Hang Dai at MoCCA Fest 2015


The authors of Hang Dai Editions (HDE) will be at MoCCA Fest this weekend, April 11 & 12th from 11am – 6pm, at Table 314 (Yellow Zone, 3rd floor), featuring Gregory Benton, Josh Neufeld, Dean Haspiel, and Seth Kushner ~ his first public appearance since beating Leukemia.

From the Society of Illustrators/MoCCA Fest website: “Mere steps from the High Line, MoCCA’s new host venue, Center 548, is located at 548 West 22nd Street (between 10th & 11th aves) among New York’s internationally renowned Chelsea galleries. The MoCCA Arts Festival will encompass three floors of exhibits, on site programming, a gallery of original art showcasing the work of special guests, and a café, alongside satellite events occurring at venues across the city in the days leading up to the fest. Admission to the 2015 MoCCA Arts Festival is $5 per day.  Tickets are available to purchase online or at the door.  Cash and credit cards accepted.”

Hang Dai will be debuting some new comix: Seth Kushner’s Secret Sauce, Gregory Benton’s Pocket Book 2, and Stake, Josh Neufeld’s The Vagabond’s #4, and Dean Haspiel’s Heart-Shaped Hole. HDE will also have other comix, graphic novels and prints from their regular catalog + doing onsite art commissions.

We look forward to seeing you at MoCCA Fest 2015!

–The HDE posse



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High Low reviews some Hang Dai comix!


Rob Clough reviewed some comix produced by our studio and (mostly) published by Hang Dai Editions, including Dean Haspiel’s Psychotronic Comix, Josh Neufeld’s The Vagabonds #3, Hang Dai Comix, and Christa Cassano’s The Giant Effect.

Read the reviews here: http://highlowcomics.blogspot.com/2015/04/the-fellow-travelers-of-hang-dai-studios.html

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Dean Haspiel at Wizard World Raleigh

Dean Haspiel is a guest at Wizard World Raleigh, sitting at table A2 (with cartoonist David Trustman, author of The Rise) from March 13-15th, where his exclusive THE WALKING DEAD cover, featuring Father Gabriel Stokes (currently being portrayed by his old college chum/actor, Seth Gilliam on the TV show) being terrorized by a man holding a ripped-off face. Dean will have exclusive copies to sign and sell, including some of his Hang Dai Editions items; PSYCHOTRONIC COMIX, and a soft-release of his new Billy Dogma comic, HEART-SHAPED HOLE (officially debuting at MoCCA next month). Dean will also have exclusive Wizard World trading cards of Billy Dogma & Jane Legit. As usual, Dean is available for some sketch commissions.

Dean will be doing two panels:

Saturday 3/14
Ever wonder what it would be like to collaborate on making comics with top professionals? In this fun-and-educational session, superstar writer Tom DeFalco (Spider-Man; Thor) and celebrated artist Dean Haspiel (The Fox; Billy Dogma) 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 Danny Fingeroth (Spider-Man; How to Create Comics from Script to Print).

Sunday, 3/15
Jazmin Truesdale, founder and creator of Aza Entertainment, home of a roster of all-new multicultural female superheroes (debuting in 2016) will tell us why and how she decided to launch this new venture. Joining her are Aza writer Ann Nocenti (Daredevil; the X-Men), as well as Barbara Slate (Disney’s Pocahontas; You Can Do a Graphic Novel) and Dean Haspiel (Billy Dogma; The Fox). Danny Fingeroth (Dazzler; Spider-Man) moderates.


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Hang Dai Editions announces 2015 slate of signature comix!


Hang Dai Editions announces 2015 slate of signature comix!

Hang Dai Editions was formed by New York cartoonists Gregory Benton, Dean Haspiel, Seth Kushner, and Josh Neufeld in 2014 to publish their signature works, some of which they make a point of hand-selling only at shows via personal interaction.

HDE is pleased to announce our 2015 slate of releases. We are also teaming up with Alternative Comics for distribution and some publishing. Alternative Comics publisher, Marc Arsenault affirmed, “I’m very excited to welcome Hang Dai Editions to the new Alternative Comics. Josh and Dean were a big part of Alternative in the past—not just as creators. It’s nice to have that continuity. I’m looking forward to everything that comes out of their studio.”

