Professional freelance creators are used to compartmentalizing projects. Hopscotching between speculating, developing, networking and pitching ideas while tackling paying gigs (if you're lucky). Most creators have a day job or night work that pays their bills. We do what we have to in order to get by so we can make the things nobody asked for.

With the amount of mental and emotional organizing creators have to do, I'm reminded how important a residency can be. The residencies I've been privileged to take part in often begins with imposter syndrome and quickly swerves into a hyper focused work mode to crack that THING that's been haunting you. You're surrounded by artists breaking new ground or hibernating while you kick and hug your muse until something or nothing comes of it. Where failing IS succeeding. Sometimes a new thing emerges from your investigations and it's like you discovered an oasis in a dungeon.

Come February 12 to March 4, 2023 (next year), I will be mentoring a bunch of lucky creators in the art of comix at The Atlantic Center of the Arts residency #188, in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.

Here is a link to my residency statement + requirements and a link to the application page

Please spread the word. Thanks!

DO YOU MAKE COMICS? I’m thrilled to announce that my Nightwork Studio partner Whitney Matheson and I are co-jurors of an upcoming exhibition at 440 Gallery. “Sequential Synergy: The Art of Comics” will explore how comics artists utilize the real estate of the blank page.

Application deadline is May 10th! All artists are encouraged to apply—we can’t wait to see your work.

More info here:

The exhibition opens July 9. See you there.

I'm producing a new BILLY DOGMA comic to be serialized in the IMAGE 30TH ANNIVERSARY ANTHOLOGY. Collect all 12-issues! I'm excited to celebrate thirty years of Image Comics and return to my titans of love, Billy Dogma and Jane Legit in "I Will Break You But I Won't Kill You Because I Need You." The first issue drops April 13th, 2022.

I made a new music mix inspired by my studio patio view in Red Hook. Listen to the Dino Spring 2022 playlist. You can also revisit my complimentary Dino Winter 2022 playlist.

At the 328th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium, creators Brian Michael Bendis, Emil Ferris, Dean Haspiel, and Jennifer Hayden discussed the work and personal impact of master cartoonist Will Eisner, moderated by Danny Fingeroth. You can watch the video HERE.

I provided a cool BATMAN illustration to Lost Objects: 50 Stories About the Things We Miss and Why They Matter, curated & edited by Joshua Glenn and Rob Walker. You can read more about the collection and pre-order it HERE.

Happy Birthday MOM! I love you.

Love, Dean

Read The Red Hook's NEW BROOKLYN saga for free at Webtoon:

NIGHTWORK Studio is my multimedia collaboration project with Whitney Matheson.

SCENE BY SCENE WITH JOSH & DEAN, podcast with Josh Neufeld that breaks down the film American Splendor, Harvey Pekar's legacy & growing up making comix in NYC.

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