THE SIMPSONS DID A MIYAZAKI TRIBUTE

Hayao Miyazaki, he Japanese master of animation celebrated his 73rd birthday on January 5th and The Simpsons paid tribute. There’s references to My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, Ponyo, and more.

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Simpsons x A BATHING APE Baby Milo Collection

BAPE has announced a collab with The Simpsons. You have no idea how happy this makes me. Japanese streetwear with the coolest television show to ever exist on network TV? Wild.

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Threadless $10 Sale on Disney + Simpsons + Minecraft

TODAY ONLY, which totally sucks because I’m dirtshit poor right now. Every Threadless shirt related to Simpsons, Disney, Minecraft, and a couple of others are only $10. Grab one today before they’re sold out of your style preference.

30% off Threadless Simpsons Shirts

Those of you who don’t already know, I am a HUGE Simpsons fan. I own pretty much every 6-inch vinyl figure Kidrobot has created from the series and I can quote pretty much any episode from Seasons 7 or 8, so it kind of sucks seeing a deal like this when you’ve got absolutely no cash in your bank account.

But for those who do have money for the holidays: Threadless is having a 30% off sale on all their shirts that aren’t already $10, which includes this huge batch of Simpsons tees. Personally, I’m a huge fan of Homer’s muumuu design, from the episode “King-Size Homer," in which homer makes himself fat to claim disability so he could work from home.

Cop a shirt today. Threadless' 30% off sale ends on December 6.

The Simpsons X Hello Kitty
This unlikely (albeit, unsurprising) collaboration celebrates the 40th anniversary of Hello Kitty and the 25th anniversary of The Simpsons.
"Hello Kitty and THE SIMPSONS have impacted pop culture around the world,” says Janet Hsu, President and COO of Sanrio, Inc. “Our collaboration comes at a perfect time as we celebrate major milestones for both brands. The exclusive product offering will feature a fun and unexpected take on THE SIMPSONS’ transformation within Hello Kitty’s supercute world."
“Fusing Hello Kitty’s iconic design sensibility with each SIMPSONS character, this unique collaboration will delight fans of Hello Kitty, THE SIMPSONS and everyone in between,” said Roz Nowicki, Executive Vice President of global sales and retail at Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products. “Just in time for back-to-school, fans of every age can own a special product from the line of this historical collaboration.”
Fans can look forward to the new product line when it drops around the back-to-school season in 2014.

The Simpsons X Hello Kitty

This unlikely (albeit, unsurprising) collaboration celebrates the 40th anniversary of Hello Kitty and the 25th anniversary of The Simpsons.

"Hello Kitty and THE SIMPSONS have impacted pop culture around the world,” says Janet Hsu, President and COO of Sanrio, Inc. “Our collaboration comes at a perfect time as we celebrate major milestones for both brands. The exclusive product offering will feature a fun and unexpected take on THE SIMPSONS’ transformation within Hello Kitty’s supercute world."

“Fusing Hello Kitty’s iconic design sensibility with each SIMPSONS character, this unique collaboration will delight fans of Hello Kitty, THE SIMPSONS and everyone in between,” said Roz Nowicki, Executive Vice President of global sales and retail at Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products. “Just in time for back-to-school, fans of every age can own a special product from the line of this historical collaboration.”

Fans can look forward to the new product line when it drops around the back-to-school season in 2014.

Day of the Dead Homer from Kidrobot

To celebrate Los Dias de los Muertos, Kidrobot will be releasing this 6-inch vinyl Homer figure rocking sugar skull face paint and fancy Mexican duds on October 3 at kidrobot.com and select retailers.

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"The Homer," Visits Fox Studios

Check it out! Originally conceived from Homer in Season 2 of The Simpsons, here comes a real-life version of "The Homer." The car recently took a trip to Fox Studios to say hello to crew members. Check out Matt Groening in the car in the photos above! The photos come from The Simpsons' official Facebook page.

