This is one of those little ditties that has been stuck in my head since it aired... ie, Homer singing his little "I am evil Homer! I am evil Homer!" song to the conga line chant. (I think?) I tried to time it to synch up... May not have worked too well.
Some Qoutes: -Grandpa: My Homer is not a communist. He may be a liar, a pig, an idiot, a communist, but he is not a porn star. -Homer: Kids, you tried your best and you failed miserably. The lesson is, never try.
Bart Simpson's Treehouse of Horror #14 coming September 24, 2008!
A few months ago, I was asked by Bongo Comics to pencil a 15-page story for this year's annual Simpsons Halloween issue. It's called "Murder He Wrote," and is a direct parody of Death Note done in a manga style. You can see a news stub about it here: [link]
If you can't find it in stores, search it on Google -- there are plenty of places where you can order it online.
This is just a picture I did for fun to help promote the issue! If you liked this, check out my other piece: Theee Deaaath Nooote.
UPDATE (August 12, 2009): "Murder He Wrote" won the 2009 Eisner Award for Best Short Story!!
Because I couldn't find a steampunk version of the simpsons anywhere on dA. Apologies if someone DID draw/paint one (would love a link if you did). Yes, my scanner is getting revenge for being called rubbish. Bleurgh. Yet again, love you all, my beautiful people
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I've had to be patient, since I wanted this to look just right. But believe me, I've been very eager during the whole process to see this end result.
What started out as a simple drawing grew a lot more complex, especially after the sudden popularity of the original. So I decided to add some more characters and arrange it with the intent of making prints. I've still got to drive over to the printers sometime to make sure, but I'm confident that it will go smoothly. When I'm positive I'll be sure to let you all know, so you can purchase 11x17" prints of this. And of course they won't have the watermarks.
Most of these characters I'm sure you'll recognize, but I'll go down the list and attribute each one to their respective fast food chain. Also, I figured it might be special to include a few thoughts I had while creating each of them.
Going from top to bottom, left to right:
Jack In The Box After seeing those commercials with the bus collision that results in Jack's temporary coma, specifically the amateur report that reveals the accident was a hit job involving "The King" and "R. McD.", it seemed very appropriate. Not to mention this is the second time he's had facial reconstructive surgery, according to the commercials, after certain company board members had tried to dispose of him earlier. So leaving the scars seemed like a good touch.
McDonald's Right off I knew to be careful not to make Ron McDonald look like a rip-off of Dark Knight's Joker. Still, comparisons have and will be made, but that can't be helped. After all, they both wear suits and clown makeup. Actually, I tried to go a very different direction with Ronald and his crew. I kept thinking how =lazymills1986 might design them. (She's an awesome artist, for those who don't know. Check her out.)
Burger King Felt like a cross between Colombian drug lord and robber baron with his design. If B.K. had a voice, he'd sound like Señor Esteban Vihaio from Kill Bill 2. However, B.K. is not a pimp. Just making that known.
Wendy's Went for a more Victorian aristocrat feel in her design, but with a touch of Southern belle.
Kentucky Fried Chicken "The Colonel" was the easiest. Didn't do anything to him, save for changing his suit gray and adding pinstripes.
Papa John's Pizza Like "the Colonel", there wasn't much to do with "Papa" John. Honestly, having a real person to model them after takes the fun out of the creative process.
Little Caesars Sort of looks like Clemenza from Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather, doesn't he? I didn't really see it 'til now. That was probably subconscious, since I'm a die hard Godfather fan.
Taco Bell Okay, yes, the resemblance here was definitely intentional. Think Tony Montana, but with a Napoleon complex. The nickname comes from a combination of his short stature and the fact that he twitches constantly, since he's a user. Yes friends, he's a junk food junkie. As Frank Lopez says, "Rule number two: don't get high on your own supply."
Panda Express This was fun to do, since all I had to go on was the panda in their logo. If you're curious about the front of her dress, it's part of a traditional Chinese (or traditional Chinese-style, at least) painting I found depicting a family, I'm assuming, of pandas amongst some vegetation. You catch just part of a tree, here.
Sonic's Drive-in Alright, now Troy "the Trojan" here is your legitimate pimp in the group. I didn't want to make it particularly obvious, since he's not your cheap street hustler. He's a man among the top of the flesh peddling hierarchy. And yes, the nickname has a few meanings behind it. Also, =Arada was pushing for a presence for Sonic's because of the girl carhops. She asked for some "roller hoes", so she got it. Sonic's apparently had an advertisement character called Katie the carhop, but I'm buggered on where to find any actual pictures or footage of her.
Quiznos Remember those Quizno commercials with the talking baby, Bob? Just took him and made him up like George Nelson. I still can't help thinking of the latter in O Brother, Where Art Thou? He's so bipolar in that movie, but that's what makes him memorable.
Subway Jared Fogle made this one interesting, since it presented me with the opportunity of doing a thin and thick version of the character as twin brothers. Reminded me a little bit of Laurel and Hardy. Also, note that the thin brother is wearing suspenders while the other is not.
Dairy Queen When you see those red lips on the DQ commercials, and if you've seen The Rocky Horror Picture Show, your mind can't help jumping to that. =Arada had a big part in this character's creation, since she was the one who introduced me to the film in the first place. The makeup was modeled to be like Tim Curry's. I'm not into the drag queen scene myself, but that dude makes it work somehow. And I suppose watching plenty of Monty Python skits, too.
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