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longstory July 29 2014, 14:02

“Is it safe.”


“I’d like the bacon-and-tomato panini—”

“And would you like that with the tomato?”


But that was on the way out. On the way in, I didn’t buy a thing; sat stewed in indignation at the gate, over all the little indignities I’d had to suffer: belt stripped, and shoes, wallet and phone and boarding pass in my hands up over my hand, don’t shoot, I’m coming out, as my junk was strobed with millimeter waves. The nigh-constant announcements over the loudspeakers that my safety was their top priority weren’t helping: I didn’t feel safe. I felt rather distinctly threatened. By them. —Foolish, perhaps; even rather indulgent. But. —In the paranoiac frenzy of packing (leave the toothpaste, of course, can’t take that in a carry-on, tube’s too big, and the razor, God no, and the deodorant? Is it a solid, or a gel? The hell is the difference? One’s apparently more likely to be explosive, or at least more likely to be considered as an explosive. There’s no definition anywhere I can find, but I can call the airport I’ll be traveling from if I have any and you know what? Just leave it. Leave it, leave it, leave it—) I’d suddenly been struck—what about the badges? The buttons I’d made the week before, a nice big set for each faction and fifth, that I wanted to hand out to any and sundry as ice-breakers and attention-snaggers. Made of metal, with pins, sharp pins—little, yes. But sharp. Would they be allowed through? Would they cause a problem? —Sure, laugh away, it seems utterly illogical to worry about it now, but logic plays no part in this at all. It wouldn’t even matter if some DHS working group had sat down and soberly assessed any possible threats posed by pin-secured flair of all sorts: its potential as a threatening weapon; its utility in jimmying a locked cockpit door; et cetera, et cetera—and then rubber-stamping appropriate forms in triplicate to propagate the appropriate data updates and normalizations throughout the various linked databases humming to themselves on servers across the country, allowed, or disallowed, or the one-inch buttons are fine but the line’s being drawn at two-inches, and God knows the little pinch-back pins? That they use for lapel flags and such? Those are right out, God damn, you could stab yourself with one if you aren’t careful, okay? Put it down. Put it down, sir. —It wouldn’t even matter if I’d called ahead to the airport I’d be travelling from, got their blessing and imprimatur, because what it all comes down to in the end is essentially that one singular transaction between you on the one side and the person with the badge on the other and if they take it in their head to take exception to some little thing or other you’re basically fucked, you know? Game over. Best case scenario, all those little pins come out of the bag and go into the trash. Worst case? I’m not going to lose my temper, no, but I don’t have money, I don’t have time, not to get another ticket, not to deal with any sort of delay, my only chance, my only choice—

(A couple-some years before, in Newark, I’m on the security line, I’m wearing a loose light green vest over a T-shirt, it’s more like a sleeveless shirt, really, I’ve taken off my shoes, I’m not wearing a belt, I’ve dumped the contents of my pockets in the bins, I’m ready to step through the metal detector, but the guard on the other side of the table says sharply “Hey. You want to take off your vest?” and it takes me a minute, like I say, it’s more of a shirt almost, so “I’m sorry?” I say, quizzically, which is enough for me to realize what it was he’d said, figure out what he wanted, my hands coming up even then, automatically, Pavlovianly, reaching to open it up, but he’s leaning, lunging even, over the conveyor belt, “Hey,” he’s bellowing, “you looking to start something?” —This man, with a badge, and hard eyes, and a finger, stabbing at my nose.)

—so I’d brought only a handful, of each type of button. In plastic bags, in my carryon. They went through the scanner without a hitch. I never got a second look from anyone.

Your safety is our top priority,” says the announcement over the loudspeaker, as I sit at the gate, glowering at no one in particular at all.

I used to like flying. I even once liked airports. You know?

man_size July 23 2014, 14:26

The 75th Anniversary of Batman

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I drew BATMAN '66 #13, written by Gabe Soria , colored by Allen Passalaqua, lettered by Wes Abbott with a cover by Mike Allred, and it comes out today in comic book shops to help celebrate Batman's 75th anniversary.

I honestly didn't know that our comic book was going to come out the same day as Batman's 75th anniversary but I'd already snuck in an homage to the cover of BATMAN #1 on page 2 of our comic. Dub it prescient, call it kismet. Happy Birthday, Batman!

