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Bissette Biographical
- Items pertaining to Stephen R. Bissette personal and professional history.

[LOTS of files, which I have carefully organized by year, subject, etc. This becomes autobiographical in nature, and provides a snapshot of my economic life as a cartoonist: what I earned, what it cost to live, etc., as well as a progressive view of my adult life taking shape (marriage, building a family, etc.) and such. I hope this makes the material a little more digestible – along with the following notes, which pretty well give you a year-by-year overview of my life, pro and some personal, and its relevance to the records enclosed. – SB]

BIO-1 Box Inventory

Inventory compiled by Hope Warner
Updated 04/28/2006

Folder 1
-BIO-01 / 01 / 01 [Added 03/09/2006]
Manila folder with notes on it; 2 bankbooks; 1 processed check; 1 money order receipt; envelope addressed to Stephen R. Bissette from Office of Town Clerk and Treasurer, Grafton, Vermont; checkbook with 5 checks and 1 deposit slip still attached in it; UPS shipping receipt dated 9/30/80; Application for addition to checklist, 1 yellow and 1 blue copy. [(1) 1980: Where I lived – Though some of this ‘back story’ will be fleshed out once I excavate the remaining 1970s files, this was the key transitional year for me: moving from a shared-living arrangement that was a direct extension of my Kubert School student life, to living alone in Vermont; moving from New Jersey to return to my home state of Vermont; meeting Nancy O’Connor, my wife-to-be; cutting my teeth in my chosen profession; etc. So, bear with me, I’ll try to explain the documents in this file and in doing so what was happening for me:

- BANK BOOK: I banked at the Dover, NJ branch of the National Community Bank of New Jersey during my years in Dover, NJ at the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art, Inc. (Sept. 1976 – May 1978) and my short stay in NJ after (June 1978 – Fall 1979), building the professional contacts necessary to continue working in comics. I kept the NJ bank account open until April of 1980; this was my final bank book from that period. Note my first rental check for my Grafton, VT home (made out to my new landlords Theron and Iva Fisher, $60 a month rent, July 27. 1979; I moved in August 1st, and kept my room at the NJ residence through March of 1980 as a base of operations in NJ) . Note, too, the transfer of funds to my bank in Vermont, First Vermont Bank, on August 7, 1979.

- SAMPLE CHECKS from National Community Bank of NJ: Note the address on these checks, 9 Berkshire Avenue, Dover, NJ, 07801, which our ex-Kubert School classmate Ken Feduniewicz dubbed the “Flying Dutchman Studios.” Our landlord was Anthony Carraccio, who lived next door to us; Joe Kubert’s oldest son David lived across the street for part of our stay in this abode. This was the house where I lived with fellow XQB (ex-Kubies) RICK VEITCH, JOHN TOTLEBEN, TOM YEATES, and Tom’s partner SUE BALINSKI (originally from Fort Wayne, NJ); my room was on the main floor, facing landlord Carraccio’s house. I lived there from the time of my graduation from the Kubert School (May 1978) until I moved to Grafton, VT in August 1979; I eventually sublet my room until leaving the house altogether in March of 1980.

- SAMPLE CHECK from First Vermont Bank, VT: Note my new home address, Fisher Hill Road, Grafton, VT 05146. I was renting from Theron and Iva Fisher, two sturdy old Vermonters, and my residence was a one-room brick schoolhouse from the 1860s. It lacked electricity (I was the first resident to install electricity, after struggling with battery-powered lighting through the entire ‘1941’ graphic novel job; what prompted the final decision to install electricity was the lack of refrigeration, when my use of the nearby brook to keep food cold was foiled nightly by nocturnal raccoons who seemed able to open any container – I built a stone hollow to protect my food underwater and capped it with a huge flat stone, and that very night there was a flashflood that washed it all away), there was no plumbing (there was a single sink that drained into the crawlspace beneath the stone foundation, and an extension to the building in back: a long hallway past the wood storage area leading to an opulent four-seat outhouse), and was heated only with the woodstove I purchased upon my move into the place. Rent was only $60.00 per month (note receipt also in this file folder); it was pretty Spartan living and working, with my drawing board in the corner facing the road and driveway, my bed in the other corner. I should also note I purchased the first car of my life while living here, sometime in late 1979: a 1970 Mercury Montego from Florida that was hand-painted (you could see the paintbrush strokes!) piss yellow. I bought it for $100 in ’79, and sold it for $100 in 1981 (see 1981 file).

- Application for Addition to Grafton Voter Checklist, dated Oct. 20, 1980 (forms enclosed, with original mailing envelope)

- Shipping receipts: Nancy O’Connor’s move to live with me in Grafton, VT in September, 1980. For the whole story, see my notes (below) for the file 1981: Where I Lived (the bankbook for 1981 features most of the entries for 1980, documenting our life together); also see 1980: Travel folder (below) for details, and note the entries in my bankbook relevant to Jack Venooker (Johnson State College classmate, whom I went to visit in his new abode in Santa Fe, New Mexico) and Nancy O’Connor (whom I met in New Mexico, fell in love with, and spent time with in Santa Fe, paying my share of the rent during those months I visited).—S.B.]

Folder 2
BIO-01 / 02 / 01 [Added 03/09/2006]
Manila folder with notes on it; envelope from Johnson State College; check stub from Johnson State College for Cover Art Ref. #145; billing statement from Johnson State College dated 8 Jan 80; letter from Johnson State College to Bissette regarding balance due, dated December 4, 1979; student billing statement from Johnson State College for Spring of 1976, dated 12/15/75; student billing statement from Johnson State College for Spring of 1976, dated 03/22/76.

[(2) 1980: Final Johnson State College bill! – I attended Johnson State College in Johnson, VT from the fall of 1974 through the end of summer 1976 (I tutored at JSC that summer break); began my studies at the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art, Inc. in Sept. 1976. This was the final JSC bill; settled, behind me.—S.B.]

Folder 3
BIO-01 / 03 / 01 [Added 03/09/2006]
Manila folder with notes on it; envelope from HEAVY METAL to Bissette; invoice from Bissette to HEAVY METAL for FIRST LOVE, dated 2/4/80; receipt for payment to Bissette from HEAVY METAL for FIRST LOVE/ MAY 1980, dated 3/13/80.

[(3) 1980: HEAVY METAL job – The color two-page piece “First Love”; editor: Julie Simmons, Art Director: John Workman. This was my final HEAVY METAL sale; it was published much later, as was work I had completed and been paid for in 1979.—S.B.]

Folder 4
BIO-01 / 04/ 01 [Added 03/09/2006]
Manila folder with notes on it; envelope with check stub from Marvel Comics Group, dated 10/20/80; envelope with check stub from Marvel Comics Group, dated 8/27/80; envelope with check stub from Marvel Comics Group, dated 4/28/80: envelope with check stub from Marvel Comics Group, dated 6/28/80: envelope with check stub from Marvel Comics Group, dated 11/5/80; shipping receipt from Bissette to Marvel Comics, dated 4/10/80; copies of shipping receipts from Bissette to Marvel Comics, 2 copies, 2 pages, dates are: 5/28/80, 5/29/80, 6/2/80, 6/4/80.

[(4) 1980: Marvel Comics Group jobs – Editors: Lynne Graeme, Ralph Macchio; MARVEL PREVIEW/BIZARRE ADVENTURES magazine (black and white zine). Lynne Graeme was the editor of BIZARRE ADVENTURES in the wake of Marvel’s unceremonious booting of Richard Marshall from the editor’s seat. She was a curious woman to work for; during this period, I proposed a number of stories to her for the zine. If Lynne liked an idea, though, she would decide she should write it – and then never write it, which is what happened to my time-travel heroine Kestrel Falconer, whose story was ballyhooed (complete with two of my four character paintings) in an issue of BIZARRE ADV., but never appeared. Lynne never wrote the script, and the job languished, though I did complete two fully-rendered pages in hopes of jump-starting the gig. Throughout this arduous waste of time, erstwhile Ralph Macchio, who had been Rick Marshall’s assistant during my very first Marvel jobs, remained as Lynne’s assistant – and he remained assistant editor under Lynne’s successor Denny O’Neil. In a way, Ralph was the only constant for me at Marvel. See 1981: Marvel Comics file, below, for the rest of the story.—S.B.]

Folder 5
BIO-01 / 05/ 01 [Added 03/09/2006]
Manila folder with notes on it; return receipt for mail sent to James Van Hise, dated 5/14/80; original and copy of invoice statement to James Van Hise from Bissette dated 1/30/80; envelope addressed to Bissette from James Van Hise dated 6/22/80.

[(5) 1980: ROCKET BLAST COMICS COLLECTOR/ James Van Hise job – Van Hise’s RBCC was a venerable comics fanzine, and this was among the work I did for him over about a two-year period.—S.B.]

Folder 6
BIO-01 / 06/ 01 [Added 03/13/2006]
Manila folder with notes on it; envelope with check stub from Scholastic Magazines Inc. dated 1/04/80; envelope with check stub from Scholastic Magazines Inc. dated 2/29/80; envelope with check stub from Scholastic Magazines Inc. dated 5/15/80; envelope with check stub from Scholastic Magazines Inc. dated 10/15/80; registered mail receipt and express mail receipt from Bissette to Scholastic Magazines Inc. dated 5/15/80; express mail receipt from Bissette to Scholastic Magazines Inc. dated 11/13/80.

[(6) 1980: Scholastic Magazines jobs – Scholastic was among the best publishers I worked with in the formative years of my comics career: the kindest, most fun, best-paying, best reproduction of my work, and among the best gifts Joe Kubert gave me (he let me take the ‘contract’ with me when I graduated the School, having done a solid job on the couple of Scholastic jobs I did FOR Joe while a student). Editor and writer was “Jovial” Bob Stine, aka R.L. Stine of later GOOSEBUMPS fame, and Art Director was Bob Feldgus.—S.B.]

Folder 7
BIO-01 / 07/ 01 [Added 03/13/2006]
Manila folder with notes on it; invoice statement to Larry Shell from Bissette dated 1/17/80.

[(7) 1980: Larry Shell job – January, 1980: completed “Earth Invasion” for Larry Shell’s planned anthology ALIEN ENCOUNTERS; see 1981 for end of story. Larry Shell was among the first publishers I worked with while a student at the Joe Kubert School. He lived in Irvington, NJ, and though couldn’t afford to pay much, provided a few critical venues for myself and a few classmates – and, as the 1981 files prove, was the bridge to two publishers who were later important to me.—S.B.]

BIO-01 / 07/ 02 [Added 03/13/2006]
Manila folder with notes on it; receipt from Snow & Lear Co. Inc. to Bissette dated 11/14/80.

[(8) What I wrote with – evidence of my manual typewriter, long since gone, on which I wrote my first comics scripts and pro jobs. Sentimental writer attachments like this are soooo pathetic, aren’t they?—S.B.]

Folder 8
BIO-01 / 08/ 01 [Added 03/13/2006]
Manila folder with notes on it; Conrail train ticket date punched is February 4; Amtrak train ticket date punched is August 25; Greyhound receipt dated 11/10/80; Vermont Transit receipt dated 11/26/80; Vermont Transit receipt dated 9/16/80; Vermont Transit receipt dated 11/03/80; parcel stub no. 500196 no date; flight itinerary envelope from Adventure Travel; Bieber Tourways receipt dated 8/26/80; Western Union telegraphic money order receipt dated 4/18/80; Western Union mailogram dated 4/18/80.

[(9) 1980: Travel – OK, here’s the scoop: I first met Nancy O’Connor during my November 1979 trip to Santa FE, NM (see 1980 file above, my bank books, Nov. 5-9, 1979). We fell for one another at the very end of that visit – I mean, like, the LAST NIGHT I was in Santa Fe! – and I then scrambled for work to afford a return visit. Note the bankbook entries for Jan. 14, 1980; Nancy (later Marlene) got me the plane tickets through a travel agency on her end, and I reimbursed her and rushed back out to Santa Fe in February, 1980, living with her until the money (and return ticket) ran out in April 1980. We fell for each other hard: Nancy moved out to Grafton to live with me by September of 1980. Ah, young love and long-distance romances. Also herein: bus and train trip tickets etc. for work-related trips to New York City and Boston.—S.B.]

Folder 9
BIO-01 / 09/ 01 [Added 03/17/2006]
Manila folder with notes on it; 1 bankbook; checkbook with 5 checks and 1 deposit slip still attached in it; receipt for post office box dated 9/02/81; premium notice from State Farm Insurance agency with 2 envelopes dated 11/17/80; 2 Empire Gas notices with envelopes dated 12/02/80 and 2/24/81; statement from Automobile Club of Vermont expiration date 07/01/81.

[(1) 1981: Where I lived – 1981 was also a key transitional year, culminating in marriage to Nancy O’Connor in August before our move to Wilmington, VT, the area of the state in which I was to settle for the rest of my life to date. The documents in this file tell the story, particularly the bankbook, but they do require a bit of back-up to explain the rest of what happened in 1980.—S.B.]

[As noted above (1980: Where I lived file), Nancy moved in September of 1980 to live with me. However, by the time of her arrival, I had arranged for possibly moving our living quarters from the red brick schoolhouse on Fisher Hill Road to the hilltop Grafton rental home built by Steve Lake, if Nancy preferred. The Lake rental house was as Spartan as life at the schoolhouse, though it was a very cool structure with two floors, an electrical generator, a real kitchen and dining area, a living room, no running water but plumbing of a sort (a bathtub upstairs one could fill with water heated on the woodstove), and an outhouse a bit more elegant than the schoolhouse four-holer. The barely passable dirt road to the place was drivable in the fall, but unplowed in the winter, necessitating a half-mile trek uphill come winter. Nancy and I spent our first night together in VT at this place in the upstairs bedroom, which had a skylight above the bed; an owl visited us that night, landing above the skylight looking down. She loved the place, and so by October we had moved to the $85-a-month Lake rental while I kept the $60-per-month Fisher Hill schoolhouse as my studio. This pioneer-style idyll faded once winter hit hard, and we ended up literally fleeing the house on December 24th, 1980, when a day-long struggle to fill the bathtub with hot water culminated in the crude plumbing bursting at almost every seam at the moment I climbed into the tub. We packed up and spent Christmas Day at the Fisher Hill schoolhouse, where we subsequently lived together from January 1981 through the end of August of that year. It was cramped living, but we were young and in love; Nancy worked in Springfield, VT (about a half-hour drive away) as a waitress, while my freelance work picked up and I worked at home. We were married atop the hills overlooking our Fisher Hill home in August, 1981, by our landlord Iva, who was also a Justice-of-the-Peace; sadly, her husband Theron had passed away late in 1980.

Seeking work that was of interest, Nancy gravitated to the Green Meadows School, a structured living facility for autistic children, in Wilmington, VT, south of Grafton. After her successful interview for a position at Green Meadows, we made the decision to move, and bid farewell to the red schoolhouse. We moved to a seasonal rental on Lake Rapona Road in Wilmington, in a rather odd sprawling two-story house owned by Connecticut teachers Tom and Carol Grant; we were there from September 1981 through the end of May 1982. The Wilmington move was definitive, re-orienting my life up to the present (I still live, now with my second wife Marjory, in this part of the state, over the mountain from Wilmington in Marlboro, VT). Note the receipt from the Wilmington post office for opening my PO Box (442) on Sept. 2, 1981; this is to this day my business address, primarily kept for consistent mailing of all DC Comics royalty checks.

Though the Grant house was a great place to live, complete with plumbing and electricity, comfortably heated with wood, and boasting an adjoining lawn across the road that sloped down to the lake itself (the Grants also had a small sailboat and paddle-boat we were free to use), and my freelance career in comics enjoyed a real boost from my work with Marvel (see below), it was a troubled year for us. We endured a tragic miscarriage (what would have been our first child, a son, at about six months) which happened at home, perhaps caused in part by a minor car accident Nancy suffered on Lake Raponda Road; that spring, we scattered the infant’s ashes on the shore of Lake Raponda. Our new car was subsequently totaled in our driveway when Wilmington high school boys joy-riding at about 7:30 AM avoided a rear-end collision with the local school bus by veering into (actually, ONTO) the back end of our vehicle. Luckily, I still owned the piss monster (my 1970 Mercury Montego), which I sold after we could afford a new used car at the end of the year (see below).

The bankbook is a real reminder of the details of our life that year. The one significant moment I will cite therein is my first check written to MOONDANCE COMICS (C #205, May 26, 1981). Moondance Comics was a mail-order comics supplier owned and operated by Alan Goldstein, then of Wilmington, VT. Moondance advertised in ALL Marvel Comics of the period, and was such a fixture of the Marvel Comics of the early 1980s that Sam Raimi paid homage in the SPIDER-MAN feature film (Peter Parker’s love Mary Jane works as a waitress at the Moondance Diner). In May of ’81, I found Moondance’s first retail shop in a corner of the Harmony Parking Lot in Brattleboro, VT. Alan and I became fast friends, and my old Johnson State College crony and frequent comics script collaborator Steve Perry (whose script “A Frog is a Frog” I illustrated that very year for editor Denny O’Neil for the black-and-white magazine BIZARRE ADVENTURES) was soon working at Moondance (he met his first wife, Marnie Rogers, there). My ongoing friendship with Alan later culminated in my becoming a shareholder, partner, and eventually employee of Alan’s in his new business First Run Video in 1991 (that’s another long story, which also involves Steve Perry – to be related in the 1991 file notes). It all started in May of 1918…—S.B.]

Folder 10
BIO-01 /10/ 01 [Added 03/17/2006]
Manila folder with notes on it; shipping receipt from Bissette to DC Comics Inc., dated 1/08/81; shipping receipt from Bissette to DC Comics Inc., dated 1/22/81; shipping receipt from Bissette to DC Comics Inc., dated 2/17/81; shipping receipt from Bissette to DC Comics Inc., dated 7/16/81.

[(2) 1981: DC Comics Inc. income –The mailings to Dick Giordano were, I think, related to a series of stories I proposed to DC for their mystery title SECRETS OF HAUNTED HOUSE, which I cleverly entitled “Secrets of Haunted House.” Editor David Manak loved the concept and my proposals, but the company policies that so complicated my first and only completed story in the proposed series, “Seeker,” scuttled further work. Under DC’s work-for-hire policies, I could not be allowed to write, pencil, and ink the stories; in fact, “Seeker” was only accepted after my friend Bill Kelley agreed to have his name affixed to the script credits. The later mailing (July 16, 1981) to editor Karen Berger was for a proposed HOUSE OF MYSTERY story that was indeed scripted by Bill Kelley; I don’t recall why that job never reached fruition, though I do recall it was about a shape-shifting housecat, and I did do a complete set of roughs for the story. This was significant, though, for being my first creative brush with Karen Berger, who two or so years later played a key role in my professional and creative life as the editor of SAGA OF THE SWAMP THING. —S.B.]

Folder 11
BIO-01 /11/ 01 [Added 03/17/2006]
Manila folder with notes on it; invoice from Fantaco to Bissette dated 1/21/81; invoice from FantaCo Enterprises to Bissette dated 3/17/81.

[(3) 1981: FantaCo Enterprises jobs (via Larry Shell) – see 1980 file on Larry Shell, and the next file on Kitchen Sink (below). My having done art for the story “Earth Invasion” for Larry Shell’s ALIEN ENCOUNTERS one-shot comic led to my contact with FantaCo, who published the anthology comic. FantaCo became a key employer for me later in the decade, and publisher Tom Skulan and I became good friends until the end of the decade (the unfortunate NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD debacle ended that for good) – but only after I had contributed to, and co-edited, GORESHRIEK and other FantaCo publications, and my writing career was launched by DEEP RED, which FantaCo published as well. —S.B.]

Folder 12
BIO-01 /12/ 01 [Added 03/17/2006]
Manila folder with notes on it; shipping receipt from Bissette to Larry Shell, dated 4/03/81; Invoice with copy and envelope dated 4/06/81.
[(4) 1981: Kitchen Sink Press (Krupp Distribution Co.) income (via Larry Shell) – as with FantaCo, my having done the story “Forgotten Fears of the Fifties” for Larry Shell’s 50’s FUNNIES one-shot led to my first professional association with Denis Kitchen and Kitchen Sink Press, who published 50’s FUNNIES in ’81. So that’s two I owe Larry! Denis and I maintained cordial relations over the years, culminating in the period in which Kitchen Sink “acquired” Tundra in 1993-94, and the subsequent publication of the final two volumes of TABOO by Kitchen Sink. —S.B.]

Folder 13
BIO-01 /13/ 01 [Added 03/27/2006]
Manila folder with notes on it; Vermont Transit receipt dated 03/02/81; Vermont Transit receipt dated 04/10/81; Vermont Transit receipt dated 04/10/81;copy of express mail receipt from Bissette to Marvel Comics Group dated 07/07/81; copy of express mail receipt from Bissette to Marvel Comics Group dated 08/11/81; copy of express mail receipt from Bissette to Marvel Comics Group dated 10/14/81; copy of express mail receipt from Bissette to Marvel Comics Group dated 11/19/81; copy of express mail receipt from Bissette to Marvel Comics Group dated 11/12/81; copy of express mail receipt from Bissette to Marvel Comics Group dated 12/09/81; copy of express mail receipt from Bissette to Marvel Comics Group dated 12/21/81; copy of express mail receipt from Bissette to Marvel Comics Group dated 12/03/80;copy of Amtrak train ticket date punched unknown; copy of Vermont Transit receipt dated 12/16/80; copy of express mail receipt from Bissette to Michael Hollingshead dated 01/05/81; copy of Amtrak train ticket date punched is December 7.

[(5) 1981: Marvel Comics Group income – Ah, here’s a long tale to tell. 1981 was the year in which, initially under BIZARRE ADVENTURES editor Lynne Graeme, I was introduced to one Michael Hollingshead, ostensibly to engage me as an artist in working with Hollingshead on an ambitious proposed series of Marvel Science Comics. Hollingshead claimed to have associations with pop-science writers and scientists like Carl Sagan, Robert Jastrow, John C. Lilly, etc., and a very professional-looking set of stationary to back his boast – and a savvy agent to ram the deal through. However, it came to light later that year that throughout 1981 Hollingshead pulled an astounding con-job on Marvel and it’s head honcho Editor-in-Chief Jim Shooter.

Hollingshead was a smooth-talking British gentleman who looked a bit like William Burroughs (and, I soon discovered, shared Burroughs appetite for drugs) and charmed Marvel personnel with his Brit accent and manners. Hollingshead’s main claim to fame was having written the book THE MAN WHO TURNED ON THE WORLD (1973, Blond & Briggs, London), detailing his 1960s LSD experimentation with Timothy Leary. Hollingshead was indeed a British academic, and I vividly recall the meetings in which he sold first Graeme and then Shooter on his proposed series of pop science comics. The concept was great, and it was just the kind of high-profile venture Shooter was seeking. Hollingshead produced letters and documents (which, it turned out, were all forged) claiming association with, and permission from, Sagan, Jastrow, Lilly, etc. to adapt their best-selling science books to comics form. I was to work one-on-one with Hollingshead and Shooter, and jumped into the project enthusiastically. The debut issue was to be based on Robert Jastrow’s UNTIL THE SUN DIES (1977, W.W. Norton & Co., Inc. NY), and I completed artwork (pencils and inks) for the entire issue not once but twice, in part to rework Hollingshead’s rather chaotic and incoherent script to meet Jim Shooter’s specifications, and in part to try and salvage the project after Hollingshead’s scam was uncovered.

This was all a heady, steep learning curve for an eager young newlywed cartoonist. Having already learned from Rick Veitch’s and my experience with the HEAVY METAL graphic novel adaptation of the Steven Spielberg film 1941 to never trust “a sure thing,” I learned never again to ‘cover’ for a partner at a meeting: for our first story conference with Shooter, Hollingshead showed up so unbelievably fucking stoned (“Excellent hash oil,” he slurred to me on the way up the elevator at 575 Madison Avenue). He could barely manage to sit in his chair, much less speak coherently. (At one point, when Shooter stepped out to take an urgent phone call, Hollingshead slid out of his chair like a drunken snake and toppled onto the floor; he got back into the chair only with my help. Later that afternoon, as I was forced to take Hollingshead to Marvel’s bank to cash our checks then get him back home to his redstone via cab, I had to save him from arrest when a bank guard he managed to completely enrage with his stoned behavior threatened to handcuff him). I learned to trust Shooter’s rigorous story-telling instincts, though my obsessive desire to push the envelope of page and panel design naturally fractioned with Shooter’s staid by-the-numbers template-approach to the medium: we ended up really enjoying working together, and our completely-opposed orientation to comics as a medium fueled some lively meetings and the one pleasurable aspect of this entire debacle. Somehow, through all this, I managed to completely pencil and ink issue one, THE COSMIC EGG (not once, not twice, but three times!) and completely breakdown and partially pencil the second issue, which traced the evolution of life on Earth – a dream project for me.

