The 7th Avenue Project interviews Dean Haspiel


Robert Pollie interviewed Dean Haspiel for the 7th Avenue Project. Dean was suffering chronic lower back pain and was high on muscle relaxants when he spoke and has almost no memory of what they discussed. This is what Robert wrote about their parley:

“If you’re going to tell cool stories in comic books, it helps to have had a colorful life and interesting friends. Dean Haspiel has had both. His dad was a writer, occasional street vigilante and confidante of Marilyn Monroe. Mom’s pals included Shelley Winters and the young Bobby De Niro, who was one of Dean’s babysitters. Dean worked with Harvey Pekar and Jonathan Ames on their respective graphic novels, and won an Emmy for his title work on Jonathan’s HBO sitcom Bored to Death. He was also the inspiration for Ray the cartoonist, played on BTD by Zack Galifianakis. We talked about all of the above, plus Dean’s beginnings as a comic artist, his love of superheroes and his own hero complex, his residencies at the Yaddo artist colony, and his latest comic memoir, Beef with Tomato.”

You can listen to it here:

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Comics Bastards reviews BEEF WITH TOMATO

Comics Bastards wrote a very nice review of Dean Haspiel’s graphic novel memoir, BEEF WITH TOMATO.


“The stories mostly fall in line with the “so strange they must be true” theme. Dean is our entry point into these strange stories; he’s our “every man” in a world that’s a bit weird. He has his moments too though, like a friendship with a woman across the street that asks him to film her trimming her private area with a giant pair of scissors. A lot of the stories involve Dean on his bike and that produces a range of tales. From stolen bikes, to accidents involving car doors, to the police and women’s rears. Let’s just say a lot happens to Dean on his bike.

The stories themselves are well told. They feel well-worn too. Like Dean just showed up to a party and was asked to tell a new person the one about the bench. You cling to his words and no matter the outcome they’re interesting stories. Some of them just capture human moments or insecurities that we all have. Others capture the craziness of New York.”

“If you’re a fan of Haspiel’s then you should definitely pick up Beef With Tomato. It’s a wonderful collection of stories that are well told, but even better it’s accompanied by Haspiel’s talented artwork.”

Read the entire review here:

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Robots From Tomorrow – Episode 234: Baltimore Comic Con 2015 featuring Hang Dai

(Christa Cassano, Dean Haspiel, Gregory Benton, Jackson & Terra Kushner)

Greg Matiasevich interviewed several members of Hang Dai Studios, including Christa Cassano, Gregory Benton, Chris Miskiewicz, and Dean Haspiel at Baltimore Comicon 2015 for the Robots From Tomorrow podcast.

You can click/hear it here:

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Benton, Haspiel & Neufeld at New York Comic-con 2015


Gregory Benton will be tabling at New York Comic-con 2015 with Hang Dai Studios mate Joe Infurnari. They will be in Artist’s Alley at table U15 selling & signing copies of B+F, SMOKE, and The BUNKER, including exclusive prints & original art + commissions, directly across from Hang Dai Editions cohorts Dean Haspiel and Josh Neufeld at table V6. Needless to say, beware of low-flying spitballs.


Dean will be selling & signing copies of his new graphic novel memoir, BEEF WITH TOMATO, and some copies of his Billy Dogma magazine, HEART-SHAPED HOLE. He will be selling other comix, including the Wizard World variant cover he did for THE WALKING DEAD,  11×17 prints of “The Walking Deadpool,” and a brand new poster-sized Billy Dogma experience called “Asscape,” debuting exclusively at NYCC.

Josh will be selling copies of his award-winning graphic novels, A.D.: New Orleans After The Deluge, The Influencing Machine: Brooke Gladstone on the Media, issues of The Vagabonds, and other stuff. Dean & Josh will be available for commissions, too.

Here’s the rundown on parties and panels:

Thursday, October 8

Rock N’ Comix
Thursday, October 8 / 7:30pm – 10:30pm
Rockbar NYC
185 Christopher St, New York, New York 10014
Big-name comics creators like Charles Soule and Dean Haspiel read along to their comics (for all to see on the big screen) while alt-rock bands Run by the Gun and Americans UK provide a booming, epic score. Grab a drink and enjoy this multisensory comics experience that goes far beyond the page.


Thursday, October 8

Dark Circle Comics
2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. in Room 1A18
Discover comics’ most ambitious new imprint as Alex Segura (editor of Dark Circle Comics), Mike Pellerito (president of Archie Comics), Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (chief creative officer), Chuck Wendig (co-writer, The Shield), and Frank Tieri (writer, The Hangman) expand the groundbreaking universe of titles coming from Dark Circle Comics with exclusive news and reveals! Find out why The Black Hood, The Shield, The Hangman, and The Web will be your new favorite comics.

Saturday, October 10

Fable Comics
3:45 PM – 4:45 PM | Family HQ – 1C02
What’s in a fable? Chris Duffy hosts the authors of the just-published anthology Fable Comics as they create fables before your eyes…with your help! Now you can turn a classic story into a comic in this fun, interactive program.

