I know very little about comics, but I do know that Bissette collaborated with the famous, irascible Alan Moore (Watchmen, V for Vendetta) on DC Comics' Saga of the Swamp Thing and other stuff: Moore did the text, he did the pictures. In this in-depth interview, he talks about that process, saying: "Alan’s scripts were dense. They were like long, narrative letters to the cartoonist."
Bissette also airs his thoughts on caped crusaders: "I hate superheroes. I always hated superheroes." Seems he's more of a monster man. In fact, his next book is The Vermont Monster Guide, coming in August from University Press of New England; veteran Green Mountain legend hunter Joe Citro wrote the text.
And Bissette talks candidly about how he broke off work on his labor of love, a series called Tyrant — tracing the life cycle of a T. Rex in painstaking detail — to go work behind the counter of Brattleboro's First Run Video. (That was the late '90s, a time when lots of comic artists found themselves jobless, much like journalists today.) One young customer was shocked to see the Swamp Thing author wearing a name tag, but Bissette laughs at that reaction: "And to me it was like, 'Welcome to the world,'” he says.
Nice to be reminded that behind those properties they transform into big-budget Hollywood movies (Bissette also co-created the Constantine character) are some scruffy writers and artists who just love monsters and weird, thought-provoking stuff. Read the interview here...