Alternative Comics is an independent publisher of creator-owned graphic novels and comic books founded in 1993 and based in Cupertino, California. Alternative Comics established itself as one of the leading publishers of the independent comics movement in the 2000’s. Under the management of comic book industry veteran Marc Arsenault since 2012, Alternative has expanded it’s range of titles and formats, continuing to work with new and emerging talent as well as many seasoned creators. Alternative Comics’ creators and books have been nominated for and won multiple comics and publishing industry awards. Their books are distributed by Consortium Book Sales & Distribution and comics are distributed by Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc. More information at: http://IndyWorld.com

HDE’s 2015 slate of comix:

SCHMUCK by Seth Kushner and various artists
September 2015
184-pages. Full color.
SCHMUCK is a graphic novel memoir about one man’s awkward coming-of-age-quest to find love in New York City, written by SETH KUSHNER, with design by ERIC SKILLMAN and a forward by JONATHAN AMES. SCHMUCK is an anthology featuring art by 23 great cartoonists, including; Nick Bertozzi, Gregory Benton, Dean Haspiel, Josh Neufeld, Noah Van Sciver, Leland Purvis, Sean Pryor, Bobby Timony, Shamus Beyale, Ryan Alexander-Tanner, George Schall, Nathan Schreiber, Stephen Destefano, Jon Allen, Christa Cassano, Kevin Colden, Tony Salmons, George Jurard, Omar Angulo, Pierce Hargan,  Skuds Mckinley, James O Smith, Tim Ogline and cover by Joseph Remnant.

SMOKE by Gregory Benton
September 2015
64-pages. Full color.
After an accident on an industrial farm unhinges two young brothers from reality, they are guided through a weird and wonderful journey by Xolo, the mythological protector of souls.

BEEF WITH TOMATO by Dean Haspiel
September 2015
96-pages. B+W comix and essays. (published by Alternative Comics)
A native New York bruiser is fed up with life in the dregs of a drug-addled Alphabet City where his neighbors are shut-ins and his bicycle is always getting stolen. He escapes from Manhattan to make a fresh start in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, only to face a new strain of street logic — where most everything he encounters is not as it seems. Emmy Award-winning artist Dean Haspiel returns to his semi-autobiographical roots with BEEF WITH TOMATO, where he explores the emotional truths between prime and primate.

THE VAGABONDS #4 by Josh Neufeld
March 2015
24-pages. Full color.
Josh Neufeld’s 
The Vagabonds #4 serves up a spicy blend of journalism, social commentary, memoir, and literary fiction. This issue features Neufeld’s story of racial profiling at the U.S./Canadian border and three collaborations with Neufeld’s wife, writer Sari Wilson. Throw in a couple of light-hearted travel tips, and The Vagabonds #4 is chock-full of the thought-provoking and witty comics Neufeld is known for.

April 2015
28-pages. Full color.
Billy Dogma and Jane Legit punch the apocalypse right in the kisser as their eternal war of woo breaks a Trip City-wide hymen.

SECRET SAUCE COMIX Vol.1 by Seth Kushner and various artists
April 2015
28-pages. Full color.
Seth Kushner’s new anthology features a mix of fumetti/cosplay, indie/sci-fi, and Silver-age inspired heroes by way of THE BROOKLYNITE, drawn by Shamus Beyale, COSTUMED CHARACTERS, layouts by Dean Haspiel, and YOUTOPIA, illustrated by Charles Stewart.

Here is a list of HDE’s 2014 comix, still available!

Seth Kushner’s semi-autobio webcomic gets a print edition with three stories written by Seth and drawn by Jon Allen, Shamus Beyale and Noah Van Sciver. Cover by Gregory Benton.

PSYCHOTRONIC COMIX is Dean Haspiel’s anthology of memoir and Silver Age inspired genre featuring The Red Hook, Tommy Rocket, A-Okay Cool, and NY Stories.

FORCE OF NATURE by Gregory Benton, follows an artist through a lush forest as he searches for a lost sketchbook.

