O’Neill collaborated with Pat Mills on Nemesis the Warlock, which ran in 2000AD from 1980 to 2000, and he was the co-creator with writer Alan Moore of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Bonjo from Beyond the Stars will be his first work for 2000AD since wrapping up Nemesis the Warlock.
The original Bonjo strips were humor comics that ran in 2000AD in 1977-1978 and were inspired by the humor comics published by IPC, which owned 2000AD at the time. Ennis, who would go on to create The Boys and Preacher, read them during their initial run.
“Bonjo’s been stuck in my head ever since I first read his adventures back in 1978,” Ennis said in a statement accompanying the announcement. “The character himself is adorable, his supporting cast is inspired (M.A.C.H. Sponge, M.A.C.H. Elephant and the heroic M.A.C.H. Aardvark), but the dialogue is simply irresistible: ‘Darn it- solids in the bile tube again! Have to mash it back down!’ and the unforgettable ‘Uuur, what for you stick plunger up hooter?’ A question well worth pondering; I find myself remembering that one almost daily.”
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