I learned a company could be snowed: when, at Hollinshead’s (suicidal, as it turned out) constant insistence, I contacted the offices of OMNI magazine (Penthouse’s then-profitable popular newsstand science magazine) after completing what I had been told were commissioned full-page b&w wash paintings to promote the Marvel Science Comics line in OMNI’s news section, the OMNI section editor spilled the beans. He patiently explained to me, apologizing each step of the way, that he had to be the bearer of bad news (“I can see by your work you’re very good, and very passionate about this project, but –“), that not only had the OMNI piece and artwork NOT been commissioned, but that Hollingshead was a complete con-artist, having conned OMNI into commissioning and then paying kill-fees (payment for work completed but not published due to publisher decision) for articles he’d never written. Furthermore, the editor had checked around: Hollingshead had NO permission to represent, much less adapt, any of the books or authors he’d claimed to represent and have clearance to adapt. Shaken, I immediately called Jim Shooter, told him the bad news, and gave him the OMNI editor’s phone number. Within the week, the jig was up for Hollingshead and for Marvel, and Jastrow’s attorney was threatening to sue Marvel if ANY aspect of our debut issue, THE COSMIC EGG, bore any relation whatsoever to Jastrow’s writings – ANY of Jastrow’s writings. So, Jim and I re-did the entire issue for a THIRD time, removing all material relevant to the source material we had worked from – a mean feat. During this process, Shooter began double-checking every factoid and bit of information Hollingshead had included in his ramshackle script, and found much of it to be incorrect. Hollingshead’s agent had already locked Marvel into a contract they could not break. Knowing it was all a con, the agent had managed to ram through an unbreakable contract – Marvel had to pay Hollingshead off to get him out of their hair, which infuriated Shooter to no end. Still, we somehow managed to salvage THE COSMIC EGG and produce a fair job of it, and we re-engaged with the second issue, which required extensive reworking to remove all Jastrow-inspired text or set pieces in its depiction of life’s evolution. In the end, Shooter pulled the plug on the project. It was discouraging, but I’ve no doubt the losses the project had already racked up due to Hollingshead’s pay-or-play deal and our having to rewrite and redraw the first issue three times made this venture a loser before we were out of the starting gate. Shooter was apologetic throughout, and in the end I was back to drawing for BIZARRE ADVENTURES. Shooter made sure I was paid well for my work throughout this ordeal, but in the end it ended up in Marvel archives of unpublished projects. I still have a dummy-copy and some Photostats (partially faded) of the first issue’s final form in the collection, and photocopies of some of the second issue work completed, which will eventually join the HUIE collection, too (as will my copies of THE MAN WHO TURNED ON THE WORLD by Michael Hollingshead and UNTIL THE SUN DIES by Robert Jastrow).

Note the change in the mailing receipts: I started working with Lynne (who was fired from Marvel very early in ’81), then was answering directly to Jim Shooter (and his secretary Linda Grant; no relation to my landlords of the Lake Raponda home) throughout the year, specifically on the Science Comics Project. By December, I was working with the new BIZARRE ADVENTURES editor Denny O’Neil (see Dec. 1981 Express Mail receipt enclosed), for home I illustrated “A Frog is a Frog,” a story conceived with and scripted by my friend Steve Perry – the story was completed and delivered ON TIME against a very tight deadline during the horrific miscarriage Nancy and I endured. We lost our child mere days after the job was turned in – my reward being Marvel claiming the copyright to that story with a single phonecall, though it was supposed to be our copyright (see that issue of BIZARRE ADV., wherein all other contributors retained copyright). As Steve Perry never signed a contract on the job, and Marvel was dubiously claiming ownership based on the blanket work-for-hire contract I had been coerced into signing in 1978, I plan to reprint this story under Steve’s and my copyright sometime soon. It remains one of the stories and art jobs I am proudest of to this day, and among the most personal of all my comics work. Embittered, I never really gave a shit about another deadline in my life.—S.B.]

Folder 14
BIO-01 /14/ 01 [Added 04/28/2006]
Manilla folder with note on tab; express mail receipt from Bissette to Scholastic, dated 2/26/81; express mail receipt from Bissette to Scholastic, dated 3/09/81; express mail receipt from Bissette to Scholastic, dated 6/15/81; express mail receipt from Bissette to Scholastic, dated10/29/81; express mail receipt from Bissette to Scholastic, dated 12/2/81; express mail receipt from Bissette to Scholastic, dated 12/19/81; express mail receipt from Bissette to Scholastic, dated 12/22/81.

[1981: Scholastic Magazines income – Scholastic, an oasis of sanity in an insane year. Looks like I enjoyed four or five jobs with them in 1981, by the dates on the mailing receipts (Feb. / March; June; October; December), still working with editor Bob Stine and art director Bob Feldgus. I loved working for and with them both. The top-notch production and printing I enjoyed with Scholastic inadvertently led me to a sort of professional cul-de-sac with Marvel, as new BIZARRE ADV. editor Denny O’Neil loved my sample pages from the Scholastic jobs and insisted I work in a similar painterly style for BIZARRE ADV – which Marvel’s crap print jobs turned to muck.—S.B.]

Folder 15
BIO-01 /15/ 01 [Added 04/28/2006]
Manila folder with notes on it; receipt dated 14 Dec 81 with Parmalee & Howe comics written in ink on it; receipt with Klara Simpla 12/16/81 written in ink on it; receipt with Klara Simpla 12/12/81 written in ink on it; receipt to Bissette for 27 copies purchased from the Town of Wilmington dated 9/23; receipt to Bissette for 19 copies purchased from the Town of Wilmington dated 10/02/81; receipt to Bissette for 4 copies purchased from the Town of Wilmington dated 10/14/81; receipt to Bissette for xerox copies purchased from the Town of Wilmington dated 10/16/81; receipt to Bissette for 5 copies purchased from the Town of Wilmington dated 12/2/81; receipt to Bissette for 20 copies purchased from the Town of Wilmington dated 12/9/81; receipt to Bissette for copies purchased from the Town of Wilmington dated 12/14/81; receipt to Bissette for 2 copies purchased from the Town of Wilmington dated 12/15/81.

[1981: Photocopy receipts, misc. Wilmington receipts – I include these as records of the three Wilmington businesses that became key to my work life after Nancy and I moved to the area. (a) Photocopies: The only place in Wilmington to get sharp photocopies of my work as I completed pages (pre-computer scanner era, this was a real problem) was the Wilmington Town Clerk’s office, where I met and befriended Town Clerk Mary Lou Rich. She was great, and loved to see me walk in the door – photocopying my weird shit was a pleasant change in her day. (b) Klara Simpla was an alternative book/ art supply/health-food store in downtown Wilmington, and became a key fixture, not only for their art supplies and such, but because later in the ‘80s I rented expansive studio space in their second-floor complex. (c) Parmalee & Howe Pharmacy was the venerable Wilmington institution (sadly, now gone) where I bought all my newsstand comics, including the copies of SWAMP THING I would mail to Alan Moore (John Totleben, Alan, and I never, ever got comp copies of our own work from DC; the only exception to that was when we would visit Karen Berger’s office in NYC, and she’d allow us to take a few from her office stash. Still astounds me that DC never put us on their comp lists – the cheap bastards! – which became problematic when we had to draw characters from other DC comics. I’d have to find ‘em and buy ‘em!).—S.B.]


BIO-2 Box Inventory

Inventory compiled by Hope Warner
Updated 05/12/2006

Folder 1
BIO-02 / 01 / 01 [Added 04/28/2006]
Manila folder with notes on it; all purpose form copy, yellow from Bissette to Cynthia Muise dated 12/29/81.

[1981: Sale of my first car – Yep, I sold my beloved heap, the urine-yellow 1970 Mercury Montego, in Dec. of 1981 (to Nancy’s lifelong friend Cynthia Muise from Nancy’s hometown of Lynn, MA) for the same price I’d paid for it, and what a deal it was. Though the car remained hideous throughout its existence, it survived TWO more owners after Cyndi sold it, ending up in a roll-over accident on Ray Hill Road in Wilmington that ended its life (but so rugged was that car that its driver wasn’t injured). What a tank it was!—S.B.]

Folder 2
BIO-02 / 02 / 01 [Added 05/01/2006]
Manila folder with notes on tab; receipt for St. George Motor Inn dated 11/25/81; receipt for Spruce Pond Inn dated 8/26/81; Vermont Transit receipt dated 04/20/81; The Travelsmiths business card, 2 each; ticket stub for Altair airlines with 3 baggage tickets dated 11/12/81; ticket stub for Altair and travel itinerary from The Travelsmiths dated 11/12/81; ticket envelope for Altair; envelope with notes on it; a flyer about identification of airplanes.

[1981: Travel, work-related – I have, mercifully, thrown away all the train/bus/cab receipts from the NYC trips, most of which were Marvel-related. Unlike DC Comics, Marvel would always reimburse me for travel expenses when I was called into the city for a meeting – always.—S.B.]

Folder 3
BIO-02 / 03 / 01 [Added 05/01/2006]
Manila folder with notes on it; 9 personal money orders from Vermont National Bank dated January through November, 1987; 2 receipts for firewood delivery to Arnie’s Quality Home Service dated 08/87 and 10/87; 1 written receipt for furniture dated 05/19/87; 1 note card on paid bills.

[1987: Where I lived – documents relevant to where my family lived and I worked. See all notes on the file, which read as follows:

- Still at Warren “Duffy” Manley’s rental house at Lower Dover Road in Marlboro, VT

- Note electric bills: we were still paying Duffy directly until sometime in 1987, when we convinced him to put the power bills in our hands.

- We heated with wood exclusively (purchased form Wilmington VT ex-Police Chief Arnie Bernard, who is still a friend of mine)

- We bought some office furniture from Betty Manley in ’87, which helped furnish my studio – also bought a great kitchen table!

- Maia was now four years old and going to the Meetinghouse School and Lucky Woodlock’s Day Care in Marlboro, VT. Danny was only two years old, still at home.--S.B.]

Folder 4
BIO-02 / 04 / 01 [Added 05/04/2006]
Manila folder with notes on it; personal money order to Bill Cathey from Nancy J. O’Conner Bissette dated 6/6/87.

[1987 Aborted coloring book project – This project was for Whitman Publishing, and it just didn’t work out. Enclosed is one of my pay receipts to William Cathey, who worked with me on the project – he was my Harwood Union High School art teacher, and also had taught art to none other than Frank Miller in Montpelier, VT before working at Harwood!—S.B.]

Folder 5
BIO-02 / 05/ 01 [Added 05/04/2006]
Manila folder with notes on tab; express mail receipt dated 7/9/87; copy of check to Bissette from DARK HORSE COMICS dated 1/20/87; copy of check to Bissette from DARK HORSE COMICS dated 5/15/87; copy of check to Bissette from DARK HORSE COMICS dated 1/20/87; copy of check to Bissette from DARK HORSE COMICS dated 10/16/87.

[1987 Dark Horse Comics income (checks aren’t identified –not sure what this was for – GODZILLA?) -- S.B.]

Folder 6
BIO-02 / 06 / 01 [Added 05/04/2006]


Manila folder with notes on it; 11 check stubs from DC COMICS Inc. dated January through December of 1987; copy of check from DC COMICS Inc. to Bissette dated 6/18/87; copy of check from DC COMICS Inc. to Bissette dated 6/19/87; royalty statement from DC COMICS to Bissette dated 5/15/87; royalty statement from DC COMICS to Bissette dated 8/14/87; copy of check from Andrew J. Helfer to Bissette dated 7/15/87; copy of contract between DC COMICS and Rick Veitch dated 7/16/87.

[1987 DC Comics Inc. income – This includes payment for my work on SWAMP THING #64, which was Alan Moore’s final issue (drawn in August of ’87 from phoned ‘plot’ descriptions by Alan, the only time we worked on this title using the “Marvel method” we later employed for ‘1963’). This earned me my first art royalty on the SWAMP THING comic book (not the collections); when I drew the title earlier in the ‘80s, it was a newsstand comic, and earned no royalties. By this time, it was a “Direct Sales Only” title, paying royalties at a lower sales threshold.—S.B.]

Folder 7
BIO-02 / 07 / 01 [Added 05/04/2006]


Manila folder with notes on it; freelance voucher from ECLIPSE to Bissette date 3/16/87, copy of check from ECLIPSE dated 6/12/87; copy of check from ECLIPSE to Bissette dated 1/12/87.

[1987 Eclipse Comics income – for writing the TALES OF TERROR script “Remembering Rene,” art by David Lloyd.—S.B.]

Folder 8
BIO-02 / 08 / 01 [Added 05/04/2006]
Manila folder with notes on it; express mail receipt dated 12/12/87; express mail receipt dated 1/2/88.

[1987 FACES OF FEAR portfolio income – well, actually, these scant records indicate the production of the portfolio, a self-publishing venture I completed at the suggestion of and in partnership with Kubert School student Frederick Steven Warrick, aka Steve Warrick. This proved very successful for us; Steve printed ‘em up using my art, and we sold them for years after (see royalties paid to Steve in the 1989 records, below).—S.B.]

Folder 9
BIO-02 / 09 / 01 [Added 05/04/2006]
Manila folder with notes on it; copy of check from Peter A. Laird date 11/20/87; copy of check from MIRAGE Studios dated 5/8/87; copy of check from MIRAGE Studios dated 12/14/86.

[1987 Mirage Studios/Peter Laird income – for my Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles story in the one-shot TURTLE SOUP anthology; my script for the war story “The Bells”; and for inking a page or two of the LEONARDO special issue one-shot.—S.B.]

Folder 10
BIO-02 / 10 / 01 [Added 05/04/2006]
Manila folder with notes on it; copy of check to Bissette from BLUE COMET dated 1/30/87; copy of check to Bissette from GRAPHITTI dated 9/5/87; copy of check to Bissette from POPLAR PUBLISHING dated 11/8/87; copy of check to Bissette from NOMAD COMICS dated 11/16/87.

[1987 Misc. comics industry income – Hmmm, what’s in here? A Graphitti Designs check for I-don’t-know-what; a Nomad Comics/Chris Foss check for a pinup I drew for him; Poplar Publishing’s check for the first illustration for the ill-fated CARNOSAURS portfolio project; and a check from Craig A. Stormon for a sketch I did of his comic character BLUE COMET, which I don’t believe was ever published.—S.B.]

Folder 11
BIO-02 / 11 / 01 [Added 05/04/2006]
Manila folder with notes on it; copy money order to Bissette from Steve Donnelly dated 7/29/87; copy of check from NEW COMICS GROUP date 7/1/87.

[1987 New Comics Group income – Publisher was Steve Donnelly; we did a couple of books together, including a collection featuring a few of my Scholastic Magazines horror comic stories. Didn’t last long, this relationship; see notes for 1989 fiscal records, below.—S.B.]

Folder 12
BIO-02 / 12 / 01 [Added 05/04/2006]
Manila folder with notes on it; receipt from Palladium Books dated 9/2/87; copy of check to Bissette from PALLADIUM BOOKS dated 11/8/87; copy of receipt from Palladium Books dated 9/2/87.

[1987 Palladium Books income – Gaming publisher Kevin Siembieda was among the best publisher I had the good fortune to work with in the late 1980s. Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird of TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES fame turned me on to Kevin S, and Nancy (Marlene) and I did a batch of illustrations for one of Palladium’s supernatural-based games, and were paid well and earned royalties for years from that one gig.—S.B.]

Folder 13
BIO-02 / 13 / 01 [Added 05/12/2006]
Manila folder with notes on it; express mail receipt dated 3/26/87; express mail receipt dated 4/24/87; copy of check from CENTRAL COMMITTEE FOR CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTORS dated 5/12/87; copy of check from CENTRAL COMMITTEE FOR CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTORS dated 5/15/87; copy of check from CENTRAL COMMITTEE FOR CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTORS to dated 6/10/87.

[1987 REAL WAR STORIES job – The handful of mail/financial documents associated with the REAL WAR STORIES #1 gig, for which I did the full art job (pencils and inks) for one story, and my wife Nancy (now Marlene) colored two stories. A good project; note the source of the checks (Central Committee for Conscientious Objectors, 2208 South St., Philadelphia, PA 19146), and our editor, Joyce Brabner (the at PO Box 18471, Cleveland Heights, Ohio, 44118), wife of Harvey Pekar and co-star of AMERICAN SPLENDOR (the comic series and the film). – S.B.]

Folder 14
BIO-02 / 14 / 01 [Added 05/12/2006]
Manila folder with notes on it; federal express sender activity summary dated 8/07/87, 2 each.

[1987 SWAMP THING sequel art mailing to John Bisson – A bit of explanation here. In July of 1987, I got a phone call from one of my old Joe Kubert School classmates John Bisson, who had gone into the field of movie special effects makeup. John was bidding to get the job for an upcoming sequel to the Wes Craven feature film SWAMP THING, and at his urging John Totleben and I each mailed John a set of photocopies of some select pieces from our SWAMP THING comics work (including character design sketches for the Un-Men) and a few original designs (including a snapping turtle monster I designed). This is the Fed X shipping receipt for that mailing, dated July 27, 1987 (delivered July 28), which indeed reached John in time for the producer’s meeting. According to John’s follow-up phone call, makeup expert Ed French was also bidding for the job, and attended the meeting; when John showed the producers Totleben’s and my artwork, they showed great interest, at which point French pointed our that the producers already HAD the legal rights to use anything John Totleben and I had done for the comic book – thus (a) earning brownie points with the cheapjack producers, and (b) undercutting John Bisson’s bid for the job. In short order, Bisson (and we) were out – and we later learned that Jim Wynorski was directing THE RETURN OF SWAMP THING for Uslan & Melnicker. The only upshot of this was a surprise phone call from DC honcho Paul Levitz, who had NEVER spoken to me before – I knew more about the SWAMP THING film than DC did!

When the film opened in NYC, none of us were invited; when I phoned Karen Berger at DC to see about getting comp tickets, she explained it wasn’t possible. When it was discovered the film used our cover art under the opening titles (effectively accompanied by Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Born on the Bayou”), DC mailed John and I $700 each. I finally saw the film when it was on video, renting it from the South Newfane General Store – and barely slept that night (it was sooooo bad, I wondered, “Is THAT what our work looked like to people?”). This proved a perfect intro to my few brushes with Hollywood: Out of four films that were somehow based or drew from my work in the comics industry (RETURN OF THE SWAMP THING, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES II: SECRET OF THE OOZE, FROM HELL, and CONSTANTINE), I was invited to the premiere of one of them (TMNT: SECRET OF THE OOZE), and earned a share of option money from only one of them (CONSTANTINE). – S.B.]

Folder 15
BIO-02 / 15 / 01 [Added 05/12/2006]
Manila folder with notes on it; postal service return receipt article addressed to Bob Fingerman, no date; postal service return receipt article addressed to Maggie Thompson, dated 2/17/87; postal service return receipt article addressed to Stuart Alford, dated 8/12/87; postal service return receipt article addressed to George Hagenauer, dated 9/14/87; postal service return receipt article addressed to Michael McDowell, dated 9/10/87; receipt for certified mail sent to Anthony Timpone, dated 9/15/87; receipt for certified mail sent to Jon White, dated 9/15/87; receipt for insured mail dated 5/15/87; receipt for insured mail dated 5/15/87; receipt for insured mail dated 5/19/87; receipt for insured mail dated 6/5/87; receipt for insured mail dated 8/10/87; receipt for insured mail dated 9/5/87; receipt for insured mail dated 9/9/87; receipt for insured mail dated 9/11/87; receipt for insured mail dated 11/19/87; express mail receipt dated 10/19/87; envelope with notes on it; copy of check from AARDVARK ONE INTERNATIONAL INC. dated 6/3/87; copy of check from AARDVARK ONE INTERNATIONAL INC. dated 6/11/87; copy of check from AARDVARK ONE INTERNATIONAL INC. dated 8/15/86; copy of check from AARDVARK ONE INTERNATIONAL INC. dated 11/23/87; copy of check from AARDVARK ONE INTERNATIONAL INC. dated 11/25/87; copy of check from AARDVARK ONE INTERNATIONAL INC. dated 12/10/87; copy of check from AARDVARK ONE INTERNATIONAL INC. dated 1/6/87.

[1987 TABOO mailing and receipts – Work in earnest on TABOO was underway in 1987, and these are the significant remaining documents on shipping, payments, etc. to contributors and potential contributors. KAREN McKIEL was our key support contact at DAVE SIM’s then-vital Aardvark One International, Inc., the company Dave maintained to accommodate his publishing ventures with invited creators (PUMA BLUES, TABOO) – alas, KAREN was fired unceremoniously sometime in 1989, and Aardvark One folded in late ’88 due to Dave’s ethical crisis concerning the publication of creators other than himself (precipitated by the Diamond Dist/PUMA BLUES debacle, which I have detailed elsewhere; see COMICS JOURNAL #185 interview with Bissette, already in the collection). He still bankrolled TABOO until Nancy/Marlene and I (and our company SpiderBabay Grafix) were on our feet following the release of TABOO 1 – Dave was among the most honorable people I’d ever worked with in the comics industry. The checks herein were not primarily payments to me; they were monies from Aardvark One to cover payments to TABOO contributors who were beginning to turn in their work, so the checks would come from SpiderBaby Grafix. –S.B.]

BIO-3 Box Inventory

Inventory compiled by Hope Warner
Updated 06/12/2006

Folder 1
BIO-03 / 01 / 01 [Added 05/15/2006]
Manila folder with notes on it; receipt from Brattleboro Music Center dated 11/29/88; money order receipt dated 2/3/88; electric bill dated 7/19/88; electric bill dated 7/19/88.

[1988: Where I lived – various documents/mail to indicate my living and working place circa ’88. My family and I were still living on Lower Dover Road in Marlboro, VT, landlord still Warren “Duffy” Manley and his wife Elizabeth; I had two mailing addresses: PO Box 335, Marlboro, VT 05344 was my ‘home’ address (home bills, etc.), and PO Box 442 in Wilmington, VT 05363 was my business address (and still is, for DC Comics, etc.). Maia Rose was now five years old, Danny was three years old; Maia at the Marlboro Meetinghouse still, and took classes at the Brattleboro Music Center, too. We heated with wood only. My key projects now were TABOO, some DC work (scripts), and other odds and ends.—S.B.]

Folder 2
BIO-03 / 02 / 01 [Added 05/15/2006]
Manila folder with notes on it; check stub from DC Comics dated 12/10/86; check stub from DC Comics dated 12/03/86; letter from Kitchen Sink Press to Bissette dated 10/14/86; copy of check from Toronto Dominion Bank dated 11/26/86; written receipt for payment to Bissette from Mirage Studios no date.

[1988: Income – Pretty slim pickings in ’88, post-SWAMP THING and pre-TABOO (TABOO 1 came out that November). One story (‘Road Kill,” scripted by Tom Veitch) for Kitchen Sink Press’s DEATH RATTLE anthology; one cover for the Canadian comic MACKENZIE QUEEN by Bernie Mireault; one eight-page story form Mirage Studios and 18 hours of inking/toning work on one of the TMNT books. Dave Sim continued to subsidize work on TABOO, and began paying me $200 per month to help keep it going; John Totleben had dropped out of the editing process, and Nancy (now Marlene) engaged only superficially. I picked up the slack with a lot of odd jobs locally, under-the-table pay for various day-job piecemeal gigs.—S.B.]

Folder 3
BIO-03 / 03 / 01 [Added 05/15/2006]
Manila folder with notes on it; thank you note with letter from March of Dimes dated 11/8/87.

[1988 March of Dimes Comic Convention fundraising – though I was poor as a pauper myself, I continued to donate time, energy, and sketches to various charity comic conventions and events. This is one of the few receipts generated for such work – at $25 a sketch, $550.00 is a lot of sketches for charity at one event!—S.B.]

Folder 4
BIO-03 / 04 / 01 [Added 05/15/2006]
Manila folder with notes on tab; invoice and copy dated 8/5/88.

[1988 Self-Promotion – purchases of SWAMP THING back issues, for samples to drum up work.—S.B.]

Folder 5
BIO-03 / 05 / 01 [Added 05/31/2006]
Manila folder with notes on it; 11 receipts from kwik copy for copies; 1 receipt from Harold Makepeace for copies; 6 receipt from Classe Copy; 17 receipts from Golden Bear Photo Company; work order for printing from Classe Copy; 6 bills from Vermont Electric Cooperative; bill from New England Telephone, 5 pages; bill from Sprint, 13 pages; money order to Judy Nagel dated 1/3/89; money order to Judy Nagel dated 2/7/89; money order to Judy Nagel dated 2/7/89; money order to Judy Nagel dated 2/27/89; money order to Judy Nagel dated 6/1/89; money order to Judy Nagel dated 6/26/89; money order to Judy Nagel dated 7/27/89.

[1989: Where I lived/worked: We were still living at Warren “Duffy” Manley’s rental house, Lower Dover Road, Marlboro, VT. My studio was still part of the house at this time; see “1988: Where I lived,” above. Duffy was in his 70s or 80s at this time; he sold his home (across the pond from our rental) and the rental home we lived in to JUDY NAGEL, who became our landlord from 1989-1992 (see “1992: Where I lived,” below). Though I haven’t clear notes on this, I believe Duffy passed away in 1990 or ’91.

Though I still worked in my studio room in the rental house, note that 1989 marks the year in which my photocopying and shipping business shifted almost entirely to Golden Bear Photo on Main St. (though their address is listed as Route 100, their retail frontage was actually on Rte. 9, alongside the Heritage Building, which became my studio in 1993), in Wilmington, VT. Bill and Sally Coombs (later Sally Mack) were the owners; Sally took over the business after their divorce later (I believe by ’93), and this remained my primary venue for photocopying and shipping throughout the life of TYRANT.—S.B.]

Folder 6
BIO-03 / 06 / 01 [Added 05/31/2006]
Manila folder with notes on it; return receipt and receipt for certified mail dated 3/5/89; express mail receipt dated 7/18/88; UPS next day air receipt dated 3/8/89.

[1989: First writing jobs – shipping receipts to Chas (Charlie) Balun, editor/packager of DEEP RED magazine. Chas gave me my first break as a writer, and opened a whole new career path for me that became vital later in the 1990s.—S.B.]

Folder 7
BIO-03 / 07 / 01 [Added 05/31/2006]
Check stub from Dark Horse Comics dated 8/20/89.

[1989: Dark Horse Comics income – Hmmm, $400. Not a big year.—S.B.]

