Nightwork Studio has become a hotbed of activity. With current safety protocols in effect, we're doing our level best to extinguish the Covid-19 Delta variant while still being creative, innovative and semi-social. Recent visitors include former studio mate/cartoonist/illustrator Owen Brozman, and writer/soothsayer/scoundrel, Gabe Soria (who I've collaborated with on several Batman comics). Old high school pal, writer/director/teacher, Larry O'Neil, has occasionally crashed our couch to write some of his new screenplay. We've also been graced with comics writer/publisher Dave Kelly, and cartoonist Mike Cavallaro.

When the pandemic hit and Whitney Matheson downsized our studio footprint, we lost some of the extra energy a studio is known to yield. Even though we're currently in a Red Hook space that houses a hundred diverse artists, we're still quarantined in our little, mostly windowless rooms. So, it's been great to host various spirits of the creative class and we hope to have more.

Alas, our third studio mate, Kenny Wong, an amazing illustrator and swell guy, is getting too much work as a stuntman and coordinator for TV and movies, and has to split our studio. We wish him the greatest success in art and cinema. We welcome our new studio mate/cartoonist from our previous studio, Jason Goungor, who is currently killing it on his Killer Bad comic and Kickstarter with writer/singer/songwriter, Jeffrey Burandt aka Jef UK of Brooklyn sci-fi rockers, Americans UK!
Speaking of Dave Kelly, our Tales of The Night Watchman/The Red Hook collaboration is now available digitally via ComiXology. Check out "The Untold Legend Of Luna," illustrated by Brett Hobson & gang.

Illustrator and comics art historian, Arlen Schumer did a great webinar about the late/great Frank Robbins, my favorite Batman artist from the 1970s, and he was kind enough to compare and contrast some of my work to the master of undulating chiaroscuro.

Cartoonist George O'Connor and I were special guests on The Jacked Kirby podcast #118: “Return To St. Mark’s Comics- LIVE!” from Industry City, BK/NY, where we reminisced about the King of Comics and the Queen of NYC Comic Shops.

Speaking of Nightwork...

When Whitney came back from a three-week writing residency in the woods, I asked what she learned. Watch us indulge the muse with one TV pilot, two plays, and three weeks.

Speaking of plays...

I'm proud to announce that a one-act play Whitney wrote, DENNY BARRACUDA, will be performed Sept. 8 and 23 at The Brick theater in Brooklyn, NY.

Whitney wrote DENNY at the peak of the pandemic and, fittingly, it follows an artist who has been quarantined in his apartment for a year. When he calls upon the services of a woman named Denny Barracuda, he doesn't know what he's in for.

We're thrilled to be working with director Shannon Goldman, actors Madeleine Morrell and Lawrence Trailer. The short performance is part of The Brick's ?!: New Works festival, and tickets for the two shows are on sale at

Happy 13, Ruby!

Please get vaccinated if you haven't already.

Love, Dean

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

NIGHTWORK Studio: 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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