Interview with Dean Trippe
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Hello, internets! Welcome to another in our “whenever we feel like it” interview series. This time around we talk to comic book author and artist Dean Trippe. Dean has been around the comics scene in one way or another for quite a while as, among many other things, the creator of webcomic Butterfly, a co-founder of the superhero fashion site Project: Rooftop, artist and co-creator of Power Lunch, an most recent as the creator of his autobiographical digital comic, Something Terrible. Something Terrible details the effect that childhood abuse had on Dean’s adult life, and the power of fictional heroes.

The response to Something Terrible has been powerful, and as demand increased for a physical version of the book, Dean started a Kickstarter to make that happen. In this interview, I got to talk with Dean about the book, how the Kickstarter is going, and even some Doctor Who goodness. Now, do yourself a favor and go support the Kickstarter, or, if you can’t do that, you can either read the shortened free version (still being posted), and buy the digital comic at that same site for just $0.99.

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I’ve been melancholy all day. Two years ago, it was June 7th, 2013. Two years ago, my wife and I were seeing a light at the end of a five-year long tunnel. Two years ago today I attended my first comic book convention. Two years ago today I attended HeroesCon.

I was convinced to go by my good buddy deantrippe. I had been struggling professionally, artistically and spiritually and he said, “do HeroesCon. It’s the best. You can hang out at my table, you’ll meet all sorts of people, it’ll be good for you. HeroesCon is the best.” I agreed to go, bought my ticket, and everything changed.

Remember that tunnel I mentioned? The five-year long one that my wife and I were traveling down? It’s a dark, dark tunnel called Infertility. Technically we are still in that tunnel, but within a few short days of me buying that HeroesCon ticket, a light appeared. A glimmer of hope.

A family a few counties over from us were putting a little girl up for adoption. We had talked to the family, and things were looking very good, but it wasn’t a done deal yet. What we had agreed on, though, was that we would meet on June 11th. So as Dean and I drove into the night on June 6th, the only thing I knew was that I might get to meet my daughter in five short days.

Immediately my priorities shifted. I already knew I wanted to meet kellysue, but she suddenly became the first person on my list of people I had to meet. Captain Marvel had already been an inspiration to me, and the CarolCorps had already become my online refuge, but she needed to know that. I needed to thank her for what she had done with the character. I needed to thank her for the Corps and I needed her to know how excited I was to potentially share Carol with my daughter.

I’m sure I made an ass of myself, but she was gracious and excited and supportive and, before I left, she gave me some CarolCorps dog tags for my daughter.

Was it later that day? The next day? That weekend was such an explosion of joy and excitement, I really can’t remember when the CarolCorps meet-up was. I was in a room of strangers, but I knew, “these are my people. These are the kind of adventurous, outspoken, opinionated and warm-hearted people I need in my life.”

I met incogvito that weekend, too. And it he that encouraged me to take that little Sci-fi book I was struggling with and turn it into a graphic novel. Despite having worked on the book for years, I credit that conversation as the real birth of phileasreid.

I met so many artists and writers I had admired for so many years. I thanked them, joked with them, and left them vowing to one day soon, join them.

My life had changed. Then, two days later, on June 11th, my life changed again. We met with that family. They handed me my daughter. She came home with us that night and my life had changed again.

A fuse had been lit. And the following year was an explosion of joy, excitement, contentment and creativity unlike anything I was prepared for.

The epilogue to that year was at the following HeroesCon, when I got to introduce Amelia to Kelly Sue – who immediately taught my daughter the sign for “friend.”

A sign we still use almost every day.

So, yeah, when June rolls around and HeroesCon appears on the horizon, I get a little melancholy.

deantrippe replied to your photo: If you were wondering how angry finding ‘modesty…

I have mixed feelings! It’s probably to cover up sexy talk and borderline swears for parents with very young children. Also, the ideas these cover blurbs promote can be self-hatred fuel for girls.

1. I don’t know what borderline swears are. I don’t have kids, but I don’t believe in the moral superiority of ‘polite’ language over 'coarse’. Different kinds of language should be used in different contexts, and young children might not understand that (and will make mistakes in the most public, embarrassing way possible), sure, but isn’t that part of growing up? This is presuming parents aren’t protecting their children from the knowledge of the existence of all swears, obviously, but well… I mean… how is 'FUCK’ the thing the most dangerous thing to expose to your child’s mind?

2. In the Western, American context, this feels PRIMARILY like 'OMG COVER UP A WOMAN’S BODY IT’S DIRRRRRRRTY’ to me. There is probably MORE borderline language on Men’s Health and the like, but I bet they wouldn’t be covered up. Because men’s bodies are their own and women’s bodies must be policed by everyone else. (AKA ragestroke bullshit party).

3. The stories in all women’s magazines are terrible, but not all women’s magazines are covered up. This (to me) means that the decision is based on the amount of skin the woman on the cover is showing, and that’s bullshit. I’m not defending the shitty culture of mainstream women’s magazines, but I hate this example of women’s bodies being doubly policed. Really hate.

I’m sorry if this sounds angry at you, Dean Trippe, I think you’re swell. I’m very tired.

Great Comics That Never Happened Holiday Special #1: Action Christmas!

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In our recurring feature, ComicsAlliance writer Chris Sims and a rotating cast of talented artists imagine a finer world to bring you a look at the Best Comics Ever that Did Not, Will Not, and occasionally Can Not Happen! For December, we’re switching it up a little to bring you a GCTNH Holiday Special every week ‘til Christmas! First up, artist Dean Trippe (Butterfly and Project Rooftop) joins us for a trip back to the Silver Age of Christmas Comics!

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Action Christmas #1 (December 1958)

Story By Chris Sims
Art by Dean Trippe

Everyone knows that before he came to Earth and took the identity of Clark Kent, Superman was born on Krypton as Kal-El, and when that planet was destroyed, he became its last survivor! Until today! When a rocket crashes on the doorstep of Superman’s Fortress of Solitude at the North Pole, the Man of Steel investigates and finds his long-lost cousin, NO-EL! Sworn to bring gifts to everyone on Earth, No-El seems like an ally – but when he starts giving presents to the likes of Brainaic and Luthor, will he cause even more trouble than Kryptonite? Find out in “The Super-Santa From Krypton!”

For more Great Comics That Never Happened, check out the archive of our past issues!

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deantrippe  asked:

I think you misunderstood my point. Sorry for not being clearer. Women aren't the butt of the joke in Jimmy and Amanda's comic, DC's handling of female characters is. My point was precisely what you're saying. Without context, DC presented something that anyone would assume was MORE DC MISOGYNY.

No, I get that in the context of Jimmy and Amanda’s comic, DC’s handling of female characters is the butt of the joke.

But if DC wants to satirize the way they treat female characters while continuing to treat female characters terribly in all of their other comics, they’re basically saying “We know what we’re doing is awful and misogynistic, and we don’t care.”

Basically what I’m saying is that to a certain extent, the context of the comic itself doesn’t really matter.  Because while I’m sure that Jimmy and Amanda could create a really fantastic satire about how DC treats female characters, I’m not at all convinced that DC’s earned the right to publish it.

deantrippe replied to your post: My favorite part of the creative process is the part where you hate everything you’ve ever done and and you doubt every decision you’ve ever made and are convinced that everyone hates you AND will hate you more once they see the crap you’ve been making.

But then you watch Speed Racer and remember that all that matters is winning the Grand Prix and defeating Royalton Industries?

Oh… yeah… (oops I’ve never seen Speed Racer).

I’m watching series 2 QI on youtubez.