Cassano, Haspiel & Neufeld make Exquisite Corpses at MoCCA 2017

Come see cartoonists Christa Cassano, Dean Haspiel, and Josh Neufeld at MoCCA Arts Festival this April 1st & 2nd (Sat & Sun), 2017 from 11am – 6pm, located at Metropolitan West on West 46th street in Manhattan. They will be tabling at A103B and debuting two exciting comix exploring the exquisite corpse theme done in the tradition of Zap Comix and The Narrative Corpse. Who needs to take off their shirt or be awarded a festival prize when these three artists have stripped their sensibilities down to their most raw and subconscious core, baring their souls and making primal connections between the panels!?!

CADAVRE EXQUIS by Christa Cassano
Eisner nominee and Yaddo fellow, Christa Cassano collaborates with seven other creators collecting various exquisite corpses featuring alien love trysts, existential angst, sex and death.

BECAUSE OF YOU by Dean Haspiel & Josh Neufeld
Created over a three-year period beginning in the summer of 2001, BECAUSE OF YOU is an unscripted, impromptu, dynamic dialogue between Dean Haspiel and Josh Neufeld, a unique two-man exquisite corpse that plumbs unparalleled depths of agony and personal humiliation. The protagonist, “Lionel,” wakes up one morning to an unpleasant surprise. From that point on he faces domestic crises, public transportation, the New York City streets, and his own hyperactive imagination — all in the course of one infamous ill-fated day.

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Hang Dai at MoCCA 2016


Authors from Hang Dai Editions will be exhibiting and selling signature works, new and old, at table A112 at the MoCCA Arts Festival 2016, from April 2nd – April 3rd, 11am – 6pm at Metropolitan West on W 46th street in Manhattan. For more info about the venue, exhibitors, panels, etc:

HDE is proud to announce and debut:

THE VAGABONDS #5 by Josh Neufeld
[with Michael Keller, Adam Bessie, Martha Rosler, and Sari Wilson]
March 2015
24-pages. Full color. $5

Josh Neufeld’s The Vagabonds #5 features a ten-year Hurricane Katrina anniversary update with the characters from A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge. The story “Fare Game” (co-reported and co-written by Al Jazeera America’s Michael Keller) examines ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft. This issue features two collaborations with writer Adam Bessie, who is bravely living with a cancer diagnosis. Both pieces explore the ways technology filters the experience of living with an illness. Other pieces in this issue include a rundown of the origins and meanings of emojis, a humorous take on steroids in Major League Baseball, the changing nature of Brooklyn, and a selection of one-page comics. Not bad for five bucks!

Gregory Benton will have two posters for sale: “Little Nemo in B+F Land” and “Pest Control,” both 18″x24″, $10 each.


Dean Haspiel will be promoting his upcoming digital comix series, THE RED HOOK, launching April 6th at LINE Webtoons. Please be sure to ask him all about it.


Benton’s SMOKE, the late Seth Kushner’s SCHMUCK (with various artists), and Haspiel’s BEEF WITH TOMATO, will be making their MoCCA debut.

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Happy Holidays from Hang Dai


Happy Holidays from Hang Dai Editions.

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Dec. 16th: Hangin’ with HANG DAI EDITIONS’ Benton, Haspiel & Neufeld at Society of Illustrators


It’s a big year for Gowanus-based Hang Dai Studios. With the release of Dean Haspiel’s Beef With Tomato, Gregory Benton’s Smoke, and the late Seth Kushner’s Schmuck, the studio is poised to become a major player in the world of comics and graphic novels. Haspiel, Benton and fellow Hang Dai creator Josh Neufeld will discuss their work with moderator Danny Fingeroth, and will do dramatic readings of their stories! Plus: expect to see some special guests, too!

December 16, 2015  6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at The Society of Illustrators in NYC.

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Affordable Art Show at Urban Folk Art Dec 4th, 7pm


Come see & get some affordable art (100 bucks and under) from Hang Dai Studio mates Gregory Benton, Dean Haspiel, & Christa Cassano, and Art In Chaos painter/neighbor, Jen Ferguson (plus, loads more artists), curated by Adam Suerte at Urban Folk Art Studios, located at 101 Smith Street in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, NY. Opening reception is on Friday, Dec. 4th, 2015 from 7pm – 10pm.

