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12.09.14 Rhett Jones

We all know that Lisa Simpson is smart, and Edna Crabapple’s a teacher so maybe she’s intelligent too, but when it comes to the likelihood of them publishing peer-reviewed academic papers there’s at least one catch: Lisa and Mrs. Crabapple are both fictional characters on The Simpsons. Two academic journals didn’t seem to notice that […]

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09.29.14 Marina Galperina

Thanks to Academy Award-nominated animator/filmmaker Don Hertzfeldt, the couch gag of last night’s season premiere of “The Simpsons” was a small, brilliant opus. The Simpson family travelled far into the future where Lisa and Bart’s forms became reminiscent of the aliens in Hertzfeldt’s Meaning Of Life. A cloud-creature made an appearance; its anus was not bleeding. The sequence then transitioned into splatters […]

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05.13.14 Sophie Weiner

Bartkira — a crowd-sourced reimagining of Katsuhiro Otomo’s “Akira” with the characters from Matt Groening’s The Simpsons — has reached its next stage of evolution. A year ago, it popped up as an ingeniously wacky Tumblr project by James Harvey and Ryan Humphrey. Since then, the project has exploded both online and IRL, with over 500 participating artists and recently, the project was shown at […]

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12.20.13 Marina Galperina

This is Marge and Homer Simpson, “immortalized” by artist aleXsandro Palombo in the style of photographer Helmut Newton and I hate it as an art project. Not because it’s kitschy, subpar link bait. Because it communicates, through pop culture, the weakest highlights of the “Newton aesthetic” and only the banal bits of the sadomasochistic housewife motif. See “Marge […]

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05.22.13 Julia Dawidowicz

Earlier, artists James Harvey and Ryan Humphrey challenged the internet with an epic proposal: Retell Otomo Katsuhiro’s manga cult classic Akira in its entirety, using only characters from The Simpsons. So far, Bartkira has basically blown up on Tumblr with diverse and creative submissions. Harvey has already recruited 768 people to create 6 pages each […]

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04.12.12 Marina Galperina

Here’s a Putin parody of the Simpsons montage inspired by the “Noah takes a photo of himself every day for 6 years” YouTube video. It celebrates Putin’s 12 years of czarist reign over Russia including that brief time Medvedev pretended to be president, commemorating the corrupt election everyone knew he was going to win. Notable allusions:  The locked […]

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01.31.12 Marina Galperina

This Unreal Estate serigraph series by Austin-based artist Tim Doyle takes you to Moe’s, the Seinfeld diner and all other “locations” you’ve been going to for decades, but not really. Or yes, really. Don’t pretend that these works with their bold hues and heavy, comic-book lines don’t conjure up a chummy feeling of familiarity. “These […]

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10.04.11 Marina Galperina

Remember those Simpsons’ helicopter gag gasps of insurgency against their FOX overlords? Yeah, barely. Now, after 23 seasons and almost 500 episodes, looks like News Corp is tightening its grip around the show’s throat, with the executives forcing the actors to take a draconian 45% pay cut or eat their shorts, presumably. […]

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11.30.10 Marina Galperina

Sunday, The Simpsons continued their little insurgency with a second helicopter gag. Not only is Fox News #1 with racists, but also “Unsuitable for Viewers Under 75.” Looks like old man O’Reilley got to them though, as the ‘copter was wiped from the online streaming version of the episode. […]

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11.22.10 Marina Galperina

The Simpsons took direct jabs at Fox News last night. The “unbalanced” Fox news-copter crashed and Smithers cozied up to Dick Cheney because he “likes to stack men naked.” […]

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