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Bart Simpson Comics #46

Posted: Saturday, February 28, 2009
By: Ray Tate

Bongo Comics
Not a single loser can be found in the three stories that comprise this issue of Bart Simpson Comics. Every short will tickle the funny bone, and each sports art that's a flattering dead on imitation of what you can see on television.

The brilliantly named "Aye, Robot!" posits automation replacing poor put upon Scotsman Willie. However, in keeping with the themes of The Simpsons authoritarianism and a reliance on robots is never a good thing.

Rogers rounds out the characterization of Bart as a rebel rouser. He has the devious Simpson devise a clever but surprisingly realistic plan to thwart the machine and return Willie to his rightful place in the school hierarchy.

In "Yellow Chef" James Bates cooks up an inspired dish. Bart benevolently employs his guile to train a familiar hapless substitute for lunch lady Doris. Alas, the plans of mousse and men go awry.

Anybody who has seen The Simpsons knows that Miss Hoover is the absolute life of any party. Even Edna Krabappel has moments where she appears to care about teaching her students. Miss Hoover though exhibits a complete dearth of enthusiasm. Tony Digerolamo takes Miss Hoover through a complex journey that allows her to rediscover the verve that she lost. At the same time, he preserves the status quo in a bizarre way that drops Lisa down a peg.

All of the artists excel in the extraordinary task of sketching, enhancing or coloring the burgeoning cast. In "Aye, Robot!" Costanza designs a classic looking clunky multi-armed machine that looks like it might have indeed arisen from Professor Frink's lab. Phyllis Novin's inks are weighted well to mimic the feel of animation cels. In "Yellow Chef" Asprec adds detail to a pair of third tier characters. For Digerolamo's tale, Ortiz comes up with some terrific expressions of absolute hopelessness. Glines brings a sharpness to the inks in Bates' and Digerolamo's stories. Hamill occasionally uses color to emphasize anatomic depth and in the final tale he puts up a good challenge against Villanueva's championship manipulation of the spectrum.

Each tale has a plot, a beginning, middle and an end. Simultaneously, the writers lace in an abundance of comedy, keep true to the characters and write some fantastic dialogue and twists. The artists within their own styles maintain the model of the show and master the timing of the sight gags.

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