Simpsons Comics Presents Bart Simpson #27
"NO PURCHASE NECESSARY"
As with all my “production notes,” consider a “Spoiler Warning” attached. Please read the books first.
bought the first Simpsons
Comics issue off the shelf back in the early 1990s and
have followed Bongo’s titles ever since. I had met editor Bill Morrison early
in the company’s existence, but never got around to pitching my first
story until late 2004.
That turned out to be “No Purchase Necessary,” in which I devised a multi-purpose send-up, targeting fast-food restaurants and their contest promotions. It’s fairly easy from-life humor. Bart’s Playworld experience comes in part from my own kids, who never fail to enter one of those kiddie habitrails without catching the plague.
As a longtime fan of humor comics, it was a lot of fun getting to do straight comedy here. Every single joke I wrote made it in, and Phil Ortiz and Mike DeCarlo did a great job of finding visual space for them all. I hope to work more humor comics into my schedule in the future.
- Of course, the original Monopoly uses street names from Atlantic City, N.J., not Flint, Michigan!
- Yes, there are people like Comic Book Guy who know the exact odds of landing on a Monopoly space. One of my stranger experiences was making it to the final round of the GenCon Monopoly tournament in a game which nearly broke out into a brawl over the rules, of all things. You’d never believe how intense these things can get…
- And, yes, that’s a reading of Tommy Lee Jones’ Fugitive speech that Lisa paraphrases there. Wouldn’t be Simpsons without the pop culture references!