Posted by: Loren Coleman on August 20th, 2011
On Saturday, August 20, 2011, around noon, the International Cryptozoology Museum was visited by famed illustrator Steve Bissette, monster and ghost author Joe Citro, and Massachusetts newspaper editor Mike Dobbs. Sorry you missed them. It was a great visit.
Loren Coleman. Photo by Joe Citro.
Many copies of Loren Coleman’s books (Mysterious America, Cryptozoology A to Z, and Bigfoot!) have arrived for sale at the ICM, to support the museum in its upcoming move to a larger space. Bissette, Dobbs, and Citro obtained copies and some ICM teeshirts, as well.
Steve Bissette. Photo by Nick Langley.
Vermonter Stephen R. Bissette is an American comics artist, editor, and publisher who is best known for working with writer Alan Moore and inker John Totleben on the DC comic Swamp Thing in the 1980s and most recently, out of retirement, to work with author Joseph Citro, illustrating the covers and pages of The Vermont Ghost Guide and Vermont Monster Guide.
Vermonter Joseph A. Citro is an author and folklorist. Occasionally referred as the “Bard of the Bizarre” or “the Ghost-Master General,” he has extensively researched and documented the folklore, hauntings, ghost stories, creature sightings, paranormal activity and occult happenings of New England. His Curious New England: The Unconventional Traveler’s Guide to Eccentric Destinations (2003) with Diane Foulds, was the first book to mention the new-at-the-time International Cryptozoology Museum.
Joe’s newest book is Vermont Haunts: Tall Tales & True from the Green Mountains, which has been released only as an ebook. Some crypto-related and twilight language material is in Joe’s latest work.
Following is a sample of Bissette’s and Citro’s combined creations. Their Vermont Monster Guide was picked as a top book for 2009 (see #7 on list here).
The International Cryptozoology Museum is located at 661 Congress Street, Portland, Maine. Admission is still $5.00 per person, cash, all ages.
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013.