Reading Digest: Fan Made Donuts & Zombies Edition

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“Aww, honey, that looks just like a real donut.” – Homer Simpson
“Dad, it says ‘non-toxic’.” – Bart Simpson
“Well, that’s a plus.” – Homer Simpson

This week we have two excellent pieces of fan art, one a painting the other some CGI zombies, and both are great.  Since Bacon Day is tomorrow, we also have a bunch of links involving “I Love Lisa” one way or another, plus some excellent references, Groening on live TV, a protest south of the equator, someone who agrees with me about the lameness of last week’s Zombie Simpsons, and much more.


Zombie Simpsons by Dan Osborne – Smooth Charlie’s Link of the week are these fan made images of Zombie Krusty, Zombie Krabappel, Zombie Otto and Zombie Willie.  Outstanding.

Rrrrrrrgggggggh~ dOnut on canVas – A picture history of a fan made painting of Homer’s favorite pink donut.  Awesome.

Don’t They Have A Job? People In Bolivia Protest For ‘The Simpsons’ TV Slot – I really wasn’t sure this wasn’t a hoax or a prank, but it appears to be legitimate.  Viva Bolivia!

Tele Tuesday: The Simpsons is Bad and Matt Groening Should Feel Bad – Yup:

I didn’t walk into last Sunday’s episode of The Simpsons expecting anything great. It hasn’t been great—hell, it hasn’t been tolerable—for quite some time. Regardless, I still found myself impressed by the lack of quality.


mention current affairs–but don’t talk about them in any meaningful way!–in a stream of consciousness storyline whose only humor lies in half-baked one liners. If the show was a horse I wouldn’t suggest taking it out back to shoot it; that would imply it’s alive and suffering. It’s been dead for some time, we’re just looking at a taxidermied corpse, foolishly expecting it to majestically gallop at any minute.

It goes on about how lazy and one dimensional “Walking Big & Tall” really was, especially with nothing but one note fat jokes.

SMarch at Tattooed Mom- Sunday Smarch 29th – For those of you in and around Philadelphia, this sounds pretty neat:

Screening CLASSIC Simpsons episodes … from the 90’s!


FREE craft projects including
The Infamous Vincent Price and his diabolical Egg Magic kit,
How to Draw the Simpsons,

7 February 2015. WTF! It’s Got to be Russia! – Some cool (and colored) snow sculptures of the family.

A Guide To The Many Loves of Bart Simpson – This is, for obvious reasons, mostly Zombie Simpsons.  I’m only linking it because the comments are about half things like this:

Oh God. I’m only familiar with the first two. And after reading this, I think I’ll keep it that way.

Itchy & Scratchy & Marge – I always thought this too:

-I wonder if Bart’s line about the soapbox racers was intentionally foreshadowing season 3’s “Saturdays Of Thunder”; like they already had that episode set to run.


Bye, Boooooook! A Review of Bongo Comics McBain One-Shot – Just what it says.

Whatcha Realizing, Jerk? – Trying to figure out what you do and don’t care about other people’s thinking with help from the show.

Why I am choo choo choosing me – A few Bacon Day resolutions, complete with lots of Simpsons .gifs (though there is some Zombie Simpsons, there’s not much).

Best Episode of the Simpsons Ever: I Love Lisa – Point.

The Best Episode of the Simpsons Ever: Cape Feare – Counterpoint.  (Both are pretty well argued and illustrated.)

The top ten most romantic moments in Simpsons history (seasons 1-10) – It’s a countdown:

For Valentine’s Day, and another special reason you will hear about soon, your favorite Film Crickets compiled a list of the ten most romantic moments from the first ten seasons of the Simpsons.

We will be posting one or two a day until Valentine’s day!

And each one gets its own graphic and explanation.  Here we go:

The most romantic moments in Simpsons history: #9! – Homer and Smithers.

The most romantic moments in Simpsons history: #8! – The family and Mrs. Krabappel.

The most romantic moments in Simpsons history: #7! – Mr. Bergstrom and Lisa.

The most romantic moments in Simpsons history: #6! – Milhouse & Samantha.

The most romantic moments in Simpsons history: #5! – Lisa & Ralph.

The most romantic moments in Simpsons history: #4! – Homer & Marge

The most romantic moments in Simpsons history: #3! – Marge & Homer (with bonus real life cake for you to ruin).  Check back over there to finish up the run between now and Bacon Day tomorrow.

Simpsons-Themed Doughnuts Are Coming, Courtesy of Dynamo and A.C.T. – Not only is the play coming to San Francisco, it’s getting donuts to go with it.

[The Simpsons] Homer Simpson is a vegetable in a coma, and has been for over 20 years. : FanTheories – Long story short, Homer’s still in the coma he lapsed into in “So It’s Come to This”:

‘He is subconsciously aware of time passing, so his mind will often “update” his memories so that the year they occurred matches up with the age he thinks he is (eg. That 90’s Show contradicting other flashback episodes).’

His theories are subsequently backed up by pointing out how different the plots became after this point – with the relatively low-key episodes such as Lisa’s crush on her teacher and Bart cheating on an IQ test replaced by far grander stories.

Yeah, that could be it.  Or FOX could just suck at developing new shows and this one stayed around forever because it still earns bread.  (Thanks to reader Richard J. for sending this one in!)

7 Valentine’s Day episodes to warm your heart – I think you can all guess which Simpsons episode makes this list.

The Greatest Quotes From Your Favorite ‘Simpsons’ Characters – It’s one big long image, and there are some good ones, but there’s also way too much Zombie Simpsons for my taste.  (Thanks to reader Daniel P. for sending it in!)

