The Hang Dai Editions imprint was created about a year ago by New York cartoonists Gregory Benton, Dean Haspiel, Seth Kushner, and Josh Neufeld to publish their creator-owned comics based in Hang Dai Studios in Gowanus Brooklyn, and they even espoused, for some of their comics, the principle of only hand-selling only at shows via personal interaction. Their goal was to keep the "personal" element in indie comics to develop readership.
Hang Dai Editions has announced their 2015 slate of releases this week, and also that they will be teaming up with Alternative Comics for distribution and some publishing.
Alternative Comics publisher, Marc Arsenault says regarding the collaboration:
I'm very excited to welcome Hang Dai Editions to the new Alternative Comics. Josh and Dean were a big part of Alternative in the past—not just as creators. It's nice to have that continuity. I'm looking forward to everything that comes out of their studio.
Alternative Comics is an independent publisher of creator-owned graphic novels and comic books founded in 1993. Managed by Marc Arsenault since 2012, Alternative has a wide range of publications in various comics styles and genres, and their graphic novels are distributed by Consortium Book Sales & Distribution and their comics are distributed by Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc.
Hang Dai Editions' 2015 publication calendar includes:
SCHMUCK is a graphic novel memoir about one man's awkward coming-of-age-quest to find love in New York City, written by SETH KUSHNER, with design by ERIC SKILLMAN and a foreword by JONATHAN AMES. SCHMUCK is an anthology featuring art by 23 great cartoonists, including; Nick Bertozzi, Gregory Benton, Dean Haspiel, Josh Neufeld, Noah Van Sciver, Leland Purvis, Sean Pryor, Bobby Timony, Shamus Beyale, Ryan Alexander-Tanner, George Schall, Nathan Schreiber, Stephen Destefano, Jon Allen, Christa Cassano, Kevin Colden, Tony Salmons, George Jurard, Omar Angulo, Pierce Hargan, Skuds Mckinley, James O Smith, Tim Ogline and cover by Joseph Remnant.
SMOKE by Gregory Benton
64-pages. Full color.
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 mythological protector of souls.
BEEF WITH TOMATO by Dean Haspiel
96-pages. B+W comix and essays. (published by Alternative Comics)
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. Emmy Award-winning artist Dean Haspiel returns to his semi-autobiographical roots with BEEF WITH TOMATO, where he explores the emotional truths between prime and primate.
THE VAGABONDS #4 by Josh Neufeld
24-pages. Full color.
Josh Neufeld's The Vagabonds #4 serves up a spicy blend of journalism, social commentary, memoir, and literary fiction. This issue features Neufeld's story of racial profiling at the U.S./Canadian border and three collaborations with Neufeld's wife, writer Sari Wilson. Throw in a couple of light-hearted travel tips, and The Vagabonds #4 is chock-full of the thought-provoking and witty comics Neufeld is known for.
HEART-SHAPED HOLE by Dean Haspiel
24-pages. Full color.
Billy Dogma and Jane Legit punch the apocalypse right in the kisser as their eternal war of woo breaks a Trip City-wide hymen.
SECRET SAUCE COMIX Vol.1 by Seth Kushner and various artists
28-pages. Full color.
Seth Kushner's new anthology features a mix of fumetti/cosplay, indie/sci-fi, and Silver-age inspired heroes by way of THE BROOKLYNITE, drawn by Shamus Beyale, COSTUMED CHARACTERS, layouts by Dean Haspiel, and YOUTOPIA, illustrated by Charles Stewart.
Hang Dai Editions' 2014 releases are also still available:
SCHMUCK COMIX #1
Seth Kushner's semi-autobio webcomic gets a print edition with three stories written by Seth and drawn by Jon Allen, Shamus Beyale and Noah Van Sciver. Cover by Gregory Benton.
PSYCHOTRONIC COMIX is Dean Haspiel's anthology of memoir and Silver Age inspired genre featuring The Red Hook, Tommy Rocket, A-Okay Cool, and NY Stories.
FORCE OF NATURE by Gregory Benton, follows an artist through a lush forest as he searches for a lost sketchbook.
THE VAGABONDS #3
After an eight-year hiatus, Josh Neufeld's The Vagabonds returns with its third issue — now published by Hang Dai! Many things have changed in the interim: Neufeld produced three books, became a father, and won a year-long journalism fellowship. This issue highlights Neufeld's journalistic work over the past few years, including reportage on Hurricane Sandy, the Arab Spring, the education wars (with writer Adam Bessie), and the life of a "comics journalist."
A lone woman fights the odds in this no-holds-barred short companion piece to B+F by Gregory Benton.
POCKET BOOK 2 by Gregory Benton
Drawn from life, pages from Gregory Benton's sketchbooks create a loose narrative. Travel through the NYC subway, take in a concert or two, and wash up on the beach.