Folder 8
BIO-03 / 08 / 01 [Added 05/31/2006]
12 check stubs for royalty payments from DC Comics; 16 royalty statements from DC Comics; copy of check from DC Comics dated 6/2/89.

[1989: DC Comics, Inc. income.—S.B.]

Folder 9
BIO-03 / 09 / 01 [Added 05/31/2006]
Manila folder with notes on it; money order to Steve Warrick dated 5/22/89; money order Steve Warrick to dated 11/29/89.

[1989: FACES OF FEAR portfolio – see “1987 FACES OF FEAR portfolio income,” above. Steve Warrick and I were still splitting up income from this modest self-publishing venture. As I said, it was fairly successful.—S.B.]

Folder 10
BIO-03 / 10 / 01 [Added 05/31/2006]
Manila folder with notes on it; New England Transit shippers receipt dated 3/15/89. New England Transit shippers receipt dated 5/15/89; express mail receipt dated 1/20/89; copy of check from FantCo Enterprises, Inc. dated 3/9/89. [1989: FantoCo Enterprises income – Note this was the critical year of the aborted NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD project with Tom Skulan (publisher) and FantaCo. I should have known better: as with my experiences with Lynne Graeme (Marvel, see “1980: Marvel Comics Group jobs,” above) and Randy Stradley at Dark Horse (Randy approached me to do GODZILLA with Dark Horse; he insisting on co-writing, but I was not permitted to script per se, and never received coherent script pages or outlines from Randy), Tom insisted on co-scripting the four-part adaptation of the Romero film. We had story conferences at his home outside Albany, but never was a page of script produced, nor was I permitted to script on my own. I cobbled together layouts, pencils, and even rushed into finishes on some pages, but the core issue was never resolved of who was writing the damned thing.
Furthermore, though I was paid for the four covers completed and the double-page “landscape of zombies at dawn” spread, there was never a contract, either and the deal remained amorphous as Tom and FantaCo hustled to sign a deal with St. Martin’s Press of NYC for bookstore editions, and aggressive promotion of the project began. 1989 was the year Nancy (now Marlene) suffered a complete breakdown amid ‘flashback’ memories of having been sexually-abused as a child (see my interview in THE COMICS JOURNAL #185, in collection), which put my home life and professional life in a sudden upheaval. In the end, I walked from the NOTLD project, still lacking a contract; Tom Skulan blamed me entirely, and I eventually burned all my work & papers on the project – the only time in my career I resigned myself to such despair. This, along with the RAWHEAD REX debacle, sorely stigmatized my career in the 1990s. The only art that survived were the pieces turned in to FantaCo, which were later returned and I sold them to Kevin Eastman; I later did recreations of two of the cover paintings for private collectors (Joe Manning, Tom Crouss). Anyhoot, I believe this is all that remains of my transactions with FantaCo, though we’ll see if anything turns up in the 1990 materials.—S.B.]

Folder 11
BIO-03 / 11 / 01 [Added 05/31/2006]
Money order receipt dated 10/11/89; copy of check from National Westminster Bank USA dated 5/15/89.

[1989: Misc. income -- $168 for a UK job I can’t recall. Sorry!—S.B.]

Folder 12
BIO-03 / 12 / 01 [Added 05/31/2006]
Manila folder with notes on it; receipt for certified mail dated 10/10/89.

[1989: New Comics Group income – Publisher, Steve Donnelly; editor: Valerie Jones. Ill-fated publishing venture from art dealer and comics fan Donnelly; I recall Valerie was rather duplicitous in her dealings at time, particularly with one TABOO contributor I had recommended to her, and it was a relief to leave this freelance venue behind. See “1987 New Comics Group income,” above.—S.B.]

Folder 13
BIO-03 / 13 / 01 [Added 05/31/2006]
Manila folder with notes on it; letter to Bissette from Palladium Books dated 7/10/89; envelope dated 7/11/89.

[1989: Palladium Books income – Still earning royalties from this one job! See “1987: Palladium Books income” file, above. —S.B.]

Folder 14
BIO-03 / 14 / 01 [Added 06/12/2006]
Manila folder with notes on it; registered and insured mail receipts, 7 each; UPS next day air receipts, 2 each; New England Transit shipping receipt; Express Mail receipts, 7 each.

[1989: TABOO related shipping (of artwork, checks, scripts, etc.) – Not the 7/16/88 (89? Must be 1989, to have ended up in these records) mailing to FRANK MILLER; this was sending Frank a $500 advance for a proposed story entitled “Rats,” which Frank eventually withdrew before completion and reimbursed his advance in full. Frank was always honorable in all dealings with me. —S.B.]

Folder 15
BIO-03 / 15 / 01 [Added 06/12/2006]
Manila folder with notes on it; receipt from Golden Bear Photo Company for copy machine date 11/28/89 with envelope.

[1989: Photocopy Machine purchase – this indicates to me that I might have set up my trailer studio in 1989, or been preparing to do so (for 1990) – hopefully, records to be uncovered will resolve this, allowing me to confirm or correct this note. I did not have the physical space in my studio room on Lower Dover Road to accommodate a photocopier, which is what leads me to believe I might have been preparing for the trailer studio at this point…—S.B.]

BIO-4 Box Inventory

Inventory compiled by Hope Warner
Updated 06/23/2006

Folder 1
BIO-04 / 01 / 01 [Added 06/12/2006]
Manila folder with notes on it; Vermont Electric Cooperative Inc. payment stubs, 3 each.

[1992: Where I lived – Judy Nagel still owned the house Nancy (now Marlene) O’Connor and I rented on Lower Dover Road, Marlboro, VT early in 1992. Rent checks indicate Judy as our landlord from January through August; our first rent check written to Elizabeth “Betty” Manley is dated October 8th, indicating the time she repossessed the property and became our landlord once again. Alas, her husband “Duffy” had died sometime prior to this, I don’t recall exactly when. Betty was our landlady into 1993; at some point in 1993, Larry Broder purchased the property from Betty, and became our fourth landlord at that location. He remained our landlord – and, after my separation from Marlene in Sept. 1993, Marlene’s landlord – until she moved from out of the house in 1995. [Larry is a wildlife photographer, and he still owns what was originally the Manley home; he sold the rental house around 2001, and it is scheduled for demolition or major renovations in 2005 by its new owners, Bob and Joanne Gutt. Larry Broder’s photography is posted on his website. Check it out – we’re still friends.] —S.B.]

Folder 2
BIO-04 / 02 / 01 [Added 06/14/2006]
Manila folder with notes on it; envelope with notes on it with 7 receipts for household bills; envelope with notes on it with 6 synergy gas invoices, 3 synergy gas bill stubs and 2 synergy gas receipts; envelope with notes on it with 4 receipts from Hillwinds Farms.

[1992: Studio and storage costs – My trailer studio was the center of my professional life in ’92; it was parked behind and to the south of our garage at the Lower Dover Road rental residence in Marlboro, VT. In the late summer/fall of 1992, I also rented a shared studio space with Rick Veitch in Wardsboro, Vt, where we met twice a week to pencil and work on the ‘1963’ project (completed in ’93). All my backstock and much of my personal collection was stored at this time in a storage unit at Hillwinds Farm, Dummerston, VT.—S.B.]

Folder 3
BIO-04 / 03 / 01 [Added 06/14/2006]
Notebook paper with 1992 income written on it in ink.

[1992: My income – Hey, I found my tax income worksheet! No privileged information here – so here ya go, precisely what I earned in 1992, and from where. —S.B.]

Folder 4
BIO-04 / 04 / 01 [Added 06/14/2006]
Manila folder with notes on tab; 7 pages of check stubs.

[1992: Check stubs. Because of the personal nature of much of this checking information, I have disposed of the majority of the stubs; here’s what seemed OK to pass on to the collection. Financial records I have chosen NOT to ship (the SpiderBaby check records) yield the following info for the year 1992, which I thought I’d include as information to be stored with the enclosed 1992 financial records for the collection. I have included SOME of these check stubs herein, if they related to work, but also note the personal history in the following:

Folder 5
BIO-04 / 05 / 01 [Added 06/20/2006]
Manila folder with notes on tab; 2 sheets of notebook paper with “1992 expenses Legal” written on the front page; 2 sheets of notebook paper with “1992 expenses” written on the front page; 2 sheets of notebook paper with “1992 expenses” written on the front page; 2 sheets of notebook paper with “1992 expenses Car” written on the front page; 1 sheet of notebook paper with “1992 expenses Phone” written on it; 2 sheets of notebook paper with “1992 expenses Postal and Shipping” written on the front page; 2 sheets of notebook paper with “1992 expenses Utilities, Plowing” written on the front page.

[1992: Tax worksheet for SpiderBaby Grafix/Stephen Bissette and Nancy (now Marlene) O’Connor – what it says; this seems OK to include, as an adjunct to (3) and (4) above. Anyone wanting to see what this ‘successful’ cartoonist was earning in 1992, and how it related to household and business expenses, here ya go. —S.B.]

Folder 6
BIO-04 / 06 / 01 [Added 06/20/2006]
Manila folder with notes on tab; envelope addressed to The Manager Spiderbaby Grafix dated 5/21/92; court papers regarding the bankruptcy of Neptune Comic Distributors, 2 pages; letter regarding the bankruptcy of Neptune Comic Distributors dated 5/21/92; proof of debt form.

[1992: Collapse of NEPTUNE COMIC DIST. Ltd (UK), documents – By the early 1990s, we began to see the crumbling of the once-booming direct sales market. It first impacted upon a couple of our foreign distributors, including Neptune; this is the final document we received from the UK concerning this account. Bear in mind, too, we could not claim these as losses – books (TABOO in this case) that were printed, sold, shipped, etc. were simply considered “income lost,” not losses, despite the material loss and unrecoverable costs associated with them. I never could quite get my head around that accounting/tax concept, which came up big-time later with TYRANT and the MAJOR distributor collapses that I endured for a time. —S.B.]

Folder 7
BIO-04 / 07 / 01 [Added 06/20/2006]
Manila folder with notes on tab; copy of check from MOONDOG’S INCORPORATED dated 12/11/90; copy of written travel expenses, no date.

[1992: “1963” Ashcans income/cost breakdown – With the launch of the ‘1963’ six-issue comics project in the late summer of this year, I scrambled to maximize the income from this project for ALL my collaborative partners. I saw it in part as my one opportunity to make up for past difficulties/delays/headaches I had caused for John Totleben, Rick Veitch, and Alan Moore on our various projects (SWAMP THING among those), a karmic payback manifest as income, if you will. Thus, I hustled to land and manage every income-producing promotional venture I could find; prominent among those were the then-popular ‘ashcan’ collectibles (deliberately crude photocopy mini-comics, the term ‘ashcan’ derived from long-standing publisher practices going back to the 1930s and ‘40s as a means of filing for copyright and trademark claims on unpublished titles using mock-ups of planned or pre-emptive protection titles). Gary Colabuno, owner of the Chicago-based comics shop chain Moondog’s, was the prominent collector of true ashcans, and he seized upon the opportunity to finance and distribute exclusive ‘1963’ ashcan editions of MYSTERY INC., THE FURY, and N-MAN. With the help of Larry Marder (creator of BEANWORLD, friend, and promotional manager of Moondog’s), I brokered the deal with Gary and put it together so Rick, John, Alan and I would make a nice sum off this deal. Here’s all the breakdowns and remaining documentation. Note, too, the reference to HELIOGABOLUS, which was a Neil Gaiman written-and-illustrated 24-hour comic which was prepared as an ‘ashcan’ edition at the same time; this was NOT part of the ‘1963’ project or ashcans, but Larry and I jumped at the opportunity to bring all this together at the same time and include Neil’s mini-comic in the package, to Neil’s benefit (while giving Moondog’s a very unique Gaiman collectible to sell). —S.B.]

Folder 8
BIO-04 / 08 / 01 [Added 06/20/2006]
Manila folder with notes on tab; receipt from Radio Shack for mono-recorder dated 12/17/92.

[1992: Work on COMIC BOOK REBELS begins (recorder receipt) – Included herein as evidence of work launched on the COMIC BOOK REBELS interview book project, co-authored with Stanley Wiater. —S.B.]

Folder 9
BIO-04 / 09 / 01 [Added 06/21/2006]
Manila folder with notes on it; check stub from Dark Horse Comics dated 09/30/92 and royalty statement for ALIEN TRIBES; Dark Horse Comics work voucher with check stub dated 10/5/92; Dark Horse Comics work voucher with letter of intent to publish LITTLE BROTHERS dated 11/5/92.

[1992: Dark Horse Comics income – Note the advance for ALIENS: KICK THE CAN (October), which was the planned novella sequel to the successful ALIENS: TRIBES project. The plot was accepted, but Dark Horse let the project lapse, without explanation; we were assigned various neophyte editors (one of whom I recall calling me, miserable over not having a desk: “I am sitting in the hallway making this call to you”) until it simply evaporated. Too bad; it was a solid story concept, one I may yet write (though not as an ALIENS project, for obvious reasons).—S.B.]

Folder 10
BIO-04 / 10 / 01 [Added 06/21/2006]
Royalty statement from DC Comics dated 12/6/91; check stub and royalty statement from DC Comics dated 1/15/92; check stub and royalty statement from DC Comics dated 3/15/92; check stub and royalty statement from DC Comics dated 5/15/92; Royalty statement from DC Comics dated 6/30/92; check stub and royalty statement from DC Comics dated 7/15/92; check stub and royalty statement from DC Comics dated 9/15/92; check stub and royalty statement from DC Comics dated 10/15/92; check stub and royalty statement from DC Comics dated 12/15/92.

[1992: DC Comics income – self-explanatory. —S.B.]

Folder 11
BIO-04 / 11 / 01 [Added 06/21/2006]
Manila folder with notes on it; 22 weekly check stubs from First Run Video with the dates ranging from 7/24/92 to 12/24/92.

[1992: First Run Video income (pay stubs) – I will include only one paystub (the final one of each year, which lists my total income for each respective year) in following year files, but wanted to document my full first year at First Run. I worked as the promotions and advertising manager in 1992, starting the week of July 12th, 1992, and continuing into 1993. This job subsidized my drawing and editing work on ‘1963,’ for which we were paid only modest page-rate advances in exchange for a whopping 80% of the profits on the back-end. Couldn’t have done it at all without the dependable First Run Video job and income. —S.B.]

Folder 12
BIO-04 / 12 / 01 [Added 06/21/2006]
Manila folder with notes on it; First Run Video Annual Report for 1992, 2 pages; First Run Video Special Meeting of the Shareholders and Meeting of the Directors 23 pages, dated 3/16/93.

[1992: Shareholder information, First Run Video – I have removed my shareholder’s tax document, due to social security number, etc. therein. This is the first full year report on First Run, relevant to my career and life due to my shareholder status and longtime partnership, as well as my employment there (1992-93, 1998-2005) which subsidized much creative and freelance work that paid little or late, or neither. First Run Video opened its doors in November, 1991, and I participated fully in its opening, actually sorting the video catalog into its initial categories, racking, etc. My years in the video industry also expanded the business education that began with Dave Sim and my relations with Aardvark One International and TABOO, my retail education primarily launched by Larry Marder and Gary Colabuono of the Chicago-based Moondog’s comic shop chain (the buying meeting Gary invited me to attend was VERY educational, and oddly enough prepared me as a buyer at First Run Video, too), and my publishing ventures with TABOO and SpiderBaby Grafix. Anyone who dismisses the importance of First Run Video to my professional life is an idiot. —S.B.]

Folder 13
BIO-04 / 13 / 01 [Added 06/21/2006]
Manila folder with notes on it; handwritten in ink I.O.U. dated 4/2/92.

1992: Great Eastern Conventions, writing income – This reflects income from my articles for Fred Greenberg’s short-lived comics magazine INSIDE COMICS, which was part of his eventually-fatal expansion plan for his Great Eastern Conventions business. Fred had managed conventions on the east coast (primarily NY and NJ at first) since the late 1970s, expanding it by 1992 into an operation that was threatening to either break-through into a major player or collapse. Alas, the latter happened; Fred disappeared soon after, and I haven’t heard from his since, save for a single phone call in the mid-90s. I miss him – Fred was among my classmates (second year) at the Joe Kubert School, and a major part of all our lives in comics via his conventions. —S.B.]

Folder 14
BIO-04 / 14 / 01 [Added 06/21/2006]
Manila folder with notes on tab; royalty statement from Kitchen Sink Press dated 12/1/92.

[1992: Kitchen Sink Press income – a lone project, the SAUCER PEOPLE trading card set; a lone illustration. Oddly enough, my illustration ended up tying into an individual I later became good friends with via my video buyer job: the UFO case I illustrated as a card was investigated and written up as a book by Peter Robbins (LEFT AT EAST GATE by Larry Warren and Peter Robbins, 1997, Marlowe and Company, NY), who handled First Run Video’s account for Central Park Media, one of the premiere anime video and DVD labels of the ‘90s. Peter and I nurtured friendly relations, eventually met face-to-face at a trade show, and have maintained contact since his departure from Central Park Media in 2004. —S.B.]

Folder 15
BIO-04 / 15 / 01 [Added 06/22/2006]
Manila folder with notes on it; check stub from Mirage Licensing Inc. dated 4/9/92; check stub from Mirage Licensing Inc. dated 7/23/92.

[1992: Mirage Studios income –This includes royalties for the Tokka TMNT toys, and for a reprint of my Mutanimal pinups Steve Murphy commissioned in for the Archie Comics TMNT comics line (“Invasion from Space” reprint).—S.B.]

Folder 16
BIO-04 / 16 / 01 [Added 06/22/2006]
Manila folder with notes on it; royalty statement for third and fourth printing of BEYOND THE SUPERNATURAL from Palladium Books; check stub from Palladium Books dated 6/30/92; check stub from Palladium Books dated 12/31/92; royalty statement for fourth printing of BEYOND THE SUPERNATURAL from Palladium Books.

[1992: Palladium Books royalties – Still earning from that 1987 modest illustration gig! —S.B.]

Folder 17
BIO-04 / 17 / 01 [Added 06/22/2006]
Manila folder with notes on tab; check stub from Starlog Group dated 2/27/92; check stub from Starlog Group dated 5/07/92.

[1992: Starlog Communications Inc. /GOREZONE income – I was still writing for FANGORIA and GOREZONE on occasion at this time.—S.B.]

Folder 18
BIO-04 / 18 / 01 [Added 06/23/2006]
Manila folder with notes on tab; 5 check stubs and one invoice from Tundra Publishing Ltd. Dates range from 01/09/92 to 06/10/92.

[1992: Tundra Publishing income – modest, as you can see. —S.B.]

Folder 19
BIO-04 / 19 / 01 [Added 06/23/2006]
Manila folder with notes on tab; check stub and invoice from Windham Southeast Supervisory Union dated 5/20/92; check stub and letter regarding Bissette lecturing dated 5/28/92.

[1992: Tutor/Educational income – this includes lecture honorarium fees, tutoring income, etc. This became more than an occasional sideline in the 1990s for me. —S.B.]

Folder 20
BIO-04 / 20 / 01 [Added 06/23/2006]
Manila folder with notes on tab; Piece of note paper with Video Watchdog printed on top with handwritten notes and used as an invoice dated 4/3/92.

[1992: Video Watchdog income – This was my cover fee for painting the cover illustration for THE VIDEO WATCHDOG book (see collection). —S.B.]

Folder 21
BIO-04 / 21 / 01 [Added 06/23/2006]
Manila folder with notes on tab; receipt for insured mail, 2 each; express mail receipt, 13 each; UPS receipt; copies of 2 UPS receipts.

[1992: Shipping receipts for misc. projects – This gives a fair idea of the various side projects I worked on, from writing for GOREZONE and FANGORIA (newsstand horror zines) to writing for horror fanzines (Pual Harless’s ECCO, Craig Ledbetter’s ETC aka EURO-TRASH CINEMA, etc.), along with various comics-related projects (INSIDE COMICS, edited by Dale Crain; etc.) and TABOO (Alan Moore receipts, etc.). —S.B.]




Business Documents

[Misc. TABOO solicitation materials, invoices, distribution lists, letters, etc.-SB]

BUS-2 Box Inventory

Inventory compiled by Hope Warner
Updated 11/07/2005

Folder 1
BUS-2 / 1 / 01 [Added 12/09/2004]
Miscellaneous business papers relevant to TABOO 4 and 5.
[TABOO 4 reorder file: announcements, press releases, internal documents, orders, invoices, etc. relevant to the cancellation of TABOO 4 and 5 and resolicitation of TABOO 4 after the 're-organization' of SpiderBaby Grafix (to sole proprietorship, sans Nancy/Marlene's active participation, and my budding partnership with Tundra). -S.B.]

Folder 2
BUS-2 / 2 / 01 [Added 12/13/2004]
Invoice from Green Mountain Press for printing of TABOO 2, dated 11/02/1989.
[Note that Green Mountain Press printed TABOO 2, but proved unable to find a bindery willing to bind the completed printed books! This was my single attempt to work with local, Vermont printers as a self-publisher, hoping to support local businesses with my own. A costly folly! TABOO 2 ended up costing a small fortune to publish, needlessly so. -S.B.]

BUS-2 / 02 / 02 [Added 12/13/2004]
Solicitations, statements, price quotes, etc, from printers.
[Printers info, letters, replies form our seeking quotes for publishing future issues, etc (circa 1989). -S.B.]

Folder 3
BUS-2 / 03 / 01 [Added 09/05/2005]
Letter from Jean-Marc Lofficier to Bissette re: formation of The Starwatcher Agency. 2 pages. Bound at end of essay titled Hollywood & the Comics Creator. 81/2 x 11, typed. Dated 07/07/1994.
[Spiral-bound essay: "Hollywood & the Comics Creator" by Jean-Marc Lofficier, circa 1994. Note letter at the end of binder, initiating services between myself and Jean-Marc's agency; they represent my N-Man, The Fury, and Hypernaut properties. -S.B.]

Folder 4
BUS-2/04/01 [Added 12/15/2004]
Bankruptcy notice from Andromeda Distributing, LTD., dated 04/19/1995.
[ANDROMEDA DIST. bankruptcy notice. Another peek behind the scenes, at just one of the documents that marked the beginning of the end of my self-publishing venture. Andromeda was one of many distributors who went under in the mid-1940s, leaving small publishers suffering significant financial losses that cumulatively pushed many of us out of the arena. More documentation of this period will follow, piecemeal. -S.B.]

Folder 5
BUS-2/05/01 [Added 10/10/2005]
Notice to distributors from Rick Veitch, 6 pages, no date.
[Rick Veitch's KING HELL notice to distributors of his first self-published venture, THE ONE. This was an early draft Rick sent me for review/revision/suggestions; includes introductory statement on King Hell and its founding, complete WALL STREET JOURNAL article on the SWAMP THING #88 debacle with DC that led to Rick leaving DC and finally self-publishing. This is a fascinating little document, snapshot of a brave step one of American comics' most vital creators took after much consideration and a real upheaval in his relations with DC Comics Inc.-S.B.]

Folder 6
BUS-2/06/01 [Added 10/10/2005]
Miscellaneous solicitation materials for TABOO #3 and 4.
[File of misc. TABOO solicitation materials for distributors; provides a snapshot of our ballyhoo, terms, and some contents that didn't see print in the end.-S.B.]

Folder 7
BUS-2/07/01 [Added 10/12/2005]
Miscellaneous letters, notes, submissions, and artwork for TABOO #1.
[Jam-packed file of misc. correspondences for TABOO 1, including many of the eventual contributors (Eddie Campbell, S. Clay Wilson, etc.); full of juicy tidbits and memories. File accordingly; this one is chaotic. Includes first-draft of letter to Art Spiegelman and Francoise Mouly, who indeed helped early on establish contact with various contributors, including Charles Burns.-S.B.]

Folder 8
BUS-2/08/01 [Added 10/17/2005]
Notes on an envelope.
[Handwritten notes (by me) on writer/novelist/screenplay writer Michael McDowell, scribbled on the back of an envelope from Dave Gibbons (name-dropping here, or what?). The notes cover Michael's key novelist credits to that time (1987), including his pseudonames… these were notes for his planned bibliography for TABOO, as we were going to publish his collaboration with Tim Burton, "The Oyster Boy." Michael wrote the story, Tim illustrated it - but Tim wanted to finish polished pen-and-ink illustrations, though Michael (and I) were more than happy with Tim's sketchy, energetic art. With the BATMAN movie in production, though, we lost contact with Tim and this eventually, over a three year period, stretched into limbo. Too bad, would have been a great addition to TABOO and feather in our collective cap! It saw print much later in the hardcover book THE OYSTER BOY AND OTHER STORIES, credited solely to Tim Burton - though I know Michael wrote "The Oyster Boy." More files to follow, as they surface.-S.B.]

BUS-2/08/02 [Added 10/13/2005]
Notes in pencil, 1 page, both sides.
[notes on Cam Kennedy JUDGE DREDD pages for sale; I helped Cam sell some of his art stateside back in 1989 or so, just after the publication of his art for "Eyes Without a Face" in TABOO 1.-S.B.]

BUS-2/08/03 [Added 10/14/2005]
Solicitations: TABOO 2, 9 pages dated 12/16/88. TABOO 3, 2 pages no date.
[TABOO 2 and 3 solicitations. Note that there was NOT an 'export' edition of TABOO 2; we didn't get enough orders to justify the extra expense - the issue was simply banned in the UK, Canada, and a number of other countries!-S.B.]

Folder 9
BUS-2/09/01 [Added 10/17/2005]
Letters, forms, re: distributor trade shows, 20 pieces with one envelope, various dates.
[Incredible! Letters and specs on the 1988-89 comics distributor trade shows - evidence of a once-vital, thriving, money-fueled direct sales market. This stuff is invaluable to anyone who might research the direct sales market prior to the mid-1990s crash!-S.B.]

