Baltimore Comic-Con 2017: Haspiel And Trustman Debut God Slap, Hold Panel On Magic

by Hannah Means Shannon

In the lead-up to Baltimore Comic-Con 2017 happening later this week, panel announcements and debut books are coming to the fore.

Dean Haspiel, a cartoonist and writer known for his work on several Billy Dogma volumes, The Fox, and The Red Hook (a Line Webtoons webcomic that’s nominated for an inaugural Ringo Award this year in Baltimore) and comic creator David Trustman will be debuting a special edition of their book God Slap, which they describe as a “shock-culture, evangelical satire graphic novel” at Baltimore Comicon 2017.

God Slap is the:

…post-apocalyptic story of an ex-convict who transforms into Brother Science, traveling the world to exorcise the Jesus out of mofo’s with his evolutionary God-Slap. “The Psalms of Science” is a blasphemous tale of biblical proportions featuring Little Bitch, The Jesus Brothers, and Muhammad Ali, a misfit congregation of empathetic outliers dedicated to eradicating the earth of ignorance and systemic hate as perpetuated by the preaching of Church Tyson and Emperor Eclypse.

David Trustman’s background lies in his role as a “mnemonist”, and he’s also the creator of several independent comics such as Karma Springs, and The Rise. He is the artist and co-writer of The Memory Arts series that teaches the “ancient art of memory in graphic form”.

Both Trustman and Haspiel have long taken part in Baltimore Comic-Con and they will be promoting God Slap at their booth and at the panel, “The Power of Magic and the Magic of Memory.” In that panel, you can “learn about magic in comics, its roots in reality, and the magic of memory”.

Chris Miskiewicz (Thomas Alsop) will talk about the magical mythology of New York City, and Dean Haspiel (The Red Hook) will preview his upcoming webcomic War Cry, showing how transfiguration can deliver powerful moments in storytelling. Sarah Trustman (The Memory Arts) will discuss using comics to teach real-world magic and give a demonstration of the same memory techniques that appear so fantastic that using them got people burned as witches. And, David Trustman (The Rise) will discuss his controversial graphic novel God Slap and its modern take on religious magic.