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1st June 2016

10:24am: The Red Hook - chapter 9
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The Red Hook wakes up from a nightmare only to confront another nightmare in chapter 9: http://www.webtoons.com/en/super-hero/the-red-hook/chapter-9/viewer?title_no=643&episode_no=10

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You can read THE RED HOOK from the start for free: http://www.webtoons.com/en/super-hero/the-red-hook/list?title_no=643

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11:00am: Wizard World Philadelphia 2016
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I am a guest at Wizard World Philadelphia, June 2-5, 2016, stationed at table A24. I will have copies of my latest graphic novels, BEEF WITH TOMATO, and FEAR, MY DEAR. Plus, rare copies of my exclusive THE WALKING DEAD cover. Ask me about my new weekly webcomic series, THE RED HOOK, published for free at LINE Webtoons http://www.webtoons.com/en/super-hero/the-red-hook/list?title_no=643

Tabling with me are cartoonists Christa Cassano, Jason Goungor, and David Proch. We're available for commissions and I will also be doing three panels throughout the weekend (see below).

Click here for Wizard World Minneapolis info: http://wizardworld.com/comiccon/philadelphia

PANELS

Friday June 3:

2:00 - 2:45pm TWO GENERATIONS OF UPSTARTS: AMERICAN FLAGG’S HOWARD CHAYKIN & THESRED HOOK's DEAN HASPIEL IN CONVERSATION (Room 121AB)
New York’s Upstart Studios was famous for the work it created and the artists who worked there. Living legend Howard Chaykin (Star Wars; American Flagg!) was one of the longtime members of the studio, and among his assistants was Dean Haspiel (Billy Dogma; The Red Hook), who has gone on to create an amazing body of work of his own. Today, Howard and Dean talk about their days at Upstart, their past and current

3:00 - 3:45PM CAPTAIN AMERICA VS. IRON MAN: FREEDOM, SECURITY, PSYCHOLOGY (ROOM 121AB)
Marvel Comics' Civil War and the movie Captain America: Civil War explore superheroes' place in a post-9/11 world where some argue that superhero freedoms conflict with public safety. Captain America leads superheroes fighting for liberty, while Iron Man leads others concerned about national and international security - but why? Dr. Travis Langley (Captain America vs. Iron Man: Freedom, Security, Psychology), Danny Fingeroth (Superman on the Couch), Josué Cardona (Geek Psych; The Walking Dead Psychology), Victor Dandridge (Vantage: Inhouse), Dean Haspiel (Batman '66), and Rusty Gilligan (Captain America: The First Avenger) discuss how character motivations on both sides arise from positive human qualities. Do we really have to choose sides?

Sunday, June 5

1:30pm - 2:15pm THE CREATIVE MIND: TOP ARTISTS ON DRAWING COMICS with SPIDER-MAN’S STEVE GEIGER, BATMAN’S MIKE MANLEY, THE RED HOOK’S DEAN HASPIEL, TMNT’s BILLY MARTIN & LEON: PROTECTOR OF THE PLAYGROUND’S JAMAR NICHOLAS (ROOM 121AB)
Top comics artists talk about their careers, their craft, the comics business and whatever else might come up—and may even show you some of their top-secret techniques! Join peerless pencilers Steve Geiger (Spider-Man; The Hulk), Mike Manley (Batman; Draw! Magazine), (Dean Haspiel (Billy Dogma; The Red Hook), and Jamar Nicholas (Fist, Stick, Knife, Gun; Leon: Protector of the Playground) as they pull back the curtain and tell you what it’s really like to be a comics artist! Danny Fingeroth (How to Create Comics from Script to Print; Spider-Man) moderates.
3:58pm: La Repubblica: Imagine New York with other colors
On the morning of my 49th birthday, I was invited to write a brief essay based on a handful of artistic photographs taken in Central Park, NY for an Italian newspaper called La Repubblica. I was given a couple of hours to turn it around quickly. Thankfully, reporter and my editor/translator, Anna Lombardi, helped me greatly in culling stuff I'd already said about NYC in past interviews and articles while I added new aspects and cobbled something together. The published version of my essay was titled "Imagine New York with other colors."

Here is what I originally wrote (but I'm not sure what was kept and how it translated into Italian for the published version):

In the first season of HBO's True Detective, Matthew McConaughey's philosophical detective, Rust Cohle posits that "time is a flat circle." Appearing as a rustic paradise to picnic and play ball, roller blade or bicycle, run or walk your dog or stand still and watch birds, hold hands or break up, Central Park is an 843 acre, rectangle-sized time machine in the middle of New York City that can transport you to the past, present and future, all at the same time. A past where the roots were steeped in a rich soil bustling with nature-infused chaos bursting with the promise of an industrious tomorrow. When tomorrow came we paved trails and trimmed trees and celebrated each other with flowers, real and digital, while growing towers that scraped our skies and reflected profoundly in our lakes, challenging the future with our pride. Alas, these scorched earth pictures warn us of global warming and social indifference. Sparking dreams of a different tomorrow in a different place.

My exodus from native Manhattan to Brooklyn refugee came at time when I could no longer afford to dream in a place that could no longer afford my unbridled spirit. What Manhattan abandoned for brighter lights and bigger signs and whiter noise, Brooklyn brandished in her water towers and stoops and trees and people. I felt a better sense of community in Brooklyn, even when I was getting the stink eye from indigenous locals. The much scrutinized “hipsters” came later. But, in the late 1990s, I had to earn my way in. Brooklyn hazes you for your self-worth, especially in Red Hook. Ironically, 19-years since my Manhattan escape, Brooklyn has become more expensive. I can't win. Nobody put a gun to my head but I've given my life's blood and art to NYC and it sometimes treats me like an infection just because I'm economically (and aesthetically) allergic to champagne and caviar while my freelance veins proudly pump 70% cheap Chinese food takeout and 30% discounted peanut butter. Give me royalty checks or give me grape jelly.

I used to be concerned, does New York City care about when all the artists move out because they can't afford to be here? New York City doesn't care. At the end of the day, developers or landlords just want money. Once in a while, you'll find a kind landlord who's willing to give space to a certain type of thing, and that's beautiful. My landlord has tried to champion artists, which is why he converted the warehouse I spend most of my hours into an artist studio. But, at the same time, you have to take a bold look at your own career sometimes. If you're not making any money after many years, then maybe your career is a hobby. I hate to say it that way, but you do have to look at your own life sometimes and wonder, “What am I doing and can I continue doing this?” You can't stop doing what you love, but you do have to figure out a way to live.

History tends to repeat itself. So, you have to look back in order to move forward. NYC is still a great place for diversity, culture, food and art, but it will only be shaped by the last artists and curators standing in an economy that can’t afford the avante garde and the under-looked like it once did when my mother was the deputy director of the New York State Council of the Arts. Back when artists could afford to live small and create unhindered. Nowadays, it seems you need to have a 5-year plan and a digital app to hawk while you social network more than you create. Hype has become as necessary as a paint brush and pen.

--Dean Haspiel (creator of Billy Dogma, The Red Hook)

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http://en.kiosko.net/it/np/repubblica.html

Thank you, Anna! ~xo
8:55pm: "From Water To Wine" - Jen Ferguson featured in The Brooklyn Paper
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(photographed by Stefano Giovannini)

Link to digital version here:
http://www.brooklynpaper.com/stories/39/22/24-between-worlds-paintings-2016-05-27-bk.html

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