I thought Alan Moore had some feud with Fox…

This is just a friendly reminder that Northampton’s most famous magician, Alan Moore is scheduled to make his American animated debut on this Sunday’s episode of The Simpsons. Also scheduled to appear on this comic shop-centric episode are indie comics heroes Art Spiegelman and Dan Clowes, not to mention Jack Black.

I don’t watch this show anymore, and haven’t for years, but I’ll tune in for this. The last time they got me to do this was Ricky Gervais, and it kind of sucked, so we’ll see what happens.

I’ve got to say, there can’t be all that many people in the world who know who or care about these guest stars, but I’m glad the writers (pre-strike) decided to give them a little face time. Or voice time I guess.


  1. I haven’t watched in a while either, but wanted to see this one. Thanks for the heads up.

  2. I still watch this show in re-runs from time to time. But I can’t stand the new ones. I’ll tune in tonight since it’s going to be “comic shop-centric”

  3. Same situation. Haven’t tuned into the Simpsons on a Sunday in 4 or 5 years. It’s likely to be a short cameo, but this is a good reason to watch. Thanks for the heads up.

  4. I’m watching this episode with a few friends.

    I’m the only one laughing.

  5. the ultimate inside joke for comicbook fans. HaHaHa.

  6. I had just read Maus and Caricature too. That makes it so much greater.

    But now the episode is boring.

  7. ending redeemed it slightly

  8. Did anyone outside of this site and Newsarama have any idea what was going on in this episode? “Who the hell is Art Speegyman?”

  9. The watchmen joke was okay

  10. still the simpsons suck now

  11. this show is unbearable

  12. Wow. Who was that for?

    There wasn’t even time for the story they wanted to do.

    I mean, the comic stuff was pretty funny, but who the hell is going to get those jokes? Ugh.

  13. Maybe I misunderstood the premise when it was announced a year ago, but I thought Alan Moore was running the new comic book store. This episode was very disappointing.

    Nothing resolved. Marge now owns a succesful women’s gym and The Comic Book Guy is out of a job? I don’t mean to sound like I am complaining about the wreck of Simpson’s continuity, but instead highlight bad story telling. The first act was all setup for the new comic book store, which lead into the second act about Marge openning a new a gym, which goes into a third act where Homor gets plastic surgery because he is worried Marge will now leave him? And that is all that happens. What the Hell? Is Paul Jenkins writing for The Simpsons? Okay, sorry, I take that back. I don’t want to hate on Jenkins. Anyway. That is what Simpsons does. It takes these crazy right angle directions to tell its story, but in the end everything, usually, wraps up. This one just ended.

    This is why The Simpsons is so awful. It is past its time. It hasn’t been clever or socially relevent in, maybe, ten years. Maybe more. Fox keeps it on the air so they can have the longest running sitcom. I don’t know anyone who regularly watches the new episode. I watch the show in passing out of obligation to the show it used to be, which I really enjoed.

    I hate to say it, but the Family Guy is a little bit funnier than the Simpsons. Or the Family Guy does what passes for “funny” on television today better than the Simpsons does it. And I think the Simpsons knows it is being out classed by a knock off or at the very least the network knows it. Because the Simpsons has been becoming more and more Family Guy-like over the past few years. Where the right angle story telling is not uncommon for the Simpsons, in the end the plots made some sort of sense. That hasn’t always been the case with the Family Guy episodes I have seen. And now the Simpsons are doing it. I don’t know. Maybe its me. I am going to stop ranting now.

    I do give them credit for advertising “porn” with the Lost Girls promo behind Alan Moore at the comic book signing. That would have been edgey if anyone outside of the comic book niche knew what Lost Girls is.

  14. Simpsons cartoons aren’t meant to wrap up neatly. At least, they can often get away with it. Some of the best episodes (which to my mind reside firmly in the first 4 seasons) left nearly everything in Springfield in disarray yet managed to have an ending that felt right.

    Having said that I don’t know if this was one of those episodes. I got a call from my stepmom part-way through and missed most of the show. But the scene with Bart rummaging through the old Robin comics was pretty good.

  15. Now that I think about it, if Homer can be made the owner of the Denver Broncos then I guess there is no reason why Marge can’t be left with her own ladies gym.

    Still, it is a more satisfying episode if the status quo is returned by the end of the episode. In the same epsiode when Homer ends up owning the Broncos, the plot involved Homer doing what was best for his family. He set aside his own success so they would be happy. There is heart in the Simpsons that I just don’t see in new episodes. This epsiode with Alan Moore was a bunch of bits that didn’t accomplish anything. They were kinda funny in the moment, but they didn’t amount to much by the end. Did they?

  16. I dont think the idea of having things being absurd was the problem, but the story was disjointed. There has to be a complete story: beginning, middle and end. However, unorthodox that gets done, it has to get done. It had no ending.

  17. I loved it.