Hang Dai at Grand Comics Fest & Special Edition NYC

Hang Dai Editions will be tabling at both Grand Comics Fest and Special Edition NYC this weekend!

This Saturday, Josh Neufeld will be in the heart of Williamsburg at Pat Dorian’s Grand Comics Fest. Originally, it was going to be Neufeld and Hang Dai Editions co-founder Seth Kushner at the festival, but as everyone knows Seth passed away less than two weeks ago.

Seth’s presence at Grand Comics Fest and going forward will be forever missed, but his work will be there nonetheless, including his newest comic Secret Sauce. We’ll try to have Seth’s other comics on hand as well, including Force Field Fotocomix. And there may be some sort of raffle/giveaway to help raise money for Seth’s family (for his outstanding medical bills).

Josh will have copies of The Vagabonds, issues 1-4 (issues 3 & 4 being published through Hang Dai), as well as his books A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge, A Few Perfect Hours, and The Influencing Machine. In other words: everything!

Other cartoonists scheduled to be at the curated show—which is open and free to the public—include such luminaries as Derf Backderf, R. Sikoyrak, Kriota Willberg, Jess Ruliffson, James Romberger, Marguerite van Cook, Box Brown, Paper Rocket Comics, and Ink Brick. Come on by!

Grand Comics Fest
Saturday, June 6, 12 noon – 8pm
Bird River Studios
343 Grand Street (corner of Marcy & Havemeyer), Brooklyn, NY 11211

For more information, http://www.grandcomicsfest.com/


This Saturday and Sunday, Dean Haspiel will be in Manhattan at Special Edition NYC, alongside Hang Dai Studios mate, Christa Cassano, artist of the upcoming John Leguizamo graphic novel, Ghetto Klown. Dean will have his Billy Dogma magazine, Heart-Shaped Hole and rare copies of the exclusive The Walking Dead cover he drew for Wizard World/Skybound for sale. Both Dean and Christa will be available to do commissions. In fact, Christa will render any superhero you’d like into the style of Furiosa from Mad Max: Fury Road. They will be at table E9.

Read a rave review of Heart-Shaped Hole at Bleeding Cool: Love Gives You Lazer-Eyes And Fists Of Fury In ‘Heart-Shaped Hole’

Special Edition NYC
Saturday, June 6, 10am – 7pm
Sunday, June 7, 10am – 5pm
Pier 94, located at 711 12th Avenue, NYC.

For more information: http://www.specialeditionnyc.com/Home/

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RIP Seth Kushner

SK_RIP(photographed by Dean Haspiel)

Founding member of Hang Dai Studios, Graphic NYC, Trip City.net, and Hang Dai Editions; photographer, comic book writer/artist, husband, father and friend, Seth Kushner, passed away the early afternoon of Sunday, May 17th, 2015 at the age of 41, leaving behind his wife Terra and son Jackson, and a galaxy-sized hole in the comix universe.

Co-creator of The Brooklynites (with Anthony LaSala), Leaping Tall Buildings: The Origins of American Comics (with Christopher Irving), CulturePop (photocomic profiles co-curated & co-edited by Jeff Newelt & Dean Haspiel), and many essays, articles, interviews, podcasts and comix, including Force Field Fotocomix, Secret Sauce, The Roman Nose (with George Folz), and his upcoming SCHMUCK graphic novel.

The comics community, friends & family honored Seth with memorials and eulogies, too many to list, but here are some to remember him by…

Gregory Benton
Josh Neufeld
Dean Haspiel
George Folz
Christopher Irving
Amy Finkel
Vito Delsante
Katelan Foisy
Carlos Molina
India Rose
Ron Scalzo

Bleeding Cool (Hannah Means-Shannon): Inspirational Pop Culture Photographer & Comic Creator Seth Kushner Has Passed Away
Bleeding Cool (Hannah Means-Shannon): The Comics Community Pays Tribute To Seth Kushner
Bleeding Cool (Hannah Means-Shannon): Friends & Family Gather to Remember Seth Kushner’s Name

The Comics Beat

The Comics Reporter




13th Dimension


Washington Post: RIP, Seth Kushner: Through the lens warmly, creators salute the N.Y. pop-culture artist

Seth’s alternative healer, Doctor Sam, had this to say:

“My name is Dr. Samir Chachoua, I was introduced to Seth by a mutual friend, Kirsten Holly Smith. Seth Kushner and Terra Kushner quickly became my favorite couple. Seth went into remission during the months I knew him from treatment that I had developed.

