A couplet of comedic gems comprises this week's issue of Bart Simpson Comics. The first story by Tony Digerolamo takes place in the basement of the Simpsons abode and in the imagination.
Lisa holds a Dungeons and Dragons campaign. She handles Ralph, Martin, Milhouse and surprisingly Dolph, one of the school bullies. This delights Bart to no end, and Dolph decides to keep his secret by forcing Bart to participate. This proves disastrous since Bart is a natural. Bart joins the fellowship and gives Nina Matsumoto, Mike Rote and Nathan Hamill the opportunity to stretch the art muscles.
You Look Very Familiar
It's always a treat to see the familiar Springfield cast in new forms. The group go off on vividly illustrated multiple adventures thanks to Bart's goal-oriented ploys; each one results in a hilarious running gag involving the hapless elf runs the gamut from haunted house to short-lived Vampirella spoof.
Ultimately as with anything involving Bart and Lisa, the innocent past-time becomes a humorous war between the Simpsons siblings.
In the second story by James Bates Bart and Milhouse attempt to get on Monster Safari by tracking down and filming Springfield's mysterious, legendary beast. Trouble is the town hasn't one.
The scheme leads to the most adorable cryptocon ever and James Lloyd, Andrew Pepoy and Art Villanueva delight in a realistic presentation of doggie behavior that includes a call back to a "Two Dozen and One Greyhounds."
Bart's selection of targets is inspired, and I love how Bates includes a sly slight against the gullibility of the media. Balloon Boy anyone?
Ray Tate's first online work appeared in 1994 for Knotted. He has had a short story, "Spider Without a Web," published in 1995 for the magazine evernight and earned a degree in Biology from the University of Pittsburgh. Since 1995, Ray self-published The Pick of the Brown Bag on various usenet groups, where he reviewed comic books, Doctor Who novels, movies and occasionally music. Circa 2000, he contributed his reviews to Silver Bullet Comic Books (later Comics Bulletin) and became its senior reviewer. Ray Tate would like to think that he's young at heart. Of course, we all know better.