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The Artists’ Colony

by Dean Haspiel

  I had forgotten how much I enjoyed sitting at the head of a long dinner table at the mansion until I was granted a second residency at the legendary artists colony in upstate New York. It wasn’t because I demanded an audience or that the seat positioned me in a way to judge my [...]

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Howard Chaykin’s Blush

by Dean Haspiel

I witnessed Howard Chaykin blush once. Of course, that doesn’t mean anything to people who don’t know Howard. So, it’s good to know a few things about the man. Howard is an upright citizen that leans left and expresses himself with intimidating clarity and authority and is uber-self aware and confident of his virtues and [...]

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Fantastic Forty-Six

by Dean Haspiel

I was not prepared for what Arlen was going to do with my words. What started as a candid response to the art and business of making comix turned into this beautiful gift from artist/designer/comic book historian, Arlen Schumer. If you know me, you know that I love The Fantastic Four and, despite my healthy [...]

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Carrying the Superhero Torch

by Dean Haspiel

The ancient Greeks had their angry gods of wit, strength, speed, lightning bolts and betrayal, and the Norse had their bastion of immortals wielding swords, shields, hammers, lightning and lies, too. Moralistic mythologies that were, arguably, superhero stories for all ages. It wasn’t until 1938 that America gave birth to its first sustainable superhero when [...]

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LOAD Comix 2013

by Dean Haspiel

NOTE: Please allow a minute for the gallery of comix to populate above (which you can click thru using the left & right arrows or just click on the actual images). Meanwhile, enjoy the historical recollections below. Thanks! “Dusting off lost lampoons” by Dean Haspiel It was on Facebook that I discovered a SUNY Purchase [...]

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Jen Ferguson’s Race Horses + Railbirds

by Dean Haspiel

I’ve had the honor of knowing Jen Ferguson for over 20-years. I first met her when I was a waiter in Soho, NY at Nick & Eddie restaurant while on my journey to becoming a professional cartoonist and she a painter. I had the pleasure of dabbling with her on impromptu collaborations, late night bar [...]

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Adventure Time: Fionna + Cake #1

by Dean Haspiel

  Marc Nathan, creator & organizer of The Baltimore Comicon, asked me to draw an exclusive cover for ADVENTURE TIME: FIONNA + CAKE #1 (published by Kaboom!), for his store, Cards, Comics & Collectibles. I’ve never seen the ADVENTURE TIME cartoon or read the comic book but I’ve heard great things about the series. I [...]

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The Atlantic Center for the Arts: Residency #147

by Dean Haspiel

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In October, 2012, I spent three weeks as a Master Artist at The Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, where I helped select, mentor, and impart comix-making wisdom [...]

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JACK KIRBY MAKES ME STUPID

by Dean Haspiel

What can be said about the “king of comics” that hasn’t already been said by fans, academics, and much better artists and writers than I will ever be? What can be discussed that isn’t already empirically evident in his work? Jack Kirby was, simply put, the best American cartoonist that ever lived. And, he had [...]

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Cuba, La Mia Rivoluzione

by Dean Haspiel

CUBA: LA MIA RIVOLUZIONE, the Italian version of my Harvey Award winning graphic novel, CUBA: MY REVOLUTION, written by Inverna Lockpez, colored by Jose Villarrubia, lettered by Patrick Brosseau, edited by Joan Hilty for Vertigo Comics and adapted by Valerio Stive for Bao Publishing, is currently available. Here is what I wrote about the graphic [...]

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Vegan Art

by Dean Haspiel

After going for a swim at the local YMCA, Jen Ferguson wanted to extend our health kick at a new cafe on Atlantic Avenue [Brooklyn, NY]. It served vegan food and purported to be comic book themed. I have my knee-jerk opinions about Vegan food but I was curious about the comic book aspect. Keep [...]

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The Answering Machine

by Dean Haspiel

She was my ex-girlfriend’s best friend and she had two baby daughters. One of the last times I saw her, she asked me to take nude photos of her 8-month pregnant body for posterity before giving birth to her first child. No matter how innocent that photo session was, her husband wasn’t happy that we [...]

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