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Neil Gaiman joins Homer’s book-writing team on Sunday’s Simpsons

Fox has released images and an official synopsis for this week’s episode of The Simpsons, which features a guest appearance by Neil Gaiman. In addition, Gaiman posted a clip from the show which, as you can see from the above screenshot, includes a glimpse of a bookstore display showcasing the author’s work, including The Absolute Sandman, Vol. 1, and The Absolute Death. Clearly they’re not in the Springfield Barnes & Noble.

Here’s how Fox describes the episode, called “The Book Job”: “Lisa becomes disheartened when she learns the shocking truth behind the ‘tween lit’ industry and her beloved fantasy novel characters. But Homer decides to cash in on the craze and forms a team to group-write the next ‘tween lit’ hit, with the king of fantasy, Neil Gaiman (guest-voicing as himself), lending his expertise to the effort. After catching the eye of a slick industry publisher (guest-voice Andy Garcia) at the Springfield Book Fair, the team gets an advanced copy of their work and discovers that the corporate lit business is a bigger operation than they imagined.”

Gaiman previously appeared in animated for in a 2010 episode of Arthur. Check out the clip and images from “The Book Job” below. The Simpsons airs Sunday at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.



There is no part of this I don’t love.

Sounds like yet another subpar episode of post-season ten “Simpsons.” Maybe if Gaiman was WRITING it but a voiceover…meh. I’ve seen that with Stan Lee, Alan Moore and others and it hasn’t worked yet.

This is cool and everything, but for a long time now, the simpsons just dosen’t feel the same as it used to.

I’m not sure if its different writers or different animation but whatever, I’ll still probably watch this.

mimimimimimi simpsnons are not the same mimimimi it was better in the past mimimimimimi should be cancelled years ago mimimimimi

What bunch of crying babies. Simpson still rocks.

Yeah, I wouldn’t say The Simpsons is bad compared to what it used to be, it’s just more inconsistent. The good episodes are still very good, and a fair bit better than the terrible episodes from around ’01-’02. This episode sounds fun…looking forward to seeing it!

@Sam: “mimimimimimi simpsnons are not the same mimimimi it was better in the past mimimimimimi should be cancelled years ago mimimimimi

What bunch of crying babies. Simpson still rocks.”

I love this comment most of all. It just doubled my excitement to see my favorite author simpsonized. You’re right too, with more than 20 seasons, they still rock. People are such cry babies… who still end up watching each and every episode, I guess.

Well, technically, the Absolute editions are still being sold at Barnes & Noble, since they’re not part of the DC Fire 100.

But it’s a moot point… any bookstore which put those Absolute editions on display would find them shoplifted before the store closed for the day.

As for all you whiners… back in the 1980s and 1990s, we would have been squee-ing like crazy that a mainstream television show was featuring a comics rock star! Remember when Roseanne had a Sandman poster on the wall? Remember the cartoonist cameos on “Bob”? Now every week, there’s The Big Bang Theory and The Simpsons and… So quitcher bellyachin’! (Sorry if I sound like Frank Miller…)

derp derp derp simpsons is still good derp der derp I’m not deludng myself derp derp derp I feel the need to trash people who have taste derp derp derp

After seeing Stan Lee, Alan Moore, Art Spiegelman, and Dan Clowes guest on the show, THIS I’ve gotta see.

Cannot wait!

@Thea & @Sam– I try to ignore that crap. Some people think not liking The Simpsons is cool. They’ve been dealing with this poop since at least Season Eight and “The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show.”

I’ll bet this episode will be better than ten Super Bowls!

I’m tired of the whole “Simpsons are declining” comment. Everyone’s entitled to their opinion, but it’s annoying, not to mention an ill-conceived argument, when they don’t back it up with specific criticism. (Don’t try to counter and ask for evidence on my part: just look at this very comment section!)

Of course, these were probably the same people who jumped on board when the show was hip, who would just as much fall off to pursue the next biggest thing (Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Family Guy…) For others, it is a timeless television series, that despite some faults and inconsistencies in quality, has retained the spot for intelligible television entertainment.

I’m honestly surprised to see as many people as I do defending simpsons’ decline. It’s a pretty normal phenomenon… it’s happened to south park and family guy and many other comedies.

Remember when the Simpsons made fun of nerds instead of pandered to them?


I actually love Dead Homer’s Society. It’s like a grandchild of SNPP. No Homer’s is also a great read, with the exception of some users. My argument was directed towards these comment sections where people make a rehashed statement over and over.

Thanks for the link, though! I think everyone should check it out.

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