Beef with Tomato

Dean Haspiel. Alternative (Consortium, dist.), $14.99 trade paper (96p) ISBN 978-1-934460-81-8
Haspiel creates a sympathetic yet magnetic protagonist in this complete collection of his Street Code comics and essays, which tell the semiautobiographical story of one man’s experience leaving Manhattan behind for Carroll Gardens in Brookyn. Whether it’s hanging out with an exhibitionist, getting wrecked by car doors while riding his bike, or taking on a Greek mobster at a Chinese food buffet, the protagonist leads one of those peculiar lives that graphic novels seem destined to present. The impact of 9/11 on New Yorkers is a recurring theme, and Haspiel covers it with sorrow and respect. Haspiel’s art is wonderfully immersive in establishing a sense of place, and he has a keen eye for balancing the humorous, the tragic, and the mundane. The book also features a series of essays that further showcase Haspiel’s ability to tell a great story. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 10/19/2015
Release date: 09/01/2015
Genre: Comics
Ebook - 96 pages - 978-1-68148-530-0
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