When lists of the most successful and lasting independent comics companies are made up, few people ever include Bongo, known for titles in the “Groening-verse” of Futurama, The Simpsons, and Life in Hell. But Bongo is celebrating its 17th year of publishing comics this year! And to mark the occasion they have a new website, which will feature news updates, resources, blogging and so on.
Matt Groening, creator of “The Simpsons” and “Futurama,” has announced that Bongo Comics Group’s new website, www.bongocomics.com, will launch on Wednesday, July 21st in time for the beginning of the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con International. www.bongocomics.com will offer regular “Simpsons” and “Futurama” news items and blog updates, as well as announcements of new publishing ventures. A comprehensive history of all Matt Groening’s comic-book, trade-book, and calendar publications, including Groening’s catalog of books collecting his syndicated strip Life in Hell, will also be featured.
The site will provide daily updates throughout the four-day San Diego Comic-Con with events happening in and around the Bongo Comic Group booth (#2519). The site will provide a dose of “Simpsons,” “Futurama,” and Life in Hell humor with daily quips, favorite Bongo moments, and sketch-a-day postings, giving fans an inside look at the design process of comic-book publishing from concept to finished art. The site will also provide fans with a comprehensive list of comic stores to find new and old issues throughout the United States.
Matt Groening, publisher of Bongo Comics, has been producing comics and books for 17 years. Titles include: Simpsons Comics, Bart Simpson, Simpsons Classics, The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror, Simpsons Super Spectacular, The Simpsons Summer Shindig, The Simpsons Winter Wingding, Futurama Comics, as well as Simpsons World: The Ultimate Episode Guide (Seasons 1-20), being released by HarperCollins Publishers on October 26, 2010. Bongo Comics Group has won five Eisner Awards, for Best Short Story, Best Title for a Younger Audience, and Best Humor Publication, and has been nominated for an additional 11 Eisner Awards.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.