The Biggest Superhero Films That Didn't Happen, Part 2
Comic Books, Film
Springfield is certainly no stranger to costumed characters, but in the new update to EA Mobile’s The Simpsons: Tapped Out, the city finds itself overrun by superheroes and supervillains.
In the new comics-inspired story arc, Radioactive Man meets his fiery end, leaving an opening for criminals of all stripes to descend on Springfield. It’s up to players to stem the tide of evil, with a little help from the likes of Fallout Boy, Bartman and Pie Man.
Legendary comics writer Stan Lee, The Simpsons creator Matt Groening and Batman star Adam West are among the fifth wave of action figures in NECA’s limited-edition Simpsons collection celebrating “25 of the Greatest Guest Stars.”
They appear alongside musicians Lenny Kravitz and Tom Petty, joining a lineup that includes the likes of Stephen King, Leonard Nimoy, R.E.M., Mark Hamill, Lucy Lawless and Tom Hanks. Launched in 2014, the boutique collection releases a new wave every two to three months, available at select retailers.
Over the past 25 years, Matt Groening has allowed a lot of bootleg Simpsons merchandise to slide by, but in tonight’s episode of Portlandia, he finally draws the line … at “Bart Ska-mpson” T-shirts.
The Portland, Oregon, native, who hasn’t appeared in an on-camera role since The Tracey Ullman Show in 1988, takes Spyke (Fred Armisen) to court over the knockoffs, because of the lousy pun and the horribly off-model Bart. “As the creator of The Simpsons, this makes my eyes hurt,” Groening tells the judge in the clip, below.
Animators Paul Robertson and Ivan Dixon collaborated on an inspired tribute to The Simpsons that recreates the iconic opening using pixel art, right down to an incredible couch gag that rivals any seen on the show.
There are some wonderful touches throughout the nearly two-minute video, from the pixelated theme music recreated by Jeremy Dower to Bart writing “Pixel art is not real art” on the chalkboard to the nods to classic video games in the Kwik-E-Mart and sidewalk sequences. But that couch gag … you just have to watch it for yourself.
Over the 25-year history of The Simpsons, Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie have been featured in a lot of video games, from 1991’s The Simpsons Arcade Game to 2012’s Tapped Out. And come next month, they’ll make the leap into the world of Minecraft.
Xbox has partnered with 20th Century Fox Consumer Products to debut The Simpsons content packs for Minecraft Xbox 360 and Xbox One editions, featuring not only the Simpsons clan but also 19 characters from Springfield Elementary.
Over the past 25 years, The Simpsons has been honored with 31 Emmys, a Peabody and at least two Guinness World Records. And on Friday, it will receive yet another tribute — an art show.
The Beehive Society collective is presenting “Springfield, Springfield,” a one-night show at San Francisco’s Asterisk Gallery where 29 artists will display work inspired by the longest-running American sitcom (and animated series, and scripted primetime series …).
The tribute art show will be held Friday from 6 to 10 p.m., but you can get a look at some of the pieces below.
The Simpsons paid tribute during Sunday’s episode to the 12 people killed last week in the attack on the offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
Before the final commercial break, an image briefly appeared of Maggie Simpson holding a flag “Je Suis Charlie” (“I am Charlie”), a slogan adopted by supporters of free speech in the wake of the shootings.
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Simpsons — the first episode aired on Dec. 17, 1989 — Oxford Dictionaries turned to author and English professor Michael Adams to examine how Homer & Co. have changed the language, probably more than most of us realized.
After touching upon the contributions like craptacular and embiggening, Adams zeroes in on those ” two small but powerful words, words that aptly capture what it’s meant to be human during the Simpsons decades.” He means, of course, d’oh and meh.
A 52-year-old prison guard from Australia is counting on the 203 Simpsons characters tattooed on his back to earn him a place in Guinness World Records.
According to the Daily Mail, Michael Baxter has spent 130 hours and more than $9,900 in the past years to have Springfield’s residents, and even some of its landmarks, inked on his body. There’s the power plant on his right shoulder, Moe’s Tavern on his left, and anchorman Kent Brockman venturing south of his waistband.
Ralph Wiggum is slow-witted, socially awkward, occasionally profound and an unrepentant nose-picker, and easily my favorite character on The Simpsons. He’s also apparently delicious.
Kylie Mangles of Freshly Squeez’d has created a cake that’s both incredible and disturbing based on Eric Flores‘ illustration of poor, oblivious Ralph as a detailed anatomical cross-section. “I have never made a cake with so many different colours of fondant or floating ribs before,” she writes on Threadcake.
Never let it be said that Homer J. Simpson doesn’t have a social conscience. Also, never let it be said that he passed up an opportunity to stick it to Ned Flanders.
Responding to the viral sensation with impressive speed — this isn’t South Park, you know; animation typically takes time — Fox has released a video of Homer embracing the spirit, if not the actual title, of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. All right, maybe a glass of water isn’t in keeping with the spirit.
However, in grand Simpsons tradition, even that doesn’t turn out well for him …
As excited as many fans were about the release of The Simpsons House LEGO Set, that’s nothing compared to … LEGO Springfield, created by Matt De Lanoy.
“When the small line of LEGO Simpsons was first announced, I just knew I’d end up building the city,” he writes on his Flickr page. “I love building layouts, and with already having built New New York from Futurama, Springfield seemed an obvious choice for my next project. Plus, this time I wouldn’t have to create any custom figures.”
As you can see in De Lanoy’s photos, and in the video below, he includes most of the key landmarks, from Kwik-E-Mart and the Springfield Tire Yard to the First Church of Springfield and the Flanders household (stupid Flanders).
Did you know that Aug. 1-7 was International Clown Week? On Aug. 2, 1971, President Richard Nixon issued a proclamation to honor those who “go into orphanages and children’s hospitals, homes for the elderly and for the retarded, and give a part of themselves.” It also states that clowns are “as vital to the maintenance of our humanity as the builders and the growers and the governors.” And thus International Clown Week was established.
Perhaps you knew nothing of this strange little proclamation, nor of this week’s significance. Or perhaps you did know, and you’ve been hiding under your sheets all week to stave off imaginary Pennywises and Captain Spauldings.
No matter how many Simpsons T-shirts, posters, figurines and lunchboxes you own, you’ll never be as big of a fan as Lee Weir is.
The 27-year-old New Zealander is a bit of a Homer Simpson devotee. Well, maybe he’s more than a bit, considering he holds the Guinness Worlds Record title for Most Tattoos of the Same Cartoon Character Tattooed on the Body. Because, yes, that’s a thing — so much of a thing that it requires “tattoo” to be mentioned twice.
Last year MAC Cosmetics used Comic-Con International to introduce Archie’s Girls, a makeup line inspired by Betty and Veronica. But this year, Marge Simpson gets her turn in the spotlight.
Announced in May on Twitter, the Simpsons collection — released in celebration of the animated series’ 25th anniversary — officially arrives online Aug. 28 and in stores Sept. 4. However, according to Pret-a-Reporter, there will be a one-day sale/sneak peek on July 26 at the MAC Cosmetics store in San Diego’s Gaslamp District (234 Fifth Ave.).