“What’s Gabbo?” – Bart Simpson
“I figure it’s some guy’s name. Some guy named Gabbo.” – Homer Simpson
It’s been relatively quiet around here the last few weeks. I’ve had a Season 16 disc from Netflix sitting next to my computer since the beginning of the month, but haven’t yet gotten around to more Lies Make Baby Jesus Cry or anything else. However, it was all in the service of something equally pointless: another little mini-book. It’s much shorter than “Zombie Simpsons”, so even using the word “book” feels like a stretch, but it does have a cover:
In case my indirect and overlong title is confusing, it’s about The Simpsons: Tapped Out and it’s not flattering. The full announcement post should go up on Tuesday of next week, though this thing has already taken so much longer than I originally intended that I wouldn’t carve that in stone or anything. I sincerely hope you all like it, but I’ll forewarn you that it’s far more about the game than it is about the show.
For today, we’ve got a decent if somewhat skinny (it is summer, after all) link selection. We’ve got a couple more play reviews, the possible origin of the Mathemagician, more Bartkira art, the artist currently known as Pitbull, and frickin’ bacon donuts.
Mmm…collectibles: estate sale at home of Homer Simpson’s dad - Castellaneta’s father’s stuff is for sale in suburban Chicago today and tomorrow. Click through for the drawing of Dan done by his dad.
My Tapped Out Anniversary - I didn’t make it a whole year, but I understand. Keep up the good work.
Talk Tuesdays w/ Steve Reiss, The Math Magician and The Most Boring Author in San Diego - I did not know this, but apparently Mike Reiss has a brother who is a “Math Magician”. Was he the basis for the man who tried to make a remainder disappear?
Who Is America’s Favorite TV Family? Answer Depends on Age, Gender and Political Affiliation - Well, mostly age. As in, if you aren’t currently over 50, you probably like The Simpsons.
The Simpsons Challenge – 552 episodes of glory? - Todd, don’t do it:
So 552 episodes (currently) in 365 days should be pretty easy. Much easier than my Doctor Who challenge (800 episodes some hour-long ones!).
It starts off as 1.51 episodes a day as a target. I’m 44 episodes in, having rewatched all 1st and 2nd season episod
Quit at 11. For pity’s sake, quit at 11!
Simpsons/Akira mashup Bartkira volume one released online - “Moe’s Bar”, yes!
INTERVIEW: ALISON WONDERLAND ON THE SIMPSONS AND HER SKYROCKETING SUCCESS - The kids remain alright:
You also post Simpsons screenshots pretty regularly on social media. If you could collaborate with one Simpsons character on a track, who would it be and why?
It’d be Otto!
Yeah, definitely! Or Barney burping, I could totally sample that. Tune it, make it an instrument. That would be kinda weird.
I asked The Game the same question and he said Maggie. He wants to sample her pacifier noise into a beat.
Oh, that’s sick. I wanna sample Barney’s burp.
On your next EP?
Okay, done! I’ll credit you.
In London, ‘Mr. Burns’ and ‘Adler & Gibb’ Stir Things Up; ‘Khandan’ Provides Relief - The official New York Times stamp of approval.
From the Bard to Bart: how Mr Burns challenges our common culture - And from The Guardian.
A Numerical Bart Simpson Snack Store in Hengyang - Don’t think FOX is getting a check for that. I’m sure they’ll be okay.
VIDEO: Giant Duff Beer Pong With Pitbull And Jimmy Fallon - The title pretty much says it all. This, by the way, does not detract from my theory that Pitbull is not a real person, but rather was created explicitly for the purposes of selling Dr. Pepper and Bud Light.
10 Hilarious Visual Gags from The Simpsons - Nary a trace of Zombie Simpsons. Bravo.
Donut Sundae! - Apparently they serve donuts with ice cream at the amusement park in Florida.
Top Thirteen Female Characters – Honourable Mentions - Marge makes it between Belle and Jessica Rabbit. Hopefully Lisa will make the actual list, which is counting down and hasn’t fully been published yet.
Hot Smoked Salmon - Our old friend Gusface Grillah with an excellent paraphrase:
I don’t often eat salmon because the thought of having to wrestle a bear to snatch away his favourite delicacy frightens me.
But then I remembered the wise words of Homer Simpson, “Hey, if you want wild bears eatin’ your children and scarin’ your salmon, that’s your business. But I’m not gonna take it! Who’s with me?” (Unfortunately the bear patrol was as ineffective as a rock that keeps tigers away… ‘Lisa, I’d like to buy your rock’
Bacon Week Continued – Bacon Donuts - Homer would plotz.
Batman: Arkham Knight – 8 Reasons It Should End The Franchise - If you want to invoke pop culture zombies, there’s only one place to turn:
Sometimes one of the most amicable traits a creator of any entertainment property can show is restraint. Hell, just look at how perfectly Vince Gilligan knew how to handle Breaking Bad, as oppose to what remains of something like The Simpsons in 2014 being every possible plot thread has been pulled at until there’s nothing left.
Stop . . . stop, they’re already dead.