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Check out the 6-page preview of my BATMAN '66 #13: http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=preview&id=22747
yaytime July 21 2014, 20:38

Comic Con, San Diego

Here is where to find me at Comic Con International: San Diego from July 24th-27th.

Thursday July 24th

4pm: Kids’ Heroes, Capes and Journeys: Does One Size Fit All? (Room 29A)
Graphic novel authors and educators discuss how kids’ heroes have grown and changed over the years. Discussing “Hero” templates, they’ll explore old and new hero favorites and whether a mold helps or hinders the development of future heroes. Panelists will then ask the audience to help create an SDCC 2014 hero as artist panelists draw/design/experiment with hero templates. Implications for fans, educators, students, and aspiring writers, and critics will be discussed. Panelist include Jennifer Holm (Babymouse, Squish)Matthew Holm (Babymouse, Squish),, Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy) , Frank Cammuso (The Misadventures of Salem Hyde)TedNaifeh (Courtney Crumrin) , Marc Tyler Nobleman (Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman, Bill the Boy Wonder), and Alexis Fajardo (Kid Beowulf).

Gene Yang

7pm: Dave Roman & Gene Yang presentation, live drawing & book signing
Barnes & Noble Mira Mesa
10775 Westview Parkway
San Diego, CA 92126
More info & store locator

Sunday July 27th

10am Kids Draw! Interactive panel. (Room 30CDE)
This fun-filled draw-off pits cartoonist against cartoonist as kids help tell the story-with Kelley Jones (Space Mountain), Dav Pilkey (Captain Underpants), Dave Roman(Astronaut Academy), Dan Santat (Comics Squad: Recess), and Kirk Scroggs (Snoop Troop) and as many monsters, aliens, princesses, and plot twists as they can fit into a single panel! Moderated by Matt and Jenni Holm (Babymouse, Squish).

11:30am Dave Roman signing all books at Sails Pavilion, AA09

12pm Dave Roman signing copies of Astronaut Academy at :01 First Second booth #1323

1pm – 2pm All-Ages Comics Have Arrived! (Room 24ABC)
Quality all-ages comics are back and better than ever! We’re not just talking about “kids” comics, we’re talking about amazing comics that can be enjoyed by young, old, and everyone in between. Join KaBOOM! editor Shannon Watters as she has a lively and fun conversation with several all-ages creators, including David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy: Zero Gravity), Gene Yang (American Born Chinese, Boxers and Saints), and Ian McGinty (Bravest Warriors, Adventure Time: Candy Capers).

Mirrored from it's yaytime!.

man_size July 21 2014, 19:35

Bleeding Cool talks to 8 creators about Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream

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“After I decided to dedicate a large chunk of my life to making comix, I discovered Winsor McCay’s Little Nemo the same time I learned about George Herriman’s Krazy Kat and Cliff Sterrett’s Polly and Her Pals. I couldn’t believe how artistically sophisticated yet psychedelic those early 20th century comic strips were. I hardly read them because, like the pyramids and Stonehenge, they appeared other-worldly. Dick Tracy and Calvin & Hobbes made much more sense to me.

When I was given the opportunity to contribute to Locust Moon Comics’ ambitious Dream Another Dream project, I balked. I didn’t think I was worthy in what could arguably be considered this decade’s best anthology. In fact, my first attempt, a Billy Dogma ditty, didn’t make muster. I walked the walk of shame and figured that was that, but Chris Stevens insisted I had something more to say and challenged me to dig deeper. I thought about Little Nemo and what would happen if he never got out of bed and grew old. Never having taken a chance outside of Slumberland. What would happen if Nemo were to dream another dream and wake up after all these years and…do something. I drew upon Will Eisner’s streets, George Herriman’s romance, and Jack Kirby’s cosmos while, hopefully, evoking the spirit of Winsor McCay.”
--Dean Haspiel

Read the rest at Bleeding Cool: http://www.bleedingcool.com/2014/07/21/a-worthy-ballad-to-sing-a-graphic-love-song-mack-sienkiewicz-allred-and-many-more-on-dream-another-dream/
man_size July 19 2014, 22:30


