Stephen R. Bissette, one of the biggest names in the comics industry today, comes to VCU to speak on Monday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m. in the Grace Street Theater. Bissette's many contributions to graphic storytelling include the landmark "Saga of the Swamp Thing" from DC Comics and the comics anthology series "Taboo," in the pages of which some of the comics industry's most important works, such as Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell's "From Hell," first appeared. Bissette will speak about his varied career as a comics creator and also an editor and publisher, as well as his ventures into other areas of the visual and literary arts. The event will be followed by a book sale and signing. The event is cosponsored by the VCU College of Humanities and Sciences, Communication Arts in the VCU School of the Arts and VCU Libraries. See also the event Facebook page.
About the Artist
Stephen R. Bissette has won many industry awards as cartoonist, writer, editor and publisher. He is renowned for "Saga of the Swamp Thing"; the comics anthology series "Taboo," in which "From Hell," "Lost Girls" and "Throat Sprockets" originated; "1963" and "Tyrant." With Alan Moore and John Totleben, he co-created the popular character John Constantine who would inspire the "Hellblazer" and "Constantine" comic series and the "Constantine" movie starring Keanu Reeves. Bissette also created the world's second 24-Hour Comic, invented by Scott McCloud as a challenge for Bissette. His novel "Aliens: Tribes," illustrated by Dave Dorman, won a Bram Stoker Award from the Horror Writer's Association. He recently contributed the short story Copper to "The New Dead" (St. Martin's Press, 2010), co-authored "Prince of Stories: The Many Worlds of Neil Gaiman" with Christopher Golden and Hank Wagner (St. Martin's Press, 2008) and illustrated "The Vermont Monster Guide" (University Press of New England, 2009), and he is currently packaging and co-editing with Tim Stout "Tales of the Uncanny: A Naut Comics History, vol. 1" and completing the art instructional book "S.R. Bissette's How to Make a Monster," forthcoming from Watson-Guptill/Ten Speed.
Bissette is a pioneer graduate of the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art and currently teaches at the Center for Cartoon Studies. His papers reside in Huie Library Special Collections at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Ar. Visit his weekly blog.