Spotted by ComicsAlliance photographer Pat Loika walking away from the San Diego Convention Center on Thursday was doubtlessly the most forlorn Homer Simpson we've ever seen in 3D space (unless you count that whole 3D episode where Homer was, like, cripplingly depressed at the end). Our speculation is that this cosplay takes place after the events of 1995's "Homer the Great," when it turned out that Homer was heir to the throne of a secret society that rules the world... until it turned out he wasn't, and he was cast out for being a false idol as well as general jackassery. Sorry, spoilers.
Each weekday, ComicsAlliance brings you a carefully selected variety of links from around the web about comics and comics-related media, including movies, video games, toys, and whatever else might be worth noting. Quite frankly, these are items you may just need to know about to have a productive day. Take a look at today's hand-picked links after the jump.
Art: It looks like Nintendo's Pokémon Art Academy will teach North America how to draw in the fall.
Toys: Penn & Teller, Bret Hart, Stephen King, Leonard Nimoy and the band R.E.M. are set to join NECA's The Simpsons 25th Anniv
For the better part of the past year (and some change), Tumblr has beheld one of the most blissful art jams of the current millenium, a panel-for-panel recreation of Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira manga starring the cast of The Simpsons appropriately dubbed, Bartkira. Inspired by Ryan Humphrey, organized by James Harvey and featuring the work of a sprawling assortment of artists from all over the web, the project has finally reached a print milestone. On May 1 at Portland, Oregon's Floating World Comics, fans got a chance to take in 16 pages of the project's original artwork in a special gallery, and also pick up a 96-page exhibition book collecting a selection of the project's sequential pages. ComicsAlliance dropped by to see the epic of Bart-turned-Kaneda and Milhouse-turned-Tetsuo in print and on the wall. Neo Springfield may or may not have E.X.P.L.O.D.E.d.
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Wednesday's links await, after the cut.
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.
Finish your week with Friday links galore.
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.