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Buy it: The Simpsons: Season 2 [DVD]
Kidrobot x Simsons Bumblebee Man
¡Dios mio! Kidrobot and The Simpsons are at it again, this time with their rendition of Bumblebee Man. He stands 6 inches tall and includes a fly swatter accessory. You can pick one up starting September 26 for $49.99 right here.
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Kidrobot x Simsons Bumblebee Man

¡Dios mio! Kidrobot and The Simpsons are at it again, this time with their rendition of Bumblebee Man. He stands 6 inches tall and includes a fly swatter accessory. You can pick one up starting September 26 for $49.99 right here.

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Things I Bought At MegaCon: Day 2

Continuing on the track of posting about shit I bought at this year’s MegaCon, here’s my day 2 purchases. Like I said before, I’m really going to spend all my money on Sunday, so I spent a lot of time today going around the artist alley and seeing what I could find. Didn’t spend as much yesterday, but I am happy with the buys.

First row, left photo: Issac from Dead Space commission photo watercolor: My girlfriend’s been on a huge Dead Space kick for the last two months and while we decided to go up and down the huge artist alley,  she thought it’d be a great idea to find someone to illustrate something for her. She got this awesome Issac Clarke watercolor done by artist Ashley Lannfor a mere $30. Bargain, really, considering most artists in the alley do work for $50+ and have limitations of what to draw. Lanni did a great job drawing Issac after Googling him and working on the picture in under two hours.

First row, right photo: Brad Goodman Simpsons Figure: I went to the convention with Simpsons merch specifically on my buying list and this was really all I could find action figure wise. Picked it up for $5, which I thought was a huge steal. Figure goes for $3.99 on Amazon, so thankfully I didn’t get ripped off and technically could’ve paid less money on the figure, but it would’ve been more for shipping.

Second row, Adventure Time #4 variant: I thought about how hard it is to come across some of the variants after picking up issue #1 of the series yesterday at Boom’s booth for $10, so I returned and picked this cover up. Scott C. drew it. Also bought this issue for $10. It’s running for about $16 on Amazon.

Third row, RAK Graphics trading cards: This guy had a neat booth of his own work to sell off in a damn cool way. The booth was for RAK Graphics and the seller sold trading cards of whatever character he had drawn up in his own style for a buck each. I spent $1 for each of these character cards, so in total I spent $8.

Forth/Fifth rows, original art prints from artist Peter Nguyen: These prints were from an artist in the Artist Alley named Peter Nguyen. I’m fucking impressed. My dollars were spent wisely here — I got these three original prints for $25. He also signed all three of them. I’m framing them this week.

Today is the final day of attending the convention. I’ll be buying a lot of comics (I hope!) and picking up a commission piece I asked for yesterday. It’s a surprise. I’ll reveal it tonight…

Anyway, total I spent today: roughly $78. Total so far: $154.

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Things I Bought At MegaCon: Day 1

MegaCon 2013 kicked off today in Orlando and I’m definitely feeling it in my pockets. Thing is, with most conventions I have a huge problem tallying and keeping track of the cash I spend, especially now with most booths offering payments from credit/debit cards via the Square app. I’ve decided to post my spendings for each day of this weekend’s convention to help keep track of my bad spending habits and link comparative prices to Amazon to see if I really saved or not. Also, I really just wanted to post and brag about all the cool shit I bought today.

Best tip I can offer to convention-goers regarding money spending situations: visit your bank’s ATM before heading to a convention. I didn’t follow that rule before heading to the con today and I’m surely feeling that worrying feeling regarding my checking account. You can avoid simple ATM fees, credit/debit card taxes/processing fees, and you can easily haggle prices with most booths with physical cash.

Anyway, if this lot of bullshit I bought doesn’t look like much today, check out for this Sunday’s upcoming post. Should definitely be the day I spend the least amount of cash for an abundance of cheap comic books during the last hour on the final day.

