who emerge in the fallout from Brooklyn’s decision to secede from New York State. In these comics, Brooklyn is not just the setting, but also a character with a broken heart whose decisions greatly impact the destinies of its residents. Fed up with the way society has formed around her, Brooklyn quite literally pulls away from New York – its bridges breaking and tunnels flooding – and proposes that humanity return back to days of old where things and people were defined by their ethics, values and contributions; where skills and art could be bartered and traded; where land could be farmed to sustain life and spawn beauty.

Season one of New Brooklyn follows three different heroes struggling to make peace with themselves and reconcile their redefined home in the New Brooklyn Universe:

The Red Hook by Dean Haspiel
Brooklyn's master thief, Sam Brosia aka The Red Hook, can no longer lie, cheat, or steal when America's greatest champion bequeaths him the powers and moral burden of the Omni-Fist of Altruism– against his will!

The Brooklynite by Seth Kushner & Shamus Beyale
Brooklyn cartoonist, Jake Jeffries gets caught in the fallout of two super-humans battling and is accidentally irradiated with superpowers. Fraught with “Superman powers and Spider-Man problems,” Jake learns to fight crime in his secret identity as The Brooklynite, and chronicles his adventures in a comic book series while struggling to lead a dual existence.

The Purple Heart by Vito Delsante, Dean Haspiel, & Ricardo Venâncio
US Navy soldier, Isaiah “Zeke” Nelson has returned from war overseas. He is done fighting and all he wants is to go home to Brooklyn. But Brooklyn has other plans when her heart is broken and she secedes from America and selects Zeke to become New Brooklyn's cosmic guardian, The Purple Heart.

The creative team is a who’s who in comics. Haspiel is an Eisner nominee and Emmy award winning comic book artist best known for his work with Harvey Pekar on American Splendor. He is well known as an early innovator in the world of digital comics and is cofounder of webcomics collective ACT-I-VATE.

Seth Kushner is an award winning Brooklyn-born photographer and comic artist known for his works Schmuck and First-Person POP. Kushner passed away earlier this year following a long battle with cancer and The Brooklynite is to be his last published superhero work, created in partnership with artist Shamus Beyale. Together with their colleagues, Haspiel and Kushner banded together to create a new universe for Brooklyn’s heroes, by Brooklyn creators.

“As a native New Yorker, I’ve always loved the idea of creating a comic universe that captures the history and culture that is unique to Brooklyn,” says Dean Haspiel, the architect of New Brooklyn and the creator of The Red Hook and co-creator of The Purple Heart. “I’m very proud of the story we have been able to weave through our individual heroes and we are excited to launch New Brooklyn on LINE Webtoon.”

“Brooklyn is a major part of the current pop culture zeitgeist, but there is not yet a comic series out there that truly represents the borough and the people who live there,” said JunKoo Kim, Founder and Head of LINE Webtoon. “We are looking forward to bringing the unique and colorful alternate reality of New Brooklyn that Dean Haspiel and his fellow artists have created to life on LINE Webtoon.”

Already a huge success for more than 10 years in Korea, LINE Webtoon launched in the U.S. in 2014, and is rapidly expanding with the onboarding of new artists, partners, expansion of ways to interact with the content, and much more.

In support of this announcement, Dean Haspiel will be a panelist on LINE Webtoon’s “The Future of Comics” panel at New York Comic Con on Saturday, October 10th at 4pm in room 1A21.

Fans can dive into the New Brooklyn universe beginning March 2016 by visiting http://www.webtoons.com. To download the official LINE Webtoon app, visit the Apple App Store and Google Play.

About LINE Webtoon:
LINE Webtoon is a popular digital comic service available on smartphones, tablets and web browsers, launched by NAVER, Korea’s top search portal. Pioneering distribution and consumption of digital comics worldwide, LINE Webtoon is taking the comic experience to the next level by providing readers with daily curated content from around the globe, and giving creators an intuitive platform designed to help them easily publish and publicize their own original content.