Folder 10
BUS-2/10/01 [Added 11/07/2005]
Copies of TABOO 1 through 4 "Terms of Agreement" typed 3 pages each.

Folder 11
BUS-2/11/01 [Added 11/07/2005]
Federal Express receipts for shipments, seven each with various dates, one page of shipping notes included.
[Historic Fed X document: The delivery of TABOO 1 material to our printer, October 27, 1988!-S.B.]

BUS-2/11/02 [Added 11/07/2005]
Postcard from SyCo to Spiderbaby Grafix, dated 3/98. Advertising sheet for SyCo, 1 page. Publication schedule for SyCo 2 copies, 1 page each. SyCo contract, 2 pages.
[Files on the aptly-named 'Syco' Distributions firm, circa 1997. As the direct sales market collapsed, these kinds of underfunded neophyte firms sprang up and vanished in rapid succession, making many in my shoes (self-publishing) increasingly wary of the quicksand we found ourselves losing our footing within, with Diamond remaining the most and at times only viable 'game' in town.-S.B.]

Folder 12
BUS-2/12/01 [Added 11/07/2005]
List of drop ship points of Diamond Comic Distributors, 2 pages. Shipping list for TABOO 1, one list typed 3 pages, one list for signed and numbered copies, 1 page written, one list for regular copies, 3 pages, written. Notes on orders for TABOO 1, 2 pages. Paid invoices for TABOO 1. Copy of UPS receipt dated 1/24/89. Five letters requesting copies of TABOO, various dates.

[TABOO 1 shipping list; includes all distributor ship lists, contributor comp ship lists, info, documents, etc.; note quantities shipped. 16,000 copies were printed, and soon sold out. This was our first - and the only profitable - issue of TABOO.-S.B.]


Correspondence

COR-1 Box Inventory

Inventory compiled by Lea Ann Alexander
Updated 11/10/2005 by Hope Warner

Folder 1
COR-1 / 01 / 01 [Added 06/02/2004]
Letter from Phil Elliott, illustrator, re publishing “Vulnerable,” strip by Glenn Dakin, in TABOO (02/27/1989). 81/2 X 11, handwritten.

COR-1 / 01 / 02 [Added 07/20/2004]
Letter from Gary Colabuono (05/18/1992), handwritten.
[Letter from Gary Colabuono, owner of the Moondog’s comic shop chain based in Chicago. –S.B.]

COR-1 / 01 / 03 [Added 07/20/2004]
List of potential interview subjects, handwritten
[List of potential interview subjects for Fred Greenberg’s interview zine (title to follow, once I find the zines – samples to be included in collection). –S.B.]

COR-1 / 01 / 04 [Added 07/20/2004]
Two letters from James Robert Smith, typed
[James Robert Smith file (first of many; James aka ‘Bob’ was a contributor to TABOO; I wrote the introduction to his still-unpublished short story anthology; note his letters are revealing as to workings of the comic industry with freelance writers, circa 1989-95). –S.B.]

COR-1 / 01 / 05 [Added 07/20/2004]
Letter from Matt Brooker, handwritten
[Matt Brooker aka ‘D’Israeli (letter; first of many files. Matt was a TABOO contributor; see TABOO collection).–S.B.]

COR-1 / 01 / 06 [Added 07/20/2004]
Letter from Ramsey Campbell to Michael Zulli, typed
[Ramsey Campbell, 2/89 letter to Michael Zulli for TABOO adaptation of Ramsey’s story, “Again” (see TABOO 5): Note this was Ramsey’s first and only stab at adapting his own work to comics – and this letter reflects his best shot at ‘scripting’ the adaptation, which in the end Michael Zulli himself did, at my urging (and with Ramsey’s permission). Campbell is a key UK writer, novelist, scholar, and anthologist of horror, still active to this day.–S.B.]

COR-1 / 01 / 07 [Added 07/20/2004]
Letter and postcard from S. Clay Wilson, handwritten
[Personal TABOO-related letters from S. Clay Wilson, most notorious of all the original US underground cartoonist and a frequent TABOO contributor. First of many files of Wilson’s correspondence to come. –S.B.]

Folder 2
COR-1 / 02 / 01 [Added 08/10/2004]
Letter from Jeff Nicholson, single page, typed on back of comic script
[Letters from contributor/THROUGH THE HABITRAILS creator Jeff Nicholson, circa 1990-02. Should be self-explanatory; see my notes about Jeff in the prior shipment (10/10 mailing). Note the reference to TOTAL TABOO, which was a proposed TABOO offshoot I ultimately abandoned to focus fully on TYRANT. –S.B.]

COR-1 / 02 / 01 [Added 08/10/2004]
Letter from Jeff Nicholson, single page, typed.

COR-1 / 02 / 02 [Added 08/10/2004]
Letter from Jeff Nicholson, single page, typed.

COR-1 / 02 / 03 [Added 08/10/2004]
Letter from Jeff Nicholson, single page, typed.

COR-1 / 02 / 04 [Added 08/10/2004]
Letter from Jeff Nicholson, single page, typed.

COR-1 / 02 / 05 [Added 08/10/2004]
Essay, “No End”, written by Jeff Nicholson?, single page, 6 paragraphs, typed.

COR-1 / 02 / 06 [Added 08/10/2004]
Letter from Rick Grimes, single page, handwritten, includes handwritten notations by Bissette.
[Misc. letters from TABOO contributor and fellow Kubert School student (first class, 1976-78) RICK GRIMES, circa 1989-90. – S.B.]

COR-1 / 02 / 07 [Added 08/10/2004]
Letter from Rick Grimes, handwritten on a postcard, signed “Granma Goobercrumps”.

COR-1 / 02 / 08 [Added 08/10/2004]
Letter from Rick Grimes, single page, handwritten.

COR-1 / 02 / 09 [Added 08/10/2004]
Letter from Rick Grimes, 3 pages, handwritten.

COR-1 / 02 / 10 [Added 08/10/2004]
Letter from Rick Grimes, single page, handwritten.

COR-1 / 02 / 11 [Added 08/10/2004]
Letter from Rick Grimes, 3 pages, handwritten.

Folder 3
COR-1 / 03 / 01 [Added 08/10/2004]
Letter from David Lloyd, single page, handwritten, with attached business card.

COR-1 / 03 / 02 [Added 08/13/2004]
Letter from Neil Gaiman, biography/ bibliography, 2 pages, computer printout.

COR-1 / 03 / 03 [Added 08/16/2004]
Letter from Eric Vincent, single page, handwritten on yellow, lined legal paper, envelope included.
[Letter from Eric Vincent, re: TABOO contribution (see series; Eric did at least one story), circa July 1990. –S.B.]

COR-1 / 03 / 04 [Added 08/16/2004]
Letter from David Langey, handwritten with green marker.

COR-1 / 03 / 05 [Added 08/23/2004]
Letter from Rick McCollum to Bissette, typed, single page, dated 03/28/1989.
[Letter, notes from artist Rick McCollum, re: “Salome” in TABOO ESPECIAL, which see. –S.B.]

COR-1 / 03 / 06 [Added 08/23/2004]
Letter from Rick McCollum to Bissette re: biographical and bibliographical information, typed, 5 pages, dated 03/30/1990.

COR-1 / 03 / 07 [Added 08/23/2004]
Letter from Dick Foreman to Bissette, 2 pages, handwritten, dated 05/09/1990.
[Two more letters from Dick Foreman, circa 1990. See files previously shipped; TABOO ESPECIAL. –S.B.]

COR-1 / 03 / 07 [Added 08/23/2004]
Letter from Dick Foreman to Bissette, single page, handwritten, dated 05/23/1990.

COR-1 / 03 / 08 [Added 08/24/2004]
Letter from Douglas Wheeler to Bissette, re: scripts he (Wheeler) has written, single page, handwritten, n.d.

COR-1 / 03 / 09 [Added 08/24/2004]
Letter from Douglas Wheeler to Bissette and Nancy, re: scripts he (Wheeler) has written, two pages, typed, dated 09/06/1990

COR-1 / 03 / 10 [Added 08/24/2004]
Douglas Wheeler’s bibliography sent to Bissette on a postcard, handwritten, dated 11/1992.

COR-1 / 03 / 11 [Added 08/25/2004]
Letter from Stephen Blue to Nancy O’Connor and Bissette re: submission of a “…in the Garden”, typed, n.d. written by Angela Bocage.

COR-1 / 03 / 12 [Added 08/25/2004]
Postcard with graphics from Jill Karla Schwartz of the Rocket Girl Studio, no message.

COR-1 / 03 / 13 [Added 08/25/2004]
Envelope addressed to S.R. Bissette & Nancy O’Connor c/o of SPIDERBABY GRAFIX.

COR-1 / 03 / 14 [Added 08/25/2004]
Letter to Bissette from Leslie Black, handwritten, single page, dated 08/09/1990, with attached business card.

COR-1 / 03 / 15 [Added 08/25/2004]
Letter to Bissette from Douglas Wheeler, typed, single page, n.d.

Folder 4
COR-1 / 04 / 01 [Added 08/26/2004]
Letter from Adrian B. Martinez to Bissette, typed, single page with envelope attached, dated 01/22/1992.

COR-1 / 04 / 02 [Added 08/26/2004]
Self-addressed manila envelope from Joe Zable.

COR-1 / 04 / 03 [Added 08/30/2004]
Letter from Michael H. Price of Cremo Studios to Bissette re: TABOO projects, typed, 10 pages, written on Cremo Studios letter-head staionery, including the first 2 pages of the comic “Sunk Rats’ written by Adrian Marinez, and illustrated presentations of Andrew Marvell and Guy de Maupassant.

COR-1 / 04 / 04 [Added 09/02/2004]
Draft of a letter written to Stephen (?) from Bissette and Stanley Wiater re: writing a foreword to COMIC BOOK REBELS, typed, single page, dated 12/26/1992.

COR-1 / 04 / 05 [Added 09/02/2004]
Letter to Denis Kitchen from Bissette re: the corrected appendix to COMIC BOOK REBELS, handwritten on lined yellow legal paper, single page, n.d.

COR-1 / 04 / 06 [Added 09/07/2004]
Letter to Joshua (?) from Stanley Wiater re: text materials for COMIC BOOK REBELS, typed, 2 pages, dated 01/20/1993.

COR-1 / 04 / 07 [Added 09/07/2004]
Letter to Adam (?) from Stanley Wiater detailing Status Report #5, typed, single page, dated 03/04/1993.

COR-1 / 04 / 08 [Added 09/14/2004]
Letter from “Ferret” to Bissette re: examples of Ferret’s artwork included with letter, typed on TrIfAsE cReAtUrAs, iNc! letter-head stationery, 2 pages, dated 04/18/1990; P.S. included on separate page, handwritten on paper with Ferret’s artwork creating a border.
[Letters, submissions, samples from artist “Ferret” (real name unknown), circa spring of 1990. I’m also including Ferret’s extraordinary illustrated novel ALLIGATOR ALLEY with this package, complete with audio cassette soundtrack! –S.B.]

COR-1 / 04 / 09 [Added 09/20/2004]
Letter from Doug Wheeler to Bissette re: material he (Wheeler) submitted, typed, single page, dated 09/29/1986 and including a handwritten note from Tim Sale re: his progress on “Donor”.
[Doug Wheeler (writer; see relevant files already sent) letters, copies of agreements with artists on TABOO submissions. Alas, TABOO folded before these saw completion or print. –S.B.]

Folder 5
COR-1 / 05 / 01 [Added 09/20/2004]
Letter from Chet Williamson to Bissette re: participating in a future TABOO project, typed, single page, dated 10/12/1987, including accompanying envelope.
[Letter from novelist Chet Williamson; first of many. Chet and Tim Truman completed “The Worms Crawl In” for TABOO: STICK SND STONES; it ran in TABOO 8 or 9 (see collection). --S.B.]

COR-1 / 05 / 02 [Added 09/20/2004]
Letter from Dave Gibbons to Bissette responding to Bissette’s invitation to contribute to TABOO, handwritten, 3 pages, dated 02/28/1987.
[Feb. 1987 letter from DAVE GIBOONS (WATCHMEN, etc.), responding to my invitation to contribute to TABOO. Great letter; my then wife Nancy and I had met Dave during his first NYC visit with Alan and Phyllis Moore, and we hit it off. Dave is a great fellow, and I miss him. We never did get to work together, until the silliness of the ‘1963’ series (in 1992-93) – well, that was great fun, and THE FURY was indelibly aided by Dave’s inks on my self-consciously Ditkoesque pencils. --S.B.]

COR-1 / 05 / 03 [Added 09/20/2004]
Letter from Phil Hester to Bissette re: touch-ups on Hester’s artwork, handwritten,single page, dated 09/05/ 1990, 2 copies.
[Letter (Sept. 1990) from Phil Hester, re: touchups on his TABOO stories (see collection). Note Phil’s very nice final line – he’s right, I WOULD never be so arrogant as to ‘touch up’ another artist’s work, EVER! --S.B.]

COR-1 / 05 / 04 [Added 09/21/2004]
Letter from Jeffrey Jones to Bissette re: material submitted, handwritten, 2 pages, dated 02/25/1991.

COR-1 / 05 / 05 [Added 09/22/2004]
Letter from Denis Rodier to Bissette re: artwork submitted for “Daddyums”, handwritten, single page, dated 04/28/1990.

COR-1 / 05 / 06 [Added 09/22/2004]
Letter from Brian Sendelach to Bissette re: artwork Sendelbach sent, handwritten, single page, with accompanying envelope.

COR-1 / 05 / 07 [Added 09/22/2004]
Brian Sendelbach’s biography, typed, single page; cover letter, handwritten, single page.

COR-1 / 05 / 08 [Added 09/22/2004]
Letter from Richard Sala to Bissette re: Sala’s TABOO work, handwritten on letterhead stationery, single page, dated 10/25/1987.
[Postcard, letter from RICHARD SALA (circa 1987-88), concerning his TABOO work (see collection), and his reaction to my GORE SHRIEK article on horror comics and monster magazines (copy forthcoming to collection). –S.B.]

COR-1 / 05 / 09 [Added 09/22/2004]
Postcard from Richard Sala to Bissette re: Bissete’s article in GORE SHRIEK, postcard features Sala’s artwork, dated 06/12/1988.

COR-1 / 05 / 10 [Added 09/22/2004]
Letter from David Lloyd to Bissette re: “Twelve States” project, typed, single page, dated 06/25/1991, with attached business card, including accompanying envelope.
[More DAVID LLOYD letters, circa 1990-91; “Twelve States” proposal, etc. –S.B.]

COR-1 / 05 / 11 [Added 09/22/2004]
Letter from David Lloyd to Bissette re: “Twelve States” project, typed, single page, dated 08/30/1990.

COR-1 / 05 / 12 [Added 09/22/2004]
Letter from David Lloyd to “Twelve States” writer re: TWELVE STATES project, typed, two pages, dated 08/30/1990.

Folder 6
COR-1 / 06 / 01 [Added 09/27/2004]
Letter from Luke T. Bush to Bissette re: plans to submit a plot synopsis, “The Photographer” to GORE SHRIEK, typed on personal letterhead stationery, single page, dated 10/19/1988.
[Letters from Luke Bush, TABOO submission, etc. Accepted his material, but nothing came of it. Circa 1988-90. –S.B.]

COR-1 / 06 / 02 [Added 09/27/2004]
Postcard from Luke T. Bush to Bissette re: status of “The Photographer”, dated 02/07/1990.

COR-1 / 06 / 03 [Added 09/27/2004]
Postcard from Luke T. Bush to Bissette re: status of “The Photographer”, dated 10/16/1989

COR-1 / 06 / 04 [Added 09/27/2004]
Letter from Mark Burbey to Bissette re: plans to adapt “Miss Gentilbelle”, a short story written by Christopher Beaumont, into comic book format, typed, 2 pages, dated 04/07/1986.

COR-1 / 06 / 05 [Added 09/27/2004]
Letter from Glenn Barr to Bissette re: work in TABOO, handwritten on personal letterhead stationery, single page, n.d.
[Art samples, letters (circa 1990-91), mini-comic by Glenn Barr, cartoonist-artist extraordinaire. Glenn’s work appeared in TABOO ESPECIAL, and I wish we’d done more. I became drawn (pun intended) to Glenn’s work in FILM THREAT magazine, and contacted him. –S.B.]

COR-1 / 06 / 06 [Added 09/27/2004]
Letter from Glenn Barr to Bissette re: samples of Barr’s artwork, handwritten on personal letterhead stationery, 2 pages, n.d.

COR-1 / 06 / 07 [Added 09/29/2004]
Letter to Valerie Jones from Bissette re: New Comics treatment of writer James Robert Smith, handwritten, single page, n.d., 3 copies.
[Two files: Letter to editor Valerie Jones of New Comics, and copies of relevant letters and Valerie’s reply, concerning my relationship with them and their abominable treatment of James Robert Smith, prompting this letter. –S.B.]

COR-1 / 06 / 08 [Added 09/29/2004]
Letter to Valerie Jones from James Robert Smith protesting how New Comics was treating him (Smith), typed, single page, dated 09/12/1989.

COR-1 / 06 / 09 [Added 09/29/2004]
Letter from Valerie Jones to Bissette explaining what happened between James Robert Smith and New Comics, handwritten, 3 pages, n.d.

COR-1 / 06 / 07 [Added 09/29/2004]
Postcard from Mark Burbey to Bissette re: looking forward to seeing the FREAKS stuff, n.d.
[Letters from Mark Burbey (writer; see relevant files already sent, particularly the “Miss Gentilbelle” files), Tom De Haven (novelist) concerning proposed adaptation of De Haven’s novel “Freaks Amour”. Mark and I worked for a couple of years on this venture, but could never land a publisher; note that this was 1985, pre-TABOO, while I was still at work on SWAMP THING for DC Comics.–S.B.]

COR-1 / 06 / 08 [Added 09/29/2004]
Letter from Mark Burbey to Bissette re: enclosed letter from Tom De Haven, typed, single page, dated 08/15/1985.

COR-1 / 06 / 09 [Added 09/29/2004]
Letter from Mark Burbey to Bissette re: status of character sheets for FREAKS’ Amour, typed, single page, dated 11/25/1985.

COR-1 / 06 / 10 [Added 09/29/2004]
Form letter from Mark Burbey to Bissette re: temporary mailing address, typed, single page, n.d.

COR-1 / 06 / 11 [Added 09/29/2004]
Letter from Mark Burbey to Bissette re: updates on works in progress, typed, single page, dated 12/02/1984.

COR-1 / 06 / 12 [Added 09/29/2004]
Letter from Mark Burbey to Bissette re: enclosed materials for FREAKS’ AMOUR, typed, 2 pages, dated 09/28/1985.

COR-1 / 06 / 13 [Added 09/29/2004]
Letter from Tom De Haven to Mark Burbey re: status of adaptation of FREAKS’ AMOUR, typed, 2 pages, dated 08/95/1985.

COR-1 / 06 / 14 [Added 09/29/2004]
Letter from Mark Burbey to Bissette re: scripting FREAKS’ AMOUR, typed, single page, dated 08/05/1985.

COR-1 / 06 / 15 [Added 09/29/2004]
Letter from Tom De Haven to Mark Burbey re: script for FREAKS’ AMOUR, typed, single page, dated 05/28/1986.

COR-1 / 06 / 16 [Added 09/29/2004]
Letter from Mark Burbey to Bissette re: works in progress, typed, single page, dated 06/15/1986.

Folder 7
COR-1 / 07 / 01 [Added 10/11/2004]
Letter from Howard Cruse to Bissette re: funding for STUCK RUBBER BABY, Cruse’s graphic novel, typed on personal letter-head stationery, 2 pages, dated 05/09/1993, envelope included.

COR-1 / 07 / 02 [Added 10/11/2004]
Letter from Howard Cruse to Bissette re: COMIC BOOK REBELS, typed on personal letter-head stationery, 2 pages, dated 07/20/1993, envelope included.

COR-1 / 07 / 03 [Added 09/05/2005]
Letter from Diana Schutz of Dark Horse Comics, Inc. to Bissette re: a requested copy of SIN CITY and AMERICAN SPLENDOR #17, typed, single page, dated 03/29/1993.

COR-1 / 07 / 04 [Added 09/05/2005]
John Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Confidential Report on Candidate for Fellowship sent to Bissette for his candid and critical appraisal of Howard Cruse who had applied for a grant; cover letter, typed on Foundation letter-head stationery, single page, dated 11/1993.

COR-1 / 07 / 05 [Added 09/05/2005]
Acknowledgement of receipt of Bissette’s confidential statement concerning Howard Russell Cruse from the John Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, dated 02/22/1994, envelope included.

COR-1 / 07 / 06 [Added 09/05/2005]
Brochure from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation announcing the 1993 list of Fellowship Recipients, envelope included.

COR-1 / 07 / 07 [Added 09/05/2005]
Letter expressing Bissette’s candid and critical appraisal of Howard Cruse as submitted by Bissette to G. Thomas Tanselle, Vice President, John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, typed, 3 pages, dated 02/18/1994.

COR-1 / 07 / 08 [Added 09/18/2005]
Letter with treatment attached. 3 pages plus envelope. Dated 7/02/90.
[Letter from famous alternative/experimental writer KATHY ACKER, July 2 1990, with proposal for a possible TABOO contribution entitled “Christ Comes to New York City.” Note this was actually an outline for a “possible Grand Guignol play,” and that Kathy’s artist-of-choice would have been S. Clay Wilson, though Wilson wasn’t keen on ANY sort of collaborative venture he didn’t initiate himself. If memory serves, this was our only contact with Kathy; though I replied, it was the only letter and proposal ever received from her.—S.B.]

Folder 8
COR-1 / 08 / 01 [Added 09/18/2005]
Letter and submission dated 10/04/88. 2 pages with envelope.
[Letter and submission from Mike Baron, October 4 1988, for story “Trimming the Hedge.” Though we paid Mike in full for his script, he then held this script ‘hostage’ to try to force the issue with John Totleben’s never-completed illustration of Mike’s 1979 script “Space Invaders” (see relevant files, elsewhere); note my discussion of this matter in my COMICS JOURNAL #185 interview. Mike contacted me after the publication of that interview and apologized; no hard feelings here.—S.B.]

COR-1/ 08 / 02 [Added 09/18/2005]
Letter, 1 page, handwritten, no date.
[Letter from renowned UK horror author RAMSEY CAMPBELL on TABOO 5; note his happiness with Michael Zulli’s adaptation of his story, “Again.”—S.B.]

COR-1/ 08 / 03 [Added 09/22/2005]
Letter, 1 page, dated 7/26/1992.
[July 1992 letter from photographer/artist Rick Leider, for planned TABOO back cover use; hope I find the photo!—S.B.]

COR-1/ 08 / 04 [Added 10/10/2005]
Letter from Ramsey Campbell to Bissette, handwritten, dated 6/02/87.
[Ramsey Campbell letter (June 2, 1987) expressing enthusiasm for TABOO, and option to contribute. Photocopies of TWILIGHT ZONE magazine publication of Campbell’s short story ‘Again’ also included (my inclusion and selection); this was indeed the story we settled on adapting. See TABOO 7 related materials in collection.—S.B.]

COR-1 / 08 / 05 [Added 10/10/2005]
Postcards from Joe Coleman to Bissette, 2 each.
[Joe Coleman letters, written on postcards featuring his artwork. Note Coleman contributions to TABOO (cover of TABOO 7; story).—S.B.]

Folder 9
COR-1 / 09 / 01 [Added 10/10/2005]
Letter from Jamie Delano to Bissette, dated 01/12/88 2 pages with a 12 page submission. Letter from Jamie Delano to Bissette, dated 8/10/99, 4 pages.
[Letters from Jamie Delano (Jan. 12, 1988, and post-Vermont visit letter of August 10, 1990), then-longtime-friend of Alan Moore and up-and-coming script writer for DC’s HELLBLAZER, which emerged from Alan, John Totleben, and my tenure on SWAMP THING. Jamie was younger than we by a few years, and we’d met during our visits to Northampton, UK in the mid-1980s and late-80s. His then-wife later became Alan’s then-wife’s lover, and the estrangement between Alan and Jamie grew until Alan ‘cut’ Jamie out of his life entirely in the early 1990s; a preview of the treatment I’d later suffer when Alan terminated our ten-year relationship and ‘exiled’ me. Ah, well… here’s Jamie’s letters to us, and photocopies of a story he’d submitted to TABOO, written by himself and illustrated by painter Susan Eastland. We passed, though it came up again as a possible contribution to the TABOO: STICKS AND STONES project (see relevant items in collection).—S.B.]

Folder 10
COR-1 / 10 / 01 [Added 10/10/2005]
Letter from Richard Corben to Bissette, 1 page typed, dated 09/18/89.
[Richard Corben LOC (Sept. 18, 1989) on TABOO 2; we never did coax Richard into the book, though we maintained contact off and on over the years through the 1999 HEAVY METAL CD-Rom debacle (see related materials elsewhere in collection).—S.B.]

COR-1 / 10 / 02 [Added 10/10/2005]
Letter from Dick Foreman to Bissette, 1 page handwritten, dated 9/07/90.
[Letter from Dick Foreman (Sept. 1990; contributor to TABOO ESPECIAL, which see), friend of Alan Moore who we met during our 1990 trip to the UK – my last to date. Includes comprehensive listing of Dick’s published comics works to date at that time, and further evidence of the importance to TABOO of the Northampton UK circle-of-friends that grew out of our visits to Alan Moore and Melinda Gebbie.—S.B.]

