Matt Groening has been spoofing comic book culture for nearly 30 years on The Simpsons. Now, he’s starting a new publishing company to bring some of his ideas to the page. According to The Beat, Groening is gearing up to debut his Bapper Books imprint at San Diego Comic-Con.
The Bapper line kicks off with a collection of stories based on Groening’s latest series, Disenchantment, which premiered on Netflix last year. No release date or creators are currently listed for the book, which will be called Disenchantment: Untold Tales. However, Groening and his team will probably announce more details at the company’s Comic-Con booth (#2519) next month. Following Untold Tales, Bapper will continue into 2020 with digital-first titles published on a monthly basis.
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“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,” said 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.”
Groening co-founded Bongo Comics in 1994 to publish a number of Simpsons and Futurama tie-in series. Additionally, Bongo released comics based on SpongeBob SquarePants and a miniseries inspired by Coldplay’s Mylo Xyloto album. The company shut down in October 2018. Groening also wrote and illustrated a comic strip called Life in Hell that started in 1977 and ended in 2012.
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