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by Scott Roberts, Derek Drymon, Corey Barba, Graham Annable, Vince Deporter, Gregg Schigiel, and various


Patrick and SpongeBob go on a frenzied 3 AM quest for hidden candy in "Night Sweets." Then in "Dear Diary," Squidward's suggestion that Patrick start a journal results in daily misery...for Squidward! SpongeBob forgets to wear his square pants to work--and thus begins "The Big Cover-Up." And what is the secret of the new delicious sauce at the Krusty Krab? Find out in "Patrick's Sauce," but be prepared to gag just a little bit. All this plus a cover pin-up to drool for and step-by-step instructions by James Kochalka on how NOT to draw SpongeBob.

by Scott Roberts, Gregg Schigiel, James Kochalka, Mark Martin, Hilary Barta, and various


Now settin' sail monthly! In "The Housesitter," SpongeBob looks after Mr. Krabs' house and fends off a fishy cat burglar. In "Raising the Curtain of Evil," Patrick has to think fast to reconstruct SpongeBob's latest issue of Mermaid Man, resulting in a bizarre reading experience. James Kochalka writes and draws "SpongeBob Finds a Cave," in which SpongeBob finds...well, a cave. But this cave has a magic hot dog! Plus: Plankton takes on Mermaid Man, Squidward paints a portrait, and Sandy Cheeks invents a robot so incredible that only you, the reader, could possibly draw it!

Mark your calendars! Here are the dates on which you can find the following issues in comic book stores. Newsstand editions are available about 3 weeks later.


SpongeBob #10 — July 11th

Simpsons Comics #192 — July 18th

Bart Simpson #73 — July 25th


by Graham Annable, Gregg Schigiel, Vince Deporter, James Kochalka, Joey Weiser, and various.


It's a seaworthy summer vacation issue. In "Calls in the Wild," SpongeBob and Patrick must protect a troupe of young campers from the strange creatures that lurk in the woods––like that grouchy bald one who plays the clarinet! In "Heroes at the Beach," Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy attempt to have a relaxing day at the beach. But why must there be so much eeeevil to get in their way? Plus, Patrick forgets his pants, SpongeBob gets acne, and we learn why big socks = big fun! All this and a surreal painted pin-up by SpongeBob creator Stephen Hillenburg.


Mark your calendars! Here are the dates on which you can find the following issues in comic book stores. Newsstand editions are generally available about 3 weeks later.


SpongeBob #9 — June 13th

Simpsons Comics #191 — June 20th

Bart Simpson #72 — June 27th

Super Spectacular #15 — June 27th


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.

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!


by Graham Annable, Jacob Chabot, James Kochalka, David Lewman, and various


In “Missing Man,” SpongeBob, Patrick, and Barnacle Boy go on a desperately dumb search for a wayward Mermaid Man, annoying the hero's entire rogues gallery along the way. And SpongeBob becomes the champion of an underground civilization living beneath the Krusty Krab in “Look Out Below.” Also, Gary heaves a hairball, courtesy of James Kochalka (Dragon Puncher), and Squidward's clarinet playing gets an assist from Bob Flynn (Heeby Jeeby Comics). All this plus a Scott Shaw! (Simpsons Comics) ad-parody and a pin-up of this issue's sword-and-spongery cover!


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