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Sep
15

Reading Digest: Arty Milhouse Edition

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“Ever since I became a movie star I’ve been miserable.  I had to get up at 5am just for makeup.  I like the way the blush brings out my cheekbones, but it’s not worth it.” – Milhouse van Houten

There’s a simple and very creative Lego Milhouse picture this week that headlines a collection of cool fan art in the mediums of Lego, ink, cross-stitch and more.  We’ve also got a bunch of lists, more Season 2, Burns memories, a couple of pieces of great usage, and more.

Enjoy.

May-August developments in new works… – Smooth Charlie’s Link of the week is this collection of freaky Simpsons collages.  Stop the Planet of the Apes on top of young Master Burns’ eyes is particularly good.

The Character Files: Mr. Burns – This list of recommended episodes is, of course, very long.  And:

Well, to his friends he’s known as Monty. But to you it’s Mr. Burns.

I can’t read that without singing it.

Movie Music: Danny Elfman – I forgot he did Men In Black.

My 6 Favorite Simpsons One-Off Characters – Oh, you gave him a quarter!

Professional Lego builder’s life-sized Homer heading to Edmonton Expo – A giant Homer made of Lego and dressed as Spock?  Well done, sir.

Mirror – And speaking of Legos, Milhouse sees himself as Fallout Boy.

Piggie-gang – The Lego boys with pig bodies.  There really should be more easily decapitate-able toys.

The Top 25 Simpsons Episodes – Reader Eric P. sent in yet more proof that nobody cares about Zombie Simpsons.

The Top 25 Simpsons Episodes – And here’s someone else observing:

My absolute favourite show is The Simpsons. Older episodes of the Simpsons that is. There are barely any good new episodes.

I’d go with none, but that’s just me.  (Looking forward to your list, though!)

Eye On Springfield With Diego Fernandez of Eye Of Horus – Remember when the Devil told Bart to listen to heavy metal music?  Looks like it works:

Like most people, I started watching over the shoulder of my parents, then when I was old enough, I would watch them on my own. I remember the first time I saw the show because it was also the first time I heard ‘ass’ being said on TV. Obviously hearing that at such a young age is what set me off into being a death metal musician!

Stark Raving Dad – Other things that enjoyably warped my childhood brain:

-“Marge, I can’t wear a pink shirt to work. Everybody wears white shirts! I’m not popular enough to be different.” And then, of course, Mr. Burns commenting on the pink garb: “Well, judging by his outlandish attire, he’s some sort of free-thinking anarchist!”

Friday Conversation: The Geekiest Pop Culture Merchandise You’ve Owned – One of us:

Stacey Ritzen
Like many people who grew up with The Simpsons, I used to be an enormous fan, until the gradual decline in quality a decade or so ago began to disenchant and eventually disinterest me in the series. But when Playmates Toys released their World of Springfield action figure line in 1999, I was still very much obsessed with The Simpsons, and obsessively collected the toys. I’d even cut out the UPC codes to get the limited edition ones you had to mail away for, and buy ones I couldn’t find on eBay.

S02 E16 – Bart’s Dog Gets an F – Always liked this:

While she’s home, Marge shows Lisa the Bouvier family quilt, and informs her that she’s going to learn how to stitch so she can contribute a square herself. Marge is a sewing master, which is she demonstrates by lighting flame under her calloused skin.

It’s a very Simpsons combination of sweetness and horror.

S02 E17 – Old Money – Indeed:

They end up going to the Plato’s Republic Casino and Hotel (that joke is amazing)

Probably took me ten years to get that one.

S02 E18 – Brush with Greatness – Season 2 really was when the writing became itself:

I absolutely love the interaction Burns and Smithers have when Burns realizes his good fortune of having an artist dropped into his lap: “Somebody up there likes me Smithers.” “Somebody down here likes you too sir.” “Shut up!” Oh Mr. Burns, you’re the worst.

S02 E19 – Lisa’s Substitute – This is true:

Another classic Lisa episode. Man, I really forgot how consistently great Lisa episodes were.

From time to time I’ll find someone complaining about how Lisa episodes are boring, and my only response is that you’re right, but only because you’re watching Zombie Simpsons and all the episodes are boring.  Lisa episode in the actual Simpsons are fantastic.

S02 E20 – the War of the Simpsons – Here’s your crown, your majesty!

thank you comedy – Lisa to the rescue again:

I realized I wasn’t a freak or alone in my skepticism of Christianity when I saw an episode of the Simpsons called “Lisa the Skeptic” in which she digs up a skeleton that looks like an angel that sets the town into a religious fervor and Lisa questions the existence of god. Hearing Lisa question it made me feel more confident to question it myself and that episode has stuck with me for years.

Simpson’s Treehouse of Horrors Retrospective (Pt.1) – Podcast the first.

Simpson’s Treehouse of Horrors Retrospective (pt. 2) – Podcast the second.

Katie Hopkins – I do not know who Katie Hopkins is, but Paul Anka is a wise man.

H is for Homer Simpson – Great fan made Homer drawing.

WIP Wednesday: Simpsons Couch #2 – The couch cross stitch I linked before is coming along nicely.  It’s even got the bag of chips on the floor.

Str8 up Menace – Having Bart’s skull and crossbones logo on a slingshot tattoo is a very nice touch.

Combating “The Homer Simpson Effect” – Excellent usage:

There really is a “Homer Simpson” effect in neuroscience. The phenomenon was given this name in honor of the Fox network character, Homer Simpson. Homer once told Marge, “Every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain.”