COR-1 / 10 / 03 [Added 10/10/2005]
Letter from Howard Cruse to Bissette, typed 1 page, dated 6/26/89
[Letter from Howard Cruse (June 1989); this was the beginning of my relations over the years with Howard, which led to eventual TABOO contributions (see TABOO ESPECIAL) and my helping Howard as best I could with support and fund-raising brainstorming for his graphic novel STUCK RUBBER BABY (see relevant materials elsewhere in collection).—S.B.]

COR-1 / 10 / 04 [Added 10/10/2005]
Letter and postcard from Phil Hester to Bissette, letter dated 7/17/91, postcard no date.
[Letter, postcard from writer/ artist Phil Hester (both from 1991), who indeed contributed to TABOO in his distinctive style – before taking over art chores on SWAMP THING, oddly enough!—S.B.]

COR-1 / 10 / 05 [Added 10/14/2005]
Fax from David Thorpe to Bissette, one page dated 7/14/92.
[David Thorpe FAX letter, re: “After Life” progress. See other relevant files, already mailed.—S.B.][David Thorpe FAX letter, re: “After Life” progress. See other relevant files, already mailed.—S.B.]

Folder 11
COR-1 / 11 / 01 [Added 10/17/2005]
Letter from Bissette to Don Congdon, typed, 2 pages dated 08/15/86. Letter from Craig Goden to Richard Matheson, typed, 1 page dated 09/02/86. Letter from Craig Goden to Bissette, typed, 1 page dated 08/01/86. Letter from Craig Goden to Bissette, typed, 1 page dated 09/03/86.
[Letters to agent Don Congdon, representing novelist/screenwriter RICHARD MATHESON (“I Am Legend,” “The Shrinking Man,” the Vincent Price/Roger Corman Poe films, etc.), concerning my hopes of adapting/illustrating a comics adaptation of “I Am Legend.” Note that Craig Goden of Time Tunnel (see previous file, already shipped) wrote extensively, too; alas, nothing came of this, post-SWAMP THING and pre-TABOO (1986-87).—S.B.]

COR-1 / 11 / 02 [Added 11/08/2005]
Postcard from Mike Hoffman to Bissette regarding introduction to TOOTH DECAY, dated 8/19/87.

COR-1 / 11 / 03 [Added 11/09/2005]
Letter from Kitchen Sink Press to Bissette regarding donating work for a benefit portfolio, 2 pages, dated 5/28/87.

COR-1 / 11 / 04 [Added 11/10/2005]
Letter from Jack Butterworth to Bissette regarding introduction to EYES WITHOUT A FACE, 3 pages typed with envelope, envelope post date 7/18/87.


Drafts
- Any version of comic, graphic novel, or film script produced before the final product.

[LOTS of files, which I have carefully organized by year, subject, etc. This becomes autobiographical in nature, and provides a snapshot of my economic life as a cartoonist: what I earned, what it cost to live, etc., as well as a progressive view of my adult life taking shape (marriage, building a family, etc.) and such. I hope this makes the material a little more digestible – along with the following notes, which pretty well give you a year-by-year overview of my life, pro and some personal, and its relevance to the records enclosed. – SB]

DRA-1 Box Inventory

Inventory compiled by Lea Ann Alexander
Updated 05/05/2004

Manuscript; DEUS-X by Joe Citro; 4 binders.
[Complete original manuscript (in four binders): Novel DEUS-X by Joe Citro; illustrated by Bissette; this is the original ms. Bissette worked from to complete illustrations for the hardcover first edition of the novel. This was also the first collaborative effort between Bissette and longtime friend and fellow native Vermonter Citro. -SB]

Folder 1
DRA-1 / 01 / 01 [Added 05/05/2004]
Binder 1 (begins with title page).

Folder 2
DRA-1 / 02 / 01 [Added 05/05/2004]
Binder 2 (begins with page 145).

Folder 3
DRA-1 / 03 / 01 [Added 05/05/2004]
Binder 3 (begins with page 285).

Folder 4
DRA-1 / 04 / 01 [Added 05/05/2004]
Binder 4 (begins with page 433).

DRA-2 Box Inventory

Inventory compiled by Lea Ann Alexander and Renee Campbell
Updated 07/27/2004

Folder 1
DRA-2 / 01 / 01 [Added 02/20/2004]
Submission: script for Dark Horse Comics comic series ALIENS: LABYRINTH, Book Three written by Jim Woodring, typed, 33 pages, bound, with handwritten editorial notes by Bissette.
[Jim Woodring script for Dark Horse Comics comic series ALIENS: LABYRINTH, Book Three. I believe I was sent this script just as a courtesy; of interest as a sample of Woodring's script work, and as a sample of scripting relevant to the long-lasting Dark Horse ALIENS comics series/franchise. -SB]

Folder 2
DRA-2 / 02 / 01 [Added 02/20/2004]
Submission: script for SWAMP THING #83 written by Rick Veitch, typed, 41 pages, bound, with handwritten editorial notes by Bissette.
[Bound script (green cover) by Rick Veitch for SWAMP THING #83. Good sample of Veitch's scripting style for the series, a mere five issues away from the fateful ST #88 debacle that ended Veitch's run on the series. -SB]

Folder 3
DRA-2 / 03 / 01 [Added 02/23/2004]
Typesetting proof: ALIENS: TRIBES, a graphic novella written by Bissette and Dave Dorman, typed, 80 pages, bound.
[Typesetting proof for final draft of Bissette novella ALIENS: TRIBES, circa 1991 - a further polish was done prior to publication. Note the credit byline; Dave Dorman was the initiator and illustrator of the novella, and all plotting was done with Dave. -SB]

Folder 4
DRA-2 / 04 / 01 [Added 05/05/2004]
Presentation: MELTING POT written by Kevin Eastman and Eric Talbot, typed, 43 pages, over-sized, bound.
[Kevin Eastman and Eric Talbot's original MELTING POT presentation (in one complete binder): photocopied proposal, page layouts for the graphic novel series Eastman eventually completed with artist Simon Bisley. -SB]

Folder 5
DRA-2 / 05 / 01 [Added 05/05/2004]
Binder 1 0f 2: THE MARNICK MANIAS written by Dennis Ellefson for Tom Foxmarnick, misc. sketches, bound, 78 pages.
THE MARNICK MANIAS, [one of two spiral-bound binders of art, sketches by Denis (sic) Ellefson; these were done for Tom Foxmarnick, (the "Tom" of the title of both binders), who was a classmate of mine at the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art, Inc. in Dover NJ. (Tom was in the second class in the school's history, 1977-79; I was in the first.) Ellefson is a key unsung figure in comics history, having edited many of the popular newsstand comic magazines to the 'custom car culture' and 'biker' subcultures (e.g., CARtoons, BIKERtoons, etc.). More on Ellefson will follow, if I can lay hands on the issue of THE COMICS JOURNAL with his obit; that could be filed with these two sketchbooks, providing some context for their inclusion in the collection beyond the personal link with Tom Foxmarnick. -SB]

Folder 6
DRA-2 / 06 / 01 [Added 05/05/2004]
Binder 2 of 2: TOM'S NEW GIRL written by Dennis Ellefson for Tom Foxmarnick, Misc. sketches, bound, 43 pages.

Folder 7
DRA-2 / 07 / 01 [Added 05/27/2004]
Submission: script pages, MISS GENTILBELLE written by Charles Beaumont and adapted by Mark Burbey (script) and Bill Wray (art), 20 pages, typed, with handwritten editorial notes by Bissette.
[Script pages, pencils (photocopies), roughs, lettering script, etc. for writer Mark Burbey and artist Bill Wray's adaptation of Charles Beaumont's story "Miss Gentilbelle." Bill finished almost all the art, but a hangup with the lettering and repeated delays thereafter somehow deep-sixed this ambitious adaptation, planned for publication in TABOO 4 or 5. -SB]

DRA-2 / 07 / 02 [Added 07/27/2004]
Submission, lettering script, MISS GENTILBELLE written by Charles Beaumont and adapted by Mark Burbey (script) and Bill Wray (art), 30 pages, typed.

DRA-2 / 07 / 03 [Added 07/27/2004]
Submission: panel for a double-paged spread, MISS GENTILBELLE written by Charles Beaumont and adapted by Mark Burbey (script) and Bill Wray (art), over-sized, in pencil.

Folder 8
DRA-2 / 08/ 01 [Added 07/20/2004]
Short story: "The Source of the Nile" by Rick Hautala; typed, 7 pages (2 copies, one on red paper)
[Short story "The Source of the Nile" by Rick Hautala (Hautala is a good friend, and often sent my (sic) copies of his short stories as they were compiled; see upcoming material on proposed collaborative comic series "Little Brothers" with Rick. -S.B.]

DRA-2 / 08 / 02 [Added 07/20/2004]
Submission: "Clio's Problem" by Carol Lay; script, 6 pages.
[Carol Lay, Clio's Problem" (submission for TABOO; was accepted for TABOO 8; never published in TABOO, Carol later found a home for it; will reference that printing once I find it). -S.B.]

DRA-2 / 08 / 03 [Added 07/20/2004]
Submission: "Livin' in a Material World" written by Jukka Murtosaari,script, 4 pages; cover letter, handwritten. samples of other works by Jukka Murtosaari.
[TABOO letter/submission from Finland artist Jukka Murtosaari; Jukka'sTABOO story appears in TABOO ESPECIAL. -S.B.]

DRA-2 / 08 / 04 [Added 07/27/2004]
Portfolio: Examples of sketches by Jukka Murtosaari, 22 pages.

Folder 9
DRA-2 / 09 / 01 [Added 07/20/2004]
Submission: script, WANT by Wendy Snow-Lang, 20 pages, typed, with typed cover letter.
[Letters, scripts, layouts from Wendy Snow-Lang and husband Chuck Lang (though Wendy is the active creator in this batch of material); note I purchased publication rights to Wendy's first-ever short story (which Wendy read aloud at Necon, July 1988, where I heard it and met Wendy and Chuck), and comic story, "Want" - see TABOO ESPECIAL - though it was published after the debut of her subsequently-written-and-drawn vampire comic series NIGHT'S CHILDREN (FantaCo Enterprises). Note the letter of Sept. 22, 1988 refers in paragraph #1 to Chuck's painting "Home Is Where the Heart Is", which was a back cover for TABOO (see TABOO collection). -S.B.]

DRA-2 / 09 / 02 [Added 07/27/2004]
Submission: script, BLOODMONEY by Wendy Snow-Lang, 8 pages, with typed cover letter.

DRA-2 / 09 / 03 [Added 07/27/2004]
Submission: Wendy Snow-Lang's bio in letter form, typed, 2 pages.

DRA-2 / 09 / 04 [Added 07/27/2004]
Submission: penciled breakdowns, WANT written by Wendy Snow-Lang, 14 pages, with typed cover letter.

DRA-2 / 09 / 05 [Added 07/27/2004]
Photo: 3x5 of sample panel of WANT written by Wendy Snow-Lang.

DRA-2 / 09 / 06 [Added 07/27/2004]
Note handwritten on index card from Wendy Snow-Lang to Bissette.

DRA-3 Box Inventory

Inventory compiled by Lea Ann Alexander and Renee Campbell
Updated 07/27/2004

Folder 1
DRA-3 / 01 / 01 [Added 07/20/2004]
Submission: "Sound and Vision" by James Robert Smith, 35 pages, typed; cover letter, typed.

Folder 2
DRA-3 / 02 / 01 [Added 07/20/2004]
Submission: "Human Crux" by Cara Sherman-Tereno, 16 pages, with handwritten editorial comments by Bissette, cover letter included.
[Cara Sherman-Tereno (classmate from the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art, Inc., class of '76-'78 with me; Cara was a good friend, contributor to TABOO; one of many files on Cara, TABOO submissions, etc. - note she passed away in 1996, I believe, and is included in Trina Robbins' latest book on female cartoonists). -S.B.]

DRA-3 / 02 / 02 [Added 07/24/2004]
Lettering script, "Human Crux" by Cara Sherman-Tereno, typed; cover letter, typed, with handwritten editorial comments.

DRA-3 / 02 / 03 [Added 07/24/2004]
Panels, "Human Crux" by Cara Sherman-Tereno.

Folder 3
DRA-3 / 03 / 01 [Added 07/20/2004]
Submission: untitled panel by I. Allen Gladfelter; cover letter, handwritten on a postcard.
[I. Allen Gladfelter letter, submission for TABOO. This was indeed published in TABOO (see TABOO collection); sample of one-off piece by non-pro that, if it made the cut (that is, I found it disturbing), was published. Note, too, that ALL creators were paid the same per-page-rate for TABOO. -S.B.]

DRA-3 / 03 / 02 [Added 07/20/2004]
Submission: script of "Dire Wolf" by Mike Baron, 28 pages, photocopy, handwritten on lined notebook paper, bound.
[Mike Baron script - yes, THIS is how Mike wrote ALL his scripts! - for an issue of THE BADGER ( first comics) Mike wanted me to illustrate featuring the Grateful Dead-inspired character "Dire Wolf". I chose not to take on thte job. Date and year unknown, but would have appeared at the tail end of THE BADGER run (check price guide for approx. date/year?). I did design, and sketch, the non-human "Dire Wolf" character; will send along photocopies of that art once I find it, for inclusion in this file. -S.B.]

Folder 4
DRA-3 / 04 / 01 [Added 07/20/2004]
Anthology of scripts, "Opprobrium", written by Mark Burbey, submitted to FANTAGRAPHICS, featuring the art work of Rich Larson, Gene Day, Marc Hempel, Dennis Fujitake, Doug Potter, and Bissette, 58 pages, bound; cover letter, typed.
[OPPROBRIUM: anthology proposal by writer Mark Burbey, submitted to Fantagraphics, circa June 1991. I was to paint the cover to this anthology, and illustrate a story (see table of contents); alas, the collection never saw print. I completed the first page of "Dogs", but no more; planned cover was scrapped. --S.B.]

DRA-3 / 04 / 02 [Added 07/25/2004]
Photo of Mark Burbey with his neice.

Folder 5
DRA-3 / 05 / 01 [Added 07/20/2004]
Binder 1 of 2: script, "Bad Blood" (#14) written by Andi Watson for the comics series BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER; panels, 22 pages; lettering script, typed, 32 pages.
[Comic scripts (2) by Andi Watson for the Dark Horse comics series BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER; includes photocopies of complete script, layouts, final inked pages; sample scripts sent to me in late 1990s for consideration of work for the BUFFY comics. I declined. -S.B.]

Folder 6
DRA-3 / 06 / 01 [Added 07/20/2004]
Binder 2 of 2: script, "Bad Blood" (#15) written by Andi Watson for the comics series BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: panels, 22 pages; lettering script, typed, 29 pages.

Folder 7
DRA-3 / 07/ 01 [Added 07/20/2004]
Binder 1 of 3: Shooting draft, "The Freshman" written by Joss Whedon for the TV series BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, typed, 52 pages, dated July 22, 1999.
[Teleplays/scripts for the TV series BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, for the episodes "The Freshman", "Beer Bad", and "The Bachelor Party". See above; again, sample scripts sent to me when Dark Horse editor Scott Allie asked me to consider working on the BUFFY comics series. Note: Given the high academic interest in the BUFFY TV series, and the many film scripts to follow as part of my collection, don't underestimate the possible interest in these items within the collection. -S.B.]

Folder 8
DRA-3 / 08/ 01 [Added 07/20/2004]
Binder 2 of 3: Shooting draft, "Beer Bad" written by Tracey Forbes for the TV series BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, typed, 50 pages, dated September 16 - 23, 1999.

Folder 9
DRA-3 / 09 / 01 [Added 07/20/2004]
Binder 3 of 3: Shooting draft, "The Bachelor Party" written by Tracey Stern for the TV series ANGEL, typed, 54 pages, dated September 16 - 24, 1999.

Folder 10
DRA-3 / 10 / 01 [Added 07/20/2004]
"Work in progress" reference binder for TABOO 5, 130 pages
["Work in progress" reference binder for TABOO 5 (see TABOO collection). Note cover sheet was the cover page of the solicitation sent to distributors. -S.B.]

Folder 11
DRA-3 / 11 / 01 [Added 07/20/2004]
"Works in progress" binder (#2 of 2) for TABOO 4, 49 pages.
["Work in progress" binder (#2 of 2) for TABOO 4; note this reflects that Wendy Snow-Lang's story "Want" was originally schedule for publication in this issue; it was bumped and published in TABOO ESPECIAL. -S.B.]

DRA-4 Box Inventory

Inventory compiled by Lea Ann Alexander and Renee Campbell
Updated 08/23/2004

Folder 1
DRA-4 / 01 / 01 [Added 08/02/2004]
Comic book series JON DARK, PSYCHIC EYE, written by Stanley Wiater, 5 pages, typed.
[Proposal from writer/friend Stanley Waiter (Oct. 1994) for comic book series JON DARK< PSYCHIC EYE - a planned series to be based on a computer game Stanley had co-developed at this time. This proposal was presented (a) as a possible venture for us to collaborate on (I declined as TYRANT was my sole focus by this time), (b) seeking my input and editorial skills (which I do, informally), and (c) seeking a publisher. Nothing came of this, in the end. -S.B.]

DRA-4 / 01 / 02 [Added 08/02/2004]
Script, "OGOPOGO", written by Stanley Wiater, 17 pages, typed.

Folder 2
DRA-4 / 02 / 01 [Added 08/10/2004]
Notes, planned two-book project with Stanley Wiater, COMIC BOOK REBELS and COMIC BOOK MASTERS, 2 pages, handwritten on lined, yellow legal paper.
[Notes on the planned two-book project with friend Stanley Waiter, which yielded COMIC BOOK REBELS. Our second planned book, COMIC BOOK MASTERS, was abandoned. -S.B]

DRA-4 / 02 / 02 [Added 08/10/2004]
"Jarhead" written by Jeff Nicholson, 2 pages, typed; cover letter, single page, typed.

DRA-4 / 02 / 03 [Added 08/10/2004]
Comic, in Russian, written by Zenat, 9 pages.
[Submission from Russia - Zenat was the artist's name, and these were samples. TABOO folded before anything came of this contact. Too bad… --S.B.]

DRA-4 / 02 / 04 [Added 08/10/2004]
TWELVE STATES, a collaboration between David Lloyd and Bissette; script, 4 pages (2 of which are in color); cover letter with attached business card.
[David Lloyd letter, re: TWELVE STATES proposal (see separate file), circa Feb. 1992. ----S.B.]

DRA-4 / 02 / 05 [Added 08/13/2004]
Script, "Babycakes" written by Neil Gaiman, 2 pages, typed.
[Misc. letters, notes, etc. on various Neil Gaiman TABOO projects, including SWEENEY TODD (see TABOO 6 and 7), and the one-shot story Michael Zulli illustrated from the script by Neil's young daughter Holly Gaiman. My own notations, from various conversations and planning sessions associated with SWEENEY TODD, are here on yellow paper. -S.B.]

DRA-4 / 02 / 06 [Added 08/13/2004]
SWEENEY TODD PROLOGUE, addressed to Michael Zulli, includes introduction note, 12 pages, typed.

DRA-4 / 02 / 07 [Added 08/13/2004]
Notations by Bissette from various conversations and planning sessions associated with SWEENEY TODD, 3 pages, yellow, lined notebook paper, handwritten.

DRA-4 / 02 / 08 [Added 08/13/2004]
Untitled script written by Holly Gaiman, Neil Gaiman's daughter, 2 pages, typed.

DRA-4 / 02 / 09 [Added 08/16/2004]
SWEENEY TODD: A BRIEF INTRODUCTION by Neil Gaiman, working copy, 7 pages typed.

DRA-4 / 02 / 10 [Added 08/16/2004]
SWEENEY TODD PROLOGUE, addressed to Bissette, 9 pages, typed.

DRA-4 / 02 / 11 [Added 08/16/2004]
Script: SWEENEY TODD, TABOO 6 insert, 8 pages, typed.

Folder 3
DRA-4 / 03 / 01 [Added 08/16/2004]
Submission: comic, untitled, story and art by Noel Tuazon, 3 pages; accompanying cover letter, 2 pages, handwritten on notebook paper.
[Letter from Noel Tuazon, TABOO contributor. -S.B.]

DRA-4 / 03 / 02 [Added 08/16/2004]
Submission: comic, "One Last Drink", story and art by Noel Tuazon, 3 pages.

DRA-4 / 03 / 03 [Added 08/18/2004]
Submission: lettering script, "Love in the Afternoon" written by Rolf F. Stark and Marlene Stevens, 15 pages, typed; accompanying cover letter, single page, typed.
[Letter, script, art photocopies by Rolf Stark, TABOO contributor, for story "Love in the Afternoon" (see TABOO). Note that Rolf eventually expanded his material for the graphic novel RAIN, which was published by Tundra in 1991. -S.B.]

DRA-4 / 03 / 04 [Added 08/18/2004]
Copy #2 of "Love in the Afternoon" written by Rolf F. Stark and Marlene Stevens, 15 pages, typed.

Folder 4
DRA-4 / 04 / 01 [Added 08/18/2004]
RAIN, a graphic novel written by Rolf F. Stark, bound, 31 pages.

DRA-4 / 04 / 02 [Added 08/18/2004]
Panels, "To Each His Own", art work by Rolf F. Stark, 2 pages.

DRA-4 / 04 / 03 [Added 08/18/2004]
Panels with handwritten notations, "To Each His Own", art work by Rolf F. Stark, 2 pages.

DRA-4 / 04 / 04 [Added 08/18/2004]
Panels, "To Each His Own", art work by Rolf F. Stark, 7 pages.

DRA-4 / 04 / 05 [Added 08/18/2004]
Lettering script, "To Each His Own", written by Rolf Stark, 4 pages, handwritten.

Folder 5
DRA-4 / 05 / 01 [Added 08/18/2004]
Rough draft, "Fuck Pieces", written by Jim Wheelock, 10 pages; cover letter addressed to Stanley Wiater and Bissette with page-by-page notes, 2 pages, typed.
[Letter and roughs from artist Jim Wheelock, for story "Fuck Pieces" (see above, and separate file, already mailed). -S.B.]

DRA-4 / 05 / 02 [Added 08/18/2004]
Rough draft, description of the characters in the BANE comics, written by Rick McCollum, 5 pages, typed, with drawings.
[Misc. materials, comics, roughs, etc. from artist Rick McCollum, for TABOO and GORE SHRIEK. This culminated in my publishing Rick's adaptation of "Salome" in TABOO ESPECIAL. -S.B.]

DRA-4 / 05 / 03 [Added 08/18/2004]
Lettering script, "An Itch in Time" written by Rick McCollum, 4 pages, typed.

DRA-4 / 05 / 04 [Added 08/18/2004]
Panels, "An Itch in Time", written by Rick McCollum, 8 pages.

Folder 6
DRA-4 / 06 / 01 [Added 08/18/2004]
Comic, BANE 2, written by Rick McCollum, 32 pages, bound.

DRA-4 / 06 / 02 [Added 08/18/2004]
Comic, BANE 3, written by Rick McCollum, 40 pages.

Folder 7
DRA-4 / 07 / 01 [Added 08/18/2004]
Short story, Jan Neruda's "The Vampire" adaptation and art work by Alec Stevens, 6 pages.
[Photocopy of completed Alec Stevens' art, adaptation of Jan Neruda's short story "The Vampire" - see TABOO 8 and 9. -S.B.]

DRA-4 / 07 / 02 [Added 08/18/2004]
"Dummy" versions of planned TABOO: BOOK OF THE DEAD, created on folded pages from a memo pad, handwritten.
[Materials (including contents list, "dummy" versions) of planned TABOO: BOOK OF THE DEAD; crumbling relations with Tundra killed this venture, and most of the stories listed finally saw print in TABOO 8 and 9. -S.B.]

DRA-4 / 07 / 03 [Added 08/18/2004]
Contents list for TABOO: BOOK OF THE DEAD, single page, handwritten on yellow legal paper.

DRA-4 / 07 / 04 [Added 08/18/2004]
Drawing, proposed cover art for TABOO: BOOK OF THE DEAD?.

DRA-4 / 07 / 05 [Added 08/19/2004]
Comic, "The Paper Undertaker", written by P. Foerster in French, 12 pages, with 2 additional pages with notations.
[P. Foerster story "The Paper Undertaker" - only Foester's "The Fugue" saw print in translated form (translation by Jean-Marc and Randy Lofficier) in TABOO. -S.B.]

Folder 8
DRA-4 / 08 / 01 [Added 08/19/2004]
Comic, "Dr. Miro's Masterpiece", written by Jeff Dickinson, 6 pages, with cover letter handwritten on drawing, dated 09/01/1991.
[Jeff Dickinson letter, photocopies of art, stories, etc. Jeff was going to figure prominently in TABOO after #5, but only his "Dr. Miro's Masterpiece" saw prit in TABOO (see published version in TABOO 8 or 9). -S.B.]

DRA-4 / 08 / 02 [Added 08/19/2004]
Comic, "Baby", written by Jeff Dickinson (9/89), 12 pages.

DRA-4 / 08 / 03 [Added 08/19/2004]
Comic, "False Skins" written by Jeff Dickinson, 8 pages.

DRA-4 / 08 / 04 [Added 08/23/2004]
Script, "After Life", written by David Thorpe, typed, with handwritten P.S., 26 pages; cover letter, typed, single page, dated 11/08/1991.
[David Thorpe letters, script for "After Life" series (circa 1991). See related files, already shipped; TABOO 8 and 9; more to follow. - S.B.]