"I saw a lot of people, after the new logo was announced, asking, "Is 'The Fox' still a part of this?" or "What became of what went before?" The books coming out do not at all negate what came before. And really, "The Fox" was a proto-Dark Circle book in that it took one of the classic characters and gave it a creator-driven voice in the work from Dean Haspiel and Mark Waid. That gave us some momentum in looking at these other characters. The new "Fox" series is the one we've got the most pages from in right now, and Dean is pulling out all the stops on this one."

man_size July 18 2014, 16:08

Pope, Scioli, Haspiel signing at Locust Moon Comics

July 17, 2014 @7:00pm until late night
Locust Moon Comics
34 S 40th St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104

Beat back the dog days of summer with one of the finest nights the Philly comics scene will see. Join us for an intimate celebration of these three cartoonists and their new books:

Paul Pope's ESCAPO


Dean Haspiel's FEAR MY DEAR

It's going to be a night to remember, folks. Be there.

man_size July 18 2014, 15:05

Comics Alliance reviews THE FOX: Freak Magnet

"As much as Waid’s dialogue gives the Fox his detached slightly cynical voice throughout the story, there’s an amazing amount of character that comes through purely through the body language depicted by Haspiel.

Those floppy ears might be my favorite costume element of the past few years, but it’s the awkward, gangly limbs that really sell it. Haspiel draws the Fox with an incredible sense of motion, always bouncing around and, way more importantly, always nearly falling on his face. He sells the idea of the superhero who doesn’t actually want to be a hero and is therefore not all that into training to hone his body into a weapon against crime better than anyone else could, and it’s magical."

Read the rest of the review here: http://comicsalliance.com/buy-this-book-the-fox-freak-magnet-dean-haspiel-mark-waid-j-m-dematteis/
man_size July 18 2014, 14:06

Comicosity Interview: Dean Haspiel Crazy Likes THE FOX

"Frankly, I was getting sick and tired of all the murder and mayhem that has become popular in our mainstream superhero comics. Who knew the apocalypse could become so boring? And the superhero deaths? So many superhero deaths. So many superhero resurrections. Rinse and repeat. Horror is my favorite genre but I don’t want superheroes to be subsumed by horror. Didn’t the Joker once ask, “Why so serious?” I wanted to read and see the kind of comic books I loved growing up so that’s what I wrote and drew in The Fox: Freak Magnet story. I wanted to celebrate the kind of superhero comic book I love."

Read the rest of the interview here: http://www.comicosity.com/interview-dean-haspiel-crazy-likes-the-fox/
man_size July 17 2014, 17:12

The next phase of The Fox

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USA Today unveils the first wave of Archie Comics' Dark Circle superhero launch of The Black Hood, The Shield, and The Fox <--which I'm collaborating on again with co-writer Mark Waid and colorist Allen Passalaqua.

"The Fox has inadvertently annoyed a wealthy psychopath and a $1 million bounty has been placed on his head," he explains. "A rogues' gallery comes out of the woodwork on the eve of Patton's retiring of his Fox persona for a better quality of life: a pox The Fox cannot escape."

Adds Kaminski: "This is a story about family, trust and what it means to be a 'superhero' in a day and age where real monsters are all around us."

Not only can Haspiel and Waid unleash a truckload of entertainment, Segura says, they're two creators he's admired for over a decade.

The mutual admiration carries over to his dynamic duo. Working with Waid is like collaborating with "The Comics Whisperer," Haspiel says. "He makes artists better writers,"

Similarly, Waid adds, "there is no world in which it makes any sense not to come to the table when Dean Haspiel invites you. As much fun as our first outing on The Fox was, this is even crazier and more adventurous. It's grim without being dark, it's fun without being childish — it's flat-out action-adventure meant purely to entertain."

Kaminski puts it simply: "There never has, nor will there ever be, a comic-book series like The Fox. It's comics at its best, and that's the essence of what Dark Circle is all about."


Den Of Geek Says: "As for The Fox, I fully expect Waid and Haspiel to build on the comedic heroics that made the Freak Magnet arc so memorable. USA Today has some exclusive images and more information on these books, all of which seem to be part of Archie's Machiavellian plot to overwhelm the comic industry with coolness. Damn, are these guys on a roll, or what?"


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