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You might want to prepare your Simpsons house set for some guests because the population of LEGO Springfield is about to explode. This May LEGO will release its first line of 16 LEGO The Simpsons minifigures, which will come blind-bagged and retail for $3.99 a pop. Why wait until May? Well, they're timed to arrive around the May 4 debut of the LEGO episode of The Simpsons on FOX at 8 p.m./7 p.m. central. Click through to see the upcoming LEGO minifigures of Homer Simpson, Marge Simpson, Bart Simpson, Lisa Simpson, Maggie Simpson, Grandpa Simpsons, Milhouse (and his LEGO Biclops comic book!) Ned Flanders, Mr. Burns, Krusty the Clown, Itchy, Scratchy, Mr. Burns, Ralph Wiggum, Chief Wiggum, Nelson Muntz and Apu Nahasapeemapetilon.
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This week, The Simpsons adds another auspicious guest director to its list of achievements with this latest couch gag by French animator Sylvain Chomet, the Academy Award-winning director of The Triplets of Belleville.
Playmates did a thorough job of building its "World of Springfield" toy line to include scores of regular cast members from The Simpsons from 1999 to 2004, but one potential aspect of the line went unfulfilled for years... until now. Just in time for the show's 25th anniversary, fans will be able to collect action figures of The Simpsons celebrity guest stars in their four-fingered Matt Groening-style glory.
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The first thing I saw when I went to check out Isaac Lenkiewicz's art was a post about how he messed up his hand falling off a skateboard, so even before I got too far, I was pretty sure I was going to like what he had to offer. Turns out, I was right: The stuff he posts at his website, including short comics inspired by Die Hard, sumo-wrestling giants and Bart Simpson fighting a vampire with a skateboard? Turns out that is exactly my jam, and "Challenge Bear" might be my new favorite character.
Check below to find some favorites, including an entry from his pixel art blog!
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.
Check out a few of our favorites below!
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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.