DRA-5 Box Inventory

Inventory compiled by Lea Ann Alexander and Renee Campbell
Updated 09/07/2004

Folder 1
DRA-5 / 01 / 01 [Added 08/23/2004]
Rough draft, layout for TABOO 4, handwritten on the back of ads for Jan Duursema's "Spirit Guides," 4 pages.

DRA-5 / 01 / 02 [Added 08/23/2004]
Rough draft, layout for TABOO 5, handwritten on the back of ad for Jan Duursema's "Spirit Guides," single page.

DRA-5 / 01 / 03 [Added 08/23/2004]
Introduction page, written by Bissette, for "Space Invaders", story by Mike Baron and John Totleben, intended for publication in TABOO 1, completed, typeset, pasted-up board.
[Ah, optimism: Two completed, typeset, pasted-up boards awaiting logos to be statted and placed from the actual stories…which, alas, were never completed by the artists! Intended for publication in TABOO 1, these are the introduction pages (scribed by Bissette) for Mike Baron and John Totleben's story "Space Invaders" - script completed, artwork never finished - and Frank Miller's "Rats" - described to me at great length over the phone by Frank, but never completed. Similarly, his planned vampire project, BLOODLUST (noted in the "Rats" intro text) was abandoned. -S.B.]

DRA-5 / 01 / 04 [Added 08/23/2004]
Introduction page, written by Bissette, for "Rats", story by Frank Miller, intended for publication in TABOO 1, completed, typeset, pasted-up board.

DRA-5 / 01 / 05 [Added 08/24/2004]
Submission: script, "No Fear, No Hate, No Pain, No Broken Hearts", written by Douglas Wheeler, typed, 15 pages; cover letter, typed, single page, dated 09/29/1986.
[Scripts, letters, etc. from writer Douglas Wheeler, submitted to TABOO. Doug went on to script SWAMP THING for DC immediately after Rick Veitch's departure with ST #88. Also see "Donor" file, following. -S.B.]

DRA-5 / 01 / 06 [Added 08/24/2004]
Submission: script, Sequence Three of "No Fear, No Hate, No Pain, No Broken Hearts", written by Douglas Wheeler, typed, 8 pages.

Folder 2
DRA-5 / 02 / 01 [Added 08/24/2004]
Script, "Lean Your Ear This Way", written by Douglas Wheeler, typed 76 pages; cover letter, single page, typed, handwritten P.S.S., dated 01/30/1989; synopsis, single page, typed; hand drawn maps of the apartment and the hands hold in "Lean Your Ear This Way", 2 pages.

Folder 3
DRA-5 / 03 / 01 [Added 08/24/2004]
Submission: comic strip, "Donor" , story by Doug Wheeler, art by Shane Oakley, letters by Gary Crutchley, 5 pages; cover letter, handwritten by Douglas Wheeler in red marker, 5 pages.
["Donor" script (by Doug Wheeler), photocopies of completed artwork, letter from Shane Oakley, etc. - accepted, paid for, but never published in TABOO. -S.B.]

DRA-5 / 03 / 02 [Added 08/24/2004]
Submission: script, "The Morrigan Tales", written by Elaine Lee, typed, 18 pages; cover letter, handwritten by Charles Vess, in red marker, 2 pages. [Letters, notes, script pages and revisions from Charles Vess and Elaine Lee for "Morrigan Tales" in TABOO 4. Also see below. -S.B.]


DRA-5 / 03 / 03 [Added 08/24/2004]
"The History of the Morrigan Tales", handwritten by Charles Vess, 3 pages.

DRA-5 / 03 / 04 [Added 08/24/2004]
Charles Vess' bibliography, handwritten, single page.

DRA-5 / 03 / 05 [Added 08/24/2004]
Page-by-page revisions to "The Morrigan Tales" by Elaine Lee, handwritten, 10 pages; cover letter, handwritten by Charles Vess, 2 pages.
[Letter, revision notes from Charles Vess for his story in TABOO 4. Note the reference to "the poem" in Charles' letter: I'd approached him about illustrating Matt Levin's "Earthquake in the Cementary (sic) ", which will be elsewhere in the files, forthcoming. -S.B.]

Folder 4
DRA-5 / 04 / 01 [Added 08/24/2004]
Submission: script, "When the Wall Cries", written by Stanley Wiater, typed, 17 pages; cover letter, typed, single page, dated 10/06/1988.
[Short stories by Stanley Wiater (co-author of COMIC BOOK REBELS) for consideration as submissions for TABOO. See file folder on "Fuck Pieces", already shipped. --S.B.]

DRA-5 / 04 / 02 [Added 08/24/2004]
Submission: script, "The Man Who Would Not Be King", written by Stanley Wiater, typed, 14 pages.

DRA-5 / 04 / 03 [Added 08/24/2004]
Submission: script, "The Savior", written by Stanley Wiater, typed, 12 pages.

DRA-5 / 04 / 04 [Added 08/24/2004]
Submission: script, "Close Call", written by Stanley Wiater, typed, 7 pages.

DRA-5 / 04 / 05 [Added 08/24/2004
Submission: script, "The Toucher", written by Stanley Wiater, typed, 10 pages.

Folder 5
DRA-5 / 05 / 01 [Added 08/25/2004]
Notes for TABOO: STICKS AND STONES, handwritten on 5x7.25, yellow, lined paper.
[A chunky TABOO: STICK AND STONES file (full of files), giving a fair overview of the planned intent, content, notes, etc. -S.B.]

DRA-5 / 05 / 02 [Added 08/25/2004]
Rough draft of contents list for TABOO: STICKS AND STONES, handwritten, single page.

DRA-5 / 05 / 03 [Added 08/25/2004]
Rough draft of contents list for TABOO: STICKS AND STONES, handwritten, single page.

DRA-5 / 05 / 04 [Added 08/25/2004]
Rough draft of contents list for TABOO: STICKS AND STONES, handwritten, single page.

DRA-5 / 05 / 05 [Added 08/25/2004]
Submission for TABOO: STICKS AND STONES: script, "The Worms Crawl In", written by Chet Williamson, typed, 16 pages; cover letter, typed, single page; photocopy of a page from To the Artist All in Nature Is Beautiful with a selection in brackets; panels for "The Worms Crawl In", 13 pages.

DRA-5 / 05 / 06 [Added 08/25/2004]
Submission for TABOO: STICKS AND STONES: comic strip, "Ain't Love Grand", written by Angela Bocage, printed on red construction paper.

DRA-5 / 05 / 07 [Added 08/25/2004]
Submission for TABOO: STICKS AND STONES: comic strip, "The Joys of Childhood", written by Angela Bocage, printed on lime green construction paper.

DRA-5 / 05 / 08 [Added 08/26/2004]
Submission for TABOO: STICKS AND STONES: script, "How I Learned to Shrug; How I Stopped", written by Jeannine Atkins, typed, 12 pages; cover letter, handwritten, 2 pages.

Folder 6
DRA-5 / 06 / 01 [Added 08/26/2004]
Submission for TABOO: STICKS AND STONES: script, "St. Dymphna" written by Joyce Brabner, typed, 8 pages.

DRA-5 / 06 / 02 [Added 08/26/2004]
Submission for TABOO: STICKS AND STONES: comic, "Sunk Rats", written by Adrian Martinez, 8 pages; cover letter, handwritten on "Fort Worth Star" letter-head stationery, dated 02/24/1992.

DRA-5 / 06 / 03 [Added 08/26/2004]
Submission for TABOO: STICKS AND STONES: comic, "The Feast of Ashes", written by Joe Zabel and Gary Dumm, 9 pages, 2 copies; cover letter #1, typed, single page, dated 07/29/1991; cover letter #2 typed, single page, n.d.

Folder 7
DRA-5 / 07 / 01 [Added 08/26/2004]
Submission for TABOO: STICKS AND STONES: comic, "Legacy", written by Stephen Blue, 8 pages; cover letter, typed, 2 pages, n.d.

DRA-5 / 07 / 02 [Added 08/26/2004]
Submission for TABOO: STICKS AND STONES: comic, "Angst", written by Leslie Sternberg, one page; cover letter, typed, single page, n.d, black manila envelope.

DRA-5 / 07 / 03 [Added 08/30/2004]
Submission for TABOO: STICKS AND STONES: comic, "Circumcision", written by P. Hester, 8 pages, 2 copies.

DRA-5 / 07 / 04 [Added 08/30/2004]
Submission for TABOO: STICKS AND STONES: comic, "Abandonment Games", story by Doug Wheeler, art by Mike Hoffman, 6 pages.

DRA-5 / 07 / 05 [Added 08/30/2004]
Submission for TABOO: STICKS AND STONES: script, "The October Children", written by Stephen Niles, 11 pages; last page revision, single page, handwritten.

Folder 8
DRA-5 / 08 / 01 [Added 08/30/2004]
Submission for TABOO: STICKS AND STONES: comic, "Things Happen" written by Leslie Black, 79 pages, bound.
[RARE ITEM: Binder: Leslie Black's first self-published version (photocopy edition, plastic-clasp bound) of her marvelous semi-autobiographical THINGS HAPPEN (1991), which was to be the core of STICKS AND STONES. Note this is #5 of an edition of 58. We paid Leslie in full for this work, and then released her from all obligations when both Tundra and, later Dark Horse backed out of the project; Leslie self-published and distributed a magazine-format, saddle-stitched revised edition. -S.B.]

Folder 9
DRA-5 / 09 / 01 [Added 09/02/2004]
Draft of the "Title Page" of COMIC BOOK REBELS, definitive text 3/3/93.

DRA-5 / 09 / 02 [Added 09/02/2004]
Draft of the "Table of Contents" of COMIC BOOK REBELS, definitive text.

DRA-5 / 09 / 03 [Added 09/02/2004]
Draft of the "About the Authors" section of COMIC BOOK REBELS.

DRA-5 / 09 / 04 [Added 09/02/2004]
Draft of the "Copyright Page" of COMIC BOOK REBELS.

DRA-5 / 09 / 05 [Added 09/02/2004]
Draft of the "Dedications" of COMIC BOOK REBELS.

DRA-5 / 09 / 06 [Added 09/02/2004]
Draft of the "Artwork Credit" of COMIC BOOK REBELS.

DRA-5 / 09 / 07 [Added 09/02/2004]
Draft of the "Acknowledgements" of COMIC BOOK REBELS.

DRA-5 / 09 / 08 [Added 09/02/2004]
Draft of the "Foreword" of COMIC BOOK REBELS, 3 pages.

DRA-5 / 09 / 09 [Added 09/02/2004]
Draft of the "Introduction" of COMIC BOOK REBELS, 14 pages.

DRA-5 / 09 / 10 [Added 09/02/2004]
Draft of the "Also By…" page of COMIC BOOK REBELS.

DRA-5 / 09 / 11 [Added 09/02/2004]
Draft of "Appendix I" of COMIC BOOK REBELS, 5 pages.

DRA-5 / 09 / 12 [Added 09/07/2004]
Draft of "Appendix II" of COMIC BOOK REBELS, 24 pages.

Folder 10
DRA-5 / 10 / 01 [Added 09/07/2004]
Draft of "Appendix II" of COMIC BOOK REBELS, 23 pages.

DRA-5 / 10 / 02 [Added 09/07/2004]
Draft of "Appendix III" of COMIC BOOK REBELS, 14 pages.

DRA-5 / 10 / 02 [Added 09/07/2004]
Draft of "Appendix III" of COMIC BOOK REBELS, 13 pages.

DRA-6 Box Inventory

Inventory compiled by Lea Ann Alexander and Renee Campbell
Updated 09/08/2004

Folder 1
DRA-6 / 01 / 01 [Added 09/07/2004]
COMIC BOOK REBELS #1: Interview with Scott McCloud with introduction (definitive text), 15 pages, including examples of McCloud's work.

DRA-6 / 01 / 02 [Added 09/07/2004]
COMIC BOOK REBELS #2: Interview with Larry Marder with introduction (definitive text), 15 pages, including examples of Marder's work.

DRA-6 / 01 / 03 [Added 09/07/2004]
COMIC BOOK REBELS #3: Interview with Jack Jackson with introduction (definitive text), 17 pages, including examples of Jackson's work.

Folder 2
DRA-6 / 02 / 01 [Added 09/07/2004]
COMIC BOOK REBELS #4: Interview with Richard Corben with introduction (definitive text), 16 pages, including examples of Corben's work.

DRA-6 / 02 / 02 [Added 09/08/2004]
COMIC BOOK REBELS #5: Interview with Lee Mars with introduction (definitive text), 12 pages, including examples of Marrs' work.

DRA-6 / 02 / 03 [Added 09/08/2004]
COMIC BOOK REBELS #6: Interview with Howard Cruse with introduction (definitive text), 14 pages, including examples of Cruse's work.

Folder 3
DRA-6 / 03 / 01 [Added 09/08/2004]
COMIC BOOK REBELS #7: Interview with Denis Kitchen with introduction (definitive text), 14 pages, including examples of Kitchen's work.

DRA-6 / 03 / 02 [Added 09/08/2004]
COMIC BOOK REBELS #8: Interview with Dave Sim with introduction (definitive text), 16 pages, including examples of Sim's work, 2 copies.

Folder 4
DRA-6 / 04 / 01 [Added 09/08/2004]
Interview with Dave Sim by Bissette with introduction, 36 pages, 3 copies.

Folder 5
DRA-6 / 05 / 01 [Added 09/08/2004]
COMIC BOOK REBELS #9: Interview with Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird with no introduction or artwork, 20 pages.

DRA-6 / 05 / 02 [Added 09/08/2004]
COMIC BOOK REBELS #9: Interview with Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird with introduction (definitive text), 20 pages, including examples of their artwork.

DRA-6 / 05 / 03 [Added 09/08/2004]
COMIC BOOK REBELS #10: Interview with Harvey Pekar and Joyce Brabner with introduction (definitive text), 17 pages, including examples of their work.

Folder 6
DRA-6 / 06 / 01 [Added 09/08/2004]
COMIC BOOK REBELS #11: Interview with Jean "Moebius" Giraud with introduction (definitive text), 19 pages, including examples of Giraud's work.

DRA-6 / 06 / 02 [Added 09/08/2004]
COMIC BOOK REBELS #12: Interview with Alan Moore with introduction (definitive text), 15 pages.

DRA-6 / 06 / 03 [Added 09/08/2004]
COMIC BOOK REBELS #13: Interview with Eddie Campbell with no introduction or artwork, 14 pages, 2 copies.

Folder 7
DRA-6 / 07 / 01 [Added 09/08/2004]
COMIC BOOK REBELS #13: Interview with Eddie Campbell with introduction (definitive text), 14 pages, including examples of Campbell's work.

DRA-6 / 07 / 02 [Added 09/08/2004]
COMIC BOOK REBELS #14: Interview with Neil Gaiman with introduction (definitive text), 17 pages, including examples of Gaiman's work.

DRA-6 / 07 / 03 [Added 09/08/2004]
COMIC BOOK REBELS #15: Interview with Dave McKean with revised introduction, 18 pages.

Folder 8
DRA-6 / 08 / 01 [Added 09/08/2004]
COMIC BOOK REBELS #16: Interview with Frank Miller with introduction (definitive text), 17 pages.

DRA-6 / 08 / 02 [Added 09/08/2004]
COMIC BOOK REBELS #17: Interview with Colleen Doran with introduction (definitive text), 14 pages, including examples of Doran's work.

DRA-6 / 08 / 03 [Added 09/08/2004]
COMIC BOOK REBELS #18: Interview with Rick Veitch with introduction (definitive text), 16 pages, including examples of Veitch's work.

Folder 9
DRA-6 / 09 / 01 [Added 09/08/2004]
COMIC BOOK REBELS #19: Interview with Todd McFarlane with introduction (definitive text), 11 pages, including examples of McFarlane's work.

DRA-6 / 09 / 02 [Added 09/08/2004]
COMIC BOOK REBELS #20: Interview with Will Eisner with introduction (definitive text), 18 pages, including examples of Eisner's work.

DRA-6 / 09 / 03 [Added 09/08/2004]
Revisions on the Harvey Pekar/ Joyce Brabner interview, 6 pages, with handwritten notations.

DRA-6 / 09 / 04 [Added 09/08/2004]
Unidentified comic strips (4), single page each, handwritten notations on 1.

DRA-7 Box Inventory

Inventory compiled by Lea Ann Alexander and Renee Campbell
Updated 09/09/2004

Folder 1
DRA-7 / 01/ 01 [Added 09/09/2004]
Work-in-progress binder: TABOO 1.
[TABOO 1 work-in-progress binder (opens with Dave Sim intro to my story "Cottonmouth" (circa 1988); note this includes graphics not in the published edition. --S.B.]

Folder 2
DRA-7 / 02/ 01 [Added 09/09/2004]
Preview binder (1 of 25 sent): TABOO 1, with "for John Gilbert from S. R. Bissette 8/88" written in green ink on the front cover.
[TABOO 1 'preview' binder (one of 25 binders sent; August 1988). --S.B.]

Folder 3
DRA-7 / 03/ 01 [Added 09/09/2004]
Work-in-progress binder: TABOO 3.
[TABOO 3 (circa 1989). --S.B.]

Folder 4
DRA-7 / 04/ 01 [Added 09/09/2004]
Work-in-progress binder: TABOO 2.
[TABOO 4 (sic) work-in-progress binder (w/cover image closeup (sic) from John Totleben's cover painting; circa 1989). --S.B.]

Folder 5
DRA-7 / 05/ 01 [Added 09/09/2004]
Bound "dummy" of printed version of TABOO 4, including cover wraparound.
[TABOO 4 bound 'dummy' of printed version w/ printed cover wraparound. --S.B.]

Folder 6
DRA-7 / 06/ 01 [Added 09/09/2004]
Work-in-progress binder: TABOO 7.
[TABOO 7 work-in-progress binder (note includes stories in pencil form, etc.; circa 1992). --S.B.]

DRA-8 Box Inventory

Inventory compiled by Lea Ann Alexander and Renee Campbell
Updated 09/21/2004

Folder 1
DRA-8 / 01 / 01 [Added 09/09/2004]
Document: Draft copy of "Curtis Harrington and the Underground Roots of the Modern Horror Film", an essay written by Bissette, typed with handwritten corrections and notations, 12 pages.
[Document: Draft copy of my essay "Curtis Harrington and the Underground Roots of the Horror Film" revised version, published in the book UNDERGROUND U.S.A. (2002). -S.B.]

DRA-8 / 01 / 02 [Added 09/09/2004]
Draft: Comic book, TYRANT ("ashcan" edition), written by Bissette, 21 pages, bound, 3 copies.

Folder 2
DRA-8 / 02 / 01 [Added 09/13/2004]
First draft: Screenplay, "The Jungle Vine", by Rick Hautala, story by Rick Hautala and Michael Kimball, bound, 118 pages.
[Unproduced feature screenplay by Rick Hautala, "The Jungle Vine" (circa 1991). -S.B.]

Folder 3
DRA-8 / 03 / 01 [Added 09/13/2004]
Screenplay: "Superman Lives", written by Kevin Smith, bound, pages not numbered.
[Unproduced feature film screenplay by Kevin Smith, "Superman Lives" (circa 1997). -S.B.]

Folder 4
DRA-8 / 04 / 01 [Added 09/13/2004]
Screenplay: "Arzach", by Randy Lofficier, story by Randy Lofficier and Kirk Thatcher, based on the book by Jean "Moebius" Giraud, bound, 101 pages.
[Unproduced feature film screenplay by Randy Lofficier, "Arzach", based on the comic series by Jean "Moebius" Giraud (circa 1989). -S.B.]

Folder 5
DRA-8 / 05 / 01 [Added 09/09/2004]
Manuscript: THE UNSEEN KING, written by Tyson Blue, bound, pages not numbered.
[Bound ms. For unpublished Tyson Blue Stephen King book, for which I drew the cover. Title of this one escapes me; there were ads for it in the CEMETARY DANCE issues I've already sent you… -S.B.]

Folder 6
DRA-8 / 06 / 01 [Added 09/13/2004]
Comics: "What the Left Hand Did, Part I-IV", written by Jim Woodring, 28 pages; "Pulse", written by Jim Woodring, 3 pages; letter to Mark Martin from Jim Woodring, handwritten, 2 pages; art work by R. Crumb, one page; "Introducing Dennis Eichhorn" story by Harvey Pekar, art by Jim Woodring, single page. All items are bound together.
[Bound photocopies of Jim Woodring comix stories, letter (to Mark Martin), circa 1990. I have no idea why I have these , save for Mark and I used to share copies of the stuff we received from other cartoonists we thought the other should see. Don't Know where this Woodring material finally saw print; see Fantagraphics JIM zines, books. -S.B.]

DRA-8 / 06 / 02 [Added 09/20/2004]
Biographical information on Dennis Ellefson, handwritten, single page.
[Bio info on CARtoons editor Dennis Ellefson, for TABOO intro (see TABOO 5, I think; "Black Dahlia" story by Ellefson and Tom Foxmarnick. -- S.B.]

DRA-8 / 06 / 03 [Added 09/20/2004]
Submission: "The Satanic Mofo Acid Massacre", script by Dick Foreman, art by Pete Williamson, 5 pages; cover letter, handwritten by Pete Williamson, single page, n.d.
[Letter, photocopies of art from UK artist Pete Williamson, who illustrated Northampton UK writer Dick Foreman's script " Suburban Autopsies" (See TABOO ESPECIAL; also see relevant Dick Foreman files, already sent). -- S.B.]

DRA-8 / 06 / 04 [Added 09/20/2004]
Comic strip: "Suburban Autopsies", script by Dick Foreman, art by Pete Williamson, 5 pages.

Folder 7
DRA-8 / 07 / 01 [Added 09/20/2004]
Notes for the introduction to P. Foerster's "La Fugue", print-out with handwritten notations, single page.
[Notes for introduction to P. Foerster's "La Fugue" for TABOO 4. -- S.B.]

DRA-8 / 07 / 02 [Added 09/20/2004]
Submission: comic strip, "Obsessive Love", by Michael T. Gilbert and Mike McCarthy, 9 pages, with handwritten note from Gilbert to Bisssette on first page.
[Michael T. Gilbert story "Obsessive Love", submitted to TABOO in 1989. I passed but stayed in touch with Michael over the years and remained friends. We ALMOST co-edited an anthology of our favorite Pre-Code horror comics stories for Tundra in 1991-92, but that fell apart as Tundra (and Mike's relations with Tundra) did. -- S.B.]

DRA-8 / 07 / 03 [Added 09/21/2004]
Jeffrey Jones Curriculum Vitae, typed, 3 pages.
[JEFF JONES info for his bibliography accompanying his work in TABOO 5 (see collection). -S.B.]

DRA-8 / 07 / 04 [Added 09/21/2004]
Submission: panel script, "Payne's Inferno", written by George E. Turner and Mike H. Price, typed, 34 pages, dated 10/21/1989-12/12/1989; cover letter from Michael H. Price, typed, 2 pages, dated 12/17/1989.
[Michael H. Price letter (Dec. 1989) - note the reference to "Mr. Boyette", meaning famed comics artist and Texan filmmaker Pat Boyette - and script, photocopied art for "Payne's Inferno" (art by Lamberto Alvarez). This led to Mike and Lamberto doing a similar story, "Gator Bait", for TABOO (see collection; it's either issue 8 or 9). -S.B.]

DRA-8 / 07 / 05 [Added 09/21/2004]
Photocopy of comic "Payne's Inferno", story by George E. Turner, and Mike H. Price, art by Lamberto Akvarez, 15 pages, with handwritten note from Mike Price, dated 07/02/1991.

DRA-9 Box Inventory

Inventory compiled by Renee Campbell
Updated 10/11/2004

Folder 1
DRA-9 / 01 / 01 [Added 09/21/2004]
Submission: comic strip, "Sadopsychomondo", created by J.K. Potter, fumetti artwork, 5 pages.
[Photocopies of J.K. Potter's fumetti story "Sadopsychomondo" (1979), submitted for inclusion in GORE SHRIEK or TABOO. These photocopies do not do justice to the actual work; Potter remains a key illustrator for genre books using his photomanipulation techniques, which were uncanny in the pre-PhotoShop days. Like Dave McKean, many of Potter's techniques and images were pirated wholesale when computer graphics broke big in the 1990s. -S.B.]

DRA-9 / 01 / 02 [Added 09/21/2004]
Draft: comic strip, "Daddyum", written by Tom Veitch, rough artwork by Denis Rodier, Veitch's instructions for the artwork are in some panels, 11 pages.
[DENIS RODIER roughs, working from the Tim Veitch script "Daddyums" (see relevant files). -S.B.]

DRA-9 / 01 / 03 [Added 09/22/2004]
Comic strip: "Throwing Up Is Good", written by Billy Mathers (age 7), artwork by Brian Sendelbach, "CEREBUS HIGH SOCIETY #6" is handwritten at top, single page, 2 copies.

DRA-9 / 01 / 04 [Added 09/22/2004]
Submission: panel script for "Davey's Dream", written by Mark Askwith, typed, 7 pages.
[Mark Askwith, script, "Davey's Dream (illustrated by Rick Taylor, published in TABOO 4). Mark was a huge advocate and friend of TABOO, and in fact suggested the name for the anthology that stuck! More to follow; "Davey's Dream" was one of our most successful pieces, to my mind, and Professor Tom Roberts used it as a teaching tool in his comics class for over half a decade at University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT, where I spoke almost every semester. -S.B.]

