It all began with the monster movies I grew up on: Ray Harryhausen's stop-motion creatures, 1950s sf gems and turds, the Universal rogue's gallery (Dracula, Frankenstein, the Wolf Man, the Creature), the Hammer horrors, Mario Bava's BLACK SUNDAY. It all began with the beloved comics of my youth... STAR-SPANGLED WAR STORIES ("The War That Time Forgot!"), GORGO (see cover at right), KONGA, and best of all KONA, MONARCH OF MONSTER ISLE!
Welcome to Myrant, the Bissette blog. It'll be anything goes, day to day, but out of this will emerge a chronology of my current adventures -- as a writer, as a cartoonist, as a teacher. As of September, I will starting a new adventure, teaching at James Sturm and Michelle Ollie's amazing new Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, VT (see LINKS on the RIGHT of the screen; lots of good stuff there to check out besides the CCS, too!).
This turn of events brings a major arc of my life and career full circle: I began working as a pro in comics as a student at the first-ever class in a new experiment in education, the Joe Kubert School for Cartoon and Graphic Art, Inc. in Dover, NJ (Sept. 1976-June 1978). Now I'll be among the faculty for the first-ever class at the Center for Cartoon Studies -- a new experiment in education -- on the other side of the classroom. The fun begins after the September 10th Grand Opening, and who knows where it'll go from there! I'll be posting my thoughts, perspectives, and misadventures here, so stay tuned!
At the time of this first blog posting, I have also completed the first volume in a new book series, S.R. BISSETTE'S BLUR, compiling my weekly newspaper column "Video Views," which appeared in the Brattleboro Reformer from Sept. 1999 thru October of 2001. Volumes 2 and 3 are now completed and being formatted, all of this out soon from my dear friends at Black Coat Press.
This weekend seems momentous, too: The Brattleboro Museum is hosting a remarkable 24-Hour Comic Creation marathon, which has already attracted an incredible 48+ (final count forthcoming later) participants. I am the Crypt-Keeper, so to speak, the Master of Ceremonies who ushers in and ushers out the event. I'll be posting at length, here, as well as providing links as they're available.
OK, enough for now -- more to follow... time to begin the blog proper. This was not just a test.