An evening with HANG DAI Editions at Greenlight Bookstore


Thursday, October 22, 7:30 PM
An Evening with HANG DAI Editions
Moderated by Josh Neufeld
Beef with Tomato by Dean Haspiel
Smoke by Gregory Benton
Schmuck by Seth Kushner
Visual presentation and discussion
Greenlight Bookstore
686 Fulton street, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Greenlight welcomes Dean Haspiel and Gregory Benton to present their new titles, and salutes the late Seth Kushner, at this evening showcasing the newest books from HANG DAI with a visual presentation and discussion moderated by Josh Neufeld.

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NY Daily News: Dean Haspiel on ‘Beef With Tomato’ and Brooklyn


Reporter Cesar Bustamante, Jr. interviewed Dean Haspiel about his graphic novel, BEEF WITH TOMATO, for The NY Daily News.


“It’s funny because when I was first walking down the street in Carroll Gardens I would see the old Italians, they would be eyeballing me. I think they looked at me and thought I was some kind of rich yuppie. Because they wouldn’t know I was a struggling cartoonist. I just looked like some white guy invading their neighborhood.

It took many years before I didn’t feel alienated by the neighborhood because the neighborhood was thick with history.”

“Working with Harvey Pekar was a learning experience of what to do and what not to do in autobio comics. What I really loved about Harvey Pekar’s writing was his ability to observe and listen to other people’s talking, how they talk and what they say and how that can possibly turn into a story, no matter how mundane the event is. He was very good at highlighting the quotidian aspects of life.

I think a lot of autobio comics do that because they can’t compete with the superhero comics because of the action and fantasy. But luckily or unluckily I happen to have a lot of things that happened to me or made myself available to, like riding a bike and getting hit by a car.”

“I’m kind of a boisterous character and I get involved. I think a lot of writers don’t tend to get involved so that’s where I think my comics are different in term of autobio comics. Also I don’t use my platform to rant and rave. I let the story be my commentary in a way.”

“New York City is the most heartbreaking city in the world. I think people go to Paris to fall in love, they must go to New York to break their hearts.

As a true blue New Yorker, I have fully invested my life and my energies and my soul into this city as it hopefully has to me.

But the older I get, and the more I work as an artist in the city… I’m standing in a building right now in Gowanus that we have been given maybe a year or two left that we can work here and then we’re going to be kicked out so that developers can turn this into expensive office buildings or another CVS, another bank. It’s already happened next door to us. People have been given one month’s notice after making this area cool with its art.

But that seems to happen over and over and over again. That speaks also to the heartbreak, the innate heartbreak one experiences in New York City.”

“Have you ever broken up with someone or they broke up who you, the writing was on the wall but you kept trying over and over again to make it work. I guess this is my shattered woo, my broken woo to try to make it work still with New York City before I bite the bullet and leave.

The city is what you make it so I can’t blame this inanimate object on what’s been happening but I can still fight and try. I do love the city, whenever I visit any other place in the world, anytime I come back to New York it still feels like home. I don’t want to abandon it. It’s hard to abandon.

In a way living in New York City is a relationship between a person and the landscape. And I know enough New Yorkers that have left and not come back because maybe they’re afraid to come back. They’ve found a better quality of life outside of New York City.

We’re not talking about rich New Yorkers. We’re talking about the artists, the working class and those kinds of folks.

I always complain that I live in New York City but I can’t enjoy it’s virtues because I ride my bike from my studio to my home, back and forth seven days a week. Occasionally I might dip outside and do something in the city but I can’t afford it. I’m working too hard to pay my rent.

Apparently, there are other ways to live that’s not like this and I need to consider alternative lifestyles so that maybe I won’t be breaking my back just to suffer for this city and the city is not suffering for me.”

Read the entire interview here:

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Publisher’s Weekly reviews Dean Haspiel’s BEEF WITH TOMATO


“Haspiel creates a sympathetic yet magnetic protagonist in this complete collection of his Street Code comics and essays, which tell the semiautobiographical story of one man’s experience leaving Manhattan behind for Carroll Gardens in Brookyn. Whether it’s hanging out with an exhibitionist, getting wrecked by car doors while riding his bike, or taking on a Greek mobster at a Chinese food buffet, the protagonist leads one of those peculiar lives that graphic novels seem destined to present. The impact of 9/11 on New Yorkers is a recurring theme, and Haspiel covers it with sorrow and respect. Haspiel’s art is wonderfully immersive in establishing a sense of place, and he has a keen eye for balancing the humorous, the tragic, and the mundane. The book also features a series of essays that further showcase Haspiel’s ability to tell a great story.”

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News 12 BK interviews Dean Haspiel


Reporter Esha Ray of News 12 Brooklyn interviewed Dean Haspiel about his new graphic novel, BEEF WITH TOMATO, and his upcoming webcomic series, THE RED HOOK, at his Gowanus, Brooklyn studio, Hang Dai.

“A veteran Brooklyn cartoonist is creating a new comic series centered around the borough in an alternate universe.

Dean Haspiel is the co-creator of a series that will feature heroes like “Red Hook,” “Brooklynite” and “The Purple Heart.”

The 18-year borough resident says Brooklyn is a part of the city that doesn’t get much attention in comic books.

Batman and Superman live in Gotham…”

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Gregory Benton at Escape Pod Comics


Gregory Benton will be signing at Escape Pod Comics, scribbling mini-Picassos inside copies SMOKE, B+F, and more!

Thursday, October 21st, 2015
Starting at 5:00pm

Escape Pod Comics
302 Main St, Huntington, New York 11743

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Gowanus Open Studios, featuring Dean Haspiel


Dean Haspiel is participating in Gowanus Open Studios this weekend (Oct 17 & 18) from Noon – 6pm, Saturday & Sunday. Despite chronic back pain, Dean was planning on working anyway. So, he figured he’d keep the Hang Dai Studios door open for people to ogle cartoonists in their natural habitat like a petting zoo. Dean will have prints and copies of some of his books for sale, including a brand new Billy Dogma SLAM print. And, he will be available for quick commissions. The warehouse he works in will feature over twenty other artists, including painter Jen Ferguson. Hang Dai is also hosting artist Krista Dragomer.

Hang Dai Studios is located at 112 2nd avenue at the corner of 10th street in Gowanus, Brooklyn. We’re on the 2nd floor in Room #30.

Gowanus Open Studios:

Dean Haspiel’s Artsicle profile:

Dean will also be reading/performing Friday night. Here is the info:

ADDICTED: Music Video Launch & Salon
hosted by Salina Sias & Matt Mailer
Friday, October 16, 7pm
Halyards, 406 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11215

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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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