DRA-9 / 01 / 05 [Added 09/23/2004]
Rough Draft: Comic, "After Life", written and submitted by Dave Thorpe, art by Aidan Potts, 25 pages, bound; cover letter, typed, single page, dated 04/09/1990.
["After Life" relates letters from Dave Thorpe, featuring extensive photocopies of the artwork in various stages of completion (April 1990). Combine this with the "After Life" material already in hand, and note the remarkable 'behind the scenes' peek at artist Aidan Potts working methods. -S.B]

Folder 2
DRA-9 / 02 / 01 [Added 09/23/2004]
Rough Draft: comic, "Things Happen" written by Leslie Black, 68 pages.
["Things Happen", early version, photocopies, by Leslie Black. See relevant files already in hand, re: Leslie Black, TABOO: STICKS AND STONES. -S.B]

Folder 3
DRA-9 / 03 / 01 [Added 09/27/2004]
Rough Draft: comic, "Adaptation", written by Jack Butterworth, 6 pages, handwritten notations for the artist.
[Scripts from JACK BUTTERWORTH, vet comics writer (CREEPY, EERIE, etc.) and newspaper journalist. These are Jack's scripts for the two TABOO stories "All She Does Is Eat" (finally drawn by Greg Capullo; see relevant files) and "Adaptation" (illustrated for publication by Eric Vincent; see relevant files), which see. Jack was a good man; always friendly, easy-going, very professional. I was always happy to work with him, and regret we didn't do more together, though we sure tried (including our proposal to DC/Vertigo; files forthcoming). -S.B.]

DRA-9 / 03 / 02 [Added 09/27/2004]
Rough Draft: comic, "All She Does Is Eat", written by Jack Butterworth, 6 pages handwritten notations for the artist; cover letter, typed, single page, n.d.

DRA-9 / 03 / 03 [Added 09/27/2004]
Rewrite of "All She Does Is Eat", written by Jack Butterworth.

DRA-9 / 03 / 04 [Added 09/27/2004]
First draft of pages 2 and 6 of "All She Does Is Eat", written by Jack Butterworth, handwritten notations for the artist.

DRA-9 / 03 / 05 [Added 09/27/2004]
Submission: panel script for "The Photographer" written by Luke T. Bush, 7 pages; cover letter, single page, typed on personal letterhead stationery, dated 12/23/1988. 3 copies.

DRA-9 / 03 / 06 [Added 09/27/2004]
Photocopy of "Miss Gentilbelle", a short story written by Christopher Beaumont, and adapted into comic format by Mark Burbey, 9 pages.

DRA-9 / 03 / 07 [Added 09/27/2004]
Rough Draft: comic, "Miss Gentilbelle", adapted by Mark Burbey from a short story written by Christopher Beaumont, 14 pages, artwork on the first 2 pages done by Bill Wray; cover letter, typed, single page, dated 01/26/1987.

Folder 4
DRA-9 / 04 / 01 [Added 09/29/2004]
Proposal: outline, "Someone Will Die in this Bus Today", written by Kevin Browne, 2 pages; Plot-style script, "Someone Will Die in this Bus Today", 4 pages; outlines for "All Bets Are Down", "Just the Right Card", "Where You Lie", "The Greatest Gift of All", "Objective Report", "No Control", "Déjà vu", "The Truth Box", "From a Simple Time", "I, Witness", "The Tycoon", "Shouldn't Throw Stones", "Capital Punishment', "The Great Awakening", "To Age Is Human", and "Over the Wall", 3 pages, cover letter, typed, single page, n.d.
[Submission from writer Kevin Browne, circa 1990 or so. -S.B.]

DRA-9 / 04 / 02 [Added 09/29/2004]
Panel layout for FREAKS' AMOUR, 2 pages.

DRA-9 / 04 / 03 [Added 09/29/2004]
Panel script for Mark Burbey and Bissette's comic book adaptation of FREAKS' AMOUR, a novel written by Tom De Haven, 38 pages.

Folder 5
DRA-9 / 05 / 01 [Added 09/29/2004]
Photocopied sample of G. Panter's comic book adaptation of De Haven's FREAKS' AMOUR, 3 pages.

DRA-9 / 05 / 02 [Added 09/29/2004]
Synopses for 6-issue limited series of FREAKS' AMOUR, adapted from Tom De Haven's novel into comic book format by Mark Burbey and Bissette, 6 pages.

DRA-9 / 05 / 03 [Added 09/29/2004]
Inside Front Cover of FREAKS' AMOUR #1, comic book adaptation of Tom De Haven's novel, 2 pages.

DRA-9 / 05 / 04 [Added 10/11/2004]
Short story, "Foreign Parts" written by Neil Gaiman, bound, 22 pages, signed by the author. [Neil Gaiman short story "Foreign Parts" - note Neil's signature on the final page. -S.B.]

Folder 6
DRA-9 / 06 / 01 [Added 10/11/2004]
TABOO ESPECIAL, work-in-progress, bound.
["Work in progress" binder for TABOO ESPECIAL; note Scott McCloud's '24 Hour Comic', Wendy Snow-Land's "Want", "Neon Spray" by Finland artist Jukka Murtosaari. -S.B.]

Folder 7
DRA-9 / 07 / 01 [Added 10/11/2004]
TABOO 3, work-in-progress, bound.
["Work in progress" binder for TABOO 3. -S.B.]

Folder 8
DRA-9 / 08 / 01 [Added 10/11/2004
Novel, "Throat Sprockets", written by Tim Lucas, work-in-progress, 53 pages, bound.
["Work in progress" binder of Tim Lucas' novel "Throat Sprockets", circa 1990. The completed novel was eventually published by Dell in the US, and overseas in many editions. Tim began work on the novel at my urging, after a particularly volatile falling-out between himself and artist Mike Hoffman over future installments of "Throat Sprockets" for TABOO; though conceived and initially executed as a series of linked, self-contained comic stories, I convinced Tim that seeing through his vision for the project AS a novel, sans collaborators, was the way to go. A subsequent collaboration with UK artist David Lloyd ("V for Vendetta", etc.) to illustrate another TABOO "Throat Sprockets" story (see TABOO 8 or 9; can't recall of (sic) the top of my head which featured the completed story) also proved unsatisfactory and difficult for Tim, unfortunately proving the merit of my suggestion. See the acknowledgements page in this binder, and in Tim's final novel. -S.B.]

DRA-9 / 09 / 01 [Added 10/11/2004]
Graphic novel, BRATPACK, written by Rick Veitch, work-in-progress, in two binders.
[Binders (2), Rick Veitch's graphic novel BRATPACK; includes photocopies of pages, revised art, and script excerpt (see end of binder #2) for re-written final chapter of BRATPACK. Rick ran this rewrite past both myself and Neil Gaiman for review and suggestions. -S.B.]

DRA-10 Box Inventory

Inventory compiled by Renee Campbell
Updated 10/11/2004

Folder 1
DRA-10 / 01 / 01 [Added 10/11/2004]
Comic, MAXIMORTAL #1, written by Rick Veitch, work-in-progress, 32 pages, bound.
[Binder, "Work in Progress", Rick Veitch's MAXIMORTAL #1. -S.B.]

Folder 2
DRA-10 / 2 / 01 [Added 09/29/2004]
Graphic novel, STUCK RUBBER BABY, written by Howard Cruse, the first 11 chapters of a work-in-progress, 95 pages; letter to Bissette from Cruse re: Cruse's application for a Guggenheim Foundation Grant, typed on personal letter-head stationery, 2 pages, dated 03/19/1993; cover letter, typed on personal letter-head stationery, single page, dated 03/23/1993; letter to Kristen Kelly, Program Specialist, Literature Department, National Endowment for the Arts, from Cruse requesting consideration for NEA support of his graphic novel, typed on personal letter-head stationery, single page, dated 01/12/1993; photocopied review of "Maus" by Art Spiegelman from the Book Review section of "The New York Times", 3 pages; sample page of "Maus"; photocopied biographical blurb on Art Spiegelman, single page; letter to Cruse from Alexander Ooms, Literature Staff, National Endowment for the Arts, turning down his application for a grant but suggesting that he apply to the Visual Arts division, typed, single page.
[Binder, "Work in Progress", Howard Cruse's STUCK RUBBER BABY graphic novel. Includes copies of Cruse's application for the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fund Grant (needed for completion of the graphic novel)' my personal letter of recommendation submitted to the Grant with Howard's novel-in-progress and other letters; copy of Howard's "Statement of Plans" and application for the Grant; letter from Howard; work completed on STUCK RUBBER BABY to that date; etc. This is, to my mind, a key document, revealing in the difficulties creators had in funding ongoing work on ambitious graphic novels; in the process of grant application, and how graphic novels were perceived at the time by such authorities (see relevant passages of all letters and documents herein); etc. -S.B.]

Folder 3
DRA-10 / 03 / 01 [Added 10/11/2004]
Proposal: graphic novel, AIR SHARKS, written by Steve Perry, outline, 11 pages, bound.
[Proposal, outline by writer Steve Perry for graphic novel AIR SHARKS (never completed or published), submitted to Tundra Publishing, circa approx. 1991. -S.B.]

DRA-10 / 03 / 02 [Added 10/11/2004]
Submission: graphic novel/ mini-series, BADLANDS, written by Steven Grant and art by Vince Giarrano, work-in-progress, 132 pages, bound.
[Binder, "Work in Progress"/submission, Steve Grant and Vince Giarrano's graphic novel/ mini-series BADLANDS, circa 1990. This was submitted to me as a sample of writer Grant and artist Giarrano's work, possibly for consideration in TABOO? I don't fully recall. -S.B.]

Folder 4
DRA-10 / 04 / 01 [Added 10/11/2004]
Short stories, "Master Tape" (13 pages) and "…from a Stone" (16 pages), written by Rick Hautala, bound.
[Binder, Rick Hautala short story "Master Tape", "…from a Stone". -S.B.]

DRA-10 / 04 / 02 [Added 10/11/2004]
Submission: short story/ novella, "The House of Fear", written by Chet Williamson, 23 pages, bound.
[Binder, Chet Williamson short story/ novella "The House of Fear", submitted to me for illustration purposes. This was to be a small press chapbook, illustrated by myself (note rough for proposed 'title page' sketch, in orange color pencil, on the first page of this binder), for Footsteps Press (publisher Bill Munns), circa 1988, I believe. Due to scheduling conflicts, I withdrew from the project, which Footsteps did publish with another illustrator's work. -S.B.]

Folder 5
DRA-10 / 05 / 01 [Added 10/11/2004]
Manuscript, novel, "Wet Work", written by Philip Nutman, 148 pages, bound.
[Binder, ms. For Phil Nutman's first novel, "Wet Work" (1990). The novel was indeed published as a paperback original in the early 1990s. -S.B.]

Folder 6
DRA-10 / 06 / 01 [Added 10/11/2004]
Submission: manuscripts for misc. short stories, "Something Kinky" (55 pages), "Shock Radio" (34 pages), and "Fat" (63 pages), written by Ray Garton, bound.
[Binder, ms. For misc. Ray Garton short stories, submitted by Garton's agent of the period (circa 1990?) for consideration for adaptation in TABOO. Nothing came of this, but Garton was and remains a key genre author, and this is of interest to the TABOO files. -S.B.]

DRA-11 Box Inventory

Inventory compiled by Renee Campbell
Updated 12/15/2004

Folder 1
DRA-11 / 01 [Added 12/13/2004]
Bound Manuscript, THE MOUNTAIN KING, written by Rick Hautala, 313 pages.
[BOUND MANUSCRIPT: Complete ms. For Rick Hautala's novel THE MOUNTAIN KING; this is the ms. I worked from when I illustrated the novel. -S.B.]

Folder 2
DRA-11 / 02 [Added 12/13/2004]
Screenplay, THE MOUNTAIN KING, by Rick Hautala, based on the novel of the same name by A.J. Matthews, first draft, bound, 94 pages, dated 11/1993.
[BOUND SCREENPLAY: Rick Hautala's screenplay adaptation of THE MOUNTAIN KING (Nov. 1993); unproduced. -S.B.]

Folder 3
DRA-11 / 03 [Added 12/13/2004]
Screenplays: THE FACTS IN THE CASE OF M. VALDEMAR, by George A. Romero, inspired by the short story "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar" by Edgar Allan Poe, third draft, dated 06/1989, 59 pages; and EDGAR ALLAN POE, by Dario Argento and Franco Ferrini, revisions dated 07/06/1989, 57 pages; both screenplays in one binder.
[BOUND SCREENPLAY: George A. Romero's THE FACTS IN THE CASE OF M. VALDEMAR (1989), and EDGAR ALLEN POE (filmed as "The Black Cat") screenplay by Dario Argento and Franco Ferrini; filmed by Romero and Argento for their Poe-inspired anthology film TWO EVIL EYES. Though the finished film was erratic - Romero's episode was lackluster, Argento;s a potent modern revamp of Poe's classic tale with a real kick in the tail, further galvanized by Harvey Keitel's central performance as Rod - the screenplays are compelling reading , and most instructive when compared with the completed film (now available on DVD). -S.B.]

Folder 4
DRA-11 / 04 [Added 12/15/2004]
Thumbnails/script, "Solar Plexus" by Rick Veitch, 8 pages.
[Photocopies of Rick Veitch story thumbnails/script: "Solar Plexus" for EPIC ILLUSTRATED (Marvel Comics Group), issue and year of publication unknown at the time of this writing and package assembly (though I'll try to find out!). Complete 8-page story layouts and roughs, with script penciled in as part of the presentation, submitted and accepted by EPIC editor Archie Goodwin. -S.B.]

DRA-12 Box Inventory

Inventory compiled by Renee Campbell
Updated 08/29/2005 by Hope Warner

Folder 1
DRA-12 / 01 [Added 12/15/2004]
Manuscript to novel, THE DRIFTING SOUL, by Matt Spencer, pages 1-80.
[Original ms. to novel THE DRIFTING SOUL by Matt Spencer (2001; revised and reprinted 2004), from which I worked to illustrate the novel the winter of 2003/2004. –S.B.]

Folder 2
DRA-12 / 02 [Added 12/15/2004]
THE DRIFTING SOUL (con’t), pages 81-160.

Folder 3
DRA-12 / 03 [Added 12/15/2004]
THE DRIFTING SOUL (con’t), pages 161-200.

Folder 4
DRA-12/04 [Added 8/29/2005]
Final Proof for ALIENS: TRIBES, 72 pages.
[Binder: Layouts, typeset pages for final proof on my novella ALIENS: TRIBES. See that book, in collection. –S.B.]

Folder 5
DRA-12/05 [Added 8/29/2005]
Submission: Script for Paul Jenkins’ KNIGHTS OF THE FALLEN CONSTRUCT: spiral bound 32 pages.
[Paul Jenkins’ KNIGHTS OF THE FALLEN CONSTRUCT, his first original comics series (circa 19990-91?). Jenkins has gone on to become a top writer in comics, writing for DC, Marvel, and many others; this was indeed his first original series, in proposal form for review of myself and Rick Veitch at a time when Paul was pitching the series to his employer, Tundra.—S.B.]

Folder 6
DRA-12/06 [Added 8/29/2005]
Manuscript RUN, by Douglas E. Winter, spiral bound, 169 pages.
[Spiral-bound ms. For Douglas E. Winter novel “RUN” (1995).—S.B.]

DRA-13 Box Inventory

Inventory compiled by Hope Warner
Updated 09/18/2005

Folder 1
DRA-13 / 01 [Added 08/29/2005]
Screenplay, First draft of THE BLUE LADY, based on the novel GHOST LIGHT by Rick Hautala. Spiral bound 100 pages.

Folder 2
DRA-13 / 02 [Added 08/29/2005]
Binder: RAREBIT FIENDS by Rick Veitch.
[Spiral-bound binder: Rick Veitch's RAREBIT FIENDS: misc. episodes of Rick's self-published comic; photocopies mailed by Rick over the duration of his comic, some featuring Bissette. Note pencil cover rough sketch at end of binder.-S.B.]

Folder 3
DRA-13 / 03 [Added 08/29/2005]
Binder, comics, 3 stories written by Steve Perry, art by Rick Veitch. Green clip binder, MY BIZARRE CHRISTMAS ADVENTURE, 5 pages, HERE LIES A CAT, 12 pages, GETTING EVEN, 7 pages.
['Clip' binder: Three comics stories written by Steve Perry, art by Rick Veitch; circa mid-1980s to 1989, I believe. Steve and Rick were and are among my 'oldest' friends-in all meanings of the word-and this represents the small body of work they did together. I'm not sure where these stories were ultimately published, though; I think "My Bizarre Christmas Adventure" was in Marvel's BIZARRE ADVENTURES magazine.-S.B.]

Folder 4
DRA-13 / 04 [Added 08/29/2005]
Binder 1 of 2, Treatment, MELTING POT by Kevin Eastman and Eric Talbot, spiral bound 47 pages. Binder 2 of 2, novel, MELTING POT by Kevin Eastman and Eric Talbot, spiral bound, typed with character studies.
[Kevin Eastman's MELTING POT graphic novel and screenplay, circa 1988-90. Note Kevin launched this series with collaborator Eric Talbot, but completed the published version with Simon Bisley.-S.B.]

Folder 5
DRA-13 / 05 / 01 [Added 09/18/2005]
1 page, typed.
[proposed contents, credits for TABOO 8 or 9 (check issues to confirm).-S.B.] (TABOO #8)

DRA-13 / 05/02 [Added 09/18/2005]
2 pages, 1 typed, 1 written, no date.
["SPACE INVADERS" intro notes; script by Mike Baron, to have been illustrated/adapted by John Totleben. See other relevant materials.-S.B.]

Folder 6
DRA-13 / 06/01 [Added 09/18/2005]
COUNTRY by James Pascoand Chad Hermann, 2 copies, one script, text only, one script, sketches with story, with letter attached, no date. FRAGMENTS by Ray G. Cabana Jr., typed. THE NIGHT OF THE BRAZEN BULL by Ray G. Cabana Jr., typed. Treatment: ULTIMATES by Ray G. Cabana Jr., typed.
[Two unsolicited script / story submissions for TABOO: "Country" by James Pasco and Chad Hermann; "Fragments" by Ray G. Cabana, Jr. (author of THE FILMS OF PETER LORRE).-S.B.]

DRA-14 Box Inventory

Inventory compiled by Hope Warner
Updated 09/22/2005

Folder 1
DRA-14 / 01 [Added 09/18/2005]
Submission, 15 pages plus 2 notes.
[David Sexton and P. Craig Russell submission “Satan & the Saviour” for TABOO; published in TABOO 8 or 9 (check issues to confirm).—S.B.](TABOO 8)

Folder 2
DRA-14 / 02 [Added 09/18/2005]
Draft, 2 copies, 12 pages each.
[Final “THROAT SPROCKETS” story for TABOO, “The Disaster Area,” script by Tim Lucas, art by David Lloyd art (photocopies) – published in TABOO 8 or 9 (check issues to confirm).—S.B.](TABOO 8)

Folder 3
DRA-14 / 03 [Added 09/22/2005]
Draft, 2 copies, 30 pages each
[Matt Howarth story “Revenge” (photocopies) – published in TABOO 8 or 9 (check issues to confirm). Compare with the version that finally saw print; I believe Al made some changes in the final printed version.—S.B.](TABOO 8)

Folder 4
DRA-14 / 04/ 01 [Added 09/22/2005]
Photocopies, 4 pages.
[AL COLUMBIA story “Johnny 23” (photocopies) – published in TABOO 8 or 9 (check issues to confirm). Compare with the version that finally saw print; I believe Al made some changes in the final printed version.—S.B.](TABOO 8)

DRA-14 / 04/ 02 [Added 09/22/2005]
Submission, 7 pages.
[July 1992 Fax of submission for TABOO: “Chasing the Dragon,” script by Paul Jenkins, art by Al Columbia; accepted, but never completed or published in TABOO; to my knowledge, this was never published anywhere, due to the falling out between artist and writer over the fate of the planned Tundra publication of Alan Moore’s BIG NUMBERS (for which Al Columbia was artist, and Paul Jenkins’ Tundra’s “straw boss” aka editor/supervisor).—S.B.]

Folder 5
DRA-14 / 05 [Added 09/22/2005]
Proposal from Jeff Nicholson, 2 copies, 9 pages each, 2 draft copies, 29 pages each.
[Episode of TABOO serialized novel THROUGH THE HABITRAILS by Jeff Nicholson: “Cat Lover” (photocopies); proposal, various drafts. See final version published in TABOO 9, and in Jeff Nicholson’s self-published graphic novel edition of THROUGH THE HABITRAILS.—S.B.]

Folder 6
DRA-14 / 06 /01 [Added 09/22/2005]
Photocopies, 2 copies, 6 pages each, working papers, 2 pages.
[Alec Stevens’ adaptation of Wladyslaw Reymont’s short story “Twilight”; photocopies of art, photocopies of story text Alec worked from. Published in TABOO 8 or 9 (check issues to confirm).—S.B.][Published in TABOO 8—H.W.]

DRA-14 / 06 /02 [Added 09/22/2005]
Photocopies, 10 pages.
[James Robert Smith (writer) and Mike Hoffman (artist) story “The New Ecology of Death” (1992; photocopies), published in TABOO 8 or 9 (check issues to confirm).—S.B.](TABOO 9)

Folder 7a,b,&c
DRA-14 / 07 [Added 09/22/2005]
      a. Sample invoice, 1 page, and letter from Jim Wheelock to Stan and Steve, 2 pages, 2 copies, dated 10/15/1992.
      b. 3 drafts of “Fuck Pieces”, 2 copies with more detailed art, 2 copies with less detailed art, and 2 copies text only.
      c. Panels: 2 copies, 1 page each: 2 copies, 11 pages each, and 2 copies, 11 pages each.

[All documents and art photocopies, unpublished TABOO story “Fuck Pieces” – Stanley Wiater, author; Jim Wheelock, artist. To my knowledge, this was never published anywhere, sad to say, though both creators and the letterer were paid.—S.B.]

DRA-15 Box Inventory

Inventory compiled by Hope Warner
Updated 10/10/2005

Folder 1
DRA-15 / 01 [Added 09/26/2005]
Photocopies, 2 copies, 25 pages each.
[Photocopies of “After Life,” first installment of planned serialized series for TABOO, written by Dave Thorpe, art by Aiden Potts. Published in TABOO 8 or 9 (check issues to confirm).—S.B.](TABOO 9)

Folder 2
DRA-15 / 02 / 01 [Added 09/26/2005]
Submission, 4 pages, dated 1982.
TABOO submission from writer/artist Michael T. Gilbert (MR. MONSTER, etc.), “The Damned” – never published.—S.B.]

DRA-15 / 02 / 02 [Added 09/26/2005]
Photocopies, 3 copies, 7 pages each.
[Photocopies of Melinda Gebbie story “The Cock-Pit,” accepted (and paid) for TABOO; never published therein. This story did appear in one of the women’s underground comics; can’t recall which it was, offhand.—S.B.] (in Wet Satin: Women’s Erotic Fantasies, no. 1, April 1976)

Folder 3
DRA-15 / 03 / 01 [Added 09/26/2005]
Photocopies: 8 pages; Letter from Michael Price to Steve Bissette, dated 12/01/1992.
[Photocopies of the first 8 pgs. Of the 12 pg. story “Gator Bait,” script and lettering by Michael H. Price, art by Lamberto Alvarez. Published in TABOO 9 (check issues to confirm).—S.B.](TABOO 9)

DRA-15 / 03 / 02 [Added 09/26/2005]
Photocopies: 8 copies; Letter from Mark King with envelope, dated 2/03/1992; notes: 1 page.
[Photocopies, letter, notes on planned reprint of Herriman strip KRAZY KAT for TABOO vol. 10 – alas, we never reached that fateful number. Herriman’s meditation on ‘taboo’ would have been a great intro to that issue!—S.B.]

Folder 4
DRA-15 / 04 [Added 09/26/2005]
Photocopies: 2 copies, 23 pages each.
[Photocopies of planned collage story “Clipped Wings” by Tim Lucas (script) and Simoneda Perica Uth; never published, anywhere, to my knowledge. Alas. —S.B.]

Folder 5
DRA-15 / 05 [Added 09/26/2005]
Photocopies: 4 pages.
[Photocopies of Marc Arsenault TABOO submission “Alien Mind” – accepted but never published.—S.B.]

Folder 6
DRA-15 / 06 [Added 10/10/2005]
Outline: 2 copies, 8 pages each. Plot outline, 1 page. Letter from Jack Butterworth to Steve Bissette, dated 11/15/85.
[Script by Jack Butterworth, and letter, for TABOO #1 “Eyes Without a Face” (illustrated by Cam Kennedy).—S.B.]

Folder 7
DRA-15 / 07 [Added 10/10/2005]
Photocopy, 2 pages. Letter from Bill Wray to Steve Bissette with 1 page attached, no date. Letter from Steve Bissette to Harris Publications, 2 pages, dated 11/15/86. Certified mail receipt, dated 11/17/86. Invoice from Bill Wray to Steve Bissette or Dave Sim for COME ON DOWN, no date.
[Bill Wray letter, art photocopies for “Come On Down,” scripted by Alan Moore, art by Bill Wray, which was completed for Harris Publications’ CREEPY but abandoned, and submitted by Bill to TABOO – we indeed published it in TABOO #1.—S.B.]

Folder 8
DRA-15 / 08 [Added 10/10/2005]
Treatment, 2 copies, 24 pages each. Letter from Tom Sniegoski to Steve Bissette, dated 12/2/86. Panels by Mike Hoffman, 10 pages. Letter from Mike Hoffman to Steve Bissette, no date.
[Script, art photocopies, and further story submissions from Tom Sniegoski, who indeed contributed more work to TABOO. His story here, “Tooth Decay,” was illustrated by Mike Hoffman and indeed saw print in TABOO 1 – Tom and I remained friends over the years, as he went on to script comics (for Marvel, Dark Horse, etc., often collaborating with Christopher Golden) and we co-authored (with Chris Golden) THE MONSTER BOOK: BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER (Pocket Books, 2001).—S.B.]

