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By Derek Drymon, Jacob Chabot, Jacob Lambert, Stephanie Gladden, Corey Barba, Maris Wicks, James Kochalka, and Israel Sanchez

Cover by Jacob Chabot

 

It's an all-out adventure issue as SpongeBob and Mr. Krabs set out on sea voyage in search of "The Treasure of Captain Goldfish"--with a sinister stowaway on board. Plus: a pull-out map, facts about sea turtles, SpongeBob's trip to a land of wizards and fauns, and more!



by Scott Roberts, Gregg Schigiel, David Lewman, Vincent Deporter, Joey Weiser, Stephen DeStefano, Dave DeGrande, and various

 

Patrick would make a great substitute fry cook, right? If you think so, then the horrible chaos and destruction rampant in the story "Pat the Temp" may surprise you. And in "Trash Stalkin'" Squidward teaches SpongeBob about that most magical of all creatures, the Garbage Fairy. All this plus Gary at a snail show, Patrick at Jellyfish Fashion Week, and Mr. Krabs as the torso of a giant transforming robot!



By Hilary Barta, Chuck Dixon, Jacob Chabot, Derek Drymon, Gregg Schigiel, Joey Weiser, Vanessa Davis, and various

 

If Mr. Krabs' archenemy, the microscopic fiend Plankton, can't steal the Krabby Patty secret formula, then he has no choice but to conquer this entire issue of SpongeBob Comics! In "Dream a Krabby Dream" the little green villain goes all "Inception" on the dreams of SpongeBob. Then a customer partakes of Plankton's Chumbalaya special...and LOVES it. Learn how this violation of the laws of nature came to be in "For the Love of Chum." Plus: Plankton's existential soul quest, strips by James Kochalka, a painted phytoplankton poster by “SpongeBob” creator Stephen Hillenburg, and more!



By Aragones, Davison, Lay, Verrone, Kazaleh

 

Our Simpsons One-Shot Wonders continue with a special issue, featuring everyone’s favorite boss shooting, bear pacifying, mallet wielding, preschool rebellion leading, nail gun riveting, unibrow hating, infant language translating, Bobo cuddling baby, also known as the Gem Child, God’s chosen instrument of peace and goodwill to Springfield. Prepare yourself for the exciting and heartwarming adventures of the littlest and savviest Simpson of them all…Maggie Simpson! Featuring a variant wraparound cover by Sergio Aragones and a little something extra!



Here’s some big news for both Bongo Comics and Coldplay fans. In anticipation of the release of the six-issue Mylo Xyloto miniseries (which previewed at the San Diego Comic-Con International this past July), Coldplay has unveiled the animated video for “Hurts Like Heaven,” the fifth and final video single to be taken from the band’s hit album Mylo Xyloto.

 

The video, directed by Mark Osborne (Kung Fu Panda, MORE, and the upcoming The Little Prince), charts a graffiti gang's colorful, but doomed rebellion against Major Minus and his oppressive regime. The animated video serves as a prequel to the six-issue Mylo Xyloto monthly comic series to be released by Bongo Comics beginning February 2013.

 

An exclusive making-of film for the video is available to Android users via the Xperia Lounge app (http://cldp.ly/xperialng). The app also features two full tracks from Coldplay’s eagerly-awaited concert film / live album, Live 2012, which will be released on 19 November on CD/DVD, Blu-ray & digitally.

 

Watch the video now at www.coldplay.com and while you are on the site, preorder the entire Mylo Xyloto series.



by David Lewman, Sam Henderson, Jacob Lambert, Derek Drymon, Stephen DeStefano, Jacob Chabot, and various

 

On a reluctant visit to Grandma Sponge's house, Squidward discovers an earthly paradise (for Squidward, that is). But how can he get back to that happy place? Find out in "Great Grandma." In "Too Tough," SpongeBob invites the bruisers from the Salty Spitoon to make the Krusty Krab their new hangout, and Mr. Krabs sees dollar signs...plus lots of broken furniture. Also: SpongeBob learns the joys of flossing; Squilliam learns the downside to owning a fancy yacht; and the reader learns lots of facts about crabs



 

For those of you who think you’re in the know but want to know more, come join us at the Bongo Comics panel at the San Diego Comic-Con on Thursday 7/12 from 11 AM-12 PM in Room 9. Creative director Nathan Kane, managing editor Terry Delegeane, art director Jason Ho, fan favorite/intern Louis Lane, and Simpsons/Futurama know-it-all Bill Morrison will fill you in on all the latest Bongo happenings. Then absorb everything that Chris Duffy, the Managing Editor of United Plankton Pictures, has to tell you about the future comic book exploits of SpongeBob SquarePants.

