“You mean this hunk of junk? This isn’t art, it’s just a barbeque that pushed me over the edge.” – Homer Simpson
We’ve got lots of fan made stuff this week, including two links to things drawn by kids, one copy of the family drawn into the banks of the Thames, a graffiti Lisa, and even a Bart made out of an extension cord. Plus there’s a wearable coat that plays whole episodes. On a sadder note, there was a piece of art involving Homer that got stolen. In addition to all that, there are a couple of excellent references, a couple of Rupert Murdoch scandal links, some news about Zombie Simpsons, a tour of Hank Azaria’s home, and links to merchandise, licensed and otherwise.
Science has Created the Raddest Thing to Wear to Burning Man…EVER. – This was linked all over the place this week, and justifiably so:
Couldn’t he have found a better episode to wear than “This Little Wiggy?”? Oh well, it’s still awesome, especially because he describes The Simpsons as “The pinnacle of modern television entertainment”. There are a couple more videos at the guy’s YouTube Channel, including an earlier version playing the Simpsons opening.
Bart (2010) – An artist named Timothy Harding created a wall portrait of Bart using only staples and an orange extension cord. This would be the technical opposite of the coat, but it’s still very nice (via).
Animation Domination Will Dominate Again in Fall – Zombie Simpsons returns on September 25th. Two more months of freedom.
The growing cult of Classic Simpsons Trivia in Toronto – A writeup of the “no Zombie Simpsons” trivia thing we’ve mentioned before. Man, I’d love to go to that sometime.
Beaches Jazz Festival – Speaking of Toronto, here’s a nice and quick reference:
As Lisa Simpson and Bleeding Gums Murphy will attest, sax in the city on a summer night has a certain allure. Combine that with Toronto’s vibrant Beach neighbourhood and you have one of the season’s best festivals.
Sand drawings of Lisa, Homer, Bart and Maggie Simpson – Rather good drawings of four Simpsons (Maggie’s scrunched up at the top) done in a narrow strip of sand along the river in London.
Orlando artist ‘baffled’ that first sold piece defaced – Some asshole took a piece of Homer-related art:
Orlando artist Stephen AG Carey is working to replace the missing pieces taken from one of his works at the Lake Eustis Museum of Art.
The 27-year-old can’t understand why anyone would want to steal a newspaper-ball Earth with Homer Simpson on the front of his piece, called "My First Crib on Mars."
Sadly, the article doesn’t have a picture of what it looked like before it was pilfered.
Fuck Yeah Lisa Simpson – From the excellent Lisa Tumblr comes this piece of fan made, anti-homophobia graffiti. Whoever did this nailed the proud, hands-on-hips stance.
The Simpsons Itchy & Scratchy Plush Toys – Krusty Brand Seal of Approval on these little things, which are at least kinda cute in a low quality sweatshop kind of way.
"Bart Simpson Tells It Like It Is" pin pack – I’d say, judging by the fact that two of them have to do with marijuana, that these do not have the Krusty Brand Seal of Approval. Still, pretty neat if you’re into buttons.
Virginia’s giant catfish are spreading – Excellent reference:
In Japanese sci-fi movies, the monster created by pollution is Godzilla. On "The Simpsons," it’s a three-eyed fish named Blinky.
In Virginia, it’s a gape-mouthed predator called the blue catfish — and there are too many to name.
Fox and Kinnerton celebrate 15 years of The Simpsons success – This is the company that apparently makes Simpsons candy in the UK. I find this particularly nauseating:
"We don’t foresee a time when The Simpsons won’t be a part of our portfolio," said Rachel Wyatt, marketing director at Kinnerton. "Fox is unique in the way it manages the brand. We are able to work very closely with the creative team on new product development and the licensing team is very open to ideas.
"Fox does a great job keeping brand exposure high. It’s a relationship that has endured for over 15 years and produces innovative products season after season."
Shit like this is why Flanders and Krabappel got together.
Homer Simpson Balloon Art – Pretty cool, and just what it says.
“I don’t like being outdoors, Smithers. For one thing, there’s too many fat children.” -Mr. Burns (The Simpsons) – Hello, I pick nits: Burns says “there are” not “there’s”. As usual though, Freakoutville remains recommended if for no other reason than this week’s Casablanca quote.
The Simpsons DVD news: Release Date for The Simpsons – Season 14 is not being released until December 6th? That’d be later than usual, but I don’t actually care that much.
The Final Space Shuttle Launch…In 10 Words – You fool, now we may never know if ants can be trained to sort tiny screws in space!
Simpsons Video of the Week: L’incudine – The steel mill scene from “Homer’s Phobia” in Italian. Just go watch.
Q&A with Singer/Songwriter Emily Grove – New Jersey local on getting her singing career going:
S.R.: So you were in 6th grade when you first picked up an instrument?
E.G.: Well…I went to catholic grammar school and I used to think, ‘I wanna be like Lisa Simpson…I want to play the saxophone’ but it was the worst decision of my life so when my mom suggested I try something else I decided on guitar and singing and that was just my thing to do
Damn you, Lisa Simpson!
The Lisa Simpson Book Club | Submitted by Sujei – A sweet little figurine of Lisa demanding that you read banned books. Un-damn you, Lisa Simpson!
Twitter hilarity as Simpsons poke fun at Rupert Murdoch – I guess Zombie Simpsons isn’t completely worthless.
The Simpsons – Sweet fan made drawing of the family and Krusty done by a seven-year-old.
Bart Simpson Drawing – Short YouTube video of another youngster free hand drawing Bart mooning the camera. Bravo.
The Latest: The Simpsons – Fan made image of the family standing in the dark.
Lemonade? Please! – Someone found a clever way to get an Itchy & Scratchy image across what looks like two iPhones.
Rupert Murdoch: a real-life Mr Burns? – I’ve seen lots of articles and blog posts comparing Murdoch to Burns lately, but this one contains this:
Some would say the radicalism really only belonged to the show’s classic early years. In the 1990s, nothing in contemporary pop culture was so brilliant and hilarious.
Amen to that. These days it’s an aging cash cow trading on reputation, it’s a similar business model to buying reputable newspapers and then running them into the ground.