Mirror/Image Episode Four: Dean Haspiel/Stoya
March 6, 2019
In this episode of Mirror/Image, The Red Hook cartoonist Dean Haspiel chats with writer, actress, and pornographer Stoya about sex in comics and the pair's journey through digital media and creator-owned freedom.
Brooklynites, trailblazers, and auteurs, Stoya and Dean Haspiel have crafted art that challenges the foundation of their respective media. Dean Haspiel's latest work, The Red Hook, merges Silver Age superhero bombast with an introspective look into the politics and economy of the best borough in NYC, Brooklyn:
Winner of the Ringo Award for Best Webcomic 2017, this book collects the first volume of The Red Hook, a super-thief who is bequeathed the Omni-fist of Altruism and transformed into a hero against his will a year after a sentient Brooklyn's heart is broken and physically secedes from America.
Stoya is a writer, actor, and pornographer who stars in the Serbian sci-fi film A.I. Rising, out in select theaters March 13th courtesy of Grindstone Entertainment and Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Stoya is also the co-creator and editor of Zero Spaces, a sexually explicit, handcrafted collection of videos, photos, articles, and more, compiled in digital issues. To read more of Stoya's introspective reflections on sexuality, sex workers' rights, and hilarious grandma anecdotes, check out Philosophy, Pussycats, & Porn, courtesy of Not a Cult:
Philosophy, Pussycats, & Porn is a series of essays, blog posts, and stories surveying more than a decade of poignant journalistic accounts from internationally recognized writer, actor, and pornographer Stoya.
Stoya provides crucial examinations of systemic biases toward sex workers and how sexuality is reflected in society. Stoya often points her journalistic lens inward, providing us with personal, illustriously detailed stories of her life, her collaborators, and how she has built a flourishing media haven in the face of a culture that is still learning how to handle public discourses on sex work.