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|Wednesday, December 18th, 2013|
Oh sure I should post this here too...
I had a trip to Ontario a couple of weeks ago and managed to dance around bad weather. When I was there it was quite mild, while Vancouver was uncommonly cold. Then after I came back Ontario got cold again, piles of snow now, while I walk around here with just a hoodie or light jacket.
It appears to have been a month since I posted anything here. So let's start with a comic I drew on my way back from Ontario.
At some point I realized that I had enough drawings to do a couple more little collections of the tiny astonaut "explorer", so I finished off the series I did with him and Mega-j, and then forged on to finish up the series of him in the forest.
When I was in Ontario I had a quiet moment and decided to check out Marc Maron's comedy special on netflix, since I quite enjoy his WTF podcast
and hadn't actually heard any of his comedy. I was inspired to do this drawing of him.
This is a drawing I did a while back, working towards a story I am planning to start next year.
And here is a song by a band I have been digging.
|Like Odysseus he will return at last to slay this blog's suitors and regale us with tales of his adv
posted by Dan Guy
My Lords and Ladies of the Royal Court1,
Now, now, don't flip your wigs just yet; this is not yet the return of the illustrious Mr. G -- this is merely prelude, possibly prophecy (if he doesn't make a liar of me) by I, your humble web goblin.
For far too long we have gone without word here from Mr. G. He tweets, he whosays, he releases triple albums with his lovely wife and puts more girdles 'round the earth than has an elderly burlesque troupe, yet no blog has he posted in two months. But he has not abandoned us! I tell you that he will return! And I tell you this because he told me this, and told me to tell you this. In his words, he will be "doing a proper blog post" in the near future.
At the point when Google presided over the shotgun wedding of Blogger and Google+, apparently all blog posts by Mr. G became attributed to "Unknown". Why did no one tell me
this? I have now fixed things.
Since the first of November, and continuing on through the end of the year, a contest has been running among independent U.S. book stores. The prize is a visit from Mr. G, and to win a store has simply to sell the most copies of THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE during the contest period.
Below you may find a list of all participating stores, along with where to find them online. Christmas is a week away, so if you act quickly there may yet be time to get in some holiday shopping and help push your local store into the lead!
1511 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84105http://www.kingsenglish.com/https://twitter.com/kingsenglishhttps://facebook.com/kingsenglishbookshop
1175 Woods Crossing Rd #5
Greenville, SC 29607http://www.fiction-addiction.com/http://twitter.com/FictnAddictnhttp://facebook.com/FictionAddictionBookstore
82 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02482http://www.wellesley.indiebound.com/https://twitter.com/WellesleyBookshttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Wellesley-Books/208745159156382
6208 E Speedway
Tucson, AZ 85712http://www.mostlybooksaz.com/https://twitter.com/mostlybooksazhttps://www.facebook.com/MostlyBooksAZ
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925http://www.bookpassage.com/https://twitter.com/bookpassagehttps://www.facebook.com/bookpassage
Books Inc Palo Alto
855 El Camino Real #74
Palo Alto, CA 94031http://www.booksinc.net/PaloAltohttps://twitter.com/BooksIncPAhttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Books-Inc-Palo-Alto/5475664447
522 Hartz Ave
Danville, CA 94526http://www.rakestrawbooks.com/https://twitter.com/rakestrawbookshttps://www.facebook.com/rakestrawbooks
Bookshop Santa Cruz
1520 Pacific Ave
Santa Cruz, CA 95060http://www.bookshopsantacruz.com/https://twitter.com/BookshopSChttps://www.facebook.com/BookshopSantaCruz
15 S Dubuque St
Iowa City, IA 52240http://www.prairielights.com/https://twitter.com/Prairie_Lightshttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Prairie-Lights-Bookstore/27924083261
Boulder Book Store
1107 Pearl St
Boulder, CO 80302http://www.boulderbookstore.net/https://twitter.com/boulderbookshttps://www.facebook.com/boulderbookstore