I have no interest or reason to say this other than a basis for you to believe the following: Doctors had stopped all treatment. Chemo and transplant had failed, even when family were summoned to say good-bye, they were scanning the globe for alternatives, conventional experimental or other. Love usually buckles to despair faced with a death sentence…not here. Treatment began.

YOU ALL KNOW THIS if you have been following his story and life. What you may not know is that Seth had genes predisposing to his cancer. They also disappeared after treatment, making Seth unique in the history of humanity.

To put this in perspective, genes that predispose to cancer are why people including, most famously, Angelina Jolie, have their breasts and ovaries removed to avoid cancer. She was hailed as a hero for this mutilation. What would you call someone who showed the world that this could be done with an injection as opposed to surgery? Seth did that and had it documented at Mt. Siani Hospital, becoming the first human being to successfully remove cancer genes from his body. Can you imagine how that alone can impact millions of lives?

This was proven by independent hospital tests, over and over again. Seth overcame Leukemia, Liver Failure, Graft vs. Host rejection, pneumonia, so many faces of death, beaten.

Each time a Doctor would come bearing terrible tidings, Seth and Terra would beat it. Seth wanted to live, to perfect the treatment that cured his Leukemia so it would work just as well on other cancers. Seth wanted to bring it to the U.S. and help millions. He fought for his life and for others every day.

Seth will be the last patient I treat. I was retired when he found me. I don’t need credit or attention. I just want these words to come from me and have the people reading them know the credibility of the source.

Seth often told me how Terra and Jackson kept him here and how he needed to stay for them. I just need them and all of you to know that…

Jackson, your dad lived in a world that creates comic book heroes and fantasy figures. He was the first man ever to beat Leukemia and remove every genetic trace from his body. He was the only man ever to come back from a Cancer coma. He loved you so dearly. He fought for everyone to know his story and feel his inspiration.

This is the only time that these words really mean something,
Your Dad was a bigger hero than superman, much bigger and real.”

Please help support The Kushner Family at their GoFundMe page, during this tough time, if you can. Every penny counts.

Rest In Peace, Seth Kushner.

SK_CM(Photographed by Carlos Molina)

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Josh Neufeld’s THE VAGABONDS coverage


Josh Neufeld’s newest issues of THE VAGABONDS has received some nice coverage and we wanted to share some excerpts:

“The Vagabonds #3, by Josh Neufeld. It’s an interesting transition of sorts for Neufeld. … [He] is still travelling and observing, but he’s doing so in the context of being a comics journalist now. His specialty is on-site interviews that obtain personal experiences from major events. … Neufeld’s … “Bahrain: Lines In Ink, Lines In The Sand” … is one of his best-ever stories, as it details the stories of two friends he made while spending time in the Middle East country as a representative of the U.S. state department. Through their stories, Neufeld details an uprising in that country and how widely opinions varied on who was a terrorist, who was a traitor and who was an activist. There were no easy answers to be had and Neufeld doesn’t pretend to have any, preferring to allow each story to make its own case. … Neufeld’s instincts are always to push the reader just a little bit so as to get across information in a way that will make them remember it. It’s good to see him back in comic book form once again, both as a home for a number of comics that originally appeared on the web as well as having an opportunity to do other kinds of short-form experiments.”
— Rob Clough, Hi-Low
Read the entire review here: http://highlowcomics.blogspot.com/2015/04/the-fellow-travelers-of-hang-dai-studios.html

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“They say true stories are stranger than fiction, and Josh Neufeld draws them everyday. … Neufeld has made a name for himself with as a journalist using comics to tell his stories, from the Hurricane Katrina story A.D.: After The Deluge to the recent Terms of Service. In many ways however, he got his start self-publishing his own independent comic series in the early 2000s called The Vagabonds. And well, this comics journalist vagabond is back.”
— Chris Arrant, Newsarama
Read the entire interview here: http://www.newsarama.com/24100-josh-neufeld-on-the-vagabonds-4.html

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“The Vagabonds #4 from Josh Neufeld featuring a genre-mix of journalistic, socially observant, and fictional elements.”
— Hannah Means-Shannon, Bleeding Cool
Read the entire preview here: http://www.bleedingcool.com/2015/04/08/preview-mocca-fest-15-debut-the-vagabonds-4-from-josh-neufeld/

