Episode 61: The Mysteries of Knish with Dean Haspiel

Welcome to another installment of The Hour Cosmic, your favorite comics game show! This week, our guest is artist and writer Dean Haspiel!

On this week’s show, among other things, we discuss:

- (The lack of) Optimism in comics!
- Kiss!
- Dean's early misadventures with DC Comics!

Let's meet our guests, shall we?

Dean Haspiel is a Brooklyn-based artist and writer of comics of all kind. He just recently wrapped "The Fox" miniseries for Archie/Red Circle, which saw him collaborating with Mark Waid and J.M. DeMatteis. He has illustrated books for Harvey Pekar, Jonathan Ames, and Stan Lee, to name but a few. His latest Billy Dogma book, "Fear My Dear" will be out on April 22. You can check out his website, his Facebook, and follow him on Twitter (@deanhaspiel). You should also check out a bunch of his comics on Act-i-vate, and check out Trip City, a "Brooklyn-filtered literary arts saloon" which he helps curate.

As always, your hosts are:

Chad Bowers – South Carolinian, GI Joe enthusiast, co-writer of “Subatomic Party Girls" “Down Set Fight,” and “Awesome Hospital” with Chris Sims, and writer of “Monster Plus.” He teaches us cool expressions like “Oh, snakes!” and has a lot of opinions about barbeque.

Matthew Meylikhov – Bostonian, cat and beard enthusiast, co-writer of “Detective Space Cat” with Colin Bell, writer of “Morning Glories Babies,” "Morning Glories Academy Study Hall" (both backmatter for the Image Comics series "Morning Glories") and “Control,” and letterer extraordinaire. He reads more comics than anyone on the planet, and has sworn off White Castle for life.

Brian Salvatore – New Jerseyan, New York Mets enthusiast, host of “Input/Output,” a music podcast, and occasional blogger/freelance writer. He has never met a dog he didn’t like (even that one that bit his leg when he was 10), and has baked better bread than he ever thought possible.

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