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Simpsons Comics / Re: Bart Simpson #100
« On: March 16, 2016, 12:25:54 PM »
What's really disappointing is when Super Spectacular ended they said they would feature the superhero characters in other titles. Summer Shindig last year was superhero themed, and Bartman popped up for a page in Bart #100, but otherwise they've been completely missing in action...

Futurama Comics / Re: Who's John Hancock is this?
« On: March 16, 2016, 11:19:59 AM »
I doubt the OP will ever read this but for future reference it is Shaun Cashman. He's worked on The Simpsons and drew one or two older comic stories. He was a Bongo guest artist at San Diego Comic-Con the year that comic (Futurama #1) was released.

Simpsons Comics / Re: Bart Simpson #100
« On: March 16, 2016, 10:35:29 AM »
If you can, I recommend getting at least this one issue as it really was quite awesome.

There's been a few big changes in the last year or so:

- First, Simpsons went from monthly to 9 times a year (with Summer Shindig, Winter Wing Ding and THOH in the off months)
- Bart ended with #100
- Simpsons changed format slightly, instead of one long story each issue the last few have taken over Bart's format of several shorter stories
- As of this month, Simpsons has been upped to 11 issues a year. There hasn't been a Summer Shindig announced for this May, so I'm assuming Shindig and Wing Ding have also ended which allows for Simpsons publication to increase.

I don't really like the direction Bongo has taken the last few years, which is why I was so surprised at how great this issue of Bart was. Simpsons and Bart both used to be monthly, Futurama was every three months, plus 2 Super Spectaculars and one each of the three annuals. That was at least 33 issues of brand new material a year. I think it was sometime in 2014 that Super Spectacular was cancelled, Simpsons was dropped to 9x a year, Bart back down to 6x, Futurama stayed at 4x, One-Shot Wonders debuted with 4 then went to 3x, Simpsons Illustrated every 2 months, the three existing annuals plus a new one (Explosion). So we are now losing 6 issues of Bart and more than likely 2 of the annuals, and gain 2 additional Simpsons issues. That's a total of 26 Bongo comics a year, but only 19 are new material (Illustrated and Explosion are reprints). Plus the cover price has gone up $1 with less content (it used to be 32 pages plus the cover, now the 32 includes the cover, so technically only 28 interior pages).

EDIT: Just realised as well that there has been no One-Shot Wonder solicited since Grampa that was released a couple months ago. It's supposed to be every 4 months but since the current solicits are out to May, that's something like 5+ months without an issue.

Simpsons Comics / Re: Your latest purchases
« On: March 16, 2016, 01:10:09 AM »
Not all bought at once, but I just read a pile of Bongo stuff that's sat aside for up to a couple of months...

Simpsons #225
Simpsons #226
Bart Simpson #100
Futurama #76
Simpsons Illustrated #21

Simpsons Comics / Bart Simpson #100
« On: March 16, 2016, 01:08:55 AM »
Bart finally reaches #100... and ends with it.

This was a great issue and you could tell they put a lot of effort into it (much better than Simpsons #200). There are so many references to old episodes and comics plus heaps of meta jokes. Easily my favourite of all 100 issues of this series, which makes it a bit annoying that it's the final one. If only they put this much effort into all their other comics.

General Off Topic / Re: The Thread About Nothing
« On: March 10, 2012, 11:58:14 AM »
Honest question, why do you write things that no one else here has any idea about? Do you HONESTLY think one of us will be able to answer your questions?

Simpsons Comics / Re: Your latest purchases
« On: March 09, 2012, 06:02:22 AM »
My order from My Comic Shop arrived!

Futurama #40 (now have a complete set)
Sergio Aragones Funnies #6 (now just need #1)
Fleener #1
Fleener #2
Heroes Anonymous #1
Heroes Anonymous #2
Heroes Anonymous #3
Heroes Anonymous #4
Roswell #2
Roswell #3
Roswell #4
Roswell #5
Hopster's Tracks #1

The two Zongo books (Fleener) are pretty weird. All black and white, the letters are all hand-written. The first issue has no talking whatsoever, and the panels are tiny for a comic (they look like there could be as many as 10 or 12 per page). Hopster's is completely black and white, but has dialogue. Roswell and Heroes looked the most interesting, Roswell is a standard full-colour comic, but Heroes is black and white plus only a single shade of color used per issue (for example, one issue uses blue tints, the next uses red, the next uses green, etc). Can't wait to have time to sit down and read them.