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Robot6 Interview: “The previous issue of The Vagabonds was an all-journalism issue, and this issue also features a journalism piece to start things off. “Crossing the Line” details a case of ethnic/racial profiling at the U.S./Canadian border that appears to be anything but random and rare. I first got wind of the story via journalist Sarah Abdurrahman’s radio piece about her own detainment, which was broadcast on the National Public Radio show On the Media. Abdurrahman’s piece screamed to be told in comics form: the freezing cold rooms, the heartless treatment of families with small children, and most appallingly, the endless, repetitive interrogations. After speaking with Khaled A., one of the subjects of Abdurrahman’s piece, I was determined to focus my story on his particular experiences. “Crossing the Line” is the result. The story is one of my more personal — you might say, “subjective” — piece of comics journalism. As the creator, I am also a “character,” the interlocutor who responds to Khaled in sympathy and outrage. In this historical moment, American law enforcement’s treatment of people of color bears scrutiny (cf. Michael Brown, Eric Garner). “Crossing the Line” may stray into editorializing, but my hope is that it resonates broadly.”
— Tim O’Shea, Robot6
Read the entire interview here: http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/2015/04/hang-dai-editions-hits-mocca-fest-with-new-comics/2/

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Dean Haspiel’s Heart-Shaped Hole reviews


My new Billy Dogma magazine, HEART-SHAPED HOLE received some really nice reviews and I thought I would share some excerpts here:

“The stories collected in Heart-Shaped Hole all deal with the cataclysmic impact of emotions and relationships in Billy’s hometown Trip City where he and his opponent and ally in love, Jane Legit, battle it out and bond as allies. Their mysterious magnetic connection to the fate of their town, where wars in love mean destruction for the populace and harmony means peaceful prosperity, is akin to magic realism, or perhaps a permeable relationship between the realm of the subconscious and the consciously experienced world.”

“You’ll experience quite a range of themes that cluster around the more imposing structure of action, struggle, and attraction, such as the role of technology in altering a sense of identity, the relationship between the individual and society, the impact and influence of the subconscious on our lives and actions, and preserving a sense of wonder in our existence. It’s an immensely rewarding read, deeply honest and wildly imaginative.”

–Hannah Means-Shannon, Bleeding Cool

Read the entire review here: http://www.bleedingcool.com/2015/06/04/se-nyc-15-love-gives-you-lazer-eyes-and-fists-of-fury-in-heart-shaped-hole/

“In an interview from the ‘Men Without Fear’ documentary from the “Daredevil” DVD, Frank Miller talked briefly about his thoughts behind introducing Elektra during his run on the title. “Why wouldn’t these people be operatic in their romance,” he asked, “the way they are in their combat? These people bring down buildings with their passion; that’s what they do with their fights.” While not every superhero romance has to be elevated to Wagnerian proportions, there’s something in the DNA of superhero comics that gives all creators working in it the license to go bigger-than-life at any moment. And there’s a lot of superhero DNA in Billy Dogma. But creator Dean Haspiel (who grew up on the comics of Miller, Kirby, Chaykin, Simonson, Byrne, and the like) splices it with the autobio gene to give us personal storytelling expressing itself as dynamically as I’m sure it felt to him as he lived it.”

“The stories themselves primarily follow Billy Dogma and Jane Legit; their love and relationship cranked up to an 11 so loud even Miller would be proud. Nothing evokes passion more than walking around with a literal hole where your heart would be if it hadn’t been ripped out of your chest from a break-up. But Haspiel doesn’t load his characters or stories down like Miller does in almost all of his work; Dogma and Legit still have a snap like cool kids in love, not a snap like bones being broken. There’s a charm and a zing to this material, even though done bit-by-bit over almost a decade, that keeps tropes and slang done to death by other creators still effective here.”

–Greg Matiasevich, Multiversity Comics

Read the entire review here: http://multiversitycomics.com/reviews/dean-haspiels-looking-to-share-billy-dogmas-heart-shaped-hole-with-his-fans-review/

“Dean Haspiel’s Billy Dogma tends toward symphonies, long-form emo-stential epics that go the distance and let out cries of love at operatic pitch, but Heart-Shaped Hole is like a collection of the series’ hit singles, yet no one says uncoupled for long. The entries in this book have appeared online, in other creators’ anthologies, even as a standalone poster-comic, and now they, what the hell, come together.

