Bon Appetit!

Sketch Editions of We Are Going to Eat You! En Route; Special October Pricing Offer

A couple of weeks back, I posted a gallery of just some of the original sketches I’ve completed and shipped out. These are all bound into the special signed/sketch editions of We Are Going to Eat You!

Note: The last of the pre-ordered copies are shipping before this weekend; all orders to date have either shipped and are en route to their new owners, have already arrived, or are going out before Monday of next week.


I’m going to extend a special October pricing of We Are Going to Eat You! now through Halloween; below are the details.

Now that you’ve seen the sketches some folks are getting with their copies of this limited reprint edition, maybe a few more of you will consider this worth nibbling at… while you can!

Sketch art ©2013 Stephen R. Bissette, all rights reserved.

So, what’s all this about WE ARE GOING TO EAT YOU! by Stephen R. Bissette?

Here’s the scoop…

* Note: This is an exclusive offer, from Myrant and SpiderBaby Grafix & Publications only. These books are available from no one or nowhere else.

* Specs: Clear acetate protective covers over canary-yellow card stock cover art front and back, blue Fastbak binding, 336 pages (!!), over 75 of which feature rare illustrations from the SpiderBaby Archives; measures 8 1/2′ x 11″ x almost 1″ binding.

* What the hell is this? This is a slightly revised (to update my address/online info only) recreation of the uber-rare 2003 limited ms. bound photocopy edition of the original dot-matrix printed manscript—it’s an artifact, folks, dressed up a bit, but complete and unexpurgated, the original full text the late, great Chas Balun edited down considerably for my chapter of THE DEEP RED HORROR HANDBOOK.

Here’s how to order:

WE ARE GOING TO EAT YOU! ‘Bare Bones’ Edition(signed, no sketch art interior cover) is now available at

for only $25.00 plus Flat Rate Priority shipping, anywhere in the world!

WE ARE GOING TO EAT YOU! ‘Original Sketch’ Edition (signed with an original Stephen R. Bissettesketch on the bonus interior cream white card stock cover) is now available at

for the OCTOBER SALE PRICE of just $50.00 US plus Flat Rate Priority shipping, anywhere in the world!

When this October sale ends, the Sketch Edition will be $65.00 US plus shipping, while supplies last.

This is a significant savings (over 20% discount) Halloween seasonal discount window for serious collectors.

SPREAD THE WORD, please—and place your orders now, while you can!


Unsolicited reviews of the now-rare OOP SpiderBaby 2003 edition:

“…When you first pick up and flick through We Are Going To Eat You you may be hit with slightly mixed emotions (the printed word of an old Atari leaves something to desire) but once you start delving into this mouth watering publication you’ll quickly realise you have in your hands what is without doubt the definitive cannibal movie tome.

This isn’t simply another run through the Italian exploitation movies that we love so dearly but a comprehensive and detailed of the genre from the dawn of cinema right through the early jungle action pics to the Mondo movie era and beyond. Of course that’s not to say our beloved Italian gut munchers aren’t covered here as they are, but not in the repetitive synopsis/brief critique manner that we’ve been happy to indulge in for so long. Here Stephen Bissette looks extensively at the Italian schlockers, dissecting their both their strengths and weaknesses but perhaps more importantly putting them into context with the reams of genre films that lead to their creation. It’s absolutely fascinating to follow the genre from the beginning of film with silent showreels through to what is referred to as the ‘goona goona’ films to what we know today.

Also very welcome is the respect that the author obviously has for the reader, for long many have fallen into the trap of looking at the genre either in the respect of the ‘gore’ or the offense of alleged animal violence but Stephen Bissette overviews the genre in both an intelligent and thought provoking way. By no means does anyone seek to justify celluloid animal violence but it’s interesting to see just how the modern exploitation movie ended up the way it is. Similarly, the book certainly hammers home the message about just how culturally racially offensive society has been for so many years (here in the context of the jungle/cannibal movie). Fans of the Mondo genre…will find a lot to gratify them here with extensive subjective coverage also.

As for the presentation, even for a draft edition (and looking past the Atari text) We Are Going To Eat You manages to win you over with a gorgeous collection of poster art and all new illustrations by Stephen Bissette himself (his art is worth the purchase price alone). Now I’ve no doubt I probably sound like some sort of deliriously happy fan boy but the truth of the matter is We Are Going To Eat You is THE cannibal book fans have been waiting for and even in this rough cut form is an essential addition to any fan of the genre’s collection.

…Genre book of the year? You decide – get it now!!”

“I just wanted to let you know that I received the book, etc. and have already read the book from cover to cover…. I want to congratulate you on a fine job. Despite its rough form it is a cogent, well-researched, and consistently interesting piece. Since your original essay was published [in The Deep Red Horror Handbook] there have been several books that have dealt with the same topic to varying effect, but none have surpassed your work. I was quite impressed with your take on Suddenly, Last Summer and your taking The Mission to task for its thematic hypocrisy. Your lengthy essay on Cannibal Holocaust was also quite impressive. I sincerely hope you’ll be able to find a publisher for an updated & corrected version as I’d be most interested in your commentary on the many films that have been released since 1990…”

- Chip Eckton


Monster Road to VCU!