Top photo, Young Avengers #1/Adventure Time #1
You guys may be thinking, “Why the Hell would Kevin (you don’t know my name, now you do) spend money on those two comics when he can buy them at any comic book store?” Well, yes, I might be able to if I looked hard enough, but I really can’t beat the prices I bought them for. Both of these titles are relatively new, with Young Avengers being out since January and Adventure Time out since early last year, yet both of these variant covers are hard to find.

The Young Avengers cover was done by Scott Pilgrim author, Bryan Lee O’Malley. In order for my local comic shop to get a shipment of the variants in, they had to order a certain high amount of issues. Thing is, what the Hell is my local comic shop going to do with 200+ copies of the same comic book variant? Hence why I can’t find it in my city. I got the issue for $6. It’s retailing new on Amazon for $7.50 + shipping.

Now the issue of Adventure Time #1 I picked up has a variant cover drawn by my favorite comic book writer/illustrator, Jeffrey Brown. Boom Studios decided that for their first issue of the Adventure Time comic, they’d released a slew of variant covers to make the launch extra special and cool. Of course, Adventure Time is super fucking popular, so those five different variant covers of the first issue sold out pretty fast. Right now, the first issue printing on Amazon is retailing, at cheapest, for $11.98 + $3.99 shipping. But that’s not the variant cover I got. The cover I got apparently is much harder to find and Amazon doesn’t link it. The comic book site I frequently order from, Mile High Comics, has the issue listed at $128 in near mint condition. I’m assuming I have a mint condition in my possession that I need to immediately read and seal up. I got it for $10 today from Boom’s official booth!

Second row, Minecraft and Wonder Woman decals, various patches: There’s a much cooler feeling looking at patches and decal stickers on a giant wall in person, rather than being on the Internet and browsing Etsy for an hour straight to find what you want. There were several booths that sold various decals and patches. I grabbed the Minecraft and Wonder Woman decals for my girlfriend and I at $5. Etsy lists most decals of that size between $2-$5.

I mean, I guess I didn’t have to buy it in person and I could’ve save a buck or two, seeing on how Etsy folk wouldn’t have charged me shipping to send paper anyway, but…whatever, it’s done with and I’m not going to already say I have my first buyer’s regret. It’s just $5 (right? right?!!?). No big loss here.

The patches are an entirely different story. Most conventions have a booth or three with patches being a big portion of sales. I’m pretty sure they’re all the same people with the same company, but that may just be a huge assumption I’m making based off of the sole fact that they all had some really shitty quality patches of the same thing. Cheap patches of anything you want could be found on Etsy for $7 or less. Good quality patches are usually sold at $7 or more. The booth I grabbed these patches with had a mixture of both good and bad, all with the same price. The deal was: $8 for one patch, two for $15, three for $20, and 10 for $60. My buddy grabbed five Star Trek patches, I grabbed that Bart patch, and my girlfriend got the other Harry Potter, Dead Space, and Wonder Woman patches shown. I think the savings here were a no brainer.

Third row, Itchy and Scratchy Funko plush toys: These were an awesome find since I haven’t been able to find them at any store in the city. My girl got these for me at $10 each, so $20 was spent on the two. Really happy to get me hands on them. Amazon has them for cheaper though, with Itchy going for $6.50 and Scratchy for $7.41.

Forth row, Psycho and Mr. Sparkles t-shirts: So this was about the time where I was really feeling the hurt on my wallet. A t-shirt booth with loads of shit you can’t find at your local Hot Topic. I kind of have beef with a majority of the items this booth sold. Prices were $22 a shirt, but $40 for two. As you can see, I purchased two shirts which ultimately saved me only around $2 since they charged my ass for using a debit card. Amazon’s got around the same prices, with the Mr. Sparkles shirt going for $20 and Hitchock’s Psycho shirt being sold about the same.

Big thing to watch out for in t-shirt booths is to not get ripped off. Around 40% of the shirts I found around this particular booth could be found at Walmart, Target, or Hot Topic at significantly cheaper prices. I don’t think anyone can justify buying a Gumby shirt at $22 a pop when Walmart sells those bitches for $6.50. Granted, the 60% of clothing offered is stuff that’s difficult to find offline, so I do think those hefty tags are worth it.


