Bonus Episode – Dean Haspiel

Virtual Memories Show Bonus Episode:
Dean Haspiel

“What if Spider-Man became Peter Parker?”

LEAN INTO DEAN! Cartoonist, playwright, schmoozer, etc. Dean Haspiel returns for a Bonus Episode to talk about his new Kickstarter, THE RED HOOK X DEAN HASPIEL (closing March 28, 2024, so GO SUPPORT IT)! We get into why he’s making the plunge into Meta-Mem-Noir and bringing Dean Haspiel as a character into his New Brooklyn comics universe, what it’s like to be part of the story, and how this podcast is also becoming more autobiographical with each passing week. Plus, we talk about getting old and not being able to stay out all night (even though he gave it his best shot this weekend), what it’s like to treat comics as a reductive art rather than a rendering one, the play Dino’s working on, what he’s learned from his previous Kickstarter projects, Covid Cop and Billy Dogma and Jane Legit, why he’s holding off on reading the finale of Howard Chaykin‘s Time² project, and more! Give it a listen! And go support The Red Hook X Dean Haspiel! (before 3/28/24!)

“I like to draw comics, I like to write plays, I like to make movies every once in a while, and I always think about how to apply the virtues of each medium. Sometimes the same story can be applied to different mediums and find different stories from the same source material.”

“I would hazard that Kickstarter is the third largest comics publisher in America.”

“Comics encompasses it all: it’s theater, it’s cinema, it’s music, it’s literature, it’s art, it’s got it all. And all you need is a blank piece of paper.”

Enjoy the conversation! Then check out the archives for more great episodes!

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About our Guest

Emmy & Ringo Award winning NYC cartoonist, playwright + Yaddo fellow Dean Haspiel is the creator of Billy Dogma, The Red Hook, & Covid Cop. He has worked for Marvel, DC, Archie, Image, Webtoon, etc., etc.

Follow Dean on Substack, Instagram and . . . LiveJournal!?

Credits: This episode’s music is Fella by Hal Mayforth, used with permission from the artist. The conversation was recorded remotely via Zencastr. I used a Heil PR-40 Dynamic Studio Recording Microphone feeding into a Zoom PodTrak P4. All processing and editing done in Adobe Audition CC. Photo of Dino by someone else. It’s on my instagram.

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