Reading Digest: Comic Book Edition

Three Men and a Comic Book6

“Who’re you supposed to be?” – Comic Convention Guy
“I’m Bartman!” – Bart Simpson
“Never heard of him, full price.” – Comic Convention Guy

We’ve got several comic book links this week, but the first one is over the moon outstanding.  On top of that there’s another piece of banana art, another Harry Shearer interview, lots of lists, a Julie Kavner update, and what may be the most awesome Kang (or is it Kodos?) t-shirt ever made. 


The Line It Is Drawn #62 – Comic Book Characters/Simpsons Characters – Smooth Charlie’s Click of the Week is almost too awesome for words, and I’m not even a big comic book fan.  This is worth clicking for the drawing of Lovejoy as “Reverend” alone, and that’s just one of them. 

Top Ten Treehouses of Horror – As usual, nobody likes Zombie Simpsons, there’s one segment from Season 11 here, but nothing past that. 

Kang from The Simpsons – Best Kang t-shirt ever?  Best Kang t-shirt ever. 

Time to waste time with Harry Shearer – Another non-Simpsons interview with Shearer, this one about ballsy comedies conducted by the Adult Swim people. 

The Simpsons’ Top 11 Musical Guests – A truly cromulent list, lots of YouTube, and just a whiff of Zombie Simpsons towards the end. 

The Gay Gal’s Guide to the 10 Best Halloween Episodes. – Our friend Lenny breaks it down, with Treehouse of Horrors coming in at #10 and #1. 

Woody’s ‘Honeymoon’ Home Run – A while back I linked to that play Julie Kavner was going to be in.  Well, here’s the review:

“Honeymoon Motel” is in a league of its own. It takes place entirely in the garish hideaway to which Jerry Spector (Steve Guttenberg) has abducted his son’s bride, Nina Roth (Ari Graynor), dragging her from under the chupah. Before long, the entire wedding party wends its way to the motel room, including Jerry’s horrified best friend, Eddie (Grant Shaud), his wife, Judy (Caroline Aaron), Nina’s parents, Fay (Julie Kavner) and Sam (Mark Linn-Baker), and even the pompous rabbi (Richard Libertini).

The insults and recriminations fly, with a constant string of revelations about each character’s most embarrassing flaws and most intimate sexual history. Kavner, whose nasal voice is best known as the voice of cartoon character of Marge Simpson, is especially funny as a doleful, cantankerous woman whose own marriage leaves much to be desired.

Love In The Time Of Matt Groening – The perils of dating a non-Simpsons fan, both highly entertaining and kinda depressing.  

A Love Letter to Lisa Simpson – Pretty much what it says.  Sadly contains Zombie Simpsons YouTube, happily also contains actual Simpsons YouTube. 

Homer Simpson carved on to banana – Last week we had the Marge banana, here’s the Homer version. 

I am the 1 Percent. – Burns is the 1%. 

Best thing to happen to The Simpsons in YEARS, the “couch gag” at the end by John Kricfalusi. Behold actual funniness: – If you want to watch the Ren & Stimpy opening, Freakoutville has you covered. 

Some records might not be worth having – From a tongue in cheek NHL breakdown:

Brendan Shanahan  At the current pace, his “Brendan Shanahan Explains a Suspension” series will have produced more episodes than The Simpsons by mid-December.


Coke Names – This is almost excellent usage:

A couple of weeks ago when I saw ‘Wen’ as one of the names, I had a theory that some Coke execs’ son got his name on one of the bottles. Now with these other wacked-out names floating around, I came to believe the execs must be playing around with a Sarah-Palin-name-generator.

The whole thing reminds me of the old Simpsons scene:

Bart: Cool! Personalized plates! Barcley, Barry, Barry, Bert, Bort…come on…Bort?
Kid: Mommy mommy! Buy me a license plate!
Mom: No! Come along Bort!
Guy: Are you talking to me?
Mom: No, my son’s name is also Bort.

“Barry” is only said once, and the mom says “No, my son is also named Bort”, but other than that it’s dead on. 

canned squid – It’s a real thing, which understandably prompted this:

it reminds me too much of the Simpsons episode where they buy cans of plankton. i am not trying to hate on canned sea creatures, but….for some reason that canned plankton just sticks with me as a real benchmark of what i’d like to avoid.

I’ve had enough good sushi in my life to know that squid can be delicious, but that does not look appetizing. 

Keep your shirt on while you ogle them – Tiny representations of pop culture characters.  The Simpson family are among the easiest here. 

Top ten Twilight Zone references in pop culture – Only one entry from The Simpsons and it’s at #9?  That’s shockingly low placement. 

Top 10 Reasons Why I Love America | Debating Dykes – Ah, this is better.  It’s a list of ten things about what makes America great with entries for an entire family of television channels (#7 ESPN) as well as the concept of television itself (#4 Television), and The Simpsons still makes the list with its own entry. 