All of Friday’s purchases are listed up top, clocking me around a very roughly added $76 spent. I’m making another list of food expenses to add to this list at the end of the weekend. We’ll see if I come up short on rent this month or not.

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Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare”

Fox posted their Academy Award-nominated animated short, The Longest Daycare, starring Maggie Simpson, up on their YouTube channel today. For those unfamiliar with the short, this played directly before screenings of Ice Age: Continental Drift last year, which hopefully is the reason why many of you have not yet seen it. And if you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend pressing play on the video right now and watching one of the most touching animated shorts I’ve seen (outside of Pixar's work) in a long time.

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Buy it: The Simpsons Eighth Season, because it's my favorite
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Spoke Art Does It Again: Tim Doyle Solo Show
For those who don’t know, Spoke Art is a fantastic art space dedicated to contemporary pop culture art pieces. The previously did stunning shows dedicated to Wes Anderson and Tarantino vs the Coen Brothers.
On February 7th to the 23rd, the Spoke Art space in San Francisco is featuring a Tim Doyle solo exhibit entitled "UnReal Estate II" and features reinterpretations of popular TV locations. The first 100 people get a special “By The Power” print.
Can’t make it to the event? The glorious thing about Spoke Art is that they often sell fine prints and even original pieces on their online store.
In terms of contemporary art, Spoke Art is my go-to place. They feature tons of fantastic artists with a wide array of styles.
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Check It: More Art on AlbotasBuy It: The Simpsons Season 8

Spoke Art Does It Again: Tim Doyle Solo Show

For those who don’t know, Spoke Art is a fantastic art space dedicated to contemporary pop culture art pieces. The previously did stunning shows dedicated to Wes Anderson and Tarantino vs the Coen Brothers.

On February 7th to the 23rd, the Spoke Art space in San Francisco is featuring a Tim Doyle solo exhibit entitled "UnReal Estate II" and features reinterpretations of popular TV locations. The first 100 people get a special “By The Power” print.

Can’t make it to the event? The glorious thing about Spoke Art is that they often sell fine prints and even original pieces on their online store.

In terms of contemporary art, Spoke Art is my go-to place. They feature tons of fantastic artists with a wide array of styles.

Follow Spoke Art on Twitter.

Check It: More Art on Albotas
Buy It: The Simpsons Season 8
¡Ay Caramba! Screen-used Simpsons Cels @ Entertainment Earth
One thing I’ve always wanted but have never actually bought is a screen-used animation cel from Evangelion. If you’re as obsessed with The Simpsons as I am with Eva, check out the new batch of cels being sold by Entertainment Earth. They’re going for $500-ish, give or take.

¡Ay Caramba! Screen-used Simpsons Cels @ Entertainment Earth

One thing I’ve always wanted but have never actually bought is a screen-used animation cel from Evangelion. If you’re as obsessed with The Simpsons as I am with Eva, check out the new batch of cels being sold by Entertainment Earth. They’re going for $500-ish, give or take.

Just About Every Geek Culture Reference Ever Mashed Into One Visually Insane Music Video

Experimental punk group The Death Set have some pretty out-there videos, but this one for “They Come To Get Us” is by far the most aesthetically outrageous. It also features references to Back to the Future, Batman, The Simpsons, Star Wars, Star Trek, Street Fighter, Super Mario Bros., and more.

A Little Bit on the Kwik-E Side: First The Simpsons have Banksy create an opener, now they’ve got an episode featuring Shepard Fairey, Ron English, Kenny Scharf, and Robbie Conal. The artists recorder their own voiceovers for their parts. The episode, Exit Through the Kwik-E Mart aires on Sunday, March 4.

A Little Bit on the Kwik-E Side: First The Simpsons have Banksy create an opener, now they’ve got an episode featuring Shepard Fairey, Ron English, Kenny Scharf, and Robbie Conal. The artists recorder their own voiceovers for their parts. The episode, Exit Through the Kwik-E Mart aires on Sunday, March 4.

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