Tuesday, November 19, 2013

NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium covered by The Rumpus

Gregory goes over his layouts for B+F, and I look excited about being introduced by the great cartoonist, Ben Katchor.
Gregory Benton and I  had a great time speaking at The sixty-sixth meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium (hosted by Ben Katchor.) last Monday night at Parsons. Gregory spoke about his process of making his new book, B+F and I gave a talk about the history of Fumetti/Photonovellas and on my own history of making Photocomix.

Keren Katz wrote up a thorough and compelling piece on the event for The Rumpus, complete with a plethora of images for the presentation. Highly recommended reading.

Artist, Chelle Mayer (granddaughter of the legendary cartoonist, Sheldon Mayer) was in attendance and drew this wonderful interpretation/distillation of my presentation.
The New York Comics & Picture-Story Symposium is a weekly forum for discussing the tradition and future of text/image work. Open to the public, it meets Monday nights at 7-9pm EST in New York City. Presentations vary weekly and include everything from historical topics and technical demonstrations to creators presenting their work. Check out upcoming meetings here.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013



Gregory Benton, Dean Haspiel and I had a fantastic time at Comic Arts Brooklyn this past weekend. Our day was filled with looking at inspiring work, having great conversations and being surprised by all the old friends who showed up at our table, out of the blue. We were thrilled about the interest folks had in our new imprint, HANG DAI Editions. Thanks to everyone who came by and supported our efforts. Thanks to Hannah Menzies for covering our debut for Bleeding Cool, and to Beth Scorzato and Calvin Reid for focusing on us in the Publisher's Weekly article on CAB. This all went a long way in helping us build a buzz for our new imprint. Thanks to Gabriel Fowler for organizing an excellent show. Thanks Christa Cassano for helping with the booth and to her and Jess Ruliffson for bringing us dumplings. Can't wait till next year!

Monday, November 11, 2013

The New York Comics & Picture-story Symposium at Parsons


The sixty-sixth meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held Tonight, Monday, November 11, 2013 at 7:00 PM at Parsons The New School, 2 West 13th Street, in the Bark Room (off the lobby). Free and open to the public. Presentations: Gregory Benton will discuss his new book B+F, winner of an Award of Excellence at this year’s MoCCA. Seth Kushner will be presenting his Photocomix work and discussing his fascination with fumetti and how he plans to use sequential photographic narrative in the future.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

HANG DAI Editions launch


Benton, Haspiel and Kushner launch HANG DAI Editions.

HANG DAI Editions was founded in Brooklyn, NY by Gregory Benton, Dean Haspiel, and Seth Kushner over their mutual dedication to comix art. The imprint focuses on limited edition comix, graphic novels, and art books, with an emphasis on personal interaction at events, conventions, and signings.

The three principals each have long histories with traditional publishing venues and have now decided to take on the challenge of publishing independently, under the HANG DAI Editions imprint, in order to retain full ownership and control over select personal creations.

The HANG DAI Editions line will debut at Comic Arts Brooklyn on November 9, 2013 with three limited edition comic books. Benton unveils his man vs. nature tale, FORCE OF NATURE, Haspiel brings forth his one-man anthology, PSYCHOTRONIC COMIX, and Kushner collects three shorts from his autobio web-series in SCHMUCK COMIX.

The three New York City based creators, who share a studio in Gowanus, Brooklyn, plan to evolve the line into self-financed and crowd funded hardcover books, and are actively seeking distributors with which to partner.

HANG DAI Editions - creator owned, independently-produced signature works.

Read an interview with Benton, Haspiel and Kushner about the new imprint at Bleeding Cool, by Hannah Means-Shannon

Follow us on twitter: @hangdai_comix

Gregory Benton has been making comix since 1993. He cut his teeth on the political anthology World War 3, moving on to writing and drawing stories for Nickelodoeon, Vertigo, DC Comics, Disney Adventures, Watson-Guptil, Entertainment Weekly, as well as contributing to numerous alternate-press comix anthologies. A graphic novel, Hummingbird, was published by Slave Labor Graphics in 1996. Gregory has also produced numerous limited-edition mini-comix. Hopefully you have some. His illustrations have appeared in The New York Times, The Village Voice and Fortune, among others. Most recently, his book B+F was awarded the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art’s inaugural Award of Excellence at MoCCAFest 2013. An expanded version of B+F has been released through Adhouse Books (USA) and Editions ├ža et la (France). GregoryBenton.com

Emmy award winner and Eisner Award nominee Dean Haspiel created BILLY DOGMA, and THE RED HOOK, illustrated for HBO's "Bored To Death," was a Master Artist at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, is a Yaddo fellow, and occasionally teaches comic book storytelling. Dino has written and drawn many superhero and semi-autobiographical comix, including collaborations with Harvey Pekar, Jonathan Ames, Inverna Lockpez, Stan Lee, and Jonathan Lethem. He's currently collaborating with writer Mark Waid on THE FOX for Archie/Red Circle Comics. DeanHaspiel.com

Seth Kushner is an award-winning photographer and writer.  His photography has appeared in The NY Times Magazine, Time, L’Uomo Vogue, Sports Illustrated, The New Yorker and more.  His published books include Leaping Tall Buildings: The Origins of American Comics, (2012, co-authored with Christopher Irving) The Brooklynites (2007, co-authored with Anthony LaSala) and the recently released, self-published fumetti anthology FORCE FIELD FOTOCOMIX VOL.01. and his semi-autobio comic SCHMUCK Comix #1. Seth's comics work can be seen at TripCity.net and for more info, visit SethKushner.com.