April 2013
"... I've been dead before ..."
Posted on April 26, 2013 by Tim
I guess I should have put it in bold - that one important bit from the last update about keep on creating. Now I know everyone is still in shock over the news that our beloved show got canceled (again) but we must not give up. We must promote this new season as hard as we can, we must buy the merchandise, we must sign the petition, we must organize sit-ins and protests in front of Comedy Central (youse guys on the west coast get on that, will you?). And we must keep creating! To inspire you, here's a clever bit of creativity in the form of a new Fan Art from Gulliver63. He sez “I decided to draw the first thing that popped into my head yesterday morning...and the first idea that came to me was Spock saying, "I've been dead before." The background photo I shot in Los Angeles 3 years ago, and was very close to the Fox building as irony would have it.”.
Here we go again
Posted on April 22, 2013 by Tim
“this is definitely the absolute end of the show. I donít know why nobody believes me when I say that”. Those words from David X. Cohen and we all know why no ones believes him. I suppose most everyone knows already - Comedy Central has decided not to renew Futurama. You can read all the gory details, including the context of DXC's words, here. The upside is that we've been through this so often we know how to handle it. Our buddy site The Futurama Point has a list of suggested actions we can take - I'll summarize them: watch, tell, buy, sign the petition, and most important of all - keep creating. We'll keep it going even if the people who stand to make money off of Futurama don't want to.

In the never stop creating department this past weekend saw the 2013 FMMB Fan Fiction Writer's Symposium (F3WS) - a fancy name for a bunch of Futurama nerdlingers getting together and sharing stories and laughs, and stories and laughs we did have. Also food. Pictured here (just before dinner) are (left to right) Marloc, dinkdrinker, Red_Line, and Gulliver63. Also joining us virtually for a short time was Umbreon. This is a group that collectively has over 80 works of Fan Fiction totaling well over six hundred thousand words here on Madhouse alone. And I can tell you, there's a lot more really great stories in those heads. It could have been a much more impressive statistic 'cause Ramon, Flounder, and Frosty were invited but couldn't attend for various reasons. The pic is in a section of Fan's Photos that we call Gatherings, so if you have a 'rama realted gathering, send us pics. Meanwhile, F3WS' motto is “next year in Jerusalem!”
Camping and carping
Posted on April 15, 2013 by Tim
Let's grab some sheets and blankets and a couple of chairs and make a tent and do some indoor camping. How many of us have done that at least once in their life? Admit it, we all have. And here's a Fan Art that has that very thing, Futurama style. LadyBender drew this one of Audrey and Yancy Fry, the sons of Fry and Leela, indoor camping with uncle Bender (who looks like this was just what he had in mind ). And if you look around you'll find a couple of neat details in this pic.

Time to trot out a framegrab of Cubert, which can only mean one thing! Yep, it's some new answers to Cubert's Rants. We haven't had any of those in a while. So Eric, who feels he's not up to drawing picture or writing stories, cranked out a few new answers to some of the clone's rants about Parasites Lost (look for the ones with the red “New” after them).
A tale of two fan comics
Posted on April 12, 2013 by Tim
Just in time for his upcoming North American tour, celebrated Fan Comic artist !iMmOrTaL! sends seven new pages of his comic Welcome to the World of Sorrow. Previously on Futurama, Philip J. Fry gets sucked into a space anomaly the crew is sent to investigate and now he wakes up in a strange new world where no one knows who he is. And in these new pages, starting on page 21, he's starting to realize just what a stranger in a strange land he is.

We reported last time that another brother comic artist extraordinaire, Pieter Antonissen, is suffering from some mysterious alien ailment that makes drawing difficult. And, whereas he has a Fan Comic in midflight, and whereas we'd hate to see said fan comic go into hibernative-naptosis, be it resolved that brother Fan Artists extraordinaire kaspired and Gulliver63 do hereby dedicate this pair of Get Well Soon Pieter Fan Arts. Both feature Kif “planting a flag on the moon”.
Final Message and other stuff
Posted on April 6, 2013 by Tim
Other stuff first, 'cause we have to save the final message for last, 'cause it's final, see? So starting from the beginning, it was really dark, then a bunch of stuff happened, and it all led up to this point in space/time where there appeared four more pages to Pieter Antonissen's Fan Comic Four Better or For Worse. Pieter is (and I hope I am not violating a confidence here) suffering from an as yet undiagnosed ailment that make drawing difficult so he's only been able to squeeze out four new pages. The new ones start on page 110. So give 'em a read, have a laugh, and then drop Pieter a get well soon e-card.

And for the non-visual portion of our program today, we have some Fan Fiction. First up are two from Hailey Sands. The first is Custard! A Bar Rescue Story in which the human hating Robot Elders of Chapek 9 are bent on total universe domination and they start of by setting their sights on Earth. Naturally, the PE Crew gets involved and soon the custard is hitting the fan. Hailey's other fic is called Down By The Old Saw Mill which plays to the tradition of The Blair Witch Project with Farnsworth sending the crew to a planet called Old Saw Mill to make a documentary of a serial killer who lives there and Bender gets mixed feelings about either joining the killer or helping to gang to take him down.

There there's a new Rushfic called Leela's Solution which has a really annoying character from another fandom suddenly appear on the PE ship. Fortunately, Leela's quick thinking saves the say.

And that brings us to the Final Message part to this update. Naturally, this is another Rushfic (what were you thinking ) that sees Farnsworth discovering an ancient machine that tells the fate of it's creators.
Happy Triskaidekaphobia!
Posted on April 1, 2013 by Tim
Triskaidekaphobia - the fear of the number 13. What, you wonder, is the significance of said number all of a sudden? Well, in the spirit of the rebirth of Futurama, this website went through a rebirth 13 years ago today, which means that it's been spreading it's version of nuttiness around the web for all that time, and if that ain't something to fear I don't know what is. You can read all of the gory details in About This Site (which I see needs just a bit of updating ) and you can see what it looked like in the Layout Museum.

One of things you'll find in About This Site is that FM/TLZ celebrates two birthdays: July 27th when it first went on the "air" back in 1999; and April 1, when Leandro rescued it from the bit bucket of history in Y2K.

So here's a toast to everyone who's helped make FM/TLZ the great place is it for the last thirteen years, and here's to many, many more! Now we'll all just keep our various appendages crossed that our namesake show experiences another rebirth - in the form of renewal for another season.