NAVER Corporation is Korea’s premier Internet company, operating the nation’s top search portal 'NAVER.’ NAVER was launched in June 1999 and has since stood at the forefront of the growth of Korea’s search service. NAVER has introduced many innovative search services over the years, such as ‘Comprehensive Search,’ ‘Knowledge iN,’ and ‘Real-time Rising Keyword.’ In addition, since releasing the ‘NAVER’ application, NAVER has launched applications for a wide variety of services. NAVER offers innovative mobile services for the global market, including the mobile messenger LINE through LINE Corporation, NAVER’s subsidiary. NAVER launched the Webtoon service in June 2004 in Korea and has pioneered distribution and consumption of webtoons, also known as digital comics. The service receives more than 6 million hits per day from unique visitors and has accumulated more than 30 billion chapters of comics read. NAVER launched the LINE Webtoon service worldwide on July 2, 2014.


Check out some of these websites that picked up the story:

NY Daily News: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/brooklyn/comic-book-artists-bring-brooklyn-alive-superheroes-article-1.2383869

Bleeding Cool: http://www.bleedingcool.com/2015/10/05/a-new-superhero-comic-universe-set-in-a-sentient-brooklyn-from-dean-haspiel-seth-kushner-and-friends/

Newsarama: http://www.newsarama.com/26159-line-webtoons-introduces-new-brooklyn-superhero-universe.html

OurBKSocial: http://ourbksocial.com/brooklyn-gets-superheroes-featured-webtoons/

Dean Haspiel at NYCC 2015

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I will be tabling in Artist's Alley at New York Comic-con 2015 with high school chum/cartoonist, Josh Neufeld (author of A.D. New Orleans After The Deluge, The Vagabonds, and other comix). We will be at table #V6, and I will be selling & signing copies of my new graphic novel memoir, BEEF WITH TOMATO, as well as, some copies of my Billy Dogma magazine, HEART-SHAPED HOLE. I'll be selling other comix, including the Wizard World variant cover I did for THE WALKING DEAD, and I'll have two show exclusives: 11x17 prints of "The Walking Deadpool," and a brand new/poster-sized Billy Dogma experience called "Asscape." I will be available for commissions, too. Check below for comix events and panels I'll be involved in.

Please note that Hang Dai Studios mates, Joe Infurnari and Gregory Benton will also be in Artist's Alley, right across from us at Table U15.

NYCC 2015: http://www.newyorkcomiccon.com/

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Thursday, October 8 / 7:30pm - 10:30pm
Rockbar NYC
185 Christopher St, New York, New York 10014
Rock N' Comix
Big-name comics creators like Charles Soule and Dean Haspiel read along to their comics (for all to see on the big screen) while alt-rock bands Run by the Gun and Americans UK provide a booming, epic score. Grab a drink and enjoy this multisensory comics experience that goes far beyond the page.

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NYCC Panels:

Thursday, October 8
Dark Circle Comics
2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. in Room 1A18
Discover comics’ most ambitious new imprint as Alex Segura (editor of Dark Circle Comics), Mike Pellerito (president of Archie Comics), Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (chief creative officer), Chuck Wendig (co-writer, The Shield), and Frank Tieri (writer, The Hangman) expand the groundbreaking universe of titles coming from Dark Circle Comics with exclusive news and reveals! Find out why The Black Hood, The Shield, The Hangman, and The Web will be your new favorite comics!

Saturday, October 10
LINE Webtoon - Comics For Everyone!
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM | Room 1A21
LINE Webtoon is the global leader in digital comics publishing with over 30 billion issues of comics read. Join LINE Webtoon Head of Content Tom Akel to discuss how to develop, publish and monetize your comic, as well as the unique features of LINE Webtoon’s technology and their Fall line-up/upcoming titles with Matt Hawkins (Cyber Force), Dean Haspiel (New Brooklyn), Rob Feldman (Cyko KO) and Stephen McCraine (Space Boy).

Sunday, October 11
The Comix Life of Seth Kushner 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM | Room 1B03
After fighting a brave battle with cancer, the comix community lost photographer and writer, Seth Kushner. In his short time making comix, he left behind such wonderful and ground-breaking works as The Brooklynites, Leaping Tall Buildings: The Origins of American Comics, CulturePOP, and the recently published Schmuck ~ the graphic novel. In October of 2015, a street in Brooklyn was renamed in his honor. Help us continue honoring the his spirit with memories & stories from his collaborators & studio mates: Dean Haspiel, Gregory Benton, moderator Hannah-Means Shannon and surprise guests. Learn how Seth Kushner went from schmuck to mensch to superhero.