The Original Artist Friendly Convention!

April 18-19, 2015

San Jose Convention Center

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Stephen Bissette


Genres: Comics

Stephen R. Bissette earned kudos, awards, and scars working 24 years in the comicbook industry. He graduated in 1978 as a member of the pioneer class of The Joe Kubert School of Cartoon & Graphic Art, Inc. in Dover, NJ and subsequently made his mark as a cartoonist, writer, editor, publisher, and co-publisher, won many industry awards, and remains best-known for Saga of the Swamp Thing, Taboo, ’1963,’ Tyrant, and more.

While working in comics, Bissette co-created the character of John Constantine, played by Keanu Reeves in the recent feature film Constantine; via Taboo, he was the first editor/publisher of Alan Moore and Melinda Gebbie‘s graphic novel Lost Girls and Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell’s serialized graphic novel From Hell, which was also adapted into a feature film (starring Johnny Depp); and he worked briefly on Mirage Studios’ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles — the character ‘Tokka’ which appeared in the second TMNT feature film, TMNT: Secret of the Ooze, was based upon his drawings.

He drew the world’s second ‘24-Hour Comic,’ invented by Scott McCloud as a challenge for Bissette.

He retired from the American comics industry in 1999, but he’s still a busy fellow. Since 1990, Bissette has illustrated numerous books by authors like Joseph A. Citro, Neil Gaiman, Douglas Winter, Joe Lansdale, Rick Hautala, Christopher Golden, Nancy Collins, Matt Spencer, and others. Primary among these are his collaborations with fellow Vermonter Joe Citro on The Vermont Ghost Guide (2000) and their latest, The Vermont Monster Guide (October 2009).



Stephen Bissette will be at the following events

Storytelling for Comics, Movies & Advertising 4/19 1:00 PM

Swamp Thing panel plus Meet & Greet 4/18 2:00 PM

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Artwork Examples*

Swamp Thing 44 pg. 24 Comic Art

Swamp Thing 44 pg. 24
Owner: Kinsem Agena

Rawhead Rex 10 Comic Art

Rawhead Rex 10
Owner: Crossroads Enterprises

Godzilla VS. Gorgo Comic Art

Godzilla VS. Gorgo
Owner: David Peeler

* These examples are courtesy of Comicartfans.

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