Kushner + Haspiel’s COSTUMED CHARACTERS in “THE ANTI-HERO EQUATION”

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antihero6Costumed Characters is a series that celebrates and comments on the conventions of superhero comics, cosplayers, reality TV and movies.  The tongue-in-cheek series explores the concepts of heartbreak and heroism with a humorous twist.

Costumed Characters is done in the spirit of the 1966 Batman TV series. So, it only makes sense that the format for these tales be “live action” fumetti, or photocomics.  By utilizing and mixing photography and the language of comics, this series can stand apart from other superhero parodies while still feeling familiar.

Todays episode, “The Anti-Hero Equation”, features a bizarre love triangle between the villains, Professor Mandrowicz cum Professor Mandroid, The Ruse, and the heroic Major Patriot.

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Seth Kushner miracle

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From Seth Kushner’s Facebook page:

“*Update: Dear friends, I haven’t posted an update on my health for months, mostly because I haven’t known what to say. It was too difficult.

On October 10th, after a seemingly successful bone marrow transplant and 16 days at home, it was discovered my leukemia had returned. The news was devastating. I was immediately readmitted back into the hospital (where I’ve been for the past 2 months) and quickly caught pneumonia. A few days later, doctors told me they were out treatment options for me and I had days to weeks left to live. I slept for most of every day and I stopped eating because my body wouldn’t hold down food. Terra and I discussed my wishes. Then I started getting a little better. We wondered if the prognosis changed, but no, a doc told us there was a still a 100% chance I’d die within the next few weeks and a 0% chance I wouldn’t. However, because I was now I bit stronger, we were given 3 options. 1) Transfer over to palliative care where I’d be kept comfortable. 2) Go home and die with my family. 3) Try a round of “light” chemo, which the docs said they have very little confidence in working, but it would buy me some time. At the same time Terra, my mom and I decided to try something different, which would require time to potentially work, so we opted for option 3 and I did the 10 day round of chemo. I started eating and getting stronger. Things began looking up. Then, one morning I didn’t wake up. The hospital called Terra and told her I was not expected to last the day. She quickly came to me and also had lots of close friends and family come to my bedside to say goodbye. But, I did last the day and the next day I was still out and having seizures. The day after, I woke up, but with no memory of the previous two days. But, I was back and I began improving rapidly, getting stronger every day afterwards. I started eating real food again and taking daily walks in the hall. The doctors were all amazed by my progress and could offer no real explanation. I was told I was “uncharted territory” because patients with reoccurrence usually die very quickly.

This last week I was given a test to see how things were looking in my blood the results, though preliminary, came back stating there is now no leukemia in my blood. The doctors are saying this is remarkable. I don’t know what the future holds, but for now I feel great and I’m planning on going home on Wednesday. Spending the holidays at home with my family, after spending the better part of the 8 months in a hospital bed, will be a gift.
Thank you all for all your prayers, support and positive thoughts. I have a lot of people to thank, but for now I’ll thank my lovely wife, Terra, without whom I surely would not be here now. I’m still here because she wouldn’t let me go. I feel like the luckiest guy in the world.”

Robot 6 reported about it here: http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/2014/12/seth-kushner-is-returning-home-for-the-holidays/

And, so did The Beathttp://comicsbeat.com/seth-kushner-update-home-for-the-holidays/

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Kushner + Haspiel’s COSTUMED CHARACTERS in “THE HALL OF JUST US”

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Costumed Characters is a series that celebrates and comments on the conventions of superhero comics, cosplayers, reality TV and movies.  The tongue-in-cheek series explores the concepts of heartbreak and heroism with a humorous twist.

Costumed Characters is done in the spirit of the 1966 Batman TV series. So, it only makes sense that the format for these tales be “live action” fumetti, or photocomics.  By utilizing and mixing photography and the language of comics, this series can stand apart from other superhero parodies while still feeling familiar.

In today’s episode, THE HALL OF JUST US, The nuclear powered Fission and Duplicato spend an evening at the “Hall of Just Us” bar, competing for the attention of The Tarot, a beautiful heroine whose cards hold a mysterious power.

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Bleeding Cool visits Hang Dai Studios

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“Hanging At Hang Dai Studios With Joe Infurnari, Dean Haspiel, And Seth Kushner” by Hannah Means-Shannon at Bleeding Cool.

http://www.bleedingcool.com/2014/12/hanging-hang-dai-studios-joe-infurnari-dean-haspiel-seth-kushner/

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Kushner + Haspiel’s COSTUMED CHARACTERS in “HEYDAY”

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Costumed Characters is a series that celebrates and comments on the conventions of superhero comics, cosplayers, reality TV and movies.  The tongue-in-cheek series explores the concepts of heartbreak and heroism with a humorous twist.

Costumed Characters is done in the spirit of the 1966 Batman TV series. So, it only makes sense that the format for these tales be “live action” fumetti, or photocomics.  By utilizing and mixing photography and the language of comics, this series can stand apart from other superhero parodies while still feeling familiar.

In today’s episode, HEYDAY A retired pulp hero, the non-powered precursor to the Costumed Characters, tells his young granddaughter of the adventures of his secret alter-ego, The Insomniac and his archenemy The Creepy Crawler.

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Gregory Benton attending Genghis Con 2014

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Hang Dai’s Gregory Benton will be attending Genghis Con 2014 at Table 2 on Sunday, Nov. 30th from 2 – 7pm, at the Lake Erie Building in lovely Lakewood, Ohio.

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Greg will have B+F (AdHouse Books), Stake, Force of Nature, and the debut of Pocket Book 2! Plus, prints, custom sketches and some long out-of-print minicomix!

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“These comics do not compete with Spider-Man and Batman and they should not have to”

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Hang Dai Editions’ Dean Haspiel was interviewed about Comics Arts Brooklyn for The Brooklyn Paper. Here are excerpts from the article:

“It is always cool to see comics right off the press, and sometimes hand-stapled right in front of you,” said artist Dean Haspiel. “These are things you will not see in a regular comic book shop.”

“These comics do not compete with Spider-Man and Batman and they should not have to,” he said.

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(photograph c.2014 Stefano Giovannini)

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