Star Trek, Balloons, & Scotland Yard Intrigues

Also: Celebrating John Constantine’s 25th Birthday


On a whim, I posted three Bissette Star Trek monster sketches for sale with rare, still-in-the-shrinkwrap collectible Star Trek Peter Pan Records 45 RPMs (1979) on Facebook over the weekend, and one of ‘em sold: a color Horta sketch, with record. Above is my black-and-white sketch, below the color piece. The color sketch and rare record are already en route to their new owner (shipped Friday afternoon)!

I’ve pulled the rest off Facebook (along with the original weekend deal pricing), so if there’s any Star Trek buffs out there interested, the remaining records and sketches are now on the SpiderBaby Store site as combo-packs (sketch & record), and I’ll be adding one more later in the week:

These are one-of-a-kind, so if you’re interested, don’t dawdle. Once they’re gone, “they’re gone, Jim.”
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Vivid Thursday night/Friday morning dreams, through a night of deep uninterrupted sleep last week:

* I’m a kid, with close friends/siblings, in a city gathering on a vast green where literally thousands of massive balloons are knotted together in an unimaginably marvelous cluster that goes from the base of the park lawn all the way above the skyscrapers. We have somehow climbed up to the top of the highest building, and by bouncing and moving with surprising agility from balloon to balloon, “ride” down through the clustered floating pockets from the peak to the green. Incredible fun, what a feeling!

* Boisterous, joyful reunion, over bottled apple cider, with Dave Sim, off-site from some convention outside a city (like Boston). It’s great to be with Dave again.

* An arduous drive/climb up a lone ascutney mountain in the dead of winter turns into some sort of Edwardian court intrigue when, unbeknownst to us, Inspector Foxborough has demanded that Inspector Lestrade bring the dowager widow (Maggie Smith) up the mountain to join us, where we’re waiting into the coldest evening of the year. Frigid but intent on their arrival, we wait even as it drops well below zero; when they arrive, Foxborough‘s plot is clear: he want the widow to freeze to death, thus clearing two birds (two of his opponents in a current ongoing investigation) with one death, and covering up his own role in the crimes. But we keep her alive, and she’s a tough old woman, foiling Foxborough‘s plot, which folds into:

* Separate dream/movie, which I both watch and am in: Michael Caine is involved in the Ripper murders, working with an accomplice to eliminate witnesses. Poor Frances McDormand plays a housekeeper tricked into a long walk into the woods, where Caine‘s accomplice trips her up in a towel between two horses, and they drag her, face down, to her death. He is worse than Foxborough; he must be stopped!
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Ah, what the hell: A couple more of the many, many free Swamp Thing sketches still being mailed out. I’m shipping every day of the week this week, folks, and well into next week, so please, be patient. They’re on their way, but with well over 50+ orders to fill, it’s taking time to carefully prep, sign, package, and ship everything out…


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Friday morning letter from Alex Fitch:

Dear Steve,

I’m going to be broadcasting / podcasting the rest of our interview at 6pm (GMT) on Sunday, see below… Judge Dredd Megazine has an expressed an interest in a transcript, so if that goes ahead, I’ll send you a copy.

Panel Borders: Creating Constantine

Continuing our month of shows about the 25th anniversary of John Constantine: Hellblazer, Alex Fitch discusses the first appearances of the occult detective with his co-creator Steve Bissette. Alex and Steve discuss the artist’s tenure as penciller on the acclaimed horror comic Swamp Thing, drawing (the as yet unnamed) Constantine in the background of scenes before Alan Moore gave the character a voice, and Steve‘s continuing fascination with the monster genre.

6pm, Sunday 20th January 2013 / repeated at 4.30pm, Tuesday 22nd January, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) /

This is part of an ongoing broadcast series for John Constantine‘s birthday Alex has been hosting. Check it out, Constantine fans:

Panel Borders – 25 years of John Constantine: Hellblazer

Panel Borders returns after the Christmas break for a new series in an earlier slot on Sunday evenings. Starting a series of shows about the 25th anniversary of the occult detective John Constantine‘s first appearance in his own solo comic book, Alex Fitch talks to writers Jamie Delano, Andy Diggle and Peter Milligan, and artist David Lloyd, about creating issues of Hellblazer from its first issue to the present day.

Jamie and David discuss the early days of the comic, launched as a spin off from Alan Moore‘s acclaimed run on Swamp Thing while Andy and Peter talk about bringing the character into the 21st Century. Recorded in front of a live audience at SCI-FI-LONDON, Apollo Piccadilly Cinema, April 2011.

(Originally broadcast Sunday 13th January 2013 on Resonance 104.4 FM)

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John Constantine, Hellblazer®, and Swamp Thing® and ©DC Comics Inc/DC Entertainment Inc.; sketch art ©2012 Stephen R. Bissette. All other artwork and photographs © respective years by their respective proprietors, posted for educational and archival purposes only.


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  1. Mark Masztal

    I can’t believe I missed the Horta!!!!! Damn, damn, damn!

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