Bloomberg’s terminals face threat from start-ups like Goldman Sachs’s Symphony – Excellent reference:

Mr Khan at ING Bank said that even if Money.Net did not catch on, for his generation, the prestige of the expensive terminal was losing its allure.

“They are like Grandpa Simpson. They used to be with it, but then it changed,” Mr Khan said of both Bloomberg and Thomson Reuters.

How to handle online sexism: Laugh at the trolls and fight back – Excellent strategy:

Ford said she had tried to develop a thick skin, with a dash of humour. “What I’ve found has worked has absolutely not been stoicism or silence or just getting on with things, but has been a combination of exposure and also laughing at them,” she explained. “It comes back to that Margaret Atwood quote: ‘Men are afraid women will laugh at them, and women are afraid men will kill them’.”
When she gets abusive emails, she sometimes responds with a picture of Poochie from The Simpsons. “I love the idea of them getting indignant about the fact I didn’t read their email properly,” she laughed.

“Paid In Full” – Lenny and Carl, the album cover.

“Insane Sideshow Posse” – Chalk Bob, but no mention of his thoughts on magnets and how the fuck they work.

Tooned Series (2015 New Model): THE SIMPSONS FAMILY CAR – You can now get a diecast model of the family sedan in addition to The Homer.

Mr. Burns: A comedy of the darkest variety – The play goes to Virginia.

‘The Simpsons’ gets an imaginative treatment in a dystopian drama – And St. Louis.

Concert Review: Ned Flanders Metal Band Okilly Dokilly – Sudden fame has advantages and disadvantages, but the crowd liked ’em, and that’s what counts.

Erroll’s Top 10 Favorite Games (In No Particular Order) – The arcade game makes the list.

My Five Favorite TV show Credit Sequences – The Simpsons entry has a Halloween flavor.

Hank Azaria Cast in HBO’s Bernie Madoff Movie – Azaria gets to play Robert DeNiro’s right hand man, which I suppose is better for him than when they were in Heat together.

Dissolving into the Ether – The Homer into the bushes .gif, but with video static.

New trending GIF tagged the simpsons leonard nimoy… – His work is done here.

New trending GIF tagged swag the simpsons chill… – She can’t hear you, son, she’s wearing a Jacuzzi suit.

New trending GIF tagged the simpsons simpsons bart… – Staring down his nemesis, Lester.


14 Responses to “Reading Digest: Arty Milhouse Edition”


  1. 1 Betty Wont
    11 September 2015 at 6:27 pm

    The digital ink and paint in this episode is worse than what they have now. I hope you know that.

    And I don’t know why you, Charlie Sweatpants, bother to watch the show when it hasn’t been good in years…or why you made a blog about it. The essay you did about how TV in the 1980s sucked until The Simpsons arrived was enough. There are other things you can watch and do with your time and this isn’t one of them.

    • 2 Tom S. Fox
      11 September 2015 at 9:27 pm

      “There are other things you can watch and do with your time and this isn’t one of them.”

      Well, that’s true by definition, isn’t it?

    • 11 September 2015 at 10:59 pm

      The writing was A LOT better, though.

      If you think this blog is a waste of time, why are YOU wasting your time reading and commenting on it? It’s not like Charlie tied you up and made you read it. And he could too, because (I assume) he’s a big guy.

    • 4 Sarah J
      16 September 2015 at 12:07 am

      I don’t know about you, but I rather enjoy media analysis. It’s interesting to see how shows change over time, for better or for worse, and it makes for good discussion. Zombie Simpsons does reflect changes in general media and attitude, and overall it’s a pretty interesting case study. A show that was once the biggest thing around, now reduced to a poorly-written mess that nobody watches and has lost all cultural relevance, but somehow keeps getting renewed.

      Critique is also very useful if you’re a writer. When you write, you want to know what makes something good or bad, and why. I’ve mentioned before that when it comes to critique of comedy, I’ve always had a hard time articulating my thoughts. I could say something was unfunny, but I had a hard time explaining WHY it’s unfunny until I read the stuff here. This has also made writing comedy a lot easier, as I can better analyze my own jokes and decide if they work.

  2. 5 Noah P
    11 September 2015 at 9:53 pm

    Thanks for the links! And I don’t think it’s physically possible to read that line without singing it.

  3. 6 Staniel
    11 September 2015 at 10:13 pm

    So, no link to the fact that 14 years ago the arrogance of your fucking nation for a well-deserved comeuppance? That’s sad…

  4. 12 Jack
    13 September 2015 at 8:13 am

    Wait, IGN considers ‘Alone Again, Natura-Diddly’ to be the 24th best episode ever? For real? “It was one of several cases where a key twist has given an old character new life on this show.” Hmm, not buying it.

    • 13 Bleeding Gums Murphy
      13 September 2015 at 3:15 pm

      It is very funny and creative to show Ned’s sad face every single minute. And if it isn’t, you will watch it until you enjoy it.

    • 14 Sarah J
      16 September 2015 at 12:14 am

      … Yeeeeah, even when I was young enough to have a hard time telling the difference between good and bad episodes, I wasn’t a huge fan of that one. It was just kind of jarring that the episode starts with Maude dying, you think they’re gonna spend the episode dealing with that but then halfway through, it’s about finding Ned a new lady? Huh? Surely the dating shenanigans can be reserved for future episodes. It just seems like bad writing to start out an episode with a huge event, play with it a little, and then ignore it for the rest of the runtime. It would be like if they did an episode where Marge and Homer had another baby, but then a few minutes in, the baby plot is halted and the rest of the episode is entirely about them trying to decide what color to paint the nursery.

      You know it’s bad when child-me can point out problems.


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