Bongo Blog

Who are you and what do you do/what have you done with Bongo?

I was born Anthony G. Rodriguez Jr. , but most of you would know me as Tone Rodriguez. I'm a professional "GOOF OFF," but I manage to keep the lights on by drawing Radioactive Man stories and other special projects at Bongo. I've penciled stories for Simpsons Super Spectacular, the annual spooktacular that is The Simpson's Treehouse of Horror, and last year I pitched and drew The Best Radioactive Man Event Ever! Recently I contributed another tome for T.H.O.H. written by Lemmy of the rock band Motorhead called "Homer Goes to HELL," and a parody story for S.S.S. titled "SPLOTCHMEN."

 

Who is your favorite Bongo character in general?  

WOW, that's tough...Ummmm I guess maybe my favorite main character would be Bart, and one of my favorite characters ever would be Fat Tony, I love his delivery, how he talks. He's awesome.

 

Ok, now who is your favorite Bongo character to draw?

My favorite to draw would have to be Radioactive Man. He's my guy!!!

 

And what character, if any, always poses a problem for you?

The tough one to draw might be Moe...he's one of my favorite characters, so maybe that's why he's harder to draw. I figure I want him to always be just right, so yeah there ya go.

 

What inspires you in your Bongo endeavors?

Honestly, the people there are the best. I've worked for a lot of great folks, but by far and away the best bunch of professionals can be found at the Bongo offices. And that's not bull, and sorry if that sounds like I'm working an angle. But if they stopped sending me work tomorrow, it wouldn't change my opinion of them (please don't stop sending me work!)

 

If you ended up in Springfield on vacation, what would you want to visit?

I would swing by MOE'S every day, just to see if the shop next door changes. I would like to visit Bart's tree house, just to say that I did! And I would have to set up a signing at the Android’s Dungeon. I'm sure Comic Book Guy would be impressed.

 

What’s your favorite comic book sound effect?

I’m a traditionalist, so POW would rank really high. But a close second would have to be SNIKT. Hmmm now I'm not so sure... Ask me again at the end of this and I’ll make up my mind.

 

Do you have a favorite Bongo story?

My favorite would have to be the next one I get to work on. And then the next one after that, and so on and on.

 

What would you most like Marge to cook for your dinner tonight?

This question’s easy, it would have to be Homer’s favorite...Pork Chops, covered in apple sauce (add Homer's sound FX for him drooling here, thanks!)

 

Ok, see ya all later! Oh I think I changed my mind on my favorite sound effect... but it might not even be a sound effect, but I'm going with it anyways. Here ya go... D'oh!!!

 

 

 



Who are you and what do you do/what have you done with Bongo? 

I am Mary Trainor, a writer and an art director. I have written stories and done some layouts for Bongo.

 

Who is your favorite Bongo character in general? Okay, now who is your favorite Bongo character to write? And what character, if any, always poses a problem for you?

Lisa Simpson. I find it a real problem to write for Maggie. She is so hopelessly immature.

 

What inspires you in your Bongo endeavors?

Bill Morrison’s folksy bromides.

 

If you ended up in Springfield on vacation, what would you want to visit?

The Museum of Sadness and Oppression.

 

What’s your favorite comic book sound effect?

THWACK!!! (Remember kids: One exclamation mark or three. Never two.)

 

Do you have a favorite Bongo story?

Yes. I do.

 

What would you most like Marge to cook for your dinner tonight?

Buttered noodles with some homemade Pepsi.



Who are you and what do you do/what have you done with Bongo?

I'm Nina Matsumoto, but you may know me as "space coyote" online. (No, I'm not Homer's spirit guide -- I don't take credit for any of his actions -- I'm a different kind of space coyote.) I'm responsible for those bizarre manga- style Simpsons comics, "Too Crazy Juvenile Prankster: Bartomu!" from Simpsons Comics #131 and (the Eisner Award-winning!) "Murder He Wrote" from Treehouse of Horror #14. I've also done some pencils for Bart Simpson comic stories done in your friendly familiar Matt Groening style, the way the Simpsons were meant to be drawn.

 

Who is your favorite Bongo character in general?

My favourite would have to be Sideshow Bob. He's sinister, he's sophisticated, and he likes "Gilbert & Sullivan" musicals. What's not to like? I'm also partial to minor unlikely favourites such as Kirk Van Houten and Superintendent Chalmers.

 

Okay, now who is your favorite Bongo character to draw? And what character, if any, always poses a problem for you?

My favourite character to draw is Homer. He's animated and can change his emotions on a dime, making him fun to give different expressions and poses.

 

I can relate to both Bob and Homer; Bart always causes me problems. There's just something about the proportions of his head that makes him difficult for me to get on-model. Any Simpsons family member is harder to draw than the rest of the cast, but Bart is the most troublesome.