 

On Friday 7/13, meet the creative talents behind Bongo’s newest partnership at the Mylo Xyloto panel. What is Myloto Xyoloto, you ask? Well, it's the epic six-issue miniseries that tells the story behind the story of Coldplay’s newest album. Meet Mark Osborne (Kung Fu Panda, The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie) and his production team Alejandro Fuentes, Steve Hamaker, and Dylan Haggerty in Room 23ABC from 1-2 PM and prepare to experience the sights and sounds of Coldplay in a whole new way. Following the panel, join the team at an autograph session in the Sails Pavilion at AA02 from 2:30-3:30 PM.   

 

Finally, on Saturday 7/14 start off your panel-going day from 12-12:45 PM in Ballroom 20 at the “Futurama” panel. Join the cast and crew of the Emmy award-winning series for world premiere footage of the all-new season on Comedy Central. Plus: Wear your “Futurama”-themed costume for the chance to win slightly valuable prizes! Scheduled panelists include creator/executive producer Matt Groening, executive producer David X. Cohen, and stars Billy West, Katey Sagal, John DiMaggio, and Maurice LaMarche.

 

Then, stay put in Ballroom 20 from 12:45-1:30 PM for the “Simpsons” panel when moderator David Mirkin, creator Matt Groening, executive producer Al Jean, supervising producer Mike Anderson, and the voice of Lisa Simpson, Yeardley Smith, take a lengthy look at the upcoming “Treehouse of Horror,” a sneak (2D) peek at the Simpsons theatrical (3D) short “The Longest Daycare,” and much, much more (okay, 45 minutes' worth).

 

Then follow (at a safe, non-stalkery distance) the cast of “Futurama” down to the main floor where they will signing at the Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment booth (4313) from 1:30-2:15 PM. That autograph session will be followed by a “Simpsons” signing from 2:15-3:00 PM.

 

It's a pretty hectic schedule, but what the hey! It's Comic Con!

 



On Saturday, May 5th, comic stores will offer free comics to every man, woman, and child who couldn’t get tickets to a Saturday matinee of The Avengers and decided to go to a comic book store instead.

 

All kidding aside, Free Comic Book Day, now in its eleventh year, is a day dedicated to celebrating the joy of reading comics. Retailers, publishers, artists, and writers join together to introduce new readers to comics, to bring back former readers, and to show current readers their continued support by offering dozens of comics for FREE!

 

This year, Bongo Comics and United Plankton Pictures have teamed up to bring you a double-dipped flipbook of four-color comic free-ness with the 2012 Bongo Comics Free-For-All!/SpongeBob Comics Freestyle Funnies. This year’s issue starts off with a proud tale from the boasting barflies of Moe’s Tavern, as they recount their close encounter with marauding beasts as members of the Springfield Bear Patrol. Sergio Aragonés joins the fun with a story from his past of how he made his first peso as an underground and underage artist. Then, flip the book over for two of the swimmingest SpongeBob sagas from the series' hard-to-find earliest issues. In "Squidward and the Golden Clarinet," SpongeBob reads an issue of Mermaid Man to a less-than-welcoming Squidward. But this story has a musical hook even Squidward can’t resist. Plus: a page of gags that goes off the deep end by indie artiste James Kochalka.

 

Several of Bongo’s artists and writers will be appearing around the continent on Saturday, including:

 

Evan Dorkin and Sarah Dyer (Comic Book Jones in Staten Island, NY)

Nina Matsumoto (Metropolis Comics and Toys, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada)

Andrew Pepoy (Third Coast Comics in Chicago, IL from 12-3 PM)

Scott Shaw! (Golden Apple Comics in Hollywood, CA starting at 10 AM)

Ty Templeton (The Comic Book Lounge in Toronto, Ontario, Canada from Noon- 7 PM; Ty will also host a live talk show “On the Couch” that evening at the same location from 7:30-11 PM ) Chris Yambar (Chautauqua Comics in Jamestown, NY)

 

To find a comic retailer near you that is participating in this year’s event, click here to check out the Free Comic Book Day locator site.



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