One of the most fun things about looking at awesome art all day for work -- which, I assure you, is actually pretty fun -- is seeing familiar icons rendered in entirely new ways. Case in point: British illustrator Ben Aslett, who lent his unique style to a few drawings of America's favorite family, the Simpsons. For these, Aslett's art took on a quality that reminds me a lot of the Golden storybooks I used to have as a kid, but digging deeper into his art shows that his friendly faces show up in a lot of different ways, from a robot Billy Bass to a depiction of the Devil of Devonshire.
If you thought that Comic Book Guy marrying a mangaka named Kumiko in this Sunday's new The Simpsons episode, "Married to the Blob" was going to be all Hulk Hands and Stan Lee and Harlan Ellison cameos, rest assured that principally western pop culture references aren't going to hog all of the airtime. In a new clip posted by Fox's Animation Domination channel, fans can watch an intoxicated Homer and the father of the bride-to-be stumble through a Studio Ghibli/Hayao Miyazaki-inspired wonderland chock full of homages to Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Castle in the Sky, Kiki's Delivery Service and more. It may be the best thing you'll see all week... with the full episode probably being the best thing you'll see on Sunday.
Listen, we know you probably already saw the low-res images (complete with sweet glaring flash!) of LEGO's upcoming The Simpsons House set that surfaced over the weekend. They were everywhere. We don't blame you for looking. We did. But you know what? You deserve better. Hit the jump to see the official, hi-res images, along with an HD video of the set in action.
The Android's Dungeon & Baseball Card Shop owner Jeff Albertson, the character from The Simpsons known to most as Comic Book Guy, has had his share of romances in the show's 25-year history, dating Agnes Skinner and nearly marrying Edna Krabappel.
Now, it seems he's finally found his one and only, a manga artist named Kumiko who is working on an autobiographical manga. If the screenshots (and the title) from the Jan. 12 episode, titled "Married to the Blob" are any indication, they'll be tying the knot. Check out some of those very screenshots after the jump.
It might just be me, but I have to imagine that for a lot of people my age, it's still a little surprising to see Bongo's commitment to producing kid-friendly Simpsons comics. Pleasantly surprised, you understand, but still, I remember being a kid when that show started, and I have fond memories of both the parental outcry about how the Simpsons were actively destroying family values and the truly hilarious explosion of bootleg merchandise that followed its initial popularity. And yet, here we are, with a long-running line of comics that uses some of the most popular characters in any medium of the last quarter century to tell stories directed squarely at younger readers, and does it with a consistently high level of quality.
The latest offering: The Wonderful World of Lisa Simpson #1, a one-shot anthology of stories focusing on the Simpsons' often beleaguered middle child, told by a roster of all-star creators, mostly women, and it is great.
A new episode of The Simpsons will air tomorrow, in its usual 8 p.m. EST time slot. But before that Fox will air "Bart The Lover," the memorable season three episode, in honor of Marcia Wallace, the voice of Edna Krabappel who passed away last week at the age of 70.
Emmy-winning veteran actress Marcia Wallace has passed away, due to complications from breast cancer. In 1972, Wallace became a part of television history when she was cast to play Carol Kester, the joke-loving receptionist to Dr. Robert Hartley on The Bob Newhart Show. It was a breakout role for the actress, but to an entire generation of television viewers Wallace will forever be remembered as Edna Krabappel, Bart Simpson's cynical, sarcastic, and largely unlucky in love fourth grade teacher on The Simpsons.
In yet another moment clearly meant to remind you that you are no longer young, The Simpsons is about to air it's 24th "Treehouse of Horror" Halloween special. Any current or lapsed fan of the show is familiar with a few of the traditions that go into the annual episode, including the altered opening and horror-inspired Couch Gag. The theme continues this year, and this time the producers of the show brought on Guillermo del Toroto create the opening. Just under three minutes long, the animation features guest appearances by a few comic characters, as well as a nod to Futurama, and some inspiration from Mad magazine and former Hellboy artist and frequent del Toro collaborator Guy Davis.
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