 

What inspires you in your Bongo endeavours?

My lifelong addiction to Groening's crazy universe and my desire to be involved in it. A true love for the characters. A devotion to art and comics.

 

Oh, and money. Now there's a good morale booster!

 

If you ended up in Springfield on vacation, what would you want to visit?

The Springfield Mystery Spot. No harm in having a look-see, right?

 

What’s your favorite comic book sound effect?

In manga, "Shi-n" indicates complete silence.

 

Do you have a favorite Bongo story?

I can't choose a favourite, but "Boo-tleg" by Ben Jones in Treehouse of Horror #15 was quite a trip. Then again, I like any of the ToH stories done by guest artists, because I love the gore and different art styles.

 

What would you most like Marge to cook for your dinner tonight?

Celery soup. It's pretty exciting.

 



Who are you and what have you done for Bongo?

I'm James W. Bates. Since 1998 I've written for Bongo. I started with the comic strips for The Times of London and moved on to writing Bart Simpson and Simpsons Comics.

 

Who is your favorite Bongo character in general?

Who doesn't love Ralph Wiggum? Yes, his schtick has been overused by now, but there's a purity to his goofiness that you have to love.

 

Okay, now who is your favorite Bongo character to write?

I have found that I like writing Lisa. At first I pitched Lisa stories as a strategy to get a pitched approved because I doubted many other writers dared to move away from Homer and/or Bart. But, IMHO, Lisa is the emotional center of the family and writing her stories tend to give even a short comic more depth.

 

And what character, if any, always poses a problem for you?

Web critics occasionally say every character! Ouch. To answer the question, I don't love or feel comfortable writing Professor Frink. His voice doesn't appeal to or come naturally to me.

 

What inspires you in your Bongo endeavors?

Getting paid to write for some of the greatest, most beloved characters in the modern era? How cool is that?

 

If you ended up in Springfield on vacation, what would you want to visit?

I'd have to visit Springfield Gorge. In "Bart the Daredevil," the gag where Homer keeps bumping into the side of the gorge while being airlifted is still the funniest sequence ever in the long history of the show.

 

What’s your favorite comic book sound effect?

When I write in effects they often get edited out, so I can't say what's my favorite to write. I am partial to THWAP!

 

Do you have a favorite Bongo story?

"From Lichtenslava with Love" (Bart Simpson #11). Bart accidentally orders a mail order bride... Of the thirty-plus stories I've done for Bongo, that one is still my favorite.

 

What would you most like Marge to cook for your dinner tonight?

Pork Chops! It seems to be Homer's favorite meal, so you gotta have them.



Who are you and what do you do/what have you done with Bongo?

I haven't done anything with Bongo, and anyone who says I took it is lying! I'm innocent! And if you don't know who I am after inking tons of Simpsons and Futurama comics (not to mention inking and even pencilling Heroes Anonymous) over the last 10 years, winning an Eisner (Treehouse #14) along the way for it, I'm going to walk out in a huff. And two huffs make a hole. And maybe if you look in that hole you'll find what someone (not me!) did with Bongo.

 

Who is your favorite Bongo character in general?

Nathan Kane. Or is it Bill Morrison? I dunno. They're all characters.

 

Ok, now who is your favorite Bongo character to ink?

Jason Ho, who's also a character, but we agreed never to talk about what happened when we hit the bottle. Bottle of ink that is. I'm assuming he eventually got it all to wash off.

 

And what character, if any, always poses a problem for you?

Terry Delegeane. He knows why. (I'm keeping an eye on you, Terry!)

 

What inspires you in your Bongo endeavours?

My mortgage and feeding my unhealthy collecting fever for all things Markie Post.

 

If you ended up in Springfield or New New York on vacation, what would you want to visit?

The grocery store that Marge and Maggie are at in the opening of every episode. I'd bring along a baby, get 'em to scan and bag it, and then sue the store for trauma to my (well, not mine but one I "borrowed" from a nearby park when no one was looking) baby. I'd make a mint! And then I wouldn't need to ink as much for Bongo.

 

What’s your favorite comic book sound effect?

Lickety-Wop! A mental Duff Beer to the first person over twenty-one who knows where that came from!

 

Do you have a favorite Bongo story?

Well, there was that story I mentioned about me and Jason Ho and the ink bottle, but I can't tell that in mixed company. Or separated company. Not really in any company. So I guess I'll have to settle for "Uncle Burn$" (Simpsons Comics #102), which I inked. It was a parody of the Carl Barks Duck comics.

 

What would you most like Marge or Bender to cook for your dinner tonight?

