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Springfield, Oregon, to honor ‘The Simpsons’ with official mural

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Springfield, Oregon, will honor its connection to The Simpsons in September with an officially sanctioned mural depicting Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie.

Announced Friday, the mural will be painted on the west side of the Emerald Arts Center by a local artist or organization, using as a basis original artwork provided by 20th Century Fox. The Simpsons creator Matt Groening will have final approval.

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Artists recreate ‘Ghost in the Shell’ intro with still photography

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Fast on the heels of the impressive live-action fan trailer for Akira comes a stunning homage to another pioneering sci-fi anime: Designer/illustrator Ash Thorp brought together more than 30 artists for a live-action recreation of the opening of 1995’s Ghost in the Shell using still photography. The result, the 39-frame Project 2501, is mind-blowing — and frequently not safe for work.

“I originally wanted this to be just a fun side project to create with some friends on my free time over a time span of a month, if that,” Thorp told The Verge. “But as we opened up the opportunities it got bigger and more complicated as the team grew.”

You can see some of the frames, as well as a NSFW making-of video, below; there are of course more on Thorp’s site.

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Eric Powell confident ‘The Goon’ movie will find right studio

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From “The Goon” story reel

It’s been a long time coming, but Eric Powell has offered an update on the Kickstarter-funded story reel for a CG-animated adaptation of The Goon, teasing, “we continue to inch closer to our final goal of Franky, via Paul Giamatti, screaming ‘KNIFE TO THE EYE!’ in theaters world wide!”

“I have seen about 90% of the story reel footage, and I’m super proud of the efforts of everyone involved,” he wrote Wednesday on the Kickstarter page. “Everyone remains just as passionate as ever to get this film completed, and it shows in every frame of the story reel. We still have hurtles [sic] to cross, but armed with this story reel and your overwhelming support, we remain confident we will find the right home for this film.”

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Envious Spider-Man mulls a move to suburbs in animated short

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There’s probably no other superhero more closely associated with New York City than Spider-Man, who was born and raised in Forest Hills, attended college in Greenwich Village, and swings from skyscraper to skyscraper across Midtown.

But in the latest installment of Podtoons, from Left Handed Radio and Above Average, a distracted wall-crawler gets a taste of suburban life when he rescues a woman from Green Goblin and returns her to her New Jersey home. Her spacious three-bedroom New Jersey home … with an office … and in-ground pool.

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‘Harry Potter’ meets ‘Akira’ in ’80s-style anime mashup

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Fans of both Harry Potter and Akira will likely find common ground in this well-executed video that reimagines J.K. Rowling’s saga of the boy-wizard as a 1980s cyberpunk anime.

Created by Nacho Punch, who also brought us Star Wars Anime, Harry Potter Cyber Punk Adventure: The 1980s Anime delivers such gems as a mashup of a Quidditch broomstick and Kaneda’s bike, “You’re a cyber-wizard, Harry!” and a Patronus Charm that looks as if it could level Neo-Hogwarts.

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WonderCon | Dark Horse to publish ‘Venture Bros.’ art book

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In addition to all the comics they publish, Dark Horse has put out some pretty nice hardcover art books over the past few years, for properties like The Legend of Korra, Mass Effect, Dragon Age and The Legend of Zelda, to name a few. And coming this fall, you can add the popular Adult Swim series The Venture Bros. to the list.

According to the press release, the coffee table book will include original artwork, character designs, storyboards, painted backgrounds and props from the show, with commentary on the development of the series from co-creators Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer. Comedian Patton Oswalt will write the foreword.

The Venture Bros. debuted as a part of the Cartoon Network’s late-night Adult Swim block in 2003, and five seasons have run to date. Season six will reportedly start in the fall or early 2015.

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‘Frozen’s’ ending just needed a few more mutants

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With a $1.1 billion global box office and a certified-platinum soundtrack, Disney‘s Frozen is more that a blockbuster — it’s a pop-culture phenomenon. However, the folks at How It Should Have Ended found the animated film lacked a certain … something. Namely, an appearance by X-Men.

After all, where better than Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters for Elsa to learn more about her powers — and, of course, organize the joint faculty-student chorus?

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Animator creates awesome custom ‘Dragon Ball’ short for son

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Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball has been delighting fans worldwide, first as a manga and then as an anime, for three decades. Clearly there’s something magical about the adventures of Goku that transcends national boundaries and generations — and Robson Menezes dos Santos tapped into that for his son’s birthday present.

