It’s that time of year again…..a few hours before E3, which means it’s time for Arcade1Up’s annual dump of new products. They’re stretching the definition of “new” this go-round, though.
At this point, twenty seasons of The Simpsons have been released on DVD — two thirds of the current library, roughly. At the pace they’re going, 20th Century Fox and its parent company The Walt Disney Company should get to our current season by the time Fox broadcasts the 47th. But the important thing is, all the truly classic seasons and episodes are available, except “Stark Raving Dad.”
I first interviewed Kimmy Robertson in 2016, and ever since then, we’ve regularly exchanged texts and had conversations with each other. Kimmy has become a very good friend of mine, and an ally to turn to when I’m experiencing dark times. For all we covered in our initial interview, there was a lot that we didn’t have the chance to discuss, and one topic that couldn’t be talked about due to secrecy at the time. I knew that Take 2 had to happen, so we talked on Monday, March 18th about a whole new array of topics.
Bongo Comics, the publishing company founded by Matt Groening that mainly printed Simpsons-related material, exits the comic book market this month. It’s sad to see them go, but you couldn’t ask for a better sendoff than the tribute FilmSpringfield put together.
D’oh! Bongo Comics is turning out the lights and calling it quits. The comic publisher, founded by Matt Groening, mainly existed to publish comic books based on his Fox creations — Simpsons and Futurama. Alas, Bongo will not be around to comic-ify Netflix’s Disenchantment.
Good news has arrived for all fans of The Simpsons after it was confirmed by the official Twitter account of the show that all principle cast members, including Harry Shearer, had signed new contracts. This means that the Spinal Tap member would not be giving up his roles on the cartoon, something that Mr. Burns would probably describe as, “Excellent.”
When it comes to shows lasting a long time, an inevitable truth is that some characters will either move on or be retired in one form or another. For cartoons, that’s true to an extent, but voice actors can honestly go on for awhile as long as they’re able to speak (so to speak).
The voice actor behind Ned Flanders, Mr. Burns, Waylon Smithers, Principal Skinner, Kent Brockman, Dr. Hibbert, Scratchy and Lenny (NOT LENNY!), and probably many others that don’t come to mind at the moment, has tweeted that contract negotiations between him and Fox have fallen through and he is now leaving the series after 26 years.
San Diego Comic Con is one of the biggest events on the calendar, and with it comes its trademark mix of comics, movies, TV, games, cosplay, toys, weirdness and much more. We’ve tried desperately to keep track of everything that went on and cherry pick out the best news from the show. Here’s our picks from the TV show present at SDCC.