Either a really good filet mignon or Hungarian Stuffed Cabbage plus potatoes lyonnaise and sticky buns. Bender! Keep away from Marge with that molasses! That's not what I meant.



Who are you and what have you done for Bongo?

I started writing and drawing stories for Bongo in the summer of 2009 soon after I gave up my weekly strip, “WayLay.” After drawing one-page stories for eighteen years, it is an absolute pleasure to be able to stretch out and tell proper multi-page comic stories. And the story possibilities are endless in number with this huge and well-defined cast of characters.

 

I’ve been at this for a little over a year as of this writing. My first story, “The Sound and the Flurry,” appeared in Bart Simpson #52. Other stories include: “Pandora Jr.” (Simpsons Comics Get Some Fancy Book Learnin’),“The Mystery of the Pesky Desk” (Bart Simpson #53),“Dirty Laundry” (The Simpsons Summer Shindig #4), “Fortunate Son” (Bart Simpson #54), “Planet of the Plants,” “A Tomb with a View,” “Sleepless in Springfield,” “Pranks a Lot,” and a 25-page story titled “The Princess Principle,” which will appear soon in Bart Simpson #55. I did another full-length story for Simpsons Comics #170 called “The Generosity Gene,” which will be out in September.

 

Who is your favorite Bongo character in general?

I love MANY of them, but I relate most to Lisa. Creative nerd, social goof – I get it. I devoured the anarchy of early Warner Brothers cartoons; Lisa loves “Itchy & Scratchy.” She wants a pony; I grew up on horses. Lisa plays sax; I play concertina. Granted, we’re not doppelgangers, but if I were 8 years old, we’d be tight.

 

Okay, now who is your favorite Bongo character to write?

It may be a tie between Bart and Lisa, but the dopey Homer and the pompous Comic Book Guy are also fun to write. And Marge. And Maggie. And Nelson. Milhouse. SKINNER. Smithers. Burns. Krusty. Krabappel. I like them all.

 

And what character, if any, always poses a problem for you?

Bart is the hardest for me to draw, still. The simpler the character, the harder it is to draw because if you’re a hairline off, everyone can see it on such famous figures. Bill Morrison and Terry Delegeane gave me and other “indie” comics creators the leeway to draw in our own styles, but if something has a model sheet, I want to draw it on-model. I’m still learning, and get great help from Bongo’s art director, Nathan Kane.

 

What inspires you in your Bongo endeavors?

Sometimes something bugs me, so I write about whatever it is in a story. For instance, “The Princess Principle” came about because I find the whole Disney princess thing troubling. The appetite for shallow, privileged materialism is sort of the opposite of feminism. Lisa would find the princess phenomenon just as vain and stupid, but she’s a little girl and gets sucked in for reasons we get to see in the story. Or a story I’m finishing up now, “Sleepless in Springfield,” wrote itself after two months of me not getting enough sleep.

 

This is a cool job.

 

If you ended up in Springfield on vacation, what would you want to visit?

The Chili Cook-Off. I want what Homer had.

 

What’s your favorite comic book sound effect?

I have many favorites, but I just wrote one for a banana cream pie landing on someone who is already drenched in chocolate pudding: PLOOP! (These things sometimes need to be individually crafted.) My first story for Bongo, “The Sound and the Flurry,” was all about Bart trying to compile a glossary of sound effects for Comic Book Guy, so the sounds drive the plot. I got to compose my first Rube Goldberg set-up with actions and effects. And since CBG’s favorite sound effect is “Kracka-THOOM!,” that provided me with a dramatic hook on which to hang things.

 

Sound effects are ESSENTIAL to funny book stories. They help with the timing of gags, lead the eye around the page, and can be funny just because of the way they’re spelled. One of my favorite EC stories is “Sound Effects!” from Mad #20, written by Harvey Kurtzman and drawn by Wally Wood.

 

By the way, I like to draw and ink the sound effects because I consider them to be part of the art, and digital effects look out of place to me. My effects may not always translate to other languages well, but with Photoshop it’s easy for production to plug in a Swedish “BJONK!” for my English “BONK!” Or whatever.

 

Do you have a favorite Bongo story?

There are so many I haven't read yet, and I can't remember titles well, but I tend to like Chris Yambar's writing, among others.

 

What would you most like Marge to cook for your dinner tonight?

Marge's cooking seems similar to what I grew up on – lots of meat and potatoes with canned or frozen vegetables and a wedge of iceberg lettuce topped with faux-Thousand Island dressing (a mayonnaise and catsup blend).

 

So I wouldn’t expect organic cuisine in the Simpson home, but I imagine Marge could assemble a great tuna casserole – forbidden comfort food. Canned string beans on the side, please, and strawberry shortcake for dessert.