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Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 08/24/2010

THE EMMYS: 'American Splendor' artist basks in his HBO win

By Michael Cavna

From "True Blood" to "The Sopranos," HBO is known for having produced some of TV's best title sequences. Over the weekend, cartoonist Dean Haspiel was acknowledged for his place in that HBO pantheon.

At the Creative Arts Emmys over the weekend, Haspiel took home a trophy for his work on the network's "Bored to Death," the comedic tales of a "noir-itic" gumshoe starring Jason Schwartzman, Ted Danson and Zach Galifianakis. Haspiel won for Outstanding Main Titles Design, sharing the award with Tom Barham, Marci Ichimura and Anthony Santoro.

In appreciating the Academy's acknowledgment, Haspiel tells Comic Riffs that he hopes the win has two main results: First, "I hope this Emmy win gets people to watch 'Bored to Death.' " Second, he hopes people "check out what's going on in print and digital comics these days."

The Brooklyn-based cartoonist is largely known for his collaborations with Harvey Pekar (including 2005's "The Quitter") and Jonathan Ames (who created "Bored to Death"), as well as the surreal adventures of his "last romantic anti-hero," Billy Dogma. (Haspiel also collaborated with Ames on Vertigo's "The Alcoholic," which visually is one of my absolute favorite graphic novels.)

Haspiel writes of his Emmy experience: "We ended the celebration back at our hotel room with my friend, Jonathan Ames, producer Stephanie Davis, and cinematographer, Vanja Cernjul, for a night-cap. The next morning I woke up and there she was, Emmy, in all her golden glory holding up the universe."

By Michael Cavna  | August 24, 2010; 10:45 AM ET
Categories:  General, The Holly Word  | Tags:  Dean Haspiel, Jonathan Ames  
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