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Surveillance in America: The origin of a book cover

by Dean Haspiel

Author Ivan Greenberg and I had such a good time designing his first book cover, THE DANGERS OF DISSENT: The FBI and Civil Liberties Since 1965, that when he asked me to design the cover for his second book, SURVEILLANCE IN AMERICA: Critical Analysis of the FBI, 1920 to the Present, I couldn’t wait. Ivan […]

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KILL FEE

by Dean Haspiel

I’m a reasonable professional to work with. I’m an innovative and conscientious collaborator and I always bring my A-game. I’ve  learned to know when to leave my ego at the door and step aside to serve the job. I’ve also learned, when push comes to shove, to walk away with dignity. In retrospect, I should […]

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Where Have All The New Ideas Gone?

by Dean Haspiel
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MCM Expo: London Comicon

by Dean Haspiel

Jet-lagged and bedazzled, I resurrected in NYC having enjoyed a ShiftyLook camaraderie that formed from my London trip to MCM Expo to promote THE FIVE-DIMENSIONAL ADVENTURES OF DIRK DAVIES last weekend. I was glad to meet/get-to-know publisher Rob Pereyda and the ShiftyLook crew [Tim & Cory], and Hollie Bennett and the Japanese Namco Bandai executives, […]

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GOD

by Dean Haspiel

I don’t believe in God. Never did. I’m 44 years old now. By the time I’m 50 I hope to be able to impart some kind of wisdom from my life experiences. I hope I have something more to say than I already have. I don’t believe in God but believing in something; people, art, […]

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ANATOMY OF AN AMERICAN SPLENDOR COVER

by Dean Haspiel

In the summer of 2008, I was hired by a collections editor at DC Comics to draw the cover to Harvey Pekar’s second AMERICAN SPLENDOR collection, originally published by Vertigo as a mini-series, which featured stories drawn by me and various other artists. The first collection was titled “Another Day,” and the second one was […]

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Switch To The Illy-Mode

by Dean Haspiel

I was blotto on cheap vodka when I smoked my very first hit of marijuana. Me and my high-school friends were watching David Lynch’s ERASER HEAD when the scene with the radiator lady and her creepy cheeks came on, doing her slow dance while avoiding airborne abortions or falling testicles or whatever the hell those […]

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You Can’t Unsee Me

by Dean Haspiel

My gregarious behavior is probably a symptom of my dedicated desire to overcome my shyness. I mean, it’s so painfully obvious it’s almost pathetic but I’d rather hang out with someone who at least attempts to show up to the party rather than spend my precious free time to woo that person in the room […]

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Cursed

by Dean Haspiel

Bernard was a monster of a man with a thick mustache who owned a local postal service where he lifted weights in the back room. His face was radish red from high blood pressure and he wore a hand towel like a boa constrictor around his neck to wipe the intermittent sweat from his brow. […]

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Make Mine Me

by Dean Haspiel

A friend of mine, a writer, sent me a 14-page pitch for a famous franchise character. He’d even written the entire scripts for all 5-issues. 20-pages of panel breakdowns, description, and dialogue per issue. That’s 100-pages of unsolicited work + development. That’s 100-pages he can bury in a drawer. I used to ONLY want to […]

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Montero Bar & Grill

by Dean Haspiel

When Stephen Elliott, author and editor-in-chief of THE RUMPUS, invited me to participate in, “Letters In The Mail,“ I was honored and excited to add my sensibilities to a project that attracted writers like Dave Eggers, Marc Maron, Janet Fitch, Nick Flynn, Margaret Cho, Cheryl Strayed, Wendy MacNaughton, Emily Gould, Tao Lin, and Jonathan Ames, […]

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SCATOLOGICAL

by Dean Haspiel

It started when I heard suspicious noises coming from behind my university bedroom door. It was late and I was trying to get some sleep for the next days round of film classes. Something was awry and I wondered which one of my roommates in J51, a house with a roll call made up of […]

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