Stephen R. Bissette
Stephen R. Bissette won many industry awards in his quarter-century in comics as a cartoonist, writer, editor and publisher. A pioneer graduate of the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon & Graphic Art, he is best-known for Saga of the Swamp Thing, Taboo, ‘1963,’ Tyrant, co-creating John Constantine, and creating the world’s second ‘24- Hour Comic,’ invented by Scott McCloud as a challenge for Bissette. His comics efforts fueled many films, (Constantine, from Hell, TMNT II: Secret of the Ooze, etc.) and he and his son Daniel created the comic that appears in the award-winning indy feature Head Trauma. He illustrates books and has authored fiction (including the Stoker Award-winning novella Aliens: Tribes) and non-fiction (co-authoring Comic Book Rebels, The Monster Book: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and solo articles/essays for film books, magazines and his own book series Green Mountain Cinema and the four-volume Blur. He also co-authored Prince of Stories: The Many Worlds of Neil Gaiman forthcoming from St. Martin’s Press in November 2008. He currently teaches at the Center for Cartoon Studies and has lectured at Yale, Dartmouth College, Duquesne University, Smith College, Marlboro College, etc., and Middlebury College’s Breadloaf Young Writers Workshop. His papers reside in the Special Collections of HUIE Library at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas.