"There aren’t any original ideas. But hasn’t that been said before?
That was the consensus on the latest edition of Brooklyn Paper Radio when beloved comic-book artist Dean Haspiel joined host Vince DiMiceli and GO Brooklyn editor Bill Roundy to talk about his latest graphic novel, his move into writing words without pictures, and why its a good idea to immerse yourself in the things you love if you want to make those things your life’s work.
“As much as you try to crack the code of doing something completely original, it’s almost impossible,” Haspiel said while discussing some of the influences for some of the characters he created in his new web comic “War Cry.” “I hate to say it, but your lunch influences you.”
Later, Haspiel pointed out that he has just converted from watching movies on DVD to BluRay, because he finally found a BluRay player that was in his price range.
“Those things are a dime a dozen now,” a shocked DiMiceli pointed out.
Haspiel also noted that he didn’t get his driver’s license until he was in his 40s, proving he is a late adopter of “new” technology.
DiMiceli, of course, started driving at midnight on Feb. 4, 1988, the moment he turned 17, had a Sony Playstation before it was on the market, and keeps all his videos in the cloud so they don’t take up space in his tiny house on Staten Island.
The guys also discussed the voices they hear in their heads when reading (and writing). For Haspiel as a youngster, that voice was Spider-Man creator Stan Lee, whose actual voice turned out to sound just like the like the one readers — every one of them — imagined while going through the latest edition.
“His voice is the voice,” Haspiel said, before answering a question DiMiceli may or may not of asked. “When I read other comics, do I project some kind of voice? That’s a good question.”
“I don’t know if I asked that question, but I’m glad I did,” DiMiceli said.
DiMiceli subsequently performed the voice he hears while editing and writing for The Brooklyn Paper while doing a live-read for show sponsor Dr. Joseph Lichter — a move that will surely make former deputy editor Ruth Brown laugh when she hears it.
All that, plus how Haspiel barters comic art for dental work, on the latest edition of BPR!"
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