Reading Digest: Krusty Sketches Edition

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This week we’ve got some fan made renderings of Krusty (and Bart) that run the gamut from quick sketch to very refined, but all of them have real style to them.  In addition to that, we’ve got more than the usual number of people who agree with us, a couple last Marcia Wallace tributes, some local theater, an open letter to Azaria, and a couple of late but worthy Halloween costumes.


The Elevens: Tonight: A Shot Of Theater Presents: The Simpsons Did It! – Attention those of you in and around Northampton, Massachusetts, this is cool:

“November 7th, 14th, 21st, and 22nd 7p-9p
Citizens and Friends of Springfield! Join us for our fourth evening of original one-act plays performed at The Elevens of Northampton!
An evening of theater, food, drinks, laughs, cheers, and NO boo-rns!
Come out and witness our tribute to the most fanatic television show ever created as you are entertained by six short plays that were all inspired by the wit and wisdom of The Simpsons!

Admission is only seven dollars.

Acme Archives To Release The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror Poster By Dave Perillo On November 13, 2013 – Please note that not a single segment he depicts is from Zombie Simpsons.  Very cool.  (And you can buy one for fifty bucks.)

Duffman Burlesque- Sky Blew- Underground Peepshow – Reader Nedbit sent in this rather awesome YouTube video from that Toronto burlesque show a few months back.  The young man on stage does a great job syncing his routine to actual Duffman quotes (my favorite being “Duffman can’t breathe!” when he gets stuck in his shirt), and the whole thing is great fun.  There’s even some tasteful nudity that stop just short of the full monty:

Well done, Sky Blew.  (And thanks, Nedbit!)

Dear Hank Azaria – This is what happens when you outstay your welcome and fall way behind the curve:

You are a white man doing an accent of a brown character.
I repeat: you are a white man doing an accent of a brown character.
That isn’t normal anymore or needed.

MediaWorks phoenix ready to rise, minus The Simpsons – Those of you in New Zealand may have to find a new place to watch reruns:

The MediaWorks receivership was announced in June, but was immediately backed with a rescue plan.

The settlement will see the removal of all Fox network programming from TV3 and TV4 including prime time cartoon show The Simpsons, with the biggest impact on TV4, which screens seven hours of Fox material daily

Edna Krabappel to retire as Marcia Wallace has died. She was married to Ned Flanders? – It sucks that Marcia Wallace died, but it has been amusing to see a common on-line reaction (after the mourning) be shock at what happened after most people stopped watching the show.  That “Nedna” publicity stunt couldn’t have failed worse, not only do people not like it, most of them didn’t even hear about it when it happened.

Can Only Death Stop The Simpsons? – I’ve wondered that myself.

Maggie Simpson | cosplay and halloween costume diy guides – This is a little late for Halloween this year, but it’s a pretty damn good do-it-yourself Maggie Simpson costume for about $50.

Get The Work Done – Great fan made “Stupid Sexy Flanders” costume.

Krusty the Clown – Cool color fanmade sketch of Krusty smoking.

The Boy & Krusty – Another Krusty sketch from a different person.  This time he’s with Bart and looking very stressed.

Dorwing Samson Bartolo! – Excellent fan made Bart.

Today on the tray: Lard Lad Donuts – An appreciation of Lard Lad and all that he’s done for us on one of two national donut days.

Family and Social Class in “The Simpsons” – A Turkish university using “Scenes from the Class Struggle in Springfield” in class.

With a love that will echo through the ages – A Marcia Wallace remembrance that heartily agrees with us:

Since circa season 11 the show has lacked any true emotional feeling. Instead the writers have hung onto the sentimental coat tails of what has gone before. There’s no real feeling because all the characters have become just shells of what they once were – Krabappel would once have laughed at the moral, insular Flanders, but now she’s married to him. It’s sentimental, not emotional, an attempt to capture emotions where there are none. The Simpsons worked as an emotional, and comedic, show because it was so real. Modern episodes don’t seem to realise that to be emotional and get the best laughs is not just to recover the past or to pull on certain heartstrings, but to show reality and draw out those moments which we feel familiar with.


Lest We Forget – Edna Krabappel – One last Marcia Wallace tribute:

Mrs K was the sarcastic, lazy teacher we all wished we had.

Last Vegas…In 10 Words – You guys lied to me, you said it was Vegas!

Dag 277 – Another Homer t-shirt.

Brovember 6th – Bart & Milpool…Err, Milhouse – The “bromance” that is Bart and Milhouse.

Bart Simpson: 90′s badass – He was.

Yelling at your kids: Don’t do it. (Oops, you just did.) – Excellent movie usage:

Finally, one wise mom told me that she doesn’t scream at all, but rather subscribes to “Marge Simpson Philosophy of Parenting.”