Books Inc Burlingame
1375 Burlingame Ave.
Burlingame, CA 94085http://www.booksinc.net/burlingamehttps://www.facebook.com/BookIncBurlingame
1295 Bardstown Rd
Louisville, KY 40204http://www.carmichaelsbookstore.com/https://twitter.com/carmichaelsbookhttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Carmichaels-Bookstore/124136360956856
Eagle Eye Bookshop
2076 N Decatur Rd
Decatur, GA 30033http://www.eagleeyebooks.com/https://twitter.com/eagleeyebookshttps://www.facebook.com/eagleeyebooks
Between the Covers
152 E Main St
Harbor Springs, MI 49740http://www.betweenthecovers.com/https://www.facebook.com/btcbookstore
204 N Main St
Hudson, OH 44236http://www.learnedowl.com/https://twitter.com/learnedowlhttps://www.facebook.com/learnedowl
121 W 5th St
Chico, CA 95928http://www.lyonbooks.com/https://www.facebook.com/lyonbooks
2238 Carter Ave
St. Paul, MN 55108http://www.micawbers.com/https://twitter.com/micawbershttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Micawbers-Books/58197328761
Towne Center Books
555 Main St
Pleasanton, CA 94566http://www.townecenterbooks.com/https://twitter.com/TowneCenterBkshttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Towne-Center-Books/142569542253
U C Davis Bookstore
2828 Cowell Blvd
Davis, CA 95618http://ucdavisstores.com/https://twitter.com/UCDavisStoreshttps://www.facebook.com/ucdavisstores
118 N 3rd St
Marquette, MI 49855http://www.snowboundbooks.com/https://www.facebook.com/groups/165471948623/
Magers & Quinn
3038 Hennepin Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55408http://www.magersandquinn.com/https://twitter.com/magersandquinnhttps://www.facebook.com/magersandquinnbooksellers
Books Inc Alameda
1344 Park St
Alameda, CA 94501http://www.booksinc.net/Alamedahttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Books-Inc-in-Alameda/90600029491
768 Boston Post Rd
Madison. CT 06443http://www.rjjulia.com/https://twitter.com/rjjuliahttps://www.facebook.com/rjjuliabooksellers
Over the Moon Bookstore & Artisan Gallery
5798 Three Notch'd Rd.
Crozet, VA 22932http://www.overthemoonbookstore.com/https://www.facebook.com/OvertheMoonBookstore
- I don't know what possessed me to start this blog post as Lord Buckley -- do the kids even know who he is these days? -- but there you have it2.
- It could have been worse. I could have rapped about Christmas jammies.
- There is no third footnote.
|Monday, December 16th, 2013|
|Order books for the holidays
For a limited time only, I’m offering signed/personalized copies of the Astronaut Academy books.
For $12 each (shipping included). If you’d like the books to arrive before Christmas definitely place your order by December 17th!
Paypal to email@example.com
(be sure to include the names you’d like the books personalized to.)
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|Sunday, December 15th, 2013|
|Saturday, December 14th, 2013|
|From Friendly Ghosts to Gamma Rays reviews THE FOX #2
"It is a well written, wonderfully drawn throw back to Silver Age fun. Bam! Pick this title up! No questions asked. I don’t even want to write anything else about it so I don’t spoil the fun.
I could go on about the cool characters they are digging out of the Red Circle vaults and including in this title, which when mixed with the crazy story and perfect pacing becomes one of those dream-come-true titles. I could even go on and say how it’s superior to the New Crusaders relaunch from last year, which is saying a lot because that was a pretty cool title itself. I could even go on and on about the power house of fun that is Waid and Haspiel as they burn rubber across each and every page of the main story. But I won’t blah-blah-blah you to death here. I’m just once again going to tell you that, like the New Crusaders, it’s fresh superhero fun and you should pick up this title. You don’t have to know anything prior about this universe, it’s all told very clearly so anyone can jump on (which is wonderful being it’s a world not too many readers are familiar with anymore)."
Read the rest of the review here: http://comicattack.net/2013/12/13/ffgtgr12132013/
|Friday, December 13th, 2013|
I've tried every which way to personally turn people on to my wares (to the point of giving it away for free) and, ultimately, I never figured out who cared what I did until my work was contrasted on "the shelf." Your friends/family/peers will most often support your cause but to be sanctioned by "the shelf" is a qualifier for most buyers. I feel that "The Shelf," for all its difficulties and hardships to get a seat on, is a CURATED shelf. Sometimes curated by bonafide taste-makers and critics, often curated by friends/family/peers, or, worse, money that buys you a spot on that crowded shelf. Still, that crowded shelf, even as it expands its digital tentacles into our phones, is an important shelf to be on. The alternative is to spark a scorched earth of "Me/Me/Me/and ONLY me," a tumblr culture we're steadfast entering as the entrepreneurial world becomes more and more narcissistic and nihilistic. I'd rather fight my way onto the shelf and use that leverage to find a way to stick out because it's a pretty amazing shelf. Call me old but the shelf is the place I look to when I want something classic or new and fresh. Despite the shelf, I seek and build community to help spread like-minded gospel....to be a part of something.