THE SIMPSONS Treehouse Of Horror XXII Promo Posters – There they are.  You likely won’t remember them a week after the episode airs, but they’re there if you want to see them. 

Today’s hybrid dessert: Doughnut Cake. Someday: Cookie-stuffed Pie, Chocolate Lava Baked Alaska* – Oh man, that pink frosted donut cake. 

Long Night Of Driving And Gyros – It’s a YouTube video of nothing but the drunk cameraman “Technical Difficulties” sign and “Spanish Flea”.  Well done, whoever. 

The 10 Most Memorable Simpsons Alter-Egos – This is 100% Colombian link bait (it contains some guy from Season 21 I’d forgotten about and Armin Tamzarian), and it isn’t all that funny.  I’m just linking it as further proof that no one remembers anything about post Season 10 Simpsons. 

Hector Villagra: Who Should Police the Police? – Excellent usage:

In 1994, Lisa Simpson — daughter of Homer, sister of Bart — posed the question that continues to plague law enforcement: "If you’re the police, who will police the police?"

Homer answered, "I dunno; Coast Guard?"

New York Shitty Photo du Jour: Eyes On The Street – A little graffiti outline of Marge. 

Six and a half cracking Star Wars parodies – Bi-Mon-Sci-Fi-Con is on here, and there’s lots of good YouTube. 

A Simpsons Suffering – Allow me to answer these for you:

The Simpsons is a great show, or at least it was. The last decade has seen a clear decline in quality and ratings, and the show is no longer the alpha male in a pack of youthful ani-coms. But then again, drama like this often gives fire to an otherwise chilled entertainer. Now that the Simpsons is given another chance, and has less money as well, should we expect some sort of new exciting chapter in the Simpsons story? Will the writers, cast, and producers try to prove themselves to a patient fan base and a doubtful network? We shall certainly hope.

Respectively, the answers are “no” and “no”.  Hope is futile, at least when it comes to Zombie Simpsons.

Basket Case…In 10 Words – “Give it a try.  It’s like kissing a peanut.”  “Homer, I want that thing out of my house.” 

Comic Book Pick of the Day: Simpsons Comics #180 – A positive review of the comic book. 

Magazine Design Fail – A less than positive review of the comic book. 

The Simpsons – If you’re using Simpsons in the classroom (book link goes here), there are a ton of things you can do:

Other themes you could use with The Simpsons; the elderly (Abe Simpson), friendship, families, childhood, marriage, relationships, responsibility… there are loads more I’m sure. You could also use it when studying narrative tenses, and get the students to write the plot of the story.

Stay south of Season 10 and you’ll find more themes than Shakespeare. 

Most Misleading Movie Titles Ever – Excellent reference:

The NeverEnding Story – 1985

Now this one was just too obvious not to write about! I love the episode of The Simpsons where Lionel Hutz admits that he actually tried to sue the creators of this film for false advertisement. 


I can imagine the court room scene now though.  A really sharp looking laywer in full business suit complaining of the emotional torment and stress this film caused their client because they bought the film only because it promised to never end and the client thought “what a bargain.”

Hey, weird German puppets are their own never ending story, and Atreyu’s adventures live on inside all of us.  Also, they did make two sequels, and, oh crap, apparently they’re remaking it as well. 

An EB Expo, GoW3, Simpsons and Mango Epic. – A four year belated review of the Simpsons video game:

I’ve gone 4yrs back in time and started playing The Simpsons game. The camera angles are, quite frankly, complete shit. The number of times I have climbed up a pole and then tried to jump off onto a ledge, only to fall to my death because it’s so difficult to line it up properly is ridiculous. In general though, I am actually really, really enjoying it.

The Simpsons. Yet Again. – This is more generous than I’m willing to be, but I can’t disagree with any of it:

What transpired, most notably in the recent years, were episodes that came off as…disjointed. Story lines came about that were unbelievable, and quite frankly, completely off-book as far as the Simpson’s canon goes….

Yup, that’s about the size of it.

4 Responses to “Reading Digest: Comic Book Edition”

  1. 21 October 2011 at 1:56 pm

    Here’s a late entrant: NHL Power Rankings with a Simpsons quote for each team: http://msn.foxsports.com/nhl/powerRankings

  2. 2 lennyburnham
    21 October 2011 at 2:33 pm

    Speaking of Treehouse of Horror, I saw the add for those toys you can get at Burger King this year and I recognized half as being from season 9 or 10. The Simpsons toys that I got from Burger King as a child were also from season 9, which means they used to expect people to care about the latest ToH, but now they’re still saying, “Remember when Bart became part fly?”

  3. 21 October 2011 at 7:48 pm

    Fuck yeah, Basket Case! Henenlotter is a genius.

  4. 4 Lovejoy Fan
    22 October 2011 at 3:40 pm

    That “Reverend” drawing made my day.

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