Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Dean Haspiel, the Small Press Expo and minicomics in the Library of Congress

TITLE: Independent Comix Art & Mini-Comix: Dean Haspiel & the Small Press Expo
SPEAKER: Dean Haspiel, Warren Bernard
EVENT DATE: 09/14/2012

FORMAT: Video + Captions
RUNNING TIME: 45 minutes
TRANSCRIPT: View Transcript (link will open in a new window)


A discussion by comics creator Dean Haspiel on the new Small Press Expo (SPX) collection of the Serial & Government Publications Division. The collection of mini-comics -- "small in size but impressive in cultural impact" -- will contain, among other worthy selections, past and future Ignatz Award nominated works.

Speaker Biography: Emmy award winner and Eisner Award nominee Dean Haspiel created BILLY DOGMA, illustrated for HBO's "Bored To Death," received a residency at Yaddo, was a Master Artist at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and teaches comic book storytelling (MoCCA & The Society of Illustrators). Haspiel has written and drawn many superhero and semi-autobiographical comix, including Spider-Man, Batman, X-men, The Fantastic Four, Godzilla, Mars Attacks, Creepy, American Splendor, Michael Chabon's The Escapist, and collaborations with Harvey Pekar (The Quitter), Jonathan Ames (The Alcoholic), Inverna Lockpez (Cuba: My Revolution), Tim Hall (The Last Mortician), Stan Lee, and Jonathan Lethem. Dean also helped pioneer personal webcomics with the invention of ACT-I-VATE, Next-Door Neighbor for SMITH Magazine, Street Code for Zuda/DC Digital, and was the editor of COMIX BLOCK for Cousin Corinne's REMINDER.

Speaker Biography: Warren Bernard is executive director of the Small Press Expo and editor, with Rick Marschall, of "Drawing Power: A Compendium of Cartoon Advertising 1870s-1940s."

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