Lisa Simpson: But I’m so angry.
Marge Simpson: You’re a woman. You can hold on to it forever

The movie doesn’t have a lot of quotable lines, but that’s definitely one of them.

Identifying Intervals Part 4: The Tritone – I don’t know nearly enough about music to understand this, but it’s about the theme song and certainly sounds cool.

THE BEST EPISODE THINGY THERE EVER WAS ROUND 1 BART GETS AN F vs. BART’S DOG GETS AN F – The segmented episode elimination tournament continues with a hard choice already:

“Bart Gets An F” & “Bart’s Dog Gets An F” both get an A+ in my books. But this tournament is designed to be all killer & no filler, which means only the best against the best, nothing past season 8. And so I have a difficult choice to make. One of these classics has to go. They both pack an emotional punch, although as an animal lover “Bart’s Dog Gets An F” hits a little closer to home for me.

Click through for the winner.

Duff Beer iPhone 5S Case is Homer Simpson Approved – Twenty bucks at Amazon.

Afternoon Sister – A young woman in Tokyo actually wearing one of those high fashion Bart shirts.  Looks good.

TV Legends Revealed | How ‘Simpsons’ Got ‘Revenge’ on Justin Timberlake – The word ‘revenge’ may be a tad strong there.  Basically, when a 19-year-old Timberlake did his guest voice for that hapless boy band episode he bitched about saying “Word” as a line, so they used it more.  The irony, of course, is that Timberlake has gone on to become a hell of a lot more entertaining than Zombie Simpsons.  (Thanks to commenter RaikoLives for sending this in!)

He’s…a Simpson – Forced to choose a favorite character of all time, you could do worse than Homer.

5-paragraph review of ‘The Simpsons: Four Regrettings and a Funeral’ – And finally, an enjoyably scathing review of last week’s episode that agrees with us:

Joe Namath made a guest voice appearance. He was quarterback of the New York Jets when the team won the Super Bowl in 1969, which was the historians believe was the last time “The Simpsons” were funny. This may be inaccurate.

Close enough.

10 Responses to “Reading Digest: Krusty Sketches Edition”

  1. 1 Monty Python Forever
    8 November 2013 at 10:29 pm

    Goodbye, Marcia, Doris, Phil and soon Sam. May Edna Krabapple, Lunchlady Doris, Lyle Langley and Lionel Hutz reign in Hell with half the cast of All in the Family, Colonel Hogan and Al Bundy.

    I hate it when White actors play minority characters. I remember a particularly surreal example: Enemy at the Gates, an otherwise great World War II movie in which the Germans were played by German actors, but the Russians were very clearly played by pasty White Englishmen. I just realized while typing that that the casting directors were probably trying to imply minorities to be evil like the Nazis and whites heroic like their enemies.

    • 2 Rob K.
      9 November 2013 at 2:54 pm

      Love your posts MPF! Many good points, on movieclips on youtube in the movie Enemy At The Gates people are saying in the comments section the same as you regarding the British thing…. Not realistic at all, still a good movie, you should point this on on imdb as well.

    • 3 Cal
      10 November 2013 at 7:01 pm

      You think Russians are “minorities” who can’t be played by pasty English actors? What do you think Russians look like? Also, the main Nazi in “Enemy at the Gates” was played by an American.

  2. 4 Monty Python Forever
    8 November 2013 at 10:32 pm

    I love those late-season future episodes, but what the hell was the point of Fat Tony dying? Why did they just replace him an identical character? I also wished M’s death was permanent in the last Bond movie, but no, she was replaced by someone also named Moneypenny. I actually got angry in the theater and complained loudly, though my companion got annoyed.

  3. 5 Monty Python Forever
    8 November 2013 at 10:42 pm

    Wow, I never noticed that the weddings of Skinner and Edna and the Van Houtens were virtually identical. That was some amazingly lazy design, and I am pretty sure the show was as inconsistent with the Van Houtens’ new marriage as it was with Barney’s sobriety, Bart’s understand of sex and Lisa’s characterization.

  4. 6 Monty Python Forever
    8 November 2013 at 10:49 pm

    Sorry to post so much, but as I look at the two marriage scenes, I see how much the drawings degraded over the course of three years. 2004: Different pearls than Lisa, long hair on the bride, both of Lovejoy’s hands visible and clasped, large flowers on the veil, bright colors and expressive characters. 2007: Same pearls as Lisa, small flowers on veil, only one hand visible in a flat, uninteresting position, short hair, disinterested stares on all the characters, dull, washed out colors.

  5. 8 November 2013 at 11:16 pm

    I dunno you but I think that indian guy is overreacting. People these days are getting too damn sensititive.

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