NYC – An Evening of Graphic Novels

00000court-booksDean Haspiel, Gregory Benton, and Jennifer Hayden appear at BookCourt on Thursday December 3, 2015 at 7:00PM!

Press Release:

Celebrate some of today’s top graphic novelists! Dean Haspiel, Gregory Benton, and Jennifer Hayden read from the most recent work with a special reading from the work of the late Seth Kushner.

About Beef with Tomato:

A native New York bruiser is fed up with life in the dregs of a drug-addled Alphabet City where his neighbors are shut-ins and his bicycle is always getting stolen. He escapes from Manhattan to make a fresh start in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, only to face a new strain of street logic—where most everything he encounters is not as it seems.

About Smoke:

After an accident on an industrial farm unhinges two young brothers from reality, they are guided through a weird and wonderful journey by Xolo, the Aztec’s mythological protector of souls. Follow the brothers through a typical day, from their arrival at an industrial tobacco farm bussed in with others early in the morning, throughout their grueling chores and ultimately to the event that drops them into the realm of the Xolo.

About Schmuck:

Schmuck drips with self-loathing, near-sightedness, and sexually frustrated Ashkenazi goodness. In Schmuck, Kushner tells “true” stories based on his own mishaps and mortifying memories, which are energetically illustrated by the cream of the indie comix crop.”—Megan Sass, Heeb Magazine

One man’s awkward coming-of-age-quest to find love in New York City, illustrated by twenty-two artists, whose individual short stories together tell a complete narrative.

When Jennifer Hayden was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 43, she realized that her tits told a story. Across a lifetime, they’d held so many meanings: hope and fear, pride and embarrassment, life and death. And then they were gone. Now, their story has become a way of understanding her story. For everyone who’s faced cancer personally, or watched a loved one fight that battle, Hayden’s story is a much-needed breath of fresh air, an irresistible blend of sweetness and skepticism. Rich with both symbolism and humor, The Story of My Tits will leave you laughing, weeping, and feeling grateful for every day.

Author Bio(s):

Emmy award winner Dean Haspiel created Billy Dogma, illustrated for HBO’s Bored To Death, was a Master Artist at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, is a Yaddo fellow, a playwright, and the co-founder of Hang Dai Editions. Dino has written, drawn, and collaborated on many superhero and semi-autobiographical comix and graphic novels, including Fear My Dear, The Quitter, The Alcoholic, Cuba: My Revolution, The Fox, and Beef With Tomato.

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 Nickelodeon, Vertigo, DC Comics, Disney Adventures, Watson-Guptil, Entertainment Weekly, and his books Hummingbird and B+F.

Jennifer Hayden came to comics from fiction-writing and children’s book illustration. Her first collection of comics UNDERWIRE was excerpted in the Best American Comics of 2013. Her new book THE STORY OF MY TITS–a graphic novel about her life and her experience with breast cancer–will be released in September 2015. Her work has appeared in various anthologies and she posts two strips on the web: S’CRAPBOOK at and her diary comic RUSHES at the She lives in New Jersey with her two cats, the dog, her husband, and sometimes their two college-age children.

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NYC – Save Our Schmuck Benefit


Molly Crabapple, Douglas Rushkoff, Dean Haspiel, Akim Funk Buddha, JahFurry, Josh Neufeld and more appear at Brooklyn’s Union Hall on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 7:30 PM to present an evening of live comix readings, music, and comedy raising funds for health care costs related to Seth Kushner’s fight with leukemia. If you cannot attend but would like to help Seth, you can donate at the link…

Seth is a lifelong resident of Brooklyn, NY, where he and his wife, Terra are raising their five year old son. A renowned photographer, his work has appeared in The New York Times, Time Magazine, Newsweek, L’Uomo Vogue, Sports Illustrated, The New Yorker and other publications.

Published books include, The Brooklynites, Leaping Tall Buildings: The Origins of American Comics and upcoming New York Comics. Seth is co-founder of TRIP CITY, home to his CulturePOP photocomix and Schmuck comics. In 2013, Seth co-founded HANG DAI Editions an independent publishing imprint.

Help Seth and others find their match by registering at this event to become a bone marrow donor with Delete Blood Cancer — All it takes is completing a registration form and swabbing the inside of your cheeks. In less than five minutes, you can potentially save a life! Visit to learn more

More info and tickets at the link!

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Union Hall – Brooklyn
702 Union Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215