The Life and Times of Illustrator DEAN HASPIEL
By Zack Smith, Newsarama Contributor
It’s a good time to be Dean Haspiel. The prolific cartoonist has become a familiar face at Vertigo with such graphic novels as The Quitter with the late Harvey Pekar, The Alcoholic with Jonathan Ames, and the forthcoming Cuba: My Revolution with Inverna Lockpez. He’s also been a regular presence on such webcomic sites as ACT-I-VATE and Zuda…and of course was the basis for Zach Galifinakis’ “Ray” on HBO’s Bored to Death, for which he recently received an Emmy nomination for his work on the main title design.
With all this Haspiel action going on, the time is ripe for Dean Haspiel: The Early Years this September. It’s the first in a new series from IDW/Desperado spinning off the acclaimed Graphic NYC (www.nycgraphicnovelists.com) site. The new volume, written by Christopher Irving, combines interviews with Haspiel with a heaping helping of his early comics and some all-new work. The life and times of Dean Haspiel have yielded some unbelievable stories…and Irving and Haspiel sat down to let us know what to anticipate.