Groening's angels (not)
Posted on December 3, 2013 by Tim
|Return with us now to those thrilling days of Season six where we were still rejoicing that Futurama had been renewed for another season, or something like that. One of the best episodes of that era was Overclockwise which, when written, was intended as the series finale since, when written, the show had not yet been picked up for another season. Yes, it's all very confusing. Must less confusing, but perhaps somewhat disturbing, is this new Fan Art from Todor which is the post of Mom that was hanging on the wall of her son's room.|
And while researching for this (and by "researching" I mean trying to remember the name of the episode that scene was from and how to spell Matt's last name) I ran across this little tidbit over on The Infosphere that ought to be of interest to all: Simpsorama is an upcoming episode of The Simpsons which features the characters of Futurama. It was announced on 20 July 2013, at Comic-Con, by Simpsons executive producer Al Jean. The episode was written by Futurama and Simpsons writer J. Stewart Burns. It will air on Fox, as the season-25 finale, in May 2014. The episode's plot seems to be based on that of the Star Trek episode The City on the Edge of Forever and has Bart Simpson doing something that affects the future in a really bad way, so Bender travels back in time to kill him. You can get all of the details here.
Let's talk Turkey
Posted on November 27, 2013 by Tim
|In just a few short minutes it will be that national holiday here in the USofA known as Thanksgiving where most of us will eat to excess (more so than usual) and for reasons unknown, Turkey seems to be the central ingredient in most households. Amusing aside - it's a widely believed fact that US founding father Benjamin Franklin wanted the Turkey as the national symbol rather than the bald eagle. Anyway, this occasion, which really won't get under way for real until the morning, usually involves large family gatherings, parades and other festivities, and large meals. And as anyone who has ever hosted a large holiday get together can attest to, nothing ever seems to go right. So let's fast forward to the future when Turkeys are apparently still the main menu item, but the sides have been replaced by more traditional mutant fare like rat giblet stuffing, rat tarts, and sewer sludge frosted doughnuts, and ask the question why should the Planet Express “family's” holiday be any different? That's exactly the premise of dinkdrinker's latest Fan Fiction called THANKSFERNOTHING. Happy Thanksgiving everyone! |
dink also has another Fan Fiction that comes from a completely different direction. It's called All Gave Some ... and it was directly inspired by Ramon's epic war story Run Silent Run Deep. There's been lots of F&L in the military stories written so you don't need to read Ramon's story to get what's going on here, but it would help. Plus you'll be missing a really great story if you don't.
Fan art by Javier Sánchez/The Futurama Point
Posted on November 26, 2013 by Tim
|Here's something you don't see everyday - a pirate ship in a running gun battle with the Robot Mafia in downtown New New York, or a doctor with those ... uh ... impressive credentials, or Leela kicking the head off of a robot ... er .. wait, ok, that last one is normal. But the rest of it isn't, until now. But it's all a sample of what's in the new pages of Inquisitor Hein's Fan Comic 30. The new stuff starts on page 36. |
OK, that was the Thirty so here's the something. It's a new Fan Fiction that starts off with some Farnsworthian good news - “Now that you've made a record number of deliveries, where are you going now? To Slurmworld!” The crew of Planet Express get a golden opportunity to go to the Slurm theme park, but Leela isn't feeling the joy of everyone else. Will Leela find that missing happiness of her youth? Will Mom's diabolical business deal go through? What is Omicronian Slurm made of? These questions and more will be answered in Gulliver63's new illustrated story Slurmworld. Any resemblance to any theme park, either existing or torn down, is purely coincidental. By the way, it's really, really hot there in the summer months.
Fade to (Foghat) Grey?
Posted on November 11, 2013 by Tim
|Well, it's been kind of a long dry spell here at the Madhouse, and then all of a sudden a few things roll in. We'll just call it monsoon season for now. First up is some new Fan Comic pages. These are the continuing saga of Pieter Antonissen's Four Better or For Worse. The latest ass-kissing update starts on page 145. |
And also a couple of Fan Fictions. The first is from Dwayne Anderson and it's part three of his Space Ace Doofus. This, you'll recall, is a tale of a video game gone horribly wrong where Fry ends up swapped into an alternate reality where he must convince those around him that he's not evil (and we all know that being from alternate universes are inherently evil, right? ) and find a way home. Meanwhile, back in his universe, someone else has the exact same problem.