|Thursday, December 12th, 2013|
|Ain't It Cool News reviews THE FOX #2
"Dean Haspiel and Mark Waid bring their A-game once again to this second issue. The madcap blend of action, thrills, humor and (most of all) fun that sold me on THE FOX in its premiere issue packs this comic from cover to cover, as the Fox battles giant monsters, raging rivers and vivid hallucinations on a strange alien planet. The Jack Kirby influence that was heralded in issue #1’s cliffhanger reveal of the sci-fi-skewed Queen of Diamonds positively crackles here—as a matter of fact, the only thing that this issue could use are some authentic Kirby Krackles™ and I would think I was reading a classic issue of FANTASTIC FOUR.
Haspiel’s clean-cut style and dynamic compositions infuse the story with a combination of retro charm and modern freshness, while Waid taps into his inner Beatle to pepper the comic with an inner monologue for the Fox that perfectly complements his situation of being spirited away to the pseudo-psychedelic diamond world."
Read the rest of the review here: http://www.aintitcool.com/node/65413
|Wednesday, December 11th, 2013|
|Gowanus Comix Complex
Three comix studios in Gowanus, Brooklyn (Hang Dai, Drawbridge, and Hypothetical Island) partook in a Secret Santa soiree at Lucey's Bar the evening of December 10th, 2013. Santa gave me a bottle of bourbon.
|O'Shea's Offhand Opinions reviews The Fox #2
"Haspiel is a savvy collaborator—having tapped veteran scribe Mark Waid to script/collaborate with him on the dialogue. If I was not predisposed to like this series, Haspiel would have hooked me in the first issue afterword, when he described The Fox as “sounding like James Garner from The Rockford Files.”
I really hope that Haspiel continues to infuse humor in this series, as he did in issue 2, when he had The Fox/Paul Patton explain to a visiting alien: “I’m clinging hopefully to a newspaper job. If you lived on this planet, you’d know how ridiculous that sounds.”"
Read the rest of the review here: http://talkingwithtim.tumblr.com/post/69677959478/osheas-offhand-opinions-2013-6-the-fox-2
|Tuesday, December 10th, 2013|
|CBR reviews THE FOX #2
"Haspiel's visuals are clean and feel appropriately pulpy and energized. His expressions for The Fox, even considering the costume/mask are highly effective and really highlight the definitive personality of Paul/The Fox. Despite the clean and simple style, Haspiel has no trouble making The Fox both iconic and also incredibly human and relatable."
Read the rest of the review here: http://www.comicbookresources.com/?id=6748&page=user_review
|Monday, December 9th, 2013|
|Sunday, December 8th, 2013|
|Major Spoilers reviews THE FOX #2
"The trick of superheroes in these post-ironic times is in getting past the faint ridiculousness of the concept and finding a real human story to tell. The Fox manages to do it perfectly by embracing the goofiest concepts of Golden Age MLJ Comics lovingly, taking what works and tying it into a cool story, while not being ashamed of the source material like so many dark reboots these days are. (Yes, I’m talking about the New 52. But also about Marvel’s output, and even recent TV and movie adaptations, as well.) The Fox #2 is a trippy, clever, thoughtful tale, featuring a likeable hero, and delivering something that can be hard to find in comics these days, a fast and fun story that seems deceptively simple, earning 4 out of 5 stars overall. I’m in for the haul with The Fox, and I hope to see his adventures continuing in this vein for a long time…"
Read the rest of the review here: http://majorspoilers.com/2013/12/07/review-fox-2/#more-233519
|Friday, December 6th, 2013|
|All About Books & Comics reviews THE FOX #2
"Haspiel is an indy creator with strong Kirby and Alex Toth influences, and this Archie superhero character, a kind of lone-wolf Batman/Spirit type, offers a great match for his strengths. The credits list Haspiel as “plotter” and Waid as “scripter”; I’m guessing that means Waid took the already-done art, talked to Haspiel about the story outline, and then supplied the dialogue, and the interior monologue that acts as captions. It’s a sprawling story that transports the hero to another world, where he has to fight a bunch of monsters to help rescue a kingdom from a tyrant: pretty standard stuff, except that the energetic art and a healthy dose of humor help to propel the story, as does having a non-powered costumed character who’s so out of his depth. Look for the variant cover, a Paul Pope homage to Alex Toth that’s a marvel of color and composition."http://allaboutbooksandcomics.com/wp/phils-reviews-stuff-i-bought-264/
|Holiday Party/Fundraiser at Grasshopper Comics
Grasshopper Comics Annual Holiday Fundraising Party & Book Signing!
