Dean Haspiel's Billy Dogma comes to serializer.net
Submitted by Joey Manley on April 2, 2003 - 10:02
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 serializer.net.
Haspiel's weekly BILLY DOGMA series, which is exclusively available to serializer.net 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 serializer.net, 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."