"New Brooklyn was born out of a frustration of trying to make ends meet as an artist in NYC as the price of living rose exponentially and freelancer rates remained the same. My then-studio was losing its space and my studio mates were being displaced. Some went back into the closets and bathrooms of their homes, while others moved to more affordable states. My current studio consists of refugees from the fall-out, but some of us continue to shave corners; to keep our pledge to create personal art that reflects and reacts to the world. Alas, autonomy is a privilege you need to earn.
Besides New Brooklyn setting the stage for an experimental economy where you can barter art for food and services, it’s also the backdrop for The Red Hook to negotiate right from wrong. New Brooklyn honors its broken bridges by building new bridges within its diverse neighborhoods, brokering authenticity with gentrification. Where heroes are revealed to be the most unlikely candidates."
"The Red Hook is just trying to make ends meet. He isn’t evil but he doesn’t dream big either. Clearly a cat I can relate to. However, his girlfriend, The Possum, has higher aspirations and is looking to retire before she plucks her first gray hair. They enjoy a healthy friction, where their biggest concern is whether to make love in their costumes or not. The Red Hook tends to over-analyze. He’s a worry wart brought on from years of insecurity; he hesitates. The Possum is more curious and confident, bordering on dangerous; willing to take risks. And their different personalities speaks to where they each end up in the finale of volume one."
"The Green Point is a demi-god. He’s kinda like New Brooklyn’s Thor but with a mystical sword instead of a hammer. And, when his immortality is compromised, he passes his burden of altruism onto, or to be more precise, into the nearest person who happens to be Red Hook’s resident super-thief. This complicates matters as The Green Point’s imbalanced girlfriend, The Invisible Light, expresses megalomania, endangering earth’s infrastructure.
Without giving too much away, The Green Point should have been the protagonist of this tale but his life was cut short. And now, the guy who sneaks around stealing valuable art and household items to pay for his waterfront warehouse, is left holding the bag to help save the world from cracking in half. Were I to ever produce a pre-New Brooklyn story about The Green Point and The Invisible Light, I’d call it, “The Pure and The Damned.”"
"Because comics are formally a sequential series of words and pictures that culminates into a whole story, a single piece of narrative, I don’t really have favorite pages, or panels, or dialogue. Sure, there are a bunch of things that stick out, but they’re earned by what occurs before and after. Because all of my published comics are what I dub “deadline art,” drawings attached to a clock, I can’t allow myself the indulgence of playing favorites. And given the luxury of time, I’m not sure I want to find out what my art really looks like."
"I was never ready for prime time and my work frankly was never up to snuff for the Big Two. The Red Hook encouraged me to not care about how my art looked and how my writing read. I went with my heart to produce something honest and possibly embarrassing yet wholly pleasurable despite the market."
Read the entire interview here: https://villainmedia.com/interview-dean-haspiel-red-hook-vol-1-new-brooklyn/