I’m always happy to relay good news and it’s that much more fun when it concerns a favorite creator. So, in case you hadn’t heard, comics and cartooning legend Sergio Aragonés will be joining the crew at Bongo Comics, lending his considerable artistic talents as a regular contributor to Bart Simpson, as well as an ongoing project entitled “Maggie’s Crib”. I love the Simpsons and I love Aragonés art and storytelling so this is pretty much a match made in heav…uh Springfield!
Here’s a snippet from the press release:
Bart Simpson teams up with Sergio Aragonés beginning in Bart Simpson #50. Matt Groening, creator of “The Simpsons” and “Futurama,” has announced that Sergio Aragonés (MAD Magazine, Groo the Wanderer) will become a regular featured artist and writer in Bart Simpson comics beginning with issue #50. Sergio Aragonés will provide the entire contents of Bart Simpson #50 as well as the cover art. The issue will include an eleven-page main story entitled “The Simpson Project.” Mr. Aragonés will also contribute a new and ongoing feature entitled “Maggie’s Crib,” a series of pantomime stories much in the vein of his classic three-page “A Mad Look At…” feature found in MAD Magazine. Sergio will also be a contributor of stories to the Bart Simpson title as well as other Bongo Comics Group titles on a regular basis.
Bart Simpson #50 will be released on October 28, 2009 in direct market comic book stores and at newsstands. Bart Simpson is a bimonthly comic book aimed at younger comic book readers and was launched in 2000.
‘I have been a Simpsons fan from the very beginning,’ says Sergio Aragonés. ‘I watch the show, read the comics, and collect everything that has come out, so imagine the pleasure to now be writing and drawing my favorite family…I couldn’t be happier!’
Bill Morrison, Bongo Comics Creative Director, says, ‘We’ve put some of the funniest characters ever created in the hands of the world’s funniest cartoonist. This is unprecedented in the world of humor comics, and it may result in more comedy than the average reader can safely handle. I predict it’ll be just like that movie The Perfect Storm, only hilarious.’
‘Sergio’s the best,’ says Matt Groening, Bongo Comics founder and publisher, “and it’s an honor to work with him.”