I got slapped with Covid (Omicron) the night before Xmas eve and spent the holidays isolated through the new year. I went out a few times on my bike to meet Jen on the waterfront for a socially distanced hello. Otherwise, it was just me and my cats, Kima and Iris. I felt bad for Jen: she lives with me but tested Negative and crashed in her DUMBO studio to stay uninfected. I'd gotten the Moderna booster shot. So Covid felt like a mild cold. I spent my time editing my play, THE WAR OF WOO (hopefully mounting this May after a two-year pandemic postponement), and started a new screenplay while developing new comix and multimedia concepts. Anyway, I'm over the hump. Never took a real holiday break but I'm alive to wear a mask another day. Happy 2022!
News broke on my current gig!

“When I plotted and drew ten issues of The Fox, I was basically given full latitude to do what I wanted and it encouraged me to open all kinds of unexpected doors,” Haspiel said in a statement. “After a good 5-year break, I wondered where The Fox was at these days and realized his ‘freak magnet’’ curse had become a family affair. I decided to explore a day-in-the-life story about a man and his wife and their son and how each one of them deals with their idea of what it means to be a hero. I also wanted to deliver a tale that could introduce The Fox to new readers and spark the possibility of more stories!”

You can read the entire Polygon article HERE.

Here is a link to the full Archie Comics solicitation and you can pre-order: THE FOX: FAMILY VALUES (ONE-SHOT) 

A  sneak-peek of some line art below (and, yes, The Fox was a heavy visual influence on The Red Hook, which got me The Fox gig in the first place):
Exciting news! I will be mentoring a bunch of lucky creators (again) in the art of comix at The Atlantic Center of the Arts residency #188, in New Smyrna Beach, Florida next year from February 12 to March 4, 2023. 

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

"As easy as most comics can be to read and enjoy, the form employs a sophisticated range of multimedia storytelling tools. I will help you exploit the narrative real-estate of the blank page while yielding to the collaborative virtues of words and pictures where the image is text, too.

Clear sequential storytelling is the skeleton key to successfully dramatize and communicate your ideas. This residency will challenge you to think in pictures, draw narratives, and expand your current ability to serve the story.

I’m looking for creators intent on both writing and drawing their own stories and committed to scrutinizing storytelling potential."

Please spread the word. Thanks!

Inspired by Whitney Matheson and Michael O'Shea, I curated a 50-song playlist on Spotify called "Dino Winter 2022." Take a listen.

Erik Larsen's SAVAGE DRAGON #261 features Part 3 of "Bride Of Wax." I co-plotted this tight crossover between The Red Hook, Dragon and Luna, written & produced by Dave Kelly, drawn by Brett Hobson, colored by Tom Napolitano, lettered by DC Hopkins with continuity & edits by Clare DeZutti & April Snellings, published by Image Comics.

Whitney wrote "Gynecological Goodfella" for HiLoBrow's PROJECT: OBJECTIONABLE.

There is work I try to make for you and there is art I only make for me. Sometimes the two converge but very rarely.

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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