Bongo Blog

By Graham Annable, Hilary Barta, Vince DePorter, James Kochalka, and various

 

Patrick and SpongeBob's kelp karpet sleds go REALLY fast--and in SLIP-SLEDDING AWAY, SpongeBob finds a way to make them go even faster! Soon the friends find themselves sledding to a mysterious, faraway retirement community. In FORMULA FOR SUCCESS, Plankton finally puts his genius to work and creates a delicious secret formula of his own. Is this the end of Krusty Krab? All this plus a cover pin-up; and more!

 



 

Bongo Comics is pleased and honored to announce that guest artist Jim Woodring (Frank comics, The Book of Jim, Seeing Things, and Weathercraft) has received an Eisner nomination (Best Short Story) for his contribution to our Simpsons Treehouse of Horror #17 this past year. Jim has also been nominated for an Eisner as Best Writer/Artist for both his Treehouse of Horror story, “Harvest of Fear,” and his book Congress of the Animals from Fantagraphics Books.

 

“Harvest of Fear” is a tour de force tribute to EC horror comics and its many imitators. In the story, Bart is introduced to the world of horror comics, and before long he finds himself caught in the middle of one.

 

Of his Simpsons experience, Jim Woodring had this to say: “Well, I can tell you that like almost every other sentient being in America I have gotten to know the world of The Simpsons so well that working on the Treehouse of Horror story was just like writing about friends and family. I'd been wanting to pay homage to those horrid old second-string horror comics from the fifties and this was the perfect opportunity; it was fun to torture Bart in the same way those old comics tortured me. So many things I like came together in that story that working on it was like a good dream. One thing I learned is how deceptively perfect those character designs are, how hard it is to get accurate portraits of them. All in all it was a great experience and a real honor to play a part, even such a tiny and corrupt one, in the great sprawling Simpsons saga.” 

 

The Seattle-based Woodring had spent much of his time in the past couple years raising money to fund his own pet project: the creation of a 7-foot steel-tipped dip pen and pen holder, which he debuted in January of this year. To learn more about this project do a search for Nibbus Maximus.

 

We’re huge fans of his work and continue to be inspired by his genius.

 

Congrats, Jim!

 



 

The time has come to announce the winner of our Ralph Wiggum #1 contest. After scrutinizing all the entries in a double-blind test to ensure their authenticity, we can finally announce our winner...

 

Congratulations, Sam Young!

 

Sam was the first to send in a picture of himself holding all 5 Ralph variant covers, so he'll soon be immortalized in the upcoming pages of a Simpsons comic! We hope he enjoys his metaphysical journey to Springfield and we can only guess at the accolades and fame he will receive as a result. Be careful, Sam! You should probably invest now in some quality sunglasses and/or bodyguards.  

 

Thanks to everyone who participated. We applaud your efforts!

 

Keep checking out our blog and Facebook page for more upcoming contests and events.

 



 

Many fans have noticed that there hasn’t been a new issue of Sergio Aragonés Funnies in the last few months. Sorry to say, we’ve had to put the series on hold while Sergio recuperates from some recent back trouble. We love having Funnies in our stable of books and always look forward to Sergio’s trips into the office. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again…Sergio is a national treasure! 

 

Bear with us while Sergio puts the finishing touches on Sergio Aragonés Funnies #8. We guarantee it’ll be well worth waiting for! We’ll post a new release date on the blog as soon as the issue is ready for soliciting. Meanwhile, feel free to go back and re-read Sergio Aragonés Funnies #s 1-7. And this time, solve all the puzzle pages without looking at any of the answers! 

 

That should keep you busy.

 



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For those of you following our Ralph Wiggum #1 contest, the final variant cover hits newsstands today! That's five out of five! 

 

A winner will soon arise…why not make it you? 

 

And for those of you not following the contest, why the heck not?

 

Grab this opportunity to be immortalized Simpsons-style in the pages of your favorite Bongo comic!



As you may know, this past weekend Bongo was in attendance at WonderCon in (mostly) sunny Anaheim, California.

 

FRIDAY: The convention hit the ground running, with surprisingly full attendance. Thank goodness for nerds playing hooky! 

 

SATURDAY: Con-goers continued to show up in full force, braving the uncharacteristic torrential rain. The Bongo panel was held in the afternoon, with Bill Morrison, Terry Delegeane, and Jason Ho (standing in for Nathan Kane) hamming it up for the fans, while giving them a sneak peek at upcoming comics and explaining how the whole creative process comes together at Bongo HQ.

 

SUNDAY: The skies cleared, and we were back to sunny weather. It was so sunny, we barely noticed the bone-chilling winds as we ran into the convention center, desperately seeking shelter. The show was packed right up until it closed, and the Bongo staff got to meet tons of fans face-to-face. 

 

VERDICT: We sold funny books, we shook hands, we made friends, and we spent all our pocket money on artsy sketchbooks, obscure action figures, and dorky t-shirts. In short, WonderCon was a rousing success!

 

Big thanks to everyone who stopped by the Bongo booth to pick up a few comics, get a sketch, or just say hi...and a special thanks to the folks who showed up to the panel!

 



It’s been over six years since Bongo Comics attended WonderCon…but we’re back, baby!

 

Join up with Team Bongo in the hallowed halls of the Anaheim Convention Center from March 16-18. You can find us at our booth (#403) just inside the center entrance, where we will meet all your Simpsons and Futurama comics needs. Why not stop by, share a laugh, grab some autographs, and request a sketch of Sideshow Raheem?

 

Also, check out our fan-friendly Bongo Comics Sneak Peak panel on Saturday, March 17, in Room 203AB from 2:00-3:00. Not only will we preview everything that’s coming soon from Bongo, but if you’re lucky, former Creative Director Bill Morrison and new Creative Director Nathan Kane may even throw down in a Triskelion fashion grudge match.

 

Now, that's decision making, Bongo style!