Billy is the pillar of strength who knows he’s soft inside, the iconic solitary hero who understands it’s foolish to go it alone. His facing page is Jane Legit, a modern Aphrodite to his Bacchus; they are the superlative masculine and feminine principles, but only as one can they get the upper hand-in-hand; I once said somewhere that Haspiel has done for sex what Jack Kirby did for violence, and while most superbeing stories are about conflict, Billy Dogma is about convergence, the explosions that pull us together not fling us apart.

Billy and Jane’s elemental encounters set the temperature of whole cities and planets around them; their silhouettes are tectonic profiles, each other’s puzzle-piece, setting the world in place or multiplying its mystery. Orbits collide and stars and planets spin around our heads, and Haspiel has the inhabitants say the first things that come into theirs; sex as a trance of intensified awareness, a leap of unlikely connections made, is captured in the retinal scripture of his characters’ free-associative erotic poetry-slammin’; image immerses us in things mere description is insufficient to express and even in his text Haspiel catches the vantage-point of higher-dimensional understanding crashing into our consciousness from the corner of the frame.

These are hieroglyphics of collective memory, visual shorthand and verbal cues for things we have to learn we knew all along, in Haspiel’s chiseled and sinuous symbols and his hormonal washes and slashing sunrises of blood-reds and baking yellows, theatrical gels from the magic lantern of life-force. It’s not the bullet that kills you, it’s the heart.”

–Adam McGovern, Comic Critique

Read the entire review here: http://www.comiccritique.com/v4/?p=2864

“Dean Haspiel draws a love story that feels larger-than-life with Heart-Shaped Hole, a collection of occasionally adolescent, always action-packed vignettes featuring Billy Dogma and Jane Legit. Billy and Jane don’t just feel, they express emotions so big they sweep entire cities, and there’s a wonderful visual metaphor to each of Haspiel’s stories (in particular, the heart-shaped hole that drives Billy to sadness after he and Jane temporarily split up). Billy and Jane aren’t the type of lovers who just let things go, but instead they “sweat ecstasy” and cause laser beams to fire from their eyes.”

–David Pepose, Newsarama

Read the entire review here: http://www.newsarama.com/24082-best-shots-rapid-reviews-convergence-1-all-new-hawkeye-more.html



PS — you can only buy Heart-Shaped Hole personally from me at comix events.

Tim O’Shea asked about my new Billy Dogma comic, HEART-SHAPED HOLE, at Robot 6:

“Heart-Shaped Hole will not be distributed in stores nor digitally and you can only get it personally by visiting me at any of the comix shows I attend. Heart-Shaped Hole is a 21st century olive branch meant to initiate an intimate, one-on-one experience between the reader and author. Too many published stories that I work on get distributed to places and people that I never get to meet and/or share a response with. Sure, social networking teases at some parlays, and positive reviews are nice, but I miss physical and spirited discussions with people who care more about story than the perceived “collectors item” value of a sealed comic book. I sometimes curate/host and take-part in semi-regular salons because I seek the energy of live and spontaneous participation. Heart-Shaped Hole is meant to bring back the very thing that is missing from my laptop and smart phone: human contact.”

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Dean Haspiel guest at Wizard World Philadelphia

Dean Haspiel will be a guest at Wizard World Philadelphia this weekend, May 7-10, 2015, and will be sitting at table C36 with studio mates/comix-makers; Christa (The Giant Effect) Cassano, Swifty Lang & Skuds McKinley (of Plunder), and he will have copies for sale of his new Billy Dogma magazine, HEART-SHAPED HOLE, including PSYCHOTRONIC COMIX, and the exclusive THE WALKING DEAD variant cover he drew. Dean will also be available for illustration commissions and sign any comix he’s done, including THE FOX. He’s also doing a couple of panels:

4:00 – 4:45
Winsor McCay was perhaps the greatest cartoonist of all time, and the Sunday newspaper strip “Little Nemo in Slumberland” is his most enduring creation. In Locust Moon Press’ Eisner Award nominated anthology LITTLE NEMO: DREAM ANOTHER DREAM, many of the world’s finest cartoonists pay tribute to the master and his masterpiece by creating 118 new Little Nemo strips, following their own voices down paths lit by McCay. Contributors to the book include Paul Pope, J.H. Williams III, Bill Sienkiewicz, David Mack, Carla Speed McNeil, Charles Vess, Peter Bagge, Dean Motter, and Dean Haspiel. Today, Locust Moon’s creative director Chris Stevens and contributors Dean Haspiel (Billy Dogma; The Fox) and Dave Proch (Mango Lizard; Once Upon a Time Machine) discuss McCay’s importance and show classic McCay Nemos as well as a generous sampling of work from Dream Another Dream. Moderated by Danny Fingeroth (The Rough Guide to Graphic Novels).

4:30 – 5:15
Accomplished comics writers Tom DeFalco (Spider-Man), Peter David (Hulk), Dean Haspiel (Billy Dogma), Barbara Slate (You Can Do a Graphic Novel) and Danny Fingeroth (How to Create Comics From Script to Print) show and tell you how to write comics and graphic novels, going from initial idea to outline to script to finished story. Plus, the panelists will answer your questions about both the creative and business sides of the comics writing profession, including how to find an artist to work with (hint: a comics convention is the number one place!) and how to write exciting dialogue!

More info here: http://www.wizardworld.com/home-philadelphia.html

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Hang Dai celebrates Free Comic Book Day (Weekend) at The Comic Book Shop

free-comic-book-day.sm Hang Dai Editions’ Gregory Benton, Josh Neufeld, and Dean Haspiel will be celebrating FREE COMIC BOOK DAY this weekend (May 2-3) at The Comic Book Shop in Wilmington, DE, alongside Enrica Jang, Erica Schultz, and Dawn Griffin. HDE will have comix for sale and be available for art commissions and sketches. Plus, Dean will be signing Dark Circle Comics’s FCBD comic, featuring The Fox!

The Comic Book Shop
1855 Marsh Rd, Wilmington, Delaware 19810

FCBD Store hours May 2-3:
Saturday, 10am – 8pm
Sunday, 12pm – 5pm


Dean did an interview for The News Journal/Delaware Online about FCBD.

“Haspiel wasn’t a fan when he first heard of Free Comic Book Day.

“I did balk at the idea,” he said. “I feel like I’m basically doing it for free anyway because the money isn’t great, only a handful of people in comics are doing well.”

He understands that, he said, especially now as comic book-based movies are so popular, and so good.

“Why would somebody try to dive their head into issue 612 of a continuity mess?” Haspiel said. Now he realizes the free day “does bring people in; it creates the hunger.”

You can read the rest of the article/interview here: http://www.delawareonline.com/story/life/2015/04/30/story-stop-fox-comic-artist-saturday/26659517/


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Dean Haspiel guest at Wizard World Las Vegas


Dean Haspiel will be a guest at Wizard World Las Vegas this weekend, April 24 – 26, 2015, at Table A22.

More info here: http://www.wizardworld.com/home-lasvegas.html

Dean will have copies for sale of his new Billy Dogma magazine, HEART-SHAPED HOLE, including PSYCHOTRONIC COMIX, and the exclusive THE WALKING DEAD variant cover he drew. Dean will be available for illustration commissions and sign any comix he’s done, including THE FOX. He’s also doing a couple of panels:

Ever wonder what it would be like to collaborate on making comics with top professionals? In this fun-and-educational session, superstar writer Steven Grant (2 Guns; Whisper) and celebrated artist Dean Haspiel (The Fox; American Splendor) create a new character and story before your eyes, incorporating audience members’ ideas and suggestions! Come see—and join in—the creative process! The panel will be moderated by longtime Marvel writer and editor Renee Witterstaetter (editor of She-Hulk and author of Excess: The Art of Michael Golden), who will show how an editor interacts with a writer and artist.

In 1939, Marvel Comics #1 debuted, unleashing The Sub-Mariner and The Human Torch on the world, and launching what would come to be known as the Marvel Universe. Steven Grant (The Punisher; 2 Guns), Dean Haspiel (Spider-Man; The Fox) and pop-culture expert Aaron Sagers (Paranormal Pop Culture; MTV) present an illustrated tour through the more than seven decades of the phenomenon that is Marvel, up to and including the upcoming blockbuster Avengers: Age of Ultron.

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