Dean Haspiel’s Billy Dogma comes to

Modern Tales, the leading publisher of subscription-based webcomics, announced this week that cartoonist Dean Haspiel will be producing weekly installments of BILLY DOGMA for the avant-garde online webcomics anthology

Haspiel’s weekly BILLY DOGMA series, which is exclusively available to readers, tells stories of cavalier vagabond, Billy Dogma, in the post-disaster adventure chronicles of the last romantic anti-hero. In the coming weeks, this series will launch with two short stories, “Aim To Dazzle,” and “Little By Small,” before diving into the long form picture novella “The Devil’s Muumuu” — where Billy Dogma accidentally rips Jane Legit’s competition dress and his overwhelming guilt sends him to Hell. Stranded in the netherworld, Billy opens old wounds about his long-lost mother when he strikes a bargain with legendary serial killer Ed Gein!

Native New Yorker, Dean Haspiel is the author of semi-autobiographical comix and super-psychedelic romances. Besides BILLY DOGMA (Top Shelf), and OPPOSABLE THUMBS (Alternative Comics), Dino’s work has graced the pages of various premiere anthologies, including DC Comics’ BIZARRO COMICS, Alternative Comics’ 911: EMERGENCY RELIEF, and Harvey Pekar’s AMERICAN SPLENDOR (Dark Horse/Maverick).

Chris Ekman, of Ninthart recently said of the upcoming AIM TO DAZZLE comic book, “The further adventures of Billy Dogma, billed as “the last romantic anti-hero”, a big emotional and chronically-unemployable lug who looks like a quarterback but talks like a flowery dime-store novel. Billy Dogma takes prose beyond purple and all the way to ultraviolet. If Stan & Jack had done a relationship comic in the Mighty Marvel Manner back in the ’60s, it might have come out something like this. It’s really rather sweet, though it requires a high tolerance for bombast.”

“It took a ski mask and an aluminum baseball bat to finally score me a spot on, but I’m finally involved in the coolest gang of ink-stud upstarts since Scott McCloud understood AND reinvented comics” said Haspiel, “and I’m raring to drop some 21st Century science with my two fisted purple staccato and aggro-moxie.”

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Joey Manley

Joey Manley (b.1965–d.2013) was the author of the novel The Death of Donna-May Dean (1992), entrepreneur, and founder of Modern Tales and WebcomicsNation.