Folder 9
DRA-15 / 09 [Added 10/10/2005]
Photocopies, CAUCHEMAR, 11 pages. Oversized photocopies of drawings of dinosaurs, by Kenneth Smith, 2 pages. Miscellaneous panels by Kenneth Smith, 16 pages. Photocopies of THE STRUGGLE FOR SUPREMACY OVER THE WORLD by Kenneth Smith, note on bottomed of first page says “published in Heavy Metal in April 1983” 2 pages.
Photocopies of RISING TO THE OCCASION by Kenneth Smith note on bottom of first page says “published in Heavy Metal in September 1979” 2 pages. Photocopies of HIVE by Kenneth Smith, oversized first page with letter to Bissette asking him to look over it with his “Connoisseur’s Eye”, 7 pages. Submission, AION POLYMORPH by Kenneth Smith, 10 pages. Prints by Kenneth Smith with note to Bissette that art was in Phantasmagoria #4. Photocopies of panels by Kenneth Smith, 9 pages. Photocopies of lists of stories illustrated by Kenneth Smith, 2 pages. Photocopy of panel from THE SKINNY PEOPLE OF LEPTOPHLEBO STREET by Kenneth Smith. Photocopy of MR HAMADRYAD by R.A. Lafferty, Illustrated by Kenneth smith, 8 pages.
[Kenneth Smith letter (Jan. 29, 1992), photocopies of art, stories, misc. Kenneth indeed was a TABOO contributor in its final issues (see TABOO collection).–S.B.]

Folder 10
DRA-15 / 10 [Added 10/10/2005]
Scripts, THE DISASTER AREA by Tim Lucas typed 2 versions. SIAMESE TWINS by Tim Lucas typed with handwritten note attached to Bissette, dated 1990.
[TIM LUCAS scripts for THROAT SPROCKETS stories for TABOO. Two different versions of “The Disaster Area” (see David Lloyd art, elsewhere in file collection, already mailed) and TABOO for eventual publication (in #8 or 9; see books to confirm), and Tim’s final (and never illustrated or published) THROAT SPROCKETS script, “SIAMESE TWINS.” At my urging following unfortunate relations with previous THROAT SPROCKETS artist Mike Hoffman, and rather rude treatment of Tim by “Disaster Area” artist David Lloyd, Tim abandoned the comics medium for THROAT SPROCKETS to reinvent and complete the work as a novel, soon after published by Dell.—S.B.]

DRA-16 Box Inventory

Inventory compiled by Hope Warner
Updated 10/13/2005

Folder 1
DRA-16 / 01 [Added 10/10/2005]
Scripts, outline, and notes for KNIGHTS OF THE FALLEN CONSTRUCT by Paul Jenkins.
[Paul Jenkins scripts, outlines, etc. for his first comics series KNIGHTS OF THE FALLEN CONSTRUCT (circa 1991-92); my notes and comments for Paul (solicited) are also herein, on the yellow legal paper. At the time, Paul was working VERY hard at Tundra as production coordinator and all-around Kevin Eastman right-hand-man, but VERY eager to extend his energy into writing. Aside from a TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES story and a few short pieces, this represented Paul’s most ambitious venture to date; surviving Tundra, he went on to become one of the key comics writers of the late 1990s, and remains popular and successful as such today. See related materials elsewhere in collection, re: Tundra, and re: Paul Jenkins’ submissions to TABOO.—S.B.]

Folder 2
DRA-16 / 02 [Added 10/10/2005]
Proposal 7 pages. Submission, 17 pages.
[Kenneth Whitfield submission to TABOO, “Dust Dancers.” Nothing ultimately came of this for TABOO or Kenneth, sad to say. –S.B.]

Folder 3
DRA-16 / 03 [Added 10/12/2005]
Photocopies, 40 pages with note on back page from Eddie Campbell to Bissette.
[Eddie Campbell photocopies (see Eddie’s handwritten notes on back of final pages of each mailing installment), original set, of completed art for FROM HELL Chapter 7 for publication in TABOO (see set, in collection). By this point, we were still publishing FROM HELL in serial form in TABOO, while Tundra was collecting the chapters in their FROM HELL trade paperback series; the die was cast, the end of TABOO was nigh. Still, we kept excellent relations with Alan and Eddie throughout, and were VERY prompt with payments!—S.B.]

Folder 4
DRA-16 / 04 [Added 10/12/2005]
Photocopies of five different chapters of THROUGH THE HABITRAILS. “The Infiltrator”, 6 pages. “Animal Control”, 3 copies, 7 pages each. ”Escape #3: Concow”, 7 pages. “Dark Spiral”, 7 pages. “The Gerbil King” 2 copies, pages 1-13, 1 copy, pages 6-27 with letter from Jeff Nicholson to Bissette on front.
[Jeff Nicholson’s THROUGH THE HABITRAILS chapters, photocopies of completed art/stories. Note Jeff’s letters, notes; Jeff was by far the most pleasant professional, timely, and straightforward of ALL the many TABOO contributors, and THROUGH THE HABITRAILS remains to my mind one of TABOO’s most ambitious and enduring creations. After the demise of TABOO and Tundra, Jeff remained the most thoughtful of all TABOO collaborators: when he collected the revised THROUGH THE HABITRAILS in book form (see collection), he solicited an introduction from me, conscientiously paid me the identical rate TABOO had paid him ($100 per published page), and sent me comp copies of every edition. He was forever thankful for the venue we’d given him; the solid publisher relations and fair practices we maintained; the timely exchange of work and payments; the comp copies of TABOO we [had] always went to contributors; and he reciprocated in kind after the professional relations were complete. God Bless Jeff – if only all relations had been so good, during TABOO’s lifetime and afterwards.—S.B.]

Folder 5
DRA-16 / 05 [Added 10/13/2005]
Photocopies, notes, letter from Tom Marnick to Bissette, dated 2/10/88.
[Tom Marnick (later Tom Foxmarnick) letters, photos, photocopies, etc. for his “Black Dahlia” TABOO story (see collection); also, comps and submission outlines for Tom’s planned magazine WILDLIFE.—S.B.]

Folder 6
DRA-16 / 06 [Added 10/13/2005]
Scripts: BLUE ANGEL, 2 copies, 7 pages each with letter from Tim Lucas to Bissette, dated 6/6/89. I THOUGHT YOU’D NEVER ASK Throat Sprockets chapter 2, 29 pages, dated–8/28/87, revised 4/13/88. THE ROOM OF PRESIDENTS, 18 pages, dated 1989. CLIPPED WINGS, 6 pages with letter from Tim Lucas to Bissette, dated 6/6/89.
[Tim Lucas TABOO material: “Blue Angel” rewrite (see TABOO 4); “Throat Sprockets” Chapter 2 script (compare with published version; see collection); short story submission “The Room of Presidents,” which was discussed at some length but ultimately abandoned; script for “clipped Wings” (see relevant file, already sent).—S.B.]

Folder 7
DRA-16 / 07 [Added 10/13/2005]
Script of UNCLE RAY by Tom Sniegoski, 21 pages typed. Art samples by Jana Christy, 6 pages.
[Tom Sniegoski story “Uncle Ray,” samples of Tom’s artist-of-choice Jana Christy. Though planned for TABOO: STICKS AND STONES, this venture did not work out – even before STICKS AND STONES collapsed.—S.B.]

Folder 8
DRA-16 / 08 [Added 10/13/2005]
Submission of AION POLYMORPH by Kenneth Smith, 13 pages.
[Kenneth Smith story, roughs “Aion Polymorph,” TABOO submission, 1991.—S.B.]

Folder 9
DRA-16 / 09 [Added 10/13/2005]
Submissions: THE NEW ECOLOGY OF DEATH by James Robert Smith, 15 pages with letter from Bob Smith to Bissette dated 2/20/90. WET by James Robert Smith, 11 pages. NUMHED by James Robert Smith, 11 pages. TABOO STORY: (An untitled study of selfishness) by James Robert Smith, 4 pages. Letter from Bob Smith to Bissette, 2 pages dated 10/23/90.
[James Robert Smith short stories, submissions to TABOO. At least two of these “Wet” and “The New Ecology of Death,” saw print in TABOO (see collection).—S.B.]

Folder 10
DRA-16 / 10 [Added 10/13/2005]
Photocopies of POKERFACE by Bernie Mireault, 12 pages with letter from Bernie Mireault to Bissette, dated 2/87.
[BERNIE MIREAULT letter, roughs for story “Pokerface” (circa 1987). Bernie is a comics genius in my book, and this was one of many stories he submitted; see collection for his work that DID see print in TABOO.—S.B.]

DRA-17 Box Inventory

Inventory compiled by Hope Warner
Updated 10/13/2005

Folder 1
DRA-17 / 01 [Added 10/13/2005]
Photocopies of JAR HEAD by Jeff Nicholson, 8 pages. Letter from Jeff Nicholson to Bissette typed 1 page, no date. Postcard from Jeff Nicholson to Bissette dated 8/21/90.
[Jeff Nicholson letters, postcard, photocopied art; all relevant to installments of THROUGH THE HABITRAILS in TABOO (see collection; prior Nicholson files already mailed).—S.B.]

Folder 2
DRA-17 / 02 [Added10/13/2005]
Script of WET WORK by Phil Nutman, 2 copies 22 pages each. Letter from Phil Nutman to Bissette, 2 copies no date. Letter from Phil Nutman to Jorge Zaffino, 2 copies no date.
[Phil Nutman letters (including copy of his letter to Jorge Zaffino – see SEVEN BLOCK file, already shipped – who was the artist of choice on this venture), scripts for planned adaptation of Phil’s short story “Wet Work,” which was underway for publication in the planned TABOO: BOOK OF THE DEAD anthology. Too bad, came to naught; Phil did complete his novel version of “Wet Work,” which was published in paperback by Berkeley Books.—S.B.]

Folder 3
DRA-17 / 03 [Added 10/14/2005]
Introduction for TABOO 7, 30 pages, typed with various written notes on pages.
[TABOO 7 intros, notes, handwritten revisions.—S.B.]

Folder 4
DRA-17 / 04 [Added 10/14/2005]
Script for SWEET NOTHINGS by Tim Lucas, 4 pages, typed.
[Tim Lucas script “Sweet Nothings,” this saw print in TABOO 2 illustrated via collage by Simoneda Perica Uth (see collection).—S.B.]

Folder 5
DRA-17 / 05 [Added 10/14/2005]
Script for A ROSARY FOR FATHER SITHIUS by Tom Veitch, 11 pages with letter to Mark Dunn from Tom Veitch on first page. Letter from Tom Veitch to Bissette dated 12/28/?.
[Tom Veitch letter (Dec. 1987; note pencil notation that Tom was paid for his script Feb. 1988), script “A Rosary for Father Sithius,” intended for TABOO 2. Artist Mark Dunn was approved to illustrate the script – samples forthcoming, I believe, if they’re still on file – and paid a partial advance, then disappeared. The story never was completed or saw print.—S.B.]

Folder 6
DRA-17 / 06 [Added 10/17/2005]
Manuscript of DEAD HIGHWAY, LOST ROADS by Phil Nutman, 77 pages, typed.
[Phil Nutman novella “Dead Highway, Lost Roads” ms.—S.B.]

Folder 7
DRA-17 / 07 [Added 11/10/2005]
Breakdown of TABOO 1, small booklet form, handwritten, 110 pages. TABOO 1 contents draft, 3 pages: 1 page typed, 1 page written, 1 page of notes. Draft press release for TABOO 1, 5 copies, 5 pages each.
[Stray TABOO 1 material: obsolete announcements (1987) relevant to the aborted release of TABOO 1, contents list, mockup, etc. of the planned original version.—S.B.]

Folder 8
DRA-17 / 08 [Added 11/10/2005]
Quotes for TABOO 1 ads, 13 pages.

Folder 9
DRA-17 / 09 [Added 11/10/2005]
Copies of ad page for TABOO, 23 pages.

Folder 10
DRA-17 /10/01 [Added 11/10/2005]
Copy of news release, 1 page, dated 10/21/88.

DRA-17 /10/02 [Added 11/14/2005]
Notes on TABOO 2, 4 pages: 1 typed; 3 written.

DRA-17 /10/03 [Added 11/14/2005]
Introduction for SHARKS by Mark Askwith, art by Rick Taylor, 2 pages typed. Letter from Mark Askwith to Bissette regarding introduction, 2 pages, handwritten, dated 3/13/89.

Folder 11
DRA-17 /11/01 [Added 11/14/2005]
Introduction for ENCORE by David Marshall, 2 copies: 1 copy, 2 pages; 1 copy, 1 page. Letter from David Marshall to Bissette regarding introduction, 2 pages, no date.

DRA-17 /11/02 [Added 11/14/2005]
2 letters with biographies on Andrew Elliott and Ben Dilworth who collaborated on MAD EYES. Letters are from Andrew Elliott to Bissette, 4 pages, no date.

DRA-19 Box Inventory

Inventory compiled by Hope Warner
Updated 12/05/2005

Folder 1
DRA-19 / 01 / 01 [Added 11/14/2005]
Introduction for SWEET NOTHINGS by Tim Lucas and Simoneda Perica-Uth, 2 copies, 2 pages each. Letter from Tim Lucas to Bissette regarding biographies on Tim Lucas and Simoneda Perica-Uth, 2 pages with envelope. Advertisement for one of Simoneda Perica-Uth's exhibits.

DRA-19 / 01 / 02 [Added 11/14/2005]
Biography for James Robert Smith with letter to Bissette regarding biography, 3 pages, typed, no date.

Folder 2
DRA-19 / 02 / 01 [Added 11/14/2004]
Introduction for SICK ANIMAL by Rick Grimes, typed, 2 copies, 2 pages each.

DRA-19 / 02 / 02 [Added 11/14/2005]
Introduction for CHECK OUT TIME by Tom Marnick, typed, 2 pages. Letter from Tom Marnick to Bissette regarding biography and introduction to CHECK OUT TIME, 2 pages, 1 page dated 1/30/89 and the other 2/1/89.

Folder 3
DRA-19 / 03 / 01 [Added 11/14/2004]
Introduction for LIFE WITH THE VAMPIRE by Cara Sherman Tereno, 2 copies, 1 page each. Letter from Cara Sherman Tereno to Bissette regarding editing to introduction, typed, 2 pages, no date.

DRA-19 / 03 / 02 [Added 11/14/2005]
Notes on introductions for TABOO 4, 2 pages, handwritten. Copy of VOICE with paragraph by Emily Prager circled in it.

Folder 4
DRA-19 / 04 / 01 [Added 11/14/2004]
Introductions for LA FUGUE/THE ESCAPE by P. Foerster, OBESE OBSESSOR by Noel Tuazon, and for Charles Burns, untitled, typed 4 pages.

DRA-19 / 04 / 02 [Added 11/14/2005]
Introduction to HATE MAIL by Richard Sala, typed, 2 copies, 2 pages each.

Folder 5
DRA-19 / 05 / 01 [Added 11/14/2004]
Introduction to MERCY by Michael Zulli, typed, 2 copies, 3 pages each.

DRA-19 / 05 / 02 [Added 11/14/2005]
Curriculum Vitae for Phil Elliott, typed, 2 pages.

DRA-19 / 05 / 03 [Added 11/14/2005]
Introduction for RATS, 4 pages. Introduction for SPACE INVADERS, 9 pages. Note on introduction for CHASING LINCOLN, 1 note card.
[Completed (and typeset) introductions for the three key unpublished TABOO 2 stories slated for inclusion in that issue: "Chasing Lincoln Home" script by Steve Perry, art by Steve Bissette; "Space Invaders" script by Mike Baron, art by John Totleben; "Roats" by Frank Miller. NONE of these stories were ever completed, or published anywhere.-S.B.]

Folder 6
DRA-19 / 06 / 01 [Added 11/21/2005]
Sketch on notepad in ink.
[Neil Gaiman sketch: "The Ghastly Guardian," one of a batch of sketches done by Neil, Larry Marder, and myself at a Chicago get-together, probably circa 1991 or '92. We were sitting around my hotel room in the wee hours, brainstorming ideas for a 'retro-1970s' horror anthology emulating the rather lame 1970s horror/mystery line Neil had such a soft spot for (see his inspired revamp of the 'horror hosts' of those books in SANDMAN).-S.B.]

DRA-19 / 06 / 02 [Added 11/21/2005]
Introduction draft to A TOUCH OF VINYL by Rick Veitch, for TABOO 3; typed, 3 pages.

Folder 7
DRA-19 / 07/ 01 [Added 11/21/2005]
Photocopies of TABOO 2 cover variations; 24 pages.

Folder 8
DRA-19 / 08 / 01 [Added 11/21/2005]
Notes on corrections for TABOO 3; 2 pages, 1 typed, 1 handwritten.
[TABOO 3 corrections notes, list (for printer Preney Print & Litho) after checking the bluelines for the issue.-S.B.]

Folder 9
DRA-19 / 09 / 01 [Added 11/21/2005]
Photocopies of comic story COLONIA by Jeff Nicholson, 28 pages. Letter with copy of news release for COLONIA from Jeff Nicholson to Bissette, date on news release is 5/1/98.
[May 1998 letter, art photocopies for Jeff Nicholson (THROUGH THE HABITRAILS creator, see TABOO collection) and his new series COLONIA. Jeff continued self-publishing into the late 1990s, though I've lost track of his and his efforts since '98.-S.B.]

Folder 10
DRA-19 / 10 / 01 [Added 11/21/2005]
Script THE TOLKIEN PROJECT by Michael Cohen and Jimmy Gownly, 26 pages. Letter from Michael Cohen to Bissette, handwritten, no date.
[Letter, ms. Proposal from Michael Cohen, "The Tokien Project." Circa 1997 or '98, I think. Michael Cohen is a good friend who I met through the comics self-publisher circuit; more info, files to follow.-S.B.]

Folder 11
DRA-19 / 11 / 01 [Added 12/05/2005]
Flyer for BIG E. Outlines, copy of map for VERMONTS HAUNTS, 14 pages. Advertising for Joe Citro Books, PASSING STRANGE, and GREEN MOUNTAIN GHOSTS, GHOULS, & UNSOLVED MYSTERIES, 1 page.

[A batch of files from my collaborative efforts with Joe Citro, one of my best friends on Earth and famed Vermont horror novelist and regional folklorist and scribe of 'true weird tale' (or, as Joe now puts it, "books that might not be fiction").-S.B.]
[Production materials for our collaborative "Joe Citro's Vermont's Haunts" 'ghost' map; I will soon mail copies of the map to you for display, it's very cool. The 'Big' E flyer in this folder is relevant to the annual event - the collective New England fall fair, 'The Big'E", held in Springfield, MA every year - which was our target venue for the map, Sept. 1997. We completed the map (as oversized, signed color photocopy 'prints') in time for that venue, and it sold fairly well, leading to our later (more polished) editions of the map.-S.B.]

Folder 12
DRA-19 / 12 / 01 [Added 12/05/2005]
Email from Joe Citro to Bissette, 2 copies, 2 pages each, dated 9/16/98. Letter from April Ossmann to Bissette, 1 page, typed, dated 12/29/98. Letter from Bissette to April Ossmann, 1 page typed, dated 1/6/99. Email from Joe Citro to Bissette, 3 pages, dated 2/10/99. Email from Joe Citro to Bissette, 2 pages, dated 2/11/99. Email from Joe Citro to Bissette, 2 pages, dated 2/15/99. Email from Joe Citro to Bissette, 2 pages, dated 2/19/99. Email from Joe Citro to Bissette, 1 page, dated 2/19/99. Email from Joe Citro to Bissette, 1 page, dated 2/22/99. Email from Joe Citro to Bissette, 2 pages, dated 3/18/99. Email from Joe Citro to Bissette, 2 pages, dated 3/30/99. Email from Joe Citro to Bissette, 1 page, dated 4/13/99. Email from Joe Citro to Bissette, 1 page, dated 4/15/99. Email from Joe Citro to Bissette, 2 pages, dated 4/21/99. Email from Joe Citro to Bissette, 2 pages, dated 4/28/99. Email from Joe Citro to Bissette, 2 pages, dated 4/28/99. Email from Joe Citro to Bissette, 2 pages, dated 4/29/99. Email from Joe Citro to Bissette, 2 pages, dated 5/10/99. Email from Joe Citro to Bissette, 1 page, dated 5/19/99. Email from Joe Citro to Bissette, 1 page, dated 6/8/99. Email from Joe Citro to Bissette, 1 page, dated 6/23/99. Photocopies of research for THE VERMONT GHOST GUIDE, 16 pages.

[Sept. 1998 also was the time Joe and I proposed to UPNE a 'pocket' paperback Vermont ghost guide, which became THE VERMONT GHOST GUIDE (2000). There are FOUR files here, including misc. correspondences, notes, text pieces, research items, etc. for the VERMONT GHOST GUIDE project.-S.B.]


Publications
- Comics, graphic novels, film scripts, APAs (amateur press alliances)

PUB-1 Box Inventory

Inventory compiled by Lea Ann Alexander
Updated 09/13/2004

Folder 1
PUB-1 / 01 / 01 [09/01/2004]
Issues 74, 89, 90, 91, 107, and 119 of TV ZONE, a UK magazine.
[Misc. copies of UK magazine TV ZONE; see notes, previous box (mailed yesterday). More to come! -S.B.]

Folder 2
PUB-1 / 02 / 01 [09/13/2004]
BEFORE ITS TOO LATE, written by Ruth Hurst Ray, bound photocopy edition, 36 pages.
[Bound photocopy edition of chapbook "Before It's Too Late (It Can Happen Here!)" by Ruth Hurst Ray; extremist ("biblical right to keep and bear arms…" BIBLICAL???) pro-gun chapbook studied by myself for planned TABOO story that, alas, never came to pass. Still, here it is! -S.B.]

PUB-1 / 02/ 02 [09/13/2004]
ETC (EURO TRASH CINEMA), Volume 2/ Number 7.
[Fanzine: ETC (EURO TRASH CINEMA),Vol.2, #7 (1993); cover by Bissette (cannibal from Ruggero Deodato's JUNGLE HOLOCAUST aka THE LAST CANNIBAL WORLD aka THE LAST SURVIVOR), pastel crayons. Editor/ published (sic) Craig Ledbetter was a good friend, and I was a fairly frequent contributor to ETC, as both writer and artist. More to follow. -S.B.]

PUB-1 / 02 / 03 [09/13/2004]
ANIMATION PLANET #1.
[ANIMATION PLANET #1 (Spring 1997); reviews by Bissette include "Sleazy Cartoons of Bill Plympton" (pp. 8-9), "Tex Avery: the MGM Years" (pp. 9-10), note back cover ad for TYRANT series (just as I withdrew from self-publishing). Note that ANIMATION PLANET was my dear friend G. Michael Dobbs ("Mike") follow-up to ANIMATO, which he co-edited for a number of years before he and his publishing partner Pat Duquette had an unfortunate but permanent falling out. ANIMATION PLANET last (sic) three issues before Mike folded up the tents. -S.B.]

Folder 3
PUB-1 / 03 / 01 [09/13/2004]
ECCO: THE WORLD OF BIZARRE VIDEO, Nos. 15, 18, and 19.
[Fanzine: ECCO: THE WORLD OF BIZARRE VIDEO #15, 18, 19 (1991-93), edited and published by 'Charles Kilgore' (Paul Harless), covers by Bissette. I was also a frequent contributor to ECCO, one of my favorite movie/ video zines of the time, drawing covers for 'Charles' and contributing the occasional article or review (see "Thank You Veddy Much", pg. 15 in ECCO #18; "Orange Polishing", pp. 8-9, ECCO #19). More to follow. -S.B.]

Folder 4
PUB-1 / 04 / 01 [09/13/2004]
ANIMATO!: THE ANIMATION FAN'S MAGAZINE, Issues 24-25 and 27-28.
[Four issues of ANIMATO (#24-25, 27-28; 1993-94), edited by G. Michael Dobbs and published by Patrick Duquette. I painted the cover for ANIMATO #24, illustrated the debut installment of my two-part interview with my hero Ray Harryhausen, whose London home I was fortunate enough to visit in 1991. This interview was conducted in San Diego in the summer of 1992. Also note I have other work in these issues including a review if "The Nightmare Before Christmas" (#27, pp. 54-55), "Batman: Mask of the Phantasm" (#28, pg. 5) and SPIKE & MIKE FEST" (#28, pp. 6-7), etc. -S.B.]

PUB-5 Box Inventory

Inventory compiled by Hope Warner
Updated 12/07/2005

PUB-5 / 01 / 01 [12/07/2005]

Folder 1
Magazine,TV ZONE, issues:63, 65, 69,70, 71, 72.

Folder 2
Magazine, TV ZONE, issues: 73, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79.

Folder 3
Magazine, TV ZONE, issues: 81, 82, 83, 84 (Has note saying Neil Gaiman Neverwhere on it placed in this issue), 85, 96.

Folder 4
Magazine, TV ZONE, issues: 100, 102, 104, 111, 113.

Folder 5
Magazine, TV ZONE, issues: 114,115, 116, 118, 120, 123.
[Misc. issues of UK genre TV zine TV ZONE. I've been working for a few years on a book-length overview of made-for-TV horror feature films, and these were part of an extensive film and TV magazine collection I purchased to research that project. This UK zine is chock-full of great material, including much coverage of comics-to-TV series and features, along with the plethora of DR WHO and STAR TREK material (which interests me little if any). Note the single issue bagged alone, and bookmarked, for its coverage of Neil Gaiman's FIRST television mini-series NEVERWHERE. More to follow, as I sort through my magazine archives and collection.-S.B.]



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