Virginia Commonwealth University, VCU Libraries, Grace St. Theater Hosts Bissette Campus Visit & Lecture

I’ll be speaking tonight—Monday, October 14th—at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia at 7 PM. My fully-illustrated talk about comics, comix, monsters, storytelling, and my years plying the inky trade is free and open to all, at the Grace Street Theater. I hope to see some of you there!

Details, directions (to the Grace St. Theater at 934 West Grace Street), and more await you at

which tells you everything you’ll need to know; or ring ‘em up at (804) 828-1105, or Fax (804) 828-0151, or visit

if you need to know more.

My special thanks to Tom DeHaven and to Gregory G. Kimbrell (Membership & Events Coordinator) and everyone at VCU and VCU Libraries for extending the invitation, and for making this possible and happen.

This morning, I’ll be touring the Library, then spending this afternoon and Wednesday afternoon with novelist/friend Tom DeHaven‘s class. Off campus, I’ll be savoring come-what-may with Tom and his wife Santa till it’s home agin, home agin, jiggedy-jig for me.

My pal James Sturm recently visited and spoke at VCU, too, so I’ve got mighty big shoes to fill with this visit—Center for Cartoon Studies, on the road!

Tom‘s Freaks’ Amour is among my all-time favorite novels, and I highly recommend the new collected edition of the Tom DeHaven/Dana Marie Andra/Phil Hester/Ande Parks 1990s comics adaptation. FYI, I wrote the expansive introduction to the graphic novel, which will tell much about Tom DeHaven, Freaks’ Amour the novel (and its legacy), the genesis of the comics adaptation, and the creative team that made this graphic novel a reality (including the original cover artists: Charles Burns, Mike Mignola, and James O’Barr).

Tom and his creative cronies went the extra mile to make this book definitive, including my intro and Freaks’ Amour artwork, the first Freaks’ Amour comics excerpt/adaptation by Gary Panter (from Young Lust); an original never-before-published prose sequel by De Haven; and an intimate afterword by Dana Marie Andra, who scripted this ambitious adaptation and shepherded it lovingly through years of development until landing a home for it at Dark Horse.

As I noted in May, “The factoid not reported in my extensive introduction to the hot-off-the-presses collected edition is that this book also exists because I pushed Tom last May to pursue a collected edition. It was during a delicious shared repast with Tom, his wife Santa, my wife Marge, and yours truly during Tom‘s Center for Cartoon Studies visit last spring (Tom was our keynote speaker for the Class of 2012 graduation) that I really leaned hard on Tom to track down and contact Dana, Phil, and Ande and make a collected edition of their collaborative adaptation a reality.”

Highly recommended! Click on the cover graphic above to order your copy from, or use the ordering link provided at the very end of this post—while your at it, think about ordering

currently available exclusively from the SpiderBaby Store. This first printing is signed & numbered (225 print run), measures 11″ x 17″ and is printed on a durable textured 2-ply stock. No, I won’t have them at the VCU event tonight; place your order via the SpiderBaby Store, please and thank you!

Again, I hope to see some of you in Richmond tonight. If you make the drive, I will definitely do my utmost to make it worth your while and the trip!


Swamp Thing artwork ©1984, 2013 DC Comics Inc/DC Entertainment Inc.; artwork by Stephen R. Bissette and John Totleben. Freaks’ Amour cover art ©1996, 2013 Charles Burns; Freaks’ Amour Grinner portrait ©1986, 2013 Stephen R. Bissette. 


Richmond VA, Here I Come…

I’ll be speaking at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia on Monday, October 14th, 7 PM—it’s free and open to all, at the Grace Street Theater. I hope to see some of you there!

Details, directions, and more await you at

which tells you everything you’ll need to know.

I’m looking forward to touring the Library Monday morning, spending Monday and Wednesday afternoon with novelist/friend Tom DeHaven‘s class, and all the time I can with Tom and his wife Santa during the visit.

My pal James Sturm was just at VCU, so I’ve got a tough act to follow—Center for Cartoon Studies, on the road!

Again, I hope to see some of you there!

Have a Slice of Monster Pie™!

Second SRB/St. John Monster Zine Issue On Sale for Halloween!

Denis St. John and I wrapped up another issue of Monster Pie™—meaing, Monster Pie™ #2, which we debuted at FantaCon 2013 in September.

We’ve finally signed the complete print run and will be offering Monster Pie™‘s second fat (80 pages!) issue for sale later this month, via the SpiderBaby Store.

Keep your eyes peeled! More information and links to follow shortly.

Monster Pie™ #2 cover art ©2013 Denis St. John, posted with permission, all rights reserved. Monster Pie™ is a trademark of Stephen R. Bissette and Denis St. John, all rights reserved.

Bon Appetit!

Sketch Editions of We Are Going to Eat You! En Route…

Continuing the gallery of sketches bound into the special signed/sketch editions of We Are Going to Eat You!

That wraps up this week’s gallery. See you next week!

Sketch art ©2013 Stephen R. Bissette, all rights reserved.