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Hang Dai & Jennifer Hayden at BookCourt, 12/3

(Haspiel & Benton photographed by the late Seth Kushner)

This Thursday (Dec. 3rd) @7pm sharp, please come see Dean Haspiel, Gregory Benton & Jennifer Hayden perform & sign their latest graphic novels (Beef With Tomato, Smoke, The Story of My Tits) at BookCourt (plus, the late Seth Kushner’s SCHMUCK ~ and surprise guests).

Learn more about the authors, books and event here:

BookCourt is located at 163 Court street (between Pacific & Dean streets) Brooklyn, NY 11201 (718) 875-3677

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Hyperallergic examines BEEF WITH TOMATO


Dominic Umile examined Dean Haspiel’s BEEF WITH TOMATO graphic novel for Hyperallergic.


“Alongside spotless figure drawing and a penchant for crisp cityscape detail, Beef with Tomato’s pages are loaded with observation and thoughtful reflection. And even if we’re just voyeurs, most of these comics feel like sincere narratives…”

Read the entire review here:

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The Brooklyn Paper interviews Dean Haspiel about BEEF WITH TOMATO

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Colin Mixson interviewed Dean Haspiel about his graphic novel, BEEF WITH TOMATO, for The Brooklyn Paper in the article “Escape from Manhattan! Carroll Gardens cartoonist draws tale of finding a home in Brooklyn.” Photographs by Stefano Giovannini. Big Ups to Bill Roundy.


“I was age 30, and I said, ‘I know everything I need to know about New York, I’m a Manhattani­te,’ and then I moved to Brooklyn and confronted the real concept of community,” Haspiel explained.

“It’s my love letter to Brooklyn,” he said. “It’s, warts and all, to expose the things that are really cool and f—– up about it.”

“The old Italians in the neighborhood I moved into looked at me like I was some kind of yuppie,” Haspiel explained. “I don’t have anything against yuppies, I’m just not one of them.”

“It’s funny, because, as I get older, I’m starting to get those inklings of ‘Get off my lawn,’ ” he said. “But it has gentrified a lot more and I get it. Neighborhoods like to be neighborhoods, and quarantine. It creates a sense of safety.”

“I can’t tell you what a New York story is, you have to live in it and it becomes that,” he said. “I’m shrugging off the rigors of Manhattan, while trying to embrace the history of Brooklyn.”

Read the entire article here:

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Hang Dai at Comic Arts Brooklyn 2015


Gregory Benton, Josh Neufeld, and Dean Haspiel will be selling & signing their books and prints at Table U39, at Comic Arts Brooklyn 2015.

Saturday NOV 7, 2015
Comic Arts Brooklyn: Book Sales & Signings
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church
12 Havemeyer Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211
11 AM – 7 PM

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Broken Frontier reviews BEEF WITH TOMATO



“Haspiel wears his feelings for his city on his sleeve without apology or illusion. He loves the place, warts and all, unable to deny its deep, lasting impact on his development as an artist and his maturation into the man he is today. He casts an unflinching eye on the city’s triumphs and tragedies alike, often discovering through his graphic documentation a corresponding truth about his own character.”

“Nothing is as it seems in Haspiel’s experiences of the Big Apple. Large, seemingly menacing black men turn out to be healthcare aides for the physically challenged; hard-ass gangsta-wannabes show genuine human concern for an elderly woman struck down in traffic; a local waterfront dive reveals itself to be a rich repository of strange, beautiful stories told by strange, beautiful people.

Haspiel unveils his city’s wondrous eclecticism. His New York is infused with a hard-boiled magical realism. He refuses to turn a blind eye to his hometown’s shortcomings but can’t ignore its singular gritty charm and steadfast heart. There’s magic in these streets and Haspiel teaches us how to see it.”

“And although the observant reader will find elements of both Jack Kirby and Will Eisner in Haspiel’s style, he never loses his own artistic voice. His art is robust and brash and powerful, like the King’s best work, but filtered through an Eisnerian lens of emotional nuance and refined technique.

It’s a finely tuned balancing act between spectacle and substance that perhaps gives readers their clearest, most unimpeded glimpse into the mind of the artist. There are few creators working today whose artistic style embodies who they are as people so completely.”

“Genuine, visually stunning, insightful – these are all adjectives that aptly describe Beef with Tomato. However, the real power of Haspiel’s graphic memoir is its ability to resonate with readers on a deeply emotional level, encouraging them to consider their connections with their own hometowns in a new light, and maybe even celebrate their magic just a little bit.”

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