The Television List – I’m all for people watching TV, but spare yourself the horror of Zombie Simpsons:

I foresee a lot of Netflix bingeing in my future. Some it would probably kill me…like to watch all of The Simpsons…so that show I may just watch some from each season ( There are like 25+)

Just let it peter out around Seasons 9/10/11.  There isn’t anything worth it past that, and you’ll save yourself a lot of time.

What I Watched: Week 5 (Feb 1-Feb 7) – Gotta have at least some:

And like usual, I watched a few episodes of The Simpsons here and there. This week I was watching the 1st disc of the 5th season which features the Cape Feare, Treehouse of Horror IV, Homer’s Barbershop quartet, and Homer Goes To College episodes.

Great disc.

Aussie duo’s pixel art Simpsons tribute to become the show’s next opening – The behind the scenes story:

Twelve hours after the video was uploaded Ivan received an email from the show’s creators, asking him to call them straight away.
“The email went to my spam folder, so I actually thought it was a hoax, ” said Ivan.

Good on Jean and company.  That thing really was well done.

Farmington Hills church shares gospel according to the Simpsons – Speaking of Jean:


Revisiting The Simpsons as Lego – There are more Simpsons Lego sets coming.  Much more.

Different Dollhouse Occupants- Simpsons Chess Set – Nice photo of Simpsons chess pieces all lined up, family like.

Just don’t. – A poorly translated (?) Bart t-shirt.

Portlandia Rips Off The Simpsons In This Awesome Clip – Groening did a guest spot on Portlandia.  That is all.

A brief history of The Simpson’s Radioactive Man – Just what it says.

The Quietus – Excellent reference:

There’s a great episode of The Simpsons where for several weeks the residents of Springfield are repeatedly bombarded with the name ‘Gabbo’ and informed by billboards and Kent Brockman alike that ‘Gabbo is coming!’; everyone, it seems is “saying ‘Gabbo this’ and ‘Gabbo that'” until the moment Gabbo is finally revealed to be a ventriloquist’s dummy, whose variety show antics captivate and enthral the entire town. Given, then, that the band are self-confessed Simpsons fanatics it seems somewhat fitting that it was in similar circumstances that the Quietus first became aware of the psyche-bludgeoning exploits of Portland-based trio Prizehog.

It started about nine months ago, as most things do these days, on Facebook. Little by little, the odd mention here and there – “Prizehog this” and “Prizehog that”; “Prizehog are melting my brain”; “Look Smithers, ‘Prizehorg’ are coming!” and remarks of that nature seemed to be popping up in newsfeeds with some regularity

New York City: 1 Homer Simpson: 0 – And finally, this look back at the Season 9 premier agrees with us right on the nose:

Hot off the wildly successful marathon of The Simpsons that launched FXX, I decided to watch the first 10 seasons of the series in succession. Paramount among my reasons to sit back and binge watch over 220 episodes of one of the greatest TV shows ever created was to try and analyze when exactly the series started to fly off the rails.[1]

[1] Around season 10, but the writing on the wall was evident as early as season 7.

Sadly, it was.

14 Responses to “Reading Digest: Fan Made Donuts & Zombies Edition”

  1. 1 Laura Powers
    13 February 2015 at 1:29 pm

    wow, a protest over a time slot change. awesome. around here the simpsons have been in three different networks already, a new time slot every two weeks. gets on my nerves.

  2. 13 February 2015 at 1:32 pm

    Thanks for another plug! And I would sincerely like to go to that Simpsons-teaching church. Even though I’m Jewish. Either way, praise Jeebus.

    • 13 February 2015 at 2:36 pm

      There is a book my youth pastor told me about 10 years ago called “The Gospel According to the Simpsons” and from the Amazon and goodreads reviews it sounds like a great book. I loved The Simpsons According to Philosophy or whatever it’s called. Jesus was Jewish btw, I love Jewish people and movies.

      • 4 Noah P
        13 February 2015 at 4:21 pm

        Ohhh, yeah, I think I’ve heard of that book. I may have to give it a read sometime (even though I’m not overly religious).

  3. 5 Stan
    13 February 2015 at 1:57 pm

    What a rip off! Bacon Day really exists, and it’s on December 30. Fuck you, Valentine. Ever since your fat-ass cupid became a marketing machine, you’re not the same. Even that German dude who comes to the mentally-challenged still doesn’t cut it.

  4. 13 February 2015 at 2:46 pm

    Ugh That “homer is in a coma” theory is far from new. I heard some time ago. I though it was kinda dumb and I still think it is.

  5. 13 February 2015 at 7:15 pm

    Thanks for the mention! Let’s all celebrate Bacon Day by doing the Monster Mash. It’s romantic! You know, its a bunch of monsters, getting together, having a good time, keeping their evil in check!

  6. 12 Izzy
    14 February 2015 at 12:38 pm

    The joke at the top works better if it’s obvious that Homer had already started eating it before finding out that it wasn’t toxic.

  7. 13 starringspringfield
    14 February 2015 at 3:45 pm

    Thanks for all the links! Be sure to check out the #2 and #1 romantic moments, now up at https://flimspringfield.wordpress.com.

  8. 14 Cal
    14 February 2015 at 4:08 pm

    I like that the pixel art guys used the original Simpsons intro, and not the current Zombie Simpsons one with Homer being hit by Marge’s car and going through the door and wall.

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