After an eight-year hiatus, Josh Neufeld’s The Vagabonds returns with its third issue — now published by Hang Dai! Many things have changed in the interim: Neufeld produced three books, became a father, and won a year-long journalism fellowship. This issue highlights Neufeld’s journalistic work over the past few years, including reportage on Hurricane Sandy, the Arab Spring, the education wars (with writer Adam Bessie), and the life of a “comics journalist.”

A lone woman fights the odds in this no-holds-barred short companion piece to B+F by Gregory Benton.

POCKET BOOK 2 by Gregory Benton
Drawn from life, pages from Gregory Benton’s sketchbooks create a loose narrative. Travel through the NYC subway, take in a concert or two, and wash up on the beach.

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Hang Dai Editions Universe implodes in “Fade To Whack: Fart in a Windstorm”


Hang Dai Editions, formed in 2014 by four New York cartoonists, Gregory Benton, Dean Haspiel, Seth Kushner, and Josh Neufeld, proclaim today, that the Hang Dai Universe will implode in a near non-existent, superfluous event called “Fade To Whack: Fart in a Windstorm,” wherein their creator-owned characters; featuring B&F, Billy Dogma, Jane Legit, Schmuck, and Josh Neufeld’s real-life avatar, will converge and merge and purge. THIS is the comic book event of the hour. The Hang Dai Universe as you never knew it will always be the same.

Bleeding Cool reports: http://www.bleedingcool.com/2015/01/20/breaking-hang-dai-editions-universe-implodes-fade-whack-fart-windstorm/

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Dean Haspiel guest at Wizard World Portland


Dean Haspiel will be a guest at Wizard World Portland 2015 from Friday, January 23rd – Sunday, January 25th, and he will be doing two panels (see below). Dean will also be signing his exclusive Wizard World card featuring Billy Dogma & Jane Legit, drawing small commissions, and selling copies of PSYCHOTRONIC COMIX.

Wizard World Portland 2015
Oregon Convention Center
777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Portland, OR 97232


The model of comics creators tethered to one or two major publishers, working on adventures of corporately-owned characters is no longer the only game in town. Many of the top talents in comics work either exclusively on their own material, while others work both sides of the street, alternating independent work with mainstream assignments done in their own distinctive styles. Here, speaking about how they have forged their own paths, are some of the most distinctive creators in comics today: Dean Haspiel (Billy Dogma; American Splendor), Shannon Wheeler (Too Much Coffee Man; Villain House) and David Chelsea (David Chelsea in Love; Everybody Gets It Wrong!). The panel is moderated by Danny Fingeroth (Rough Guide to Graphic Novels; Studs Terkel’s Working).


Ever wonder what it would be like to collaborate on making comics with top professionals? In this fun-and-educational session, superstar writer Chris Claremont (X-Men; Fantastic Four) and celebrated artist Dean Haspiel (The Fox; Billy Dogma) 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 Danny Fingeroth (Spider-Man; How to Create Comics from Script to Print).


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Comics Industry Person of the Year 2014

Dean Haspiel nominated Seth Kushner as Comics Industry Person of the Year 2014 at The Comics Beat.

–“Seth Kushner. On the heels of successfully funding the Kickstarter for his upcoming graphic novel SCHMUCK, Seth got sick post-MoCCA and soon discovered he had an aggressive form of Leukemia that should have killed him eight-months later. A week ago he walked out of the hospital cancer-free. What cured him is a story for Seth to tell, but what kept him alive (besides family and friends) was his love for comix and TV and movies. Throughout chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant and setbacks and complications, Seth kept developing and writing his creator-owned comix with his collaborators while drawing daily superheroes and Star Wars characters for his son Jackson — from his hospital bed. Seth even drew Matt Wagner’s Grendel for the Baltimore Comicon 2014 Yearbook. And, get this, Seth doesn’t draw. But why let comix and cancer stop him? He may not be the CEO of a comic book company and he may not be the creative “architect” that re-contextualized a superhero’s legacy, but Seth Kushner is a photographer, writer, artist, studio mate, husband, father and, most importantly, he’s a friend. A friend of comix. And, if there’s anything the comic book industry needs to keep it alive and thriving, it’s true blue friends like Seth Kushner, who is a living inspiration for us all.”


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