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Bart Simpson #50: Sergio Aragonés!

Posted by Tom Mason Categories: Reviews, Independent,

BartLet’s get this out of the way right up front: I have a bias when it comes to Sergio Aragonés. I grew up reading his Marginals in MAD Magazine and later worked for a company that published his work (two graphic albums and The Mighty Magnor mini-series with Mark Evanier). During that time, I not only met him, but he once dropped by the office on a day that coincidentally was my birthday and, in the time it might take me to read an email, he drew in ink (no penciling) a breathtaking 9x12 illustration of multi-character cartoon goodness as a gift. I still have it, framed on my office wall.

So my bias goes well beyond fancrush. I was saddened that MAD Magazine went quarterly because it meant 8 fewer paychecks per year for all those freelancers associated with the magazine, including Sergio. But I knew that anyone who draws as fast and funny as he does would find another outlet for his work, and I was delighted - and surprised - to discover that it would be The Simpsons.

He’s joined Bongo Comics, and they’ve made a big deal out of his debut on Simpsons Comics Presents Bart Simpson #50, subtitled “Mad About Sergio.” Sergio writes, pencils and inks two complete stories. The first is “The Simpson Project,” about what happens when Bart and Milhouse’s homemade rocketship triggers a domino effect of international nuttiness. And the second is “Big Top Flop” where Bart and his friends sneak away from Cirque Du Lune (”the elegant art of mime and the subtle fantasy of Asian contortionists”) and try to sneak into a “real” circus. There are also two shorter gag pieces by Sergio.

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Futurama No Longer a Cartoon of the Past

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Animation, Comedy, Prime Time, Cable, FOX, Gossip, Video,

Following in ’s footsteps, Comedy Central will reprise a FOX cartoon that was canceled - six years ago!

, created by Matt Groening and dropped off the FOX prime time schedule in 2003 after four seasons, will have another day in the sun…er, space. The comedy, set in 2999, has sparked high DVD sales and plenty of syndication attention.

Enough, apparently, to warrant another run. The cable network has of the animated comedy, which are expected to air in 2010.

It’s not the first time FOX has made a mistake. Family Guy was can canceled by the network, but returned after three years of great success on the Cartoon Network.

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The Simpsons Honored with Postage Stamps

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Television,

The Simpsons' Homer SimpsonUPDATE: You can view the stamps here.

Now that is celebrating 20 years of being on air, it’s time for the program to receive one of the country’s highest honors: the postage stamp.

Later next week, philatelists will be able to preview USPS’ latest offerings online. The 5-stamp series - featuring Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie - was created by Matt Groening himself.

The 44-cent stamps will be unveiled on April 9th. A sale date will be announced at that time.

The Simpsons was recently renewed for its 21st and 22nd seasons.

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King of the Hill Renewed

King of the HillWell - it turns out the number 13 can, in fact, be lucky for some.

FOX has just announced that one of its comedic mainstays, , will be returning to the airwaves fall.  Not only will fans be getting a whole new 13-episode set of the program, the upcoming season will mark the show’s 13th year on air.

Although more half hours may later be ordered, the network apparently has what it needs for the time being.  The series did not suffer a production shortage due to the writers strike; most of the segments had already been written prior to the work stoppage.

The Sunday staple is positioned only behind as the longest-running animated series ever.  The 2008-09 year will mark the 19th year for Matt Groening’s creation.

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Duffman Bobbles Before His Time

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Movies, Toys,

Duffman BobblemanIn a last minute chance to cash in on the Simpsons Movie  that is everywhere in Hypeland, one product seems to have sold out before the flick is released this Friday. Behold Funko’s Bobblehead Duffman who, at the minuscule price of $11.28, is unattainable to anyone who didn’t mail in the cost to prepay for the little guy. Matt Groening must be doing one heck of a bobbling himself right now, all the way to his Swiss Bank Account.

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Simpsons Keeps on Going

Posted by Wendy Michaels Categories: Animation, Prime Time, FOX, Renewals,

Homer SimpsonWould you believe that The Simpsons is entering its 18th season? Would you also believe that series’ creator Matt Groening expects it to continue even longer? With no shortage of funny stories for this animated family, the series continues to be a ratings and award winner (it recently earned its 23rd Emmy). What’s more, a film version of everyone’s favorite family is expected to hit the big screen next summer. This is one show that keeps chugging.

Said Groening, “My attitude at this point is, as long as the people who work on the show are having a good time, let’s keep doing it. We’ve always tried to entertain ourselves and figured that the outside world would be entertained if we were making ourselves laugh.” Working on The Simpsons sounds like a dream job. Groening also noted that the fresh stories continue because “there’s a really good-natured spirit of competitiveness among the youngest writers on the staff who basically grew up watching the show and have a great memory for everything that’s gone before.”

Fox has renewed the series through its 19th year, so the legendary cartoon will keep going yet another year. The Simpsons season premiere will air Sunday, with Homer having a “brush with mob life.” The 400th episode of the show will air in May, spoofing Fox’s 24 and featuring vocal contributions from Kiefer Sutherland and Mary Lynn Rajskub.

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