DITKO the play

(Me, Tom DeFalco, and Adam McGovern at the DITKO play in NYC)

Adam McGovern reviews DITKO the play at HiLoBrow and quotes me:

“I think…it was four or five times? I went [to see Ditko] not only as a fan, but also to show my work, to just get a review or a thought or something. And I had been working on Cuba: My Revolution at the time for Vertigo. I don’t remember what he said, but he was really intrigued with Castro, and Cuba. And I told him how it was my mom’s friend who had written this story, and he was really interested in that. So I was able to get to talk with him — in the front of his door. He had it cracked open, and he always looked a little disheveled, like he had just buttoned up his shirt, and maybe had one shoe on. The sense you would get was that he was always working, ’cuz that’s what he did. The last time I was near his studio, I elected to not go, because I felt like I would have bothered him at that point. I was just trying to say thank-you. Thank you for all the great work, and for influencing me in some way. And then just trying to talk to a person; get to know this person that famously no one really knows about. … And that’s his right. In a world where everyone is just exposing themselves, 24/7 — he didn’t need to do that.”


RIP Tom Spurgeon

We met 23-years ago in Chicago at my first Comicon where I debuted Keyhole #1 (with Josh Neufeld) in 1996. We kept in contact on a regular basis ever since.

When Cav texted me "I think Tom Spurgeon died" I didn't want to except that as fact. I immediately called Cav and we talked briefly about the validity of the terrible news and I hoped it was false. But, what gave the bad news some credence was my last interaction with Tom Spurgeon a little less than a month ago when I saw him at Baltimore Comicon. I was surprised and thrilled to see Tom. It had been a good long while. Possibly six years since the eye-opening interview he did with me for The Comics Reporter in 2013 ( http://www.comicsreporter.com/index.php/resources/interviews/41821/ ). So, when I saw him, I gave the big guy a big hug.

The next night I saw Tom at The Ringo Awards when he walked up on stage a couple of times to accept some awards and complained, half-jokingly, that walking up three steps winded him. He was afraid of having a heart attack. I wanted to laugh WITH Tom but it was apparent that he was struggling. When I saw Tom after the award ceremony, he was sitting in a chair. I don't normally express concern for a person's health, especially someone as overweight as Tom could be, but it didn't matter. I was genuinely concerned and asked, "Are you okay, Tom?" He said he was okay, "fighting the flu" or a cold, and I just wanted him to know that I cared. Tom appreciated the "good looking out" and we discussed me coming to CXC and a few other things before I was taken hostage by Jim Steranko and stories of magic and thievery.

Comix was robbed today. I can't imagine a comix industry without Tom Spurgeon. He spoke and wrote about every aspect of comix in an intelligent, insightful, and passionate way, even if it meant sparking spirited debate. Tom was an advocate of the form but he also knew how to push buttons and we had our share of differences. As did most everyone who knew and loved Tom.

He was 50. We lost a beautiful giant.

Rest In Peace, Tom Spurgeon.

ADDENDUM: Here is a link to what I said at the Tom Spurgeon memorial at The Society of Illustrators on January 24, 2020: https://man-size.livejournal.com/886408.html

Another World - A Live Comix Reading at PS122 Gallery, NYC

FANS OF DYNASTY, please join us for Another World, a special reading of their work by New York comix creators, featuring: Jon Allen, Matt Huynh, Derek Marks, Annie Nocenti, Peter Rostovsky, and Dean Haspiel.

Friday, Nov. 15th, 7-9 pm, FREE
PS122 Gallery 150 First Avenue, NYC, 10009

Organized by Dean Haspiel & Peter Rostovsky as part of Dynasty, curated by Amy Goldrich, Christopher K. Ho, Omar Lopez-Chahoud, and Sara Reisman.

Dean Haspiel interview at The Creative Independent

In one of my favorite conversations, Whitney Matheson interviewed me for The Creative Independent: Cartoonist and playwright Dean Haspiel on the value of community building, why imposter syndrome can sometimes be a good thing, and trying to tell stories that can somehow stand the test of time.

"Even though financially I’m still eating peanut butter sandwiches and takeout Chinese food, on paper I’m a success, because right now I’m in this awesome autonomous space where I’m writing and drawing something that I own and am getting paid for. That is the prize, isn’t it? That’s what success is."

Right? Gosh, I sure hope so. There's lots of stuff to chew on in this deep dive. Be sure to check out my 5 recommendations at the end of the interview.



When I was signing WAR CRY (The Red Hook vol.2) at the Image Comics booth during New York Comicon 2019, journalist Jenna Gyimesi interviewed me for The Brooklyn Ink.

Here's an excerpt:

The Red Hook resulted from Haspiel “anthropomorphizing my problem,” he said. “Do you not care about your artists. Do you just want to be a bunch of CVS’s and banks? Just rich people buying up lots, and apartments and never using them? Who’s supposed to live here?” he asked.

“I’m not a religious person,” Haspiel said, yet he found a kind of spirituality sitting in the small back room of Sunny’s bar, where musicians flow into the crowd with accordions and mandolins on Saturday night Bluegrass Jams, making it difficult to tell who is a part of the band and who’s not.

What seems more important to Haspiel is that his ideas may one day make a positive impact on the world. “Look at Star Trek, a lot of our sci-fi, a lot of our superhero stuff,” he said. “Eventually some of these things become realized, these weird ideas. I realized maybe as an author, an artist, a cartoonist, if I put these ideas out there, maybe they will boomerang into real life.”

Read the entire article here: http://brooklynink.org/2019/10/16/57209-red-hook-brooklyns-very-own-superhero-battles-villains-and-rising-rents/

Dean Haspiel at Baltimore Comicon 2019

I'm a guest at my favorite comix show of the year, Baltimore Comicon this October 18-20, 2019! I will be tabling with Christa Cassano, David Proch, David & Sarah Trustman, and Peter Rostovsky.

I contributed an original BLACKSAD pin-up to the annual Baltimore Comicon Yearbook celebrating independent cartoonists Juan Díaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido!

I will also be participating in a panel:

Exploring Webcomics with the Pros
Sunday October 20, 2019 12:15-1:15
Join industry acclaimed webcomic creators Steve Conley, Katie Cook, Dean Haspiel, and Thom Zahler as they discuss their work on webcomics. What makes webcomics different from traditional print comics, and how do these panelists approach their craft? Moderated by Bob Harrison.