Man-Size (man_size) wrote,

Multiversity Comics interviews Dean Haspiel about The Fox

"I’ve been dreaming of drawing a regular comic book series since I was 12-years old but I was never good enough to get hired for a job like that. So, I dawdled. Drew this and that. Finally decided to skip being sanctioned by professional editors and publishers and make my own comix. And, because I was influenced early on by C.C. Beck, John Byrne, Harvey Pekar, and Chester Brown, I became too indie-oriented for the mainstream and too mainstream-oriented for the indie crowd. So, I learned how to write because, frankly, drawing comix IS writing. I got interested in other things like movies and realized a regular series might not hold my attention. I always admired Stan Lee & Jack Kirby’s 102-issue run on The Fantastic Four, and other artists like Curt Swan on Superman and Jim Aparo on Batman, who put their definitive stamp on those characters. Nowadays, you’re lucky to keep a team together for six-consecutive issues. And, as I come to the end of drawing my ninth consecutive issue of The Fox and diving into my tenth, I’m just starting to get a familiar feel for the character. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for over 35-years and it’s something I’d like to continue to do for awhile."

"I miss inking with a brush but I felt that my thick style was blotting out some of the nuances I was discovering in my pencils. With ink, I was forfeiting details for simplicity. Normally I cherish a chunky, thick, round brush style akin to Dick Ayers, Joe Sinnott and Chic Stone on The Fantastic Four, but I also like some of the gritty, broken-line art I was doing when feeling spontaneous and loose. When frustrated, I sometimes draw something random in 5-minutes on a piece of scrap paper and usually like that better than an entire 22-page comic book I spent two months to craft. It bugs me that I can’t access that part of me on a constant basis. So, I try to do that for the covers, dragging my dry brush across the tooth of watercolor paper and allow for deliberate accidents to surface. It’s bold and pulpy. There is a sequence in “Fox Hunt” issue 4 that I just had to ink because the narrative begged for it. I hope I get to work on a future project (perhaps the next Fox story?) that will allow me the extra time for me to draw it with more scattered and blotchy ink."

"At first I was resistant to go “dark” on The Fox for Dark Circle. ‘Freak Magnet’ established a zany antihero where anything goes and the violence was more akin to Jack Kirby fisticuffs and laser blasts. By the second issue of “Fox Hunt,” I’ve illustrated exploding heads and blood-splattered costumes and it only gets more gruesome. I’ve claimed before that I don’t want my superhero stories to get subsumed by horror but we also live during a time where parents and their children cos-play as zombies slipping and sliding in their own intestines every other week at any given comicon. Gore has become the norm. So, the current culture expects a certain amount of entrails and trauma. I’m not a prude and horror is my favorite genre (someday I aim to write “The Poetics of Leatherface”), but I believe it’s important for the hero to stand tall, rise above the viscera and find the a will and a way to perform extraordinary feats of heroism against all odds sans murder."

Read the entire interview here:

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