LINE Webtoon – Comics For Everyone!
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Room 1A21
LINE Webtoon is the global leader in digital comics publishing with over 30 billion issues of comics read. Join LINE Webtoon Head of Content Tom Akel to discuss how to develop, publish and monetize your comic, as well as the unique features of LINE Webtoon’s technology and their Fall line-up/upcoming titles with Matt Hawkins (Cyber Force), Dean Haspiel (New Brooklyn), Rob Feldman (Cyko KO) and Stephen McCraine (Space Boy).

Sunday, October 11

The Comix Life of Seth Kushner
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Room 1B03
After fighting a brave battle with cancer, the comix community lost photographer and writer, Seth Kushner. In his short time making comix, he left behind such wonderful and ground-breaking works as The Brooklynites, Leaping Tall Buildings: The Origins of American Comics, CulturePOP, and the recently published Schmuck ~ the graphic novel. In October of 2015, a street in Brooklyn was renamed in his honor. Help us continue honoring the his spirit with memories & stories from his collaborators & studio mates: Dean Haspiel, Gregory Benton, moderator Hannah-Means Shannon and surprise guests. Learn how Seth Kushner went from schmuck to mensch to superhero.

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Seth Kushner Way


On Sunday, October 4th, 2015 @10:30am in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY, the corner of Hubbard Street and Shore Parkway  was renamed “Seth Kushner Way,” in honor of our friend, studio mate, photographer and comic book writer, the late Seth Kushner, where he was born and raised. Over 100 people, including friends, family, mentors, peers, and members from Hang Dai Studios showed up to the event.

You can read about the celebration here:

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Fanboys, Inc. recaps “Flying High With Hang Dai” panel at Baltimore Comic-con 2015

(Chris Miskiewicz, Hannah Means-Shannon, Gregory Benton, Dean Haspiel, Vito Delsante, Christa Cassano, and Swifty Lang)

Jeff Ayers of Fanboy’s Inc., recaps the “Flying High With Hang Dai” panel at Baltimore Comic-con 2015, featuring Chris Miskiewicz, Hannah Means-Shannon, Gregory Benton, Dean Haspiel, Vito Delsante, Christa Cassano, and Swifty Lang.


Hang Dai Editions has a lot to offer, from a myriad of talented people who are involved in the imprint and studio. They joked, and carried on throughout the panel, but also all had nothing but good things to say about each others work and their creative process, no matter how different from their own. The similarity of being in a band with other people was brought up a few times, and that metaphor works very well for a comix collective such as Hang Dai. You have to work together, and dig working with each other, because in the end, you are all stuck with one another. A small imprint and studio collective, with a focus on independent graphic work featuring personal experiences and interactions. A name derived from a saying in the famed Deadwood television series from HBO, that loosely translated to “brothers”. I can only say that once again, it is panel’s like these that you should seek out at comic conventions, whether they are small cons or big ones, like the upcoming New York Comic Con. (Which you can find a lot of the Hang Dai Group there as well!) It was truly an eye opening experience to sit in the audience of this panel, and we all left happy and yearning for more creativity in our own lives because of this experience.

You can read the entire report here:

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Gregory Benton exhibiting at CXC debut


Gregory Benton is exhibiting at Cartoon Crossroads ColumbusCXC – on Saturday, October 3rd. Greg will have his new book SMOKE ready to be defaced and dedicaced. Also, B+F, comix, prints and this li’l pin (see above) from HANG DAI Editions!

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Comic Book Club Live: Dean Haspiel’s got Beef With Tomato


Writer/artist Dean Haspiel returns to discuss his autobiographical graphic novel “Beef With Tomato,” and Pete gives everyone a French lesson. Plus, reviews of “Batman #44,” “The Walking Dead #146,” “Deadpool vs. Thanos #1,” and “We Stand On Guard #3.”

Listen to the podcast here:

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MyM reviews Dean Haspiel’s BEEF WITH TOMATO

British magazine, MyM reviewed Dean Haspiel’s BEEF WITH TOMATO.

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Dean Haspiel talks about Seth Kushner at The Harvey Awards

Heidi MacDonald (at The Comics Beat) reports about Dean Haspiel’s speech regarding Seth Kushner at The Harvey Awards during Baltimore Comic-con 2015:

“Dean Haspiel is up next and no one will take over under on him taking off his shirt. “There’s a reason I’m wearing a button up shirt,” he says to woots from the crowd. HE teases that he would have done an act to The Time but instead delivers a speech about the late Seth Kushner “Who was a great photographer and a studio mate of ours. He is not alive to see his first graphic novel come out.” Dino brings it all around to the family of the Baltimore Comic Con, and how last year a charity auction was held, and Marc Nathan gave a check to Kushner’s family. “That’s what I wanted to say, ‘says dino. “you’ll see me naked later whatever, but to me Baltimore Comic Con is family and a room full of beautiful dreamers. Plus my thunder was stolen by Bloodshot and his pecs. ””

Hannah Means-Shannon (at Bleeding Cool) wrote about my presentation at the Harvey Awards at Baltimore Comic-con 2015:

“Dean Haspiel spoke about his studio mate Seth Kushner, who passed away this year, and was a photographer who created many portraits of the creators present. Kushner’s first graphic novel, Schmuck, has now been released posthumously. He thanked Baltimore Comic Con for their charity auction, held last year, which presented Seth Kushner with a check for $10,000 to help with his medical expenses. “That’s what Baltimore Comics is to me”, Haspiel said, “family”.”

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