HANG DAI Editions, an independent publishing imprint of Brooklyn, NY featuring the work of Gregory Benton (B+F), Dean Haspiel (The Fox), and Seth Kushner (Schmuck), has announced a new fourth member to their roster: Josh Neufeld.
Neufeld is the critically acclaimed creator of A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge (Pantheon). In addition, he is the illustrator of The Influencing Machine: Brooke Gladstone on the Media (W.W. Norton) and followed those projects by taking up a position as a 2013 Knight-Wallace fellow in journalism at the University of Michigan before returning to Brooklyn to start new work.
For his first release through HANG DAI Editions, his creator-owned title The Vagabonds is set to return after an eight-year hiatus. True to his journalistic oeuvre, Neufeld's issue #3 of Vagabonds will featuring comics journalism pieces on Hurricane Sandy, the Arab Spring, the education wars, and much more as a full-color 24-page volume.
The Vagabonds #3 will debut at the MoCCA Arts Fest in NYC from HANG DAI Editions.
I'm so excited to be joining forces with Dean, Seth, and Gregory at Hang Dai Editions.
I'm also really glad to be able to revive my solo series The Vagabonds (previously published by Alternative Comics) after an eight-year "hiatus." It's really nice to have a place to collect assorted pieces of mine from the last few years, as well as have a venue for new work.
I've spent the last half-decade or so in the trade books graphic novel arena, publishing A.D. with Pantheon and The Influencing Machine with W.W. Norton. As wonderful as it was to work with those major publishers, I really missed the world of alternative comic books and indy shows.
What draws me to Hang Dai is the emphasis on creator-owned publications and personal interactions with readers. There was a great quote from an interview with the HDE guys that went like this: "You'll get the books made by hand from the hands of their creators, which puts the 'artist' back in 'comic arts' and puts you, the reader, in a position to engage directly with creators." I cut my teeth in this business through self-publishing, and it's refreshing to go back to my DIY days.
As many know, my professional relationship with Dean goes back to Keyhole, the two-man anthology we produced in the mid-1990s. (We've actually been friends even longer than that — back to our high school days producing superhero comics!) So it's awesome to join forces with Dino again; as well as with Gregory and Seth, who I've also known in the industry for quite a while. Excelsior! –Josh Neufeld