By Dean Haspiel. 48pgs, $4.95. July 2001. ISBN: 1-891867-06-7. DCD: MAY011908.
Opposable Thumbs is Dean Haspiel's stories of a born & bred New Yorker and the trials and tribulations of living in the big bad city which serves as the backdrop for the informed, existential expression in his sociological comics.
In Opposable Thumbs, Haspiel unfolds existential, uproarious, compassionate stories full of personal wisdom. Even the bleakest and grubbiest settings are lovingly, lusciously rendered by Haspiel's sharp brush in one of the most recognizable styles in alternative comics, and "quiet" domestic scenes veritably simmer with graphic impact. Thoroughly conquering the territory Dean began to explore in the critically acclaimed two-man anthology Keyhole (with Josh Neufeld), Opposable Thumbs looks like the new front-runner in autobiographical storytelling. The first issue features a special introduction by autobiographical comics legend Harvey Pekar, illustrated by Josh Neufeld. The first issue is a 48-page collection, culling Dean Haspiel's best semi-autobiographical stories from the pages of Keyhole, Minimum Wage, Non, The Expo Anthology, and Dirty Stories 2.
Dean Haspiel is the author of super-psychedelic romances and semi-auto-bio comix who occasionally mangles franchise characters for Marvel & DC Comics. Dino was nominated for an Eisner 2002 award for "Talent Deserving of Wider Recognition."
In the mid-80s, Dino worked as an assistant to Howard Chaykin on American Flagg!, Bill Sienkiewicz on New Mutants and Elektra: Assassin, and Walter Simonson on Thor. In 1987, Dino inaugurated his comics career when he co-created and drew The Verdict. Dino's work has graced the pages of various premiere anthologies including DC Comics' Bizarro Comics, Alternative Comics' 9-11: Emergency Relief, and Harvey Pekar's American Splendor. Dino recently drew Muties #3, a short story for Captain America: Red, White & Blue, a Juggernaut tale (written by Nick Bertozzi) for X-Men Unlimited #40, Spider-Man's Tangled Web #20, and is currently chipping away at a 4-issue Thing mini-series called Night Falls On Yancy Street (with Evan Dorkin) for Marvel Comics.
Dino's finest comix appear scattershot in the The Billy Dogma Experience, post-disaster adventure chronicles about the last romantic anti-hero, and the 48-page collection Opposable Thumbs, episodic tales of a native New Yorker living in the big bad city. Both series serve as the backdrop for informed, existential expression. Dino is currently developing a 48-page, Billy Dogma picture novella called The Devil's Muumuu.
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