And lastly, it's another tale from that past master of the self-deprecating short story, Rush, with a little missive called Rama End in which Bender rants about the cancellation of their show and shatters every fourth wall in sight.
Posted on October 30, 2013 by Tim
|Happy Halloween everyone! To celebrate, here's two holiday specific and completely unsolicited Fan Arts! The first is from Awalex with this new scary fan art - witches of the future! Now them are my kind of spooks! |
And in this one, kaspired says that he was (desperately) looking for an inspiration, so he ended up going back to a very classic horror movie as a base. Can you guess which one?
Oh, to be young again, and also a robot.
Posted on October 21, 2013 by Tim
|I'm just gonna let Gulliver63 tell this: “Just when you thought it was safe for someone to act their age, I offer this cautionary tale of how Morgan Proctor got changed into a 12-year old version of herself. After this latest experiment-gone-wrong by the Professor, the young Morgan threatens to have Planet Express shut down for good. What will happen when the dreaded Section 17 meeting comes up at the end of the week? All will be revealed in Oh, to be Young Again.” Did I mention that this Fan Fiction was illustrated? Oh my yes. |
Posted on October 15, 2013 by Tim
|More fun on the Fan Fiction front. Last update we featured a fic based on the premise of “Now he’s ugly, and you’ve hurt his feelings” and that reminded dinkdrinker that he was one of the aforementioned denizens and that he'd written a story. So here it is - it's called Beauty Is Only Carapace Deep and it's the tale of What If the professor tried a DNA altering experiment on a hungry and unsuspecting member of the crew? |
And here's someone we haven't heard from in a while - it's Rush, master of the title is longer than the story genre with The Looming Terror: Wrong Universe in which (you aren't going to see this coming) the Looming Terror enters the wrong universe and meets his match. Rush sez “Might as well make fun of my own fan fiction”. It's a dirty job, but someone's got to do it.
Now he’s ugly, and you’ve hurt his feelings
Posted on October 12, 2013 by Tim
|There's a story behind this story. A littler earlier this year (actually it was nearly six months ago now - times sure flies ) a few of the denizens of our Message Board happened to find themselves at similar relative space-time coordinates and they started talking about the art and science of writing Fan Fiction. One of the things they found really, really funny was a line from a Star Wars inspired fic that read “Now he’s ugly, and you’ve hurt his feelings”. After they got over the laughing fits, they all agreed to to write a fic containing that line as a plot element. This one is by MC and it's called The Day Off. In it, Fry and Leela have a day off which they spend fighting a demon bag, a rude chef, and poor mutant hygiene. |
And for another Fan Fiction which I did not have the privilege of witnessing the gestation of here's part II of Dwayne Anderson's Space Ace Doofus. This one, you'll recall, has Fry unable to get past the first level in a new video game, and when he tampers with a malfunctioning invention in the prof's lab, he might just have too ... for real!
These will take you back
Posted on October 7, 2013 by Tim
|Remember the miniature fruit salad tree that Leela gave Fry way back in I, Roommate? Well that was fourteen years ago - even before this site first went live! And in that time, at least in this new Fan Art from Awalex, that tree is all grown up and, from the looks of things, kinda fills the "closet" at the Robot Arms. Leela doesn't mind though, she just samples what it has to offer. Bender, he kicks it up a notch with wine and flowers. And Fry, he has his own unique approach to things. It's not shown but I bet Amy is still slipping on the banana peels whenever she comes over. |
And in the new and improved department, a couple of updates back I mentioned Gulliver63's new Fan Fiction called Futurama Guy. Did I mention that it's Illustrated? I didn't then 'cause it wasn't then, but I've finally got some time to link the pics into the story where they belong so it's illustrated now, so go check it out.
Meanwhile, in other realities ...
Posted on October 1, 2013 by Tim
|... we have things like Slapsabers and Zombie James Dean (who looks remarkably like a Fry who hasn't shaven for a few days ). So what's we gots heres is some new Fan Comic action from !iMmOrTaL!. This is, of course, some new pages to Welcome to the World of Sorrow in which Fry has landed in an alternate reality of his once beloved Future where no one knows who he is. Not his best friend, Bender, nor his distant relative, the Professor, not even the woman of his dreams, Leela! Now Fry must not only find away home, but assist his not so familiar friends in an uprising against it's tyranical dictator, Mom! The new stuff starts on page 31. |
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