The comics industry mourned earlier this year when Bongo Comics, the long running Simpsons-focused line, ceased publishing.
But Simpsons creator Matt Groening has not abandoned publishing; he’s just got a new company, Bapper Books, which will debut at San Diego in the same spot as the old Bongo Booth #2519. Former Bongo personal including editor Terry Delegeane are also involved.
The line will feature stories based on Groening’s latest, his Netflix series Disenchantment, including their debut publication, Disenchantment: Untold Tales, a first-look, exclusive, hardcover collecting the adventures of the hard-drinking princess Bean, her feisty elf companion Elfo, her personal demon Luci.
“Ultimately, Disenchantment is about life and death, love and sex, and how to keep laughing in a world full of suffering and idiots, despite what the elders and wizards and other jerks tell you,” says Groening. “And before the onslaught of legal merch hits the shelves, we are proud to present Disenchantment: Untold Tales, which is a sideways comic–full of your favorite fantasy freaks doing stuff we couldn’t fit into the TV show.”
The line continues as a digital-first, monthly comic in the United States staring early in 2020. The Bapper booth will sell Disenchantment-related T-shirts, calendars, plushes, and a Comic-Con International exclusive enamel Luci cloisonne pin. More collectibles will launch online and in stores throughout 2019.
Groening’s other cartoon Futurama continues to give the world memes in streaming; and of course, the Simpsons is one of the most successful TV shows in history and will someday become the longest running. Despite his TV success, Grening long kept his gag strip Life in Hell running; it’s good to see he still has publishing in his blood.
Disenchantment’s second season is currently in the works; Part Two of Season 1 will begin streaming on September 20, 2019.
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