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Comics Alliance Gift Guide: The Best Enamel Pins To Buy Your Pin Pals

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Enamel pins have taken over the world this year. They're cute, fun, and affordable! You can show off your favorite pop culture obsessions, or your attitude towards the world, all with a simple pin on your lapel. But let's be real; you're probably wearing more than one. They're mini works of art that you can wear; what's not to love?

Independent artists are especially benefiting from the enamel pin trend, as they can make these extremely popular items at a pretty low cost. Our gift guide includes many of these independent designers selling their pins on Etsy, as well as some of the larger, more prominent enamel pin pioneers. We have no doubt you'll find the perfect pin for everyone on your holiday gift list!

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‘Simpsons’ Boss Shares Script Pages of Unmade Prince Episode

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The Simpsons has visited just about every nook and cranny of pop culture in its near-30 years, though a long-abandoned episode concept saw the late Prince putting in a particularly meta appearance. Now, Simpsons boss Al Jean shares the tribute episode that might have been, as well what caused the revered artist to decline.

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‘The Simpsons’ Get Disney-Fied Couch Gag from Animator Eric Goldberg

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It’s been some time since we’ve had a noteworthy Simpsons couch gag, and like all animated greats, there’s room to borrow from the classics. If ever you wondered what Homer, Marge, Bart, Maggie and Lisa might have looked like as Disney cartoons, check out the latest gag from a revered Disney animator.

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10 Most Memorable ToyFare Mailaway Figures

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Since the dawn of time, mailaway action figures have been a staple of the scene. That is, if you consider the dawn of time to be the day Kenner started releasing Star Wars figures. Though the trend has died down significantly in the era of the Internet, exclusives are still a very important part of toy collecting. As one of the final companies to offer mailaway incentives, the now defunct ToyFare magazine was one of the last bastions of trend.

Say what you will about the Wizard magazine empire, but for a long time, it's brand of geek culture coverage was all many of us had. ToyFare in particular was a great place for collectors to see what was coming, learn the history of industry, and to see how the sausage was made. What made the magazine even more special were the brand partnerships that allowed ToyFare to offer a variety of different collectibles based on Marvel, DC, animation and indie comic characters. Plus, you didn't have have cash ​and a dozen UPCs to send in to get your hands on something as rudimentary as a William "Refrigerator" Perry figure.

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10 ‘The Simpsons’ Facts Fresh From the Kwik-E-Mart

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They’ll never stop The Simpsons, so have no fear, they’ve got stories for years, but did you know America’s favorite animated family was thought up in the lobby before a pitch meeting? Or that Matt Groening based most of the characters on his own family? These are just some of the Springfield kwyjibos populating the tenth episode of ‘You Think You Know TV?,’ which pays a visit to The Simpsons’ home state of … uh, somewhere!

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Build a Better Kwik-E-Mart With Lego’s New The Simpsons Set

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If you've always wanted to live in Springfield, but just couldn't find the birthplace of the Simpsons on any dang map in the known 'verse, Lego might just have a solution for you. Already invested in delivering miniaturized versions of the iconic characters and the residence that the Simpsons call home, Lego will soon expand the line to include everyone's favorite convenience store, Kwik-E-Mart.

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‘The Simpsons’ Parody ‘Archer,’ ‘Adventure Time,’ ‘Despicable Me’ and More in Treehouse of Horror Gag

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By now we've seen 'The Simpsons' tackling a number of pop-culture funhouse mirrors of themselves, from the recent 'Family Guy' crossover to last season's LEGO installment, and this year's "Treehouse of Horror" is no different. Watch Homer, Marge, Lisa, Bart and Maggie meet not only their Tracey Ullman counterparts, but countless more parodying anime, 'Adventure Time,' 'Archer' and more from last night's Halloween special!

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Comic-Con Cosplay Spotlight: The Most Depressed Homer Simpson Ever

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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.

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Link Ink: ‘Sin City: A Dame To Kill For’ TV Spot, A ‘Street Fighter’ Toy Kickstarter And Al Jaffee Talks ‘MAD’ Fold-Ins

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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.

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Link Ink: ‘Pokemon Art Academy’ Coming This Fall, A TMNT Slow Jam And More Gundam Shoes

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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 s...

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