Calvin Reid wrote a nice article about Hang Dai Editions’ fall releases at Publisher’s Weekly .
“Hang Dai Studios will debut the titles, which are published under its Hang Dai Editions line, at the Small Press Expo in Bethesda, Maryland (September 19–20) and at the Baltimore Comic-Con (Sept. 25–27).
The list includes Dean Haspiel’s Beef With Tomato, a 96-page trade paperback that collects Street Code, a series of autobiographical web comics, along with essays by the cartoonist. A veteran of the mainstream comics industry and the indie comics scene, Haspiel told PW that Beef with Tomato is a “love letter to New York City” that details his “escape from Manhattan to Brooklyn.”
“In Gregory Benton’s Smoke, an 80-page full-color hardcover release, the endearing dog-creature Xolo (the mythological Aztec protector of souls) stars in a wordless, surreal narrative focused on two young brothers who work on an industrial tobacco farm. “I love the idea of communicating the story in the most essential way—with symbols and images,” Benton said.
The third title is Schmuck, a Kickstarter-funded anthology of autobiographical comics by the late and much admired photographer/comics writer Seth Kushner (1973–2015). Schmuck collects Kushner’s comics series focusing on the entertainingly awkward relationship and dating problems of Adam Kessler, a young New Yorker very much like the author. The book features art by a who’s who of indie cartoonists including Nick Bertozzi, Christa Cassano, Noah Van Sciver and HDS co-founders Haspiel and Benton.”
“Haspiel noted that the many artists who contributed art to Kushner’s anthology will be available to help promote Schmuck. He also said that more Kushner comics, and fundraising benefits for the Kushner family, are forthcoming. “We have his scripts. Seth did more work while he was in the hospital than most people do walking around healthy.”