Still. Just because she had one in 1995(?) doesn't mean she can't have another. It has been 17 years after all...

Exactly, Bart #43 ("Lisa's Brother") was advertised with references to Lisa #1.

Wiimeiser, Lisa Comics was only ever intended as a one shot. The issue never made reference to a #2 being planned, and was released at the same time as other specials from Bongo, like Krusty Comics and the Radioactive Man colossal. It never "bombed", it was never planned to extend past a first issue.

That sounds about right, I thought when the series was first announced Bongo said it was every 3 months.

TV, Movies and Music / Re: What are you listening to?
« On: March 03, 2012, 02:02:29 AM »
How Do You Do - Roxette

Blacking out the alternate speech bubbles, what a Scrooge!

I like the new line, it seems more 'classic' absurd Ralph, instead of the old line which was like Jean-era retard Ralph.

Others / Re: Your comic book storage
« On: February 27, 2012, 08:10:59 AM »
I would honestly call a collection complete as long as it had the comics as they were originally released - I wouldn't make it necessary to have what are ultimately just reprints of earlier comics in order to call it a full collection.

Others / Re: Your comic book storage
« On: February 26, 2012, 03:11:38 AM »
Except for Illustrated 2012, I'm not going to go for Reprints as Classics are Magazine sized, which I don't have a box for, though Treasure Trove I might look into since it was only 4 issues. I have the UK version of #1, which doesn't count as in the UK they made their own versions of treasure trove with what looks to be other random stories since there's a #9 on eBay.

Treasure Trove is an oddity in that it actually started in the UK, then was released in Australia, and then it was picked up in the US, which is why there's more issues in the UK than the US (in Australia we got up to #8). I guess after they got through a few issues in the US that Bongo decided they could do better, which is why they do Simpsons Illustrated instead.

Simpsons Comics / Re: The Upcoming Bongo Comics Thread (Up to May 2012)
« On: February 26, 2012, 03:09:21 AM »
Looking again, I really don't understand what's happening on that Bart Simpson cover...

Simpsons Comics / Re: Bart Simpson Comics #68 Coming 22nd February
« On: February 25, 2012, 03:45:55 AM »
I was able to get it yesterday. It was pretty good, though I found a lot of the dialogue in the first story didn't really fit the characters, and I thought it flowed kind of awkwardly. Aside from Sergio, I noticed the other two writers have never written anything for the Simpsons before, so that could explain why.

Simpsons Comics / Re: The Upcoming Bongo Comics Thread (Up to May 2012)
« On: February 22, 2012, 01:57:44 AM »
Soooo... they decide to use the new Simpsons logo on the Simpsons Comics Confidential trade, but still use the old Bart logo on Out to Lunch? Talk about inconsistency! Really dig the Winter Summer Shindig logo though.

John Costanza?! NOOOOOO!!!!

Simpsons Comics / Re: Differences between regions
« On: February 21, 2012, 02:59:18 PM »
Another reason why I think the idiots at Titan push the UK comics towards a younger audience as opposed to all ages like Bongo themselves. I got a couple UK comics out of curiosity, and it's the same problem as with Simpsons Classics - it's not like they really make the images any bigger, it just means there's an ugly white border around every page. Definitely agree, an absolute waste off paper. From what I've read, the UK comics regularly come with special 'prizes', etc, that are aimed at little kids? I'd honestly be embarrassed if I had to purchase those.

The Australia comics were published by Otter Press and were identical to the US editions, except they were printed on thicker, non-glossy paper and had ads for other Otter Press publications. The first 80 or so issues had an Australian version of Junk Mail, which was more like the US version than the UK one, but after that until 113 it was the same letters as the US one (meaning my letter that was in the final Junk Mail column until its' resurrection was printed in at least two editions of #113 :P), just with Australian drawings (I had a picture in Aus #95).

