American author and journalist Tom Wolfe died yesterday, May 14th, aged 87.
Krispy Kreme have released a The Simpsons themed donut, based on the donuts Homer eats in the show.
There is no known release outside of Australia as of yet.
You can buy the doughnuts from their website.
In 1963, Hawking was only given a few years to live due to his amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, which gradually paralyzed him over years and could only communicate via a voice synthesizer. He passed away peacefully in his home in Cambridge on March 14th.
Hawking first guest starred on the show in the season 10 episode “They Saved Lisa’s Brain“. His daughter, Lucy Hawking, knew one of the scriptwriters for The Simpsons who was interested in writing an episode involving Stephen Hawking, and she convinced him to guest star.
Disney have announced that they plan to buy a majority of 21st Century Fox‘s assets. A press release today confirmed that Disney would acquire 21st Century Fox for approximately $52.4 billion in stock. Among these acquisitions are the X-Men, Avatar and The Simpsons.
It is currently unknown what impact, if any, this deal will have on The Simpsons.
The Simpsons “predicted” this in the 1998 episode “When You Dish Upon a Star“. A sign outside the Fox Studios (pictured) said “20th Century Fox: A Division of Wald Disney Co”.
We’ll update with more information as the story develops and as we learn more about what this will mean for the future of the show.
Comic writer Len Wein died today, September 10th, aged 69. Wein served as a writer for Bongo Comics, writing several The Simpsons comic stories. His exact cause of death is unknown at this time.
Wein is most famous for his role in co-creating Swamp Thing in DC Comics and Wolverine in Marvel Comics, as well as co-creating several other X-Men characters. He has also written for Futurama comics.
Alf Clausen, long-time composer for The Simpsons, has reportedly been fired from the show after 27 years composing music for the show.
Clausen joined the show back in season 2, first composing for the original “Treehouse of Horror” episode. He has since gone on to score over 600 episodes of the show. Clausen has won two Emmy Awards and five Annie Awards during his tenure on the show.
Adam West had multiple roles on The Simpsons, voicing himself in the season 4 episode “Mr. Plow” and reprising his role as Batman in the season 14 episode “Large Marge“. He also voiced Mayor Adam West in Family Guy, a role which he reprised in the Family Guy/The Simpsons crossover episode, “The Simpsons Guy“.
West is survived by his wife Marcelle, his six children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
The episode, which will air sometime in late 2017 or early 2018, will see Homer go to Shaq to ask him for help. O’Neal has also appeared as an unvoiced character in season 22‘s “Love Is a Many-Strangled Thing“.
The Oxford English Dictionary has added the words “embiggen” and “cromulent”. The words were both made popular in The Simpsons episode “Lisa the Iconoclast” and were both added to the dictionary on April 12th, 2017.
The word “embiggens” is also part of Jebediah Springfield‘s motto; “A noble spirit embiggens the smallest man.”.
‘you need to embiggen your vocabulary’
Acceptable or adequate.
‘the continental breakfast was perfectly cromulent’
‘however you spell it, it’s certainly a cromulent word’
This book was provided to me by HarperCollins.
Simpsons Comics Knockout is the latest Simpsons Comics compilation book from HarperCollins. It’s comprised of five different Simpsons Comics stories; Mall or Nothing, Sandwiches Are Forever, The Flunky!, Homer Drops the Ball! and The “X” Men.
Mall or Nothing
Mall or Nothing was originally released in Simpsons Comics #116 in March 2006. It is written by Chuck Dixon and Elma Blackburn. The story involves a company buying out all the land on Evergreen Terrace to build a mall. Homer refuses to sell his house and the mall is built around their house.
Homer and Bart think living inside a mall is the best thing ever, meanwhile Marge and Lisa dislike it. Whilst Homer and Bart are out having fun, Lisa tries to figure out a way to revert what happened and to get their neighborhood back. She eventually finds out that the land belonged to the Woppakanomie Tribe of which Lenny is the last surviving member of. The mall is sold off and Lenny builds an Indian casino in its place.
The story is funny, although a bit unrealistic. But it’s The Simpsons so that’s to be expected.
Sandwiches Are Forever
The story sees the return of popular Simpsons character Hank Scorpio, who has been in a prison in Turkey for three years. Homer gets put in the same cell as Scorpio for trying to smuggle sandwiches out of the country. After the prison guards get poisoned from the sandwiches, Hank and Homer escape and take the Simpson family with them to escape from the police.
They eventually get to an old Soviet base where they offer to repair the soldiers weapons and technology in return for using the rocket to get to Hank Scorpio’s satellite death ray so Hank can take over Europe. Upon arriving, they find the death ray only destroys cheese now. Hank uses this as leverage to take over France, who don’t want to live in a world without cheese.
Hank Scorpio is a great Simpsons character so it’s great to see him back in Simpsons media. Overall, I enjoyed the story, although some parts did seem a bit long and unnecessary.
The Flunky! was originally released in Simpsons Comics #119 in June 2006. It is written by Scott M. Gimple. After Mr. Burns goes on vacation, Homer causes a meltdown at the Power Plant. The town then decides to boycott the Power Plant. To win the town back, Mr. Burns starts a reality TV show called The Flunky, the winner of which becomes his successor. The show becomes very popular and Mr. Burns is liked for his meanness in the show.
Eventually, Homer wins the contest but instead of becoming Burns’ successor, he is put in a vault in Shelbyville where he can do no harm. Homer leaves the vault, goes back to the power plant and caused a core breach microwaving a burrito.
I feel this story is the weakest in the book. It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense and didn’t really deliver any laughs to me.
Homer Drops the Ball!
Homer Drops the Ball! was originally released in Simpsons Comics #120 in July 2006. It is written by James W. Bates. In this story, Homer catches a baseball during a game and becomes a celebrity. He uses his newfound status to get free food and TV interviews. Eventually, Marge gets annoyed at Homer for the way he is treating Bart and gives Bart the ball instead.
Many rich people start trying to buy the ball off Homer and Bart but eventually a bird steals it off them. It took it back to the baseball stadium and eventually dropped back at the feet of Danny Dings, the player who hit the ball into Homer’s nachos. Homer and Bart are then thanked for returning the ball.
Overall, I enjoyed this story. It showed off the typical relationship between Homer and Bart quite nicely.
The “X” Men
The “X” Men was originally released in Simpsons Comics #118 in May 2006. It is written by Ian Boothby. In this story, Skinner joins a support group for lonely people who can’t find dates. They eventually find they all enjoy activities that raise their adrenaline and start doing high risk activities.
Homer gets jealous of everyone in the club having fun and wants to join too. Eventually, the whole town gets in on it and decides to hold a mass skydiving event to br broadcast across the whole world. Everyone in the club gets dates who are attracted to their extremeness and lose focus on the skydive, forgetting their parachutes. They all fall to the ground and die. It then turns out this was all a story being told by Grampa.
I rather enjoyed this story as its focus wasn’t on the Simpson family for most of it, but on other side characters. The story was also packed with nerdy references from Star Wars to The Flash and Marvel Comics.
Overall, I enjoyed the book. There was a good selection of stories with interesting storylines with only one story I would call average. Thank you again to HarperCollins for providing me with the book to review.
Simpsons Comics Knockout comes out on February 21st and will cost US$15.99/CA$19.99. I’d suggest picking it up if you’re a fan of The Simpsons.