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Big Brilliant Book of Bart Simpson

Shenanigans from Springfield's favorite son!

This edition reprints Simpsons Comics Presents Bart Simpson #25-28 — including my own first Simpsons work, "No Purchase Necessary," from Bart Simpson #27. Click the issue link to find out more about the story.

I 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.

  • Of course, the original Monopoly uses street names from Atlantic City, N.J., not Flint, Michigan!

  • Nathan Hamill, Bongo colorist, has a famous father in Mark Hamill.

  • 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!


This book is available from Amazon.


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