Friday, November 21, 2008

SpongeBob: Say Cheese!


You're gonna have to excuse some of the drama apparent in this post. I just went to CVS to pick up a prescription for my wife, and sneaked over to the magazine section to see if the December issue of NickMag was out yet. I saw a cover with Spongebob wrapped in a bow, drawn by the super talented Sherm Cohen. The issue is wrapped in plastic because it comes with a free poster, so I had to wait until I paid for everything until I could open it. And there it was...my first SpongeBob comic, Say Cheese!


I don't have the final version with the speech balloons and logo, but this is the color file the fine people a NickMag sent me back in August:


I wrote, penciled, and inked the comic, after initially pitching the idea to the editors. Wes Dzioba handled the coloring and did a fabulous job! It was so fun to send out my inked version and have it come back SpongeBob-ified with all the right textures, colors, and flowery patterns in the sky. This is indeed a huge first for me. And surreal! I'm working on pencils for another SpongeBob comic now, featuring Plankton and the bunch.

If you see it at a newsstand near you, snatch up a copy. There are all sorts of great comics in this issue. If you haven't already, hop on over to the Nicktoons Comics site where you can view a huge collection of comics from past issues.

10 comments:

Renee Kurilla said...

Congratulations Bob!!!!!!! I'll go get mine tomorrow at that same CVS. haha. Eeeeee!

oh...and it looks great, of course! ;)

Sherm said...

Nice stuff Bob! I LOVE the concept and the last two panels are a wonderful wrap-up. The whole thing is VERY Spongebob in its simplicity and silliness. It's hard to think up new approaches to SpongeBob comics, but you nailed it!

Bob Flynn said...

Ha, thanks Renee! Everyone plunder the CVS's of their Nickelodeon Magazines!

And thanks to you too, Sherm—a real honor coming from you! The cover and free poster you made add a special touch to this issue as well.

The idea took a some back and forth with Chris and Frank, as we tried to figure out the best way to set up the gag at the end...without words. I normally prefer making silent comics, but this was especially tricky. When I sent in my initial pitches, I had a hunch the idea would get some traction.

ExistentialChris said...

That's great! Patrick in underpants is always a funny sight! Great job!

Honolulu Dogfight said...

Fantastic Bob! Congrats!
I'm stopping to pick one up tomorrow.

Yeruza said...

Bob is my favorite. You did the comic?
this great!
(sorry my bad English)

James said...

Looks Awesome!

Bob Flynn said...

Thanks Chris, George, Yeruza, and James!

Ran said...

Quite impressive Bob! Congratulations!

Kathy Weller said...

Looks great!