December 2014 will mark the 25th anniversary of The Simpsons. In honor of this momentous occasion, we are seeking submissions for a new collection of essays on the show. Formal proposals of 250-500 words (or completed articles), along with a brief biography, should be submitted by Dec. 1, 2013.
We look forward to hearing from you!
It is confirmed: The Simpsons has been renewed for a 26th season. Boy howdy!
According to Variety
Matt Groening, creator of
, has been selected as the winner of the animation writing award from the Writers Guild of America West's Animation Writers Caucus.
The caucus will present the kudo to Groening [Nov. 28] at WGA West headquarters with guild president Christopher Keyser set to attend. The award is given to those who 'advanced the literature of animation in film and/or television through the years and who has made outstanding contributions to the profession of the animation writer.'
Groening joins previous Caucus winners Al Jean, Mike Reiss, and Mike Scully.
Directed by David Silverman and shown before Ice Age: Continental Drift, The Simpsons' short The Longest Daycare has made the shortlist for an Oscar. Since Pixar didn't submit anything this year, there's substantial hope! The shortlist (of 3 or 5) will be released on January 13, along with the rest of the nominees. The Academy Awards will be on February 24. When we Tweeted David Silverman congratulations, he responded: Thanks -- I hope it gets nominated at least! (One step at a time - - - ) The other shorts that made the first round of qualifications can be found at LA Times, over here.
We learn frequently of guest stars, but seldom do they warrant their own post.
Tom Waits warrants his own post.
Unfortunately, when Tom Waits guest stars on The Simpsons on January 6, 2013, he won't be singing. (But you know what? That's fine. Just having him on the show is wonderful. This is something my friends and I have talked about for years.) In the episode entitled "Homer Goes to Prep School," Waits will play a prepper who introduces Homer to a community of survivalists, according to Simpsons writer Michael Price, who also indicated that Mr. Waits was a "delight." (I have not met Tom Waits, but how could he not be a delight? If you want to entertain yourself some evening, look at some of his talk show appearances, especially on Late Night. He's a complete delight. Take, for example, this interview, in which he explains why his youngest child was warned against getting his dad's help with homework.) In the episode, as you might have guessed from the title, Homer will become a prepper. “We did a lot of research into the ‘prepper’ phenomenon, where people are convinced that some horrible catastrophe – like an electromagnetic pulse – is going to occur, and that people will have to survive without the grid,” Al Jean told TVLine. (TVLine is reporting that Waits will play himself, but Price told me that's not the case. I'm inclined to believe Price over TVLine). UPDATE: Chris Ledesma showed me this, showing Waits' character is named Lloyd (and Chris is right, I am giddy). Tom Waits and Simpsons fans know that the connection between the genius and the show actually predates the show by a decade. When in grad school at UCLA, David Silverman worked as an animator on the short film Tom Waits for No One, which won an Academy Award for Scientific and Technical Achievement for its innovative use of rotoscope.
What? You've never seen it? What's wrong with you‽
When I learned of the news on Friday night, I tweeted a simple "damn."
In response, writer Michael Price said this to us:
And TW was a delightful guy. Very happy to be there.and Simpsons production planner Nikki Isordia said
It's a good one!! I was excited to work on it!
Still jumping out of the window in expensive clothes,
At just over four minutes, this may be the shortest short ever. It features Maggie as she returns to the Ayn Rand School for tots (review "A Streetcar Named Marge"). Directed by David Silverman. See trailers here
Friday, March 16, 2012, Karma is presenting on teaching with The Simpsons at WonderCon in Anaheim.
Where to see Karma at WonderCon:
Panel: Everything I Really Need to Know, I Learned from Batman and Bart, Man: Embiggening Brains without Crayon Implants -- Friday, March 16 1:30 - 2:30, Room 210
Panel: Adaptation and Media -- Sunday, March 18 2:00-3:00, Room 210
Also, if you're there, check out our pal Lonnie Millsap, who will be at his small publisher's table.
It's that time again--leaks about next season's guests have started. We'll be updating this list regularly as we are able to verify rumors.
Robert A. Caro
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Colin Meloy (The Decemberists)
Sarah SilvermanJennifer Tilly