Bring a new, unwrapped toy for the Charity Raffle at Grasshopper Comics. All proceeds go to the John Thiessen Children’s Foundation (JTCF.org). There will be an afternoon drawing party with snacks, artists and writers, as well as appearances by Darth Vader, Stormtroopers, and members of the Justice League of America!
Guest authors include: Jacob Chabot (Voltron, Mighty Skullboy), Chris Giarrusso (G-Man, Mini-Marvels), Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy), and Raina Telgemeier (Smile, Drama).
Saturday, December 7, Starting at 12pm
76 Hillside Ave.
Williston Park, Long Island, NY 11596
RSVP on their Facebook Invite
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|Pop Culture Maven reviews THE FOX #2
"Haspiel has really taken a very middle of the road superhero and turn the book into a really wild ride. The aspect of the book that I really love is it’s goofiness, but it never goes too far over the edge of it. I really liked the idea of Haspiel not taking the book in the standard superhero adventures that we see far too often from the big two publishers. He is willing to take chances and take the book in directions that you are not suspecting. He is also creating an underlying mythology that is very intriguing."
"Haspiel has created a really smart and funny superhero book that is not afraid to go in different directions."
Read the rest of the review here: http://www.popculturemaven.com/uncategorized/new-comic-book-reviews-week-of-12413/
|Destroy the Brain reviews THE FOX #2
"I’d like to express my personal gratitude to Dean Haspiel for his rendering of The Fox. A lot of the mainstream superhero comic artists do their best to avoid drawing their male protagonists’ in any kind of embarrassing or exposed posture but The Fox isn’t given that kind of annoyingly sensitive dignity; he gets tossed around, (wo)manhandled (by his wife no less!), and generally comes off as infinitely more human than standard superhero tropes. I find myself so much more invested in the character because of it."
Read the rest of the review here: http://www.destroythebrain.com/comics/comic-execution-126-grindhouse-fox-burn-orphanage
|Carroll + Clinton
I heard the sounds of rubber tires screeching to a halt and a loud crash of metal crushing flesh. A woman screaming "Call 911!" sent Freon up my spine. I peered out my window and saw neighbors dialing their phones. I ran down my block and lying under a plastic garbage bag was the crumpled body of a Chinese delivery man and his bicycle. Next to him was a black man holding a garbage pail lid over his bleeding head to block the rain. The grill of the black man's van was hanging on by a twisted thread of smashed headlight wires. A woman was telling the semi-conscious victim to "Stop moving your head!" but he didn't understand English. I put a piece of found cardboard under his head because he kept trying to scratch it. The pain from the gaping wound behind his scalp must have itched. Paramedics arrived with cops in tow and they took the poor guy away. The crowd dispersed and the rain washed the blood away, almost making the accident an apparition. Someone tied his busted bike to a rail and it stood there for weeks before it got robbed it of all its parts.
|Thursday, December 5th, 2013|
|Comic Bastards reviews THE FOX #2
"Dean Haspiel’s art is just as good as it was last month, but this issue has some pretty trippy looking stuff in it. It doesn’t really take place in a conventional setting, which makes it really cool to look at. Allen Passalaqua’s colors really popped in this issue. Combined, these two guys really brought something special."
Read the rest of the review here: http://comicbastards.com/review-the-fox-2/
|The Fox #2 - THANKS
Thanks to everyone who bought THE FOX #2 and made the JHU Comics signing with me, Mike Cavallaro, and Paul Pope a success.
(Battling Boy sketch. Pencils by Haspiel and inks by Pope)
(Thing sketch by Haspiel)
(photographed by Rahadyan Sastrowardoyo)
(photographed by Rahadyan Sastrowardoyo)