August 2007
Only 90 days to go!
Posted on August 29, 2007 by Leandro
Cover art for Bender's Big Score is out (pictured below) and the DVD is ready for preorