Reading Digest: Full Spectrum Fan Art Edition


Both images taken from respective Wikipedia articles.

“The point is, great artists are always trying new things, like Michelangelo or Shaquille O’Neal.” – Marge Simpson 

Digging out from all the stuff I didn’t get to last week has produced a Reading Digest that may have set a record for most awesome fan made stuff.  We’ve got everything from computer models to claymation, crossover drawings to t-shirts, and a hand crafted skateboard that opens beer!  In addition to that we’ve got some excellent usage, a great list of quotes, several people trashing Season 24, and a full bodied Simpsons reference on the floor of a sovereign parliament!  That last one may be a first.


“Jebediah’s Lemon RootMarm Ale” with bear head bottle opener – Smooth Charlie’s Link of the Week is this awesome fan made, wood burned skateboard.  The artist, Eric Swesey, did that Captain McAllister one last year, and this is, if anything, even more epic.  It’s the little touches, like Jebediah standing on the bear, having “Hans Was Here” carved into the lemon tree, and, of course, the severed head of George Washington.  Click through to see all its glory for yourself. 

29.11.12 – Question 6: Phil Twyford to the Minister of Transport – Gerry Brownlee is a member of New Zealand’s Parliament.  He is also the author of, what I can only assume, is the greatest Simpsons related smackdown in this history of that honorable body:


In case you can’t see the video:

To make that assertion without all of the information yet compiled on what would be the most effective way to ease Auckland’s projected congestion in the future is rather silly. What I will say to the member is that I would consider hiring Lyle Lanley and associates to do a scoping study for us on the city rail link. I know that they have done some very good work on similar projects in Brockway, Ogdenville, and North Haverbrook, and if they think this stacks up we will give it some consideration further.

Point, game, match Brownlee.  (Parliamentary thanks to reader K Prideaux for sending this in.)

The Last Peanut Claymation – I can’t believe I’ve never seen this before, it’s a rather well done claymtion version of Homer finding the twenty from “Boy Scoutz ‘N the Hood” and it’s been on YouTube for four years.  Awesome.

The maddest Doom conversions (Game mods of the week) – Excellent:

He killed the non-zombie Flanders!  (Marge’s hair as the torches is a nice touch.)

YOU tell ME what I should re-name the Transformations posts. – I am not entirely sure what this is, but the cool looking fan made Simpsons image is second from the bottom.

The Choking – Simpsons Tee at RIPT – Homer and Bart a la Mufasa and Simba.  That’s great.

He Speaks Jive – Another father preparing to indoctrinate the youth:

He hasn’t actually seen The Simpsons yet, but he will, and likely before he’s even able to understand most of the best jokes. Until then I’m teaching him the safer quotes, like the immortal “d’oh!” or the Ned Flanders equivalent, because there’s just about nothing more adorable than hearing my son say, “Whoopsiedoodle!” after he drops something. I’m pretty sure I’d be okay with him knocking over my flat-screen HDTV so long as he punctuated it with a well-placed “whoopsiedoodle!” It’s that cute.

There’s also Flanders YouTube.  Lousy beatniks.

Day 147: World TV Day – Another great Simpsons costume, this time a very meta one as their trademark television.  Please keep this up.

Day Thirteen « The Non-Smoking Diaries – The title of the blog should provide all the context you need for this:

You know that episode of The Simpsons where Homer has been put on a diet and he’s shouting “Hello?! Taste?!” at a rice-cake? Right now all food is a bit like that. This seems like a feasible side effect to me – if Champix is thwarting the reward receptors in your brain then food is likely to become less tasty. A couple of times I’ve not even realised I’m hungry until my stomach hurt.

Ha.  Good luck.

Animation Domination Review – 18/11/2012 – A less than positive review:

This was an okay episode, and I mean okay for a Simpsons episode made in 2012. I mentioned earlier there were a few jokes that seemed like family gags to me. There was one part where Homer and Dan were fighting over a gun that last like 30 seconds in a family guy drawn out joke type way.

Gotta fill that twenty minutes somehow.

Talent – Excellent reference:

As far as artistic practices go, certain individuals might have certain corporeal advantages over others in a specific field (any Simpsons fanatics out there might remember the episode about how Lisa’s stubby fingers will make it impossible for her to be a great saxophonist because she can’t finger the keys accurately).

La Sirena Clandestina and Carriage House – A review of two Chicago restaurants contains this for Carriage House:

The drink menu was playful and eclectic… they scored major points by having a cocktail called the “Lionel Hutz”

Sadly, no word on what’s in it.  Please let there be a “belt” of scotch.

Simpsons – Would you like to see a rather intricate fan made drawing of Ned Flanders in front of an erupting volcano?  I would.

The Top 13 horror movie parodies by The Simpsons – There’s way too much Zombie Simpsons here, but restricting things to just the title cards means it’s actually a pretty okay list.

Twinkies…In 10 Words – They’ll withstand a ten megaton blast, no more, no less.

Lincoln…In 10 Words – He also sold poisoned milk to school children.  Where was that scene, Steven?

The Red Dawn Remake…In 10 Words – The only thing Bart is teaching is guerilla combat in China . . . er, North Korea.

Liz and Dick…In 10 Words – Daddy?

Cranberry Sauce a la Bart – A Thanksgiving wish complete with YouTube for Bart’s patented cranberry sauce.

Ron English | ‘Crucial Fiction’ Solo Exhibition – Pictures of some enjoyably insane artwork.  Homer as a semi-mutated Barney the Dinosaur is excellent.

Philosophy with: “Why Homer Simpson is our great philosopher” by Julian Baggini – A brief comparison of Homer and company to famous thinkers.  I do like this part:

It promotes a kind of cynical, realistic update of hippy ideals.

As far as pithy, single sentence summations of the show go, that’s pretty good.

ELROY TALKS – TV SHOWS (Part 3) – A list of best shows.  Sadly The Simpsons lost the top spot to Seinfeld.  As always, I blame Zombie Simpsons.

This episode NEEDS to happen – A fan made drawing of the Simpsons in Family Guy style, and the Griffins in The Simpsons style.  I can’t believe no one’s ever done this before.  Well done.

Wikipedia data extraction and The Simpsons – If you’re going to teach yourself database queries, there are far worse ways to go about it than retrieving Simpsons chalkboard gags from Wikipedia.

Just some superheroes – Frink as Doctor Octopus.  That is all.

My mind during a four day weekend – Animated .gif of Homer thinking about the ballet.

“Sisters are doing it for themselves!” – Animated .gif of Bart and Milhouse dressed up and jumping on the bed.

Whenever I find money on the ground – Animated .gif of giant, bejeweled Homer laughing.

Moe. – Animated .gif of Moe’s horrifying walk across the bachelor auction stage.

Homer Simpson’s new favorite movie – NFL fans out there have probably already seen Mark Sanchez’s epic ass fumble last weekend.  Here it is in Simpsons animated .gif format.  Ha!

When visiting friends who have somehow saved up for a house… – Heh.

Canyonero! – Heh (x2).

GroundSuper Willie – 3D computer model of a shirtless Groundskeeper Willie in full kilt.  Rather awesome.

Sunday Musing: There’s a :Skinners: for Every Occasion – Scroll down for Simpsons image retorts for every message board occasion.

The Simpsons do their research 2 – I may have posted this before, but it’s a side by side comparison of the Grinch and Burns from “Last Exit to Springfield”.

The copycat copywriter – Senor Ding Dong from “Maximum Homerdrive” comes alive in a British commercial, complete with dueling YouTube videos.

Abraham Lincoln: In Fine Voice – I thought Day-Lewis was easily the best part of Lincoln, but this makes a good point:

Daniel Day-Lewis’s Lincoln voice sounds just like… Grandpa Simpson.  ABRAHAM Simpson, that is.  You know, from The Simpsons?  I kid you not; His name is Abe.  (Is he honest? Wikipedia doesn’t say.) And just like President Lincoln, Grandpa Simpson tells stories and anecdotes that others sometimes find tedious and/or pointless.  Coincidence?

There is a certain desire to be the center of attention, even if movie Abe is a lot better at it than TV Abe.

Cattle-like kids – An undergraduate look at media education (or lack thereof) in American schools:

However, I took from Consuming Kids an interesting Catch-22 situation. Perhaps it’s even more dangerous to completely remove children from these hyper-commercialisms as it prevents them from developing the skills they need to defend themselves against being actively consumed. Kids themselves need to build up the defence mechanism.

Subsequently, this situation has meant that censorship issues have caused much national debate. This debate is satirized in The Simpsons episode “Itchy & Scratchy & Marge.” Bart, Lisa, and other kids across Springfield reject the Marge influenced cleaned-up show. However, in the emergence of Michelangelo’s David, Marge admits that it is wrong to censor one form of art but not another; posing the wider question that children are going to see indecencies and violence in one form or other sooner or later in life, so it is futile in removing them at a younger age as you’re just delaying the inevitable…

The Wisdom of Homer Simpson – Some great quotes, with context, from someone who agrees with us.

Animation Domination Review – 25/11/2012 – I haven’t watched last Sunday’s episode yet, but this seems about right:

It seemed like such a downer episode and I don’t have much more to say about it. It seems that maybe the writers have lost hope in continuing the show much longer.

We should be so lucky.

The Simpsons Review: In the Red – And finally, I get to end not only with someone who agrees with us, but someone who reviews Season 24 for us:

About the only thing I enjoyed about “Penny-Wiseguys” were the not-so-subtle references to far superior episodes in the past.


Carell’s scenes as the slightly unhinged accountant were fair enough, but not especially hilarious. Being attacked by Lisa’s swarms of grasshoppers while Homer watched AFI’s greatest movie screams was probably the most amusing of the night’s gags, which isn’t saying much.


While there was a fair share of funny The Simpsons‘ quotes, nothing in tonight’s episode was as amusing as remembering those past episodes.

Nothing in Zombie Simpsons ever is.

11 Responses to “Reading Digest: Full Spectrum Fan Art Edition”

  1. 1 ethan p
    30 November 2012 at 1:05 pm

    This episode NEEDS to happen – A fan made drawing of the Simpsons in Family Guy style, and the Griffins in The Simpsons style. I can’t believe no one’s ever done this before. Well done.

    you’re joking, right?

    • 2 Charlie Sweatpants
      30 November 2012 at 1:20 pm

      Ha. I’d forgotten about that. But check out that link, it has both families and is way better than that cover.

  2. 30 November 2012 at 1:30 pm

    Speaking of Family Guy, here’s some last minute news for Reading Digest: http://insidetv.ew.com/2012/11/30/the-simpsons-seth-macfarlane/

    • 4 abra cadaver
      30 November 2012 at 3:36 pm

      Wow, the lineup that night for “Animation Domination” will feature McFarlane on every single show (I’m assuming Bob’s Burgers will be cancelled by then and replace with some other McFarlane show).

      • 5 Safetydancer
        1 December 2012 at 5:26 am

        Actually, FOX has so far ordered 79 Bob’s Burgers episodes, so we’ll get at least 4 seasons. Plus a 5th season is very likely, as it would bring BB into syndication. And the execs at FOX really love that show. Woohoo!

        BTW I never get why a drawn out joke gets called a Family Guy ripoff these days. That is such a staple of Simpsons season 4! Just like cutaways…

    • 9 Mr. Incognito
      30 November 2012 at 9:04 pm

      Uh oh. I smell another cheap cartoon crossover.

  3. 10 abra cadaver
    30 November 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Ahh.. mods.

    I remember when I was about, oh, 10 years old, and someone installed DOOM on my old slow-as-hell Packard Bell computer and all the pink demons were replaced with the Energizer Bunny. It was genuinely a “what-the-fuck” moment because I recognized the bunny from commercials and I knew nothing of “mods”. I remember taking it for granted and years later when playing the game on a friend’s computer, I saw these insane bulldog monsters and I went, “what? Is this a different version of the game? Where are the bunnies?!” True story.


  4. 11 Steamed Hams
    2 December 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Off topic from this post, but I’ve been through much of your blog, and have enjoyed it so far. Anyways, I have a few questions/observations/requests.

    First, this whole ‘nostalgia’ argument made by ZS apologists is completely backwards, actually. When you think about it, those who say the show started to wane in the early 2000s are the ones being ‘nostalgic’, because, although the previous few seasons may have been superior to those, they were clearly not up to par with the true classics of the golden age. I’d say, IMO, season 8 was the last season that was remotely memorable, and even at that point, there were quite a number of mediocre or somewhat forgettable eps.

    Secondly, and this may be semi-related to the episode titles link, have you noticed in season 9/10 (don’t exactly remember which), they had two strikingly similar episode titles within the same season, ‘Homer to the Max’ & ‘Maximum Homerdrive’, to be exact? They haven’t done that before within one season. ‘Bart of Darkness’ & ‘Bart After Dark’ were at least in two separate seasons!

    Finally, I wonder if you could provide a character analysis for characters you feel warrant it, and how they’ve evolved (or devolved) over the years. There’s certainly different tiers of characters, such as primary (the Simpson family, relatives & pets), secondary (supporting roles like Flanders & Mr. Burns), and tertiary (niche or background roles like Captain McAllister, Bumblebee Man, Hans Moleman or Squeaky Voiced Teen). I wouldn’t blame you if you left out minor characters that arrived late in the golden age like Disco Stu or Duffman (if he even was in any classic eps).

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