All-new SpongeBob comic book series!

The spirit of Nickelodeon Magazine lives on with brand-new SpongeBob comics edited by Chris Duffy and published by United Plankton Productions and Bongo Comics!

SpongeBob Comics #1 features 32 pages of all-ages material, will retail for $2.99 and arrives in stores February 9th.

It includes work by: James Kochalka (Johnny Boo), Hilary Barta (Fear Agent), Graham Annable (Grickle), Gregg Schigiel (X-Babies) and Jacob Chabot (Mighty Skullboy Army), Bob Flynn (Heebee Jeebee Comics), Bob Sikoryak (Masterpiece Comics), Mark Martin (Tantalizing Stories, Nick Mag), Rick Neilsen (Nick Mag), Andy Rementer (Technology Tuesdays), Corey Barba (YAM), David Lewman (TV shows that you have seen!), Wes Dzioba (Star Wars, Nick Mag), Vince DePorter (Scooby Doo!), Robert Leighton (The New Yorker)

SpongeBob creator Stephen Hillenburg says: “All the stories will be original and always true to the humor, characters, and universe of the ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ series.”

Chris Duffy, the former Senior Editor of Nickelodeon Magazine, serves as Managing Editor and joins Publisher, Stephen Hillenburg in this much-awaited adventure. SpongeBob Comic will be published bi-monthly so be sure to make sure your comic shops order plenty of copies!

Collectors item: Nickelodeon Magazine

Just a reminder that the LAST ISSUE of Nick Magazine is still available for sale on the newsstand. It's your final chance to walk into a physical store and purchase a MAGAZINE for kids that has an amazing comic section. Do it for the nostalgic thrill of enjoying print publications! Buy one for your kids to show them that magazines (besides celebrity/fashion/tabloids) once existed!

The cover is by Sherm Cohen and you can see an earlier version of the image on his website.

Other great stuff in the last issue include:

A goodbye letter!
A Twilight/Highlights parody by R.Sikoryak.
2 new Spongebob comics by various awesome people including Joey Weiser, Jacob Chabot, Gregg Schigiel, Adam Dekraker, David Lewman. Wes Dzioba, Chris Duffy
"Monkey Boy" by Brent Engstrom.
"The Dumbles" by Johnny Ryan.
"Bow Wow" by Mark Newgarden & Megan Montague Cash.
"Scene But Not Heard" by Sam Henderson.
"Teeny Weeny" by Mark Martin.
"Fiona of the Felines" by Terry Laban.

"Pet Pals" by David McGuire

A round up of what Nick Mag's ongoing characters will be doing with their futures.

Our usual assortment of great gag cartoons including ones by Jesse Reklaw, Karen Sneider, Gary Fields, Feggo, Martin, Alec Longstreth, Bob Vojtko,and Jacob Lambert.

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The final masthead...

From the September 2009 issue of Nickelodeon Magazine (on newsstands now).

We still will have 3 more issues remaining (final issue will be December 2009) but this will be the last time we do one of our full mastheads, since only 9 of the people pictured here still in the office. It will be a small skeleton crew sending Nick Mag off to magazine heaven.

Hats off to Tim Jones who has been designing the unique and brilliant mastheads every month over since 2006. It's worth looking through the back issues just to see all the creativity on display just in this simple section alone.

Nice words from people we worked with

"Sarah and I have been contributing to the magazine for over ten years now, mostly gags and some illustrations, along with some comics stuff and two covers for the Comic Book section. I loved freelancing for them, I loved being in the magazine alongside some great people, and I enjoyed working with Chris and Dave very much. They are good people, and good "comics people", and I hope they find their footing asap, jobs-wise. Or win the lottery. They helped a lot of small press folks pay some bills, and the comics section was just top-notch stuff from a host of swell cartoonists. Ugh. This is going to be the talk of MOCCA, I bet, half the exhibitors have probably freelanced for them at some point.

We knew they were slowing down purchases due to the economy and the bad publishing atmosphere. Still, I wasn't expecting them to shut down, and it was nice to know Nick was there, and to pitch a few gags every now and then, and sometimes a bigger assignment came your way. And it was always a good experience. And as a bonus, you owned your work. Ugh. Now a lot of freelancers are left with one less venue, worse for the fact that Nick was one of the friendliest magazines out there for cartoonists. After Mad's gut shot wound...this is just very depressing news."
-Evan Dorkin

"Nickelodeon magazine was where I did my internship, and it was honestly the most enjoyable place to work ever. I made a ton of friends there and learned more that I ever hoped about production, illustration, comics, and business. The comic section was a great showcase of some of the best comics talented today like Scott Morse, Alec Longstreth, and Sam Henderson just to name a few. And the articles featured some of the most talent illustrators and writers you can find working for any magazine.

They are an amazingly talented bunch, and the comics, illustration, and children's entertainment communities will have suffered a huge loss if Nick Mag isn't around in some form or another anymore.

If you have the chance you should check out the masthead of a couple Nick Mag magazines and search out the staff and keep an eye out for those names (Chris Duffy, Dave Roman, Caitlin Keegan, Vanessa Johnson, and Fernando Dias de Souza to name a couple). I'd be interested to see what they all do next, and whatever it is I know it will be just as good."
-Craig Arndt


"In my sixteen months of blogging, I have never been so jarred by a publishing industry news story that I was compelled to post a response immediately...until now.

Word broke today that Viacom is shuttering Nickelodeon Magazine.

For the past five years, I've made a point to praise Nick at literally every school (and most other venues) I've spoken at. Some elementary educators and librarians could not get past the celebs and licensed characters on the cover to discover the smart non-licensed content it always featured as well. It was a simple yet savvy (and, to me, defensible) strategy—hook kids with familiar faces and then ambush them with other less glam (but often more enjoyable) content inside, such as theme-based nonfiction and humor. My only quibble with the magazine was that it accepted advertising for junk food. But I understand the realities.

I know almost nothing about Nickelodeon the cable network. I know almost nothing about their characters. I have never watched an episode of SpongeBob SquarePants (and to the disappointment of many kids at the schools I visit, I can't draw him, either).

Yet I know that the passing of Nick Mag is a genuine loss for kids. It was one of the most consistently quality products (in any medium) for young people. It did die once before, in the early 1990s, but it came back. I hope that one day soon, it can pull that off again."
-Marc Tyler Nobleman