Marlboro College

NewsPress Release - 3/27/2000

MARLBORO, VT -- The third and final lecture in the series entitled "Journeys into Fear: The History, Heritage, and Censorship of Horror Comics" concludes at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 13, in Marlboro College's Whittemore Theater, when cartoonist and illustrator Stephen Bissette focuses on the horror and crime comics boom of 1952-1954, the U.S. Senate Subcommittee Investigation under Democratic Senator Estes Kefauver in April 1954, and the rising tide of censorship of comics in England, France, and other countries.

Bissette has been a working professional in the comic book industry for more than twenty years, and writing professionally for more than a decade. He is best known for his multiple award-winning collaboration with writer Alan Moore and inker John Totleben on DC Comics' "Saga of the Swamp Thing" (1983-87) and for his work on Mirage Studios' "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles." He writes regularly for the Entertainment section of the Brattleboro Reformer and is an assistant manager and buyer at First Run Video of Brattleboro.

The lecture series, which is free and open to the public, incorporates hundreds of slides and archival video clips. Donations are welcome to help raise money for a trip to London for the Marlboro Elementary School eighth-graders, who will also be having a bake sale at the event. Bissette's all-age and adult comic books will also be on sale. The Whittemore Theater is fully accessible. For more information, please call (802) 257-4333. The Marlboro College events calendar can be found on-line at http://www.marlboro.edu/calendar/calendar.html.

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