Some interesting little tidbits about the Aussie releases:
- #32 was the first issue published, and was bi-monthly like the US edition. To fill the gap in every other month, they went back and published the original issues (so one month it was #32, then #1, then #33, then #2). A cool way to let everyone get all the issues. Otter Press chose to go monthly at the same time as the US did (#51), so with their old release pattern they only managed to release up to #14. #15 to #31 have never officially been released.
- Bart Simpson was published as a digest-size (ashcan to you poms :P), smaller than a standard comic book. The first 15 issues included an issue of Radioactive Man inserted in the middle (so it was 16 pages of Bart, the 32-page RM issue, then the final 16 pages of Bart) as they had never been released here before. After all the RM issues were used up, they started doing weird things, such as reprinting stories from Super Spectacular, and sometimes would combine two US issues into one Aus edition (always 64 pages). Because of this, US #50, for example, was part of something like Aus #42. Was released every 3 months instead of every 2 (and then 1) months).
- Futurama was the same as Simpsons Comics, almost a direct clone of the American edition.
- Simpsons Classics was digest/ashcan sized.
- Comic Book Guy was published as a "Simpsons Comics Presents" title.
- For some reason they started publishing "The Best of the Simpsons" about 7 years ago, with the same basic cover design as the UK edition. However, ours was standard comic book sized and included one complete issue of an old comic - for example, the first was #32 (as that was the first issue released here), complete with the original Bongo Beat, letters, etc. With #42 they changed the title merely to "Simpsons Comics" and marketed it as a special edition of old issues. Sometime down the track (#48 I think), they started printing it in digest/ashcan size.
- They also started "The Best of Bart Simpson" at the same time, which was an Australian exclusive, which reprinted all the issues in their original order. Same deal as above, they changed the name to "Bart Simpson" and started issuing it as a digest size after a couple years.
- At the same time, they started reprinting Itchy and Scratchy, Bartman, Lisa and Krusty using the same kind of layout as Best of the Simpsons.
- Otter Press also release the trade paperbacks, however these are ALSO shrunk down into digest size.
- THOH and Super Spectacular were originally released in standard comic book size, and then were also shrunk to digest size.
- They even cashed in from the Free Comic Book Day releases and put them on sale for $5 each, what the.

Basically... the publishers here were obsessed with reprints and shrinking the dimensions of the comics more and more. :P

Note my use of "was" and "were" when referring to all these comics - that's because as of around 4 or 5 months ago, Otter Press discontinued all regular Bongo series (yes, even Simpsons Comics and Futurama). They're still putting out trade paperbacks for some bizarre reason, and have just put out last year's Free Comic Book Day comic with the dimensions of a UK comic. Very, very odd. I don't particularly care as I've been exclusive to the US editions for years, but I wouldn't be surprised if they stopped printing them all because people were sick of the constant changes and reprints.

Simpsons Comics / Re: Simpsons Comics 187 coming 15th February
« On: February 19, 2012, 02:43:26 PM »
I know I'm just beating a dead horse by complaining more and more, but his style of writing really annoys me - when he writes a Futurama story you could just as easily change Bender to Homer, Fry to Marge, the Professor to Grampa, etc, and also call it an issue of Simpsons Comics. The two series are so different in style, yet his writing for both is identical. He changes the personalities of the characters to suit his jokes, when other writers do the right thing and write jokes to suit the characters. His plots are flimsy with little setup or resolution, he just tries to get straight into the jokes and puns as soon as possible (worst example would have to be Robot Robin Hood - you know I'm a huge sucker for a good Beatles reference, but the first few pages of that issue made me want to tear it up out of frustration, worst shit I have ever read. His other attempts at similar Beatles references [that are nothing more than a pun of a song title or lyric] are just as bad, as are most of his other attempts at references). He seems to think he's very clever by referring to things that happened in the episodes of the series, lacks any kind of subtlety. His writing style reads as if it's from the fan section of No Homers. And every! Sentence! He writes! Ends! With! Exclamation marks!!!

...Rant over. I think :P

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