The Brazilian animator spent five and a half months to create a short that recasts himself and his young son Rasdael as Toriyama’s heroes. He even went so far as to enlist the talents of Wendel Bezerra and Tania Gaidarji, voice actors who worked on the official Brazilian dubs.

“This is my greatest gift to my son,” Robson writes in the video below, “a fan animation in the style of the anime we enjoy most together …”

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‘The Simpsons’ reveals ‘ugly true story’ of that Oscars selfie

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By now we’ve all seen, or at least heard about, the Twitter-rocking star-studded selfie orchestrated by Ellen DeGeneres during Sunday’s 86th Academy Awards ceremony. Snapped by Bradley Cooper (who actually owns the rights to the image), the photo was retweeted a 3.2 million times, shattering the previous record of more than 778,000 set in November 2012 with the election-night post from President Obama.

While the not entirely spontaneous stunt certainly paid off for ABC and Samsung, which was reportedly promised airtime for the Galaxy Note 3 smartphone as part of its $20 million sponsorship and ad buy, they weren’t the only ones to get promotional mileage out of the photo.

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Dark Knight returns in animated Batman vs. Terminator fan short

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Batman has taken on Predator and, with assistance from Superman, both Aliens and Predator. Yet somehow he’s never faced the Terminator — until now, that is.

In this tense short conceived by Tony Guerrero and animated by Mitchell Hammond, we’re reintroduced to Bruce Wayne, 30 years after Skynet’s nuclear blasts, as he tries to make his way across the wasteland of the United States “to join forces with the man determined to neutralize the electronic menace — John Conner.”

Batman Vs. The Terminator feels very much like The Dark Knight Returns meets Akira meets Heavy Metal. And at a little less than five minutes long, it’s far too short.

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Paul Hornschemeier introduces Forlorn TV

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Cartoonist Paul Hornschemeier (Mother, Come Home), who created the animated opening and other work for IFC’s Comedy Bang! Bang!, has launched Forlorn TV, which he describes as “a weekly series of animated monologues, shorts, and existential farts.”

In the first episode, which premiered today, “a trip to the dermatologist leads to the inevitable question: what if everyone disappeared from the face of the earth?” New installments are promised each Monday.

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Bam! Pow! Amazing ‘Fantastic Four’ cels actually justify this title

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I somehow missed this incredible auction when it took place in November, but thanks to Tumblr I still get to marvel at the art (not that I would’ve plunked down $850, mind you): 16 crash effects cels from Hanna-Barbera’s 1967 animated series The Fantastic Four.

Of course, those effects, coupled with Alex Toth’s character designs, are pretty much the best things about the cartoon, which like other series of the era was crippled by poor animation. These, however, are suitable for framing.

Check out some of them below, and more here.

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‘The Simpsons’ pays tribute to Hayao Miyazaki

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In addition to guest appearances by Stan Lee and Harlan Ellison, Sunday’s episode of The Simpsons will also feature a tribute to anime legend Hayao Miyazaki, who announced his retirement from filmmaking in September, only to return his attention to manga.

The hallucinatory sequence, which you can watch below, features Homer and a salaryman stumbling through the streets after a night of drinking, and encounter a veritable parade of nods to Miyazaki’s classics, from Otto as Catbus to Patty and Selma flying on broomsticks to a moving Kwik-E-Mart.

In case you don’t recognize all of the references, Salon.com has put together a video that annotates most of them (also below).

The Simpsons airs Sunday at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.

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Watch Stan Lee & Harlan Ellison discuss their ‘Simpsons’ cameos

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Sunday’s episode of The Simpsons, “Married to the Blob,” not only spotlights a blossoming relationship between Comic Book Guy and a manga creator (which naturally threatens to be ruined by Homer), but also features guest appearances by Stan Lee and Harlan Ellison.

The Hollywood Reporter has debuted a featurette that goes behind the scenes with the two legends; it’s Lee’s second visit to Springfield, but for Ellison, it’s a new experience.

“I was here 12 years ago,” explains Lee, who plays himself as a Watcher-type character, “and I think I impressed them so that after 12 years they figured they had to have me back.”

Lee previously appeared in the 13th-season episode “I Am Furious (Yellow).” The Simpsons airs Sunday at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.

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Forget the Avengers, Iron Man belongs in ‘Sailor Moon’

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I’m hard pressed to think of a better or, frankly, stranger way to cap off the day than with this video of Tony Stark doing his best imitation of the Sailor Moon S transformation to don his Iron Man armor.

Called “Iron Moon,” it was created by first-year animation students at South Korea’s Chungkang College of Cultural Industries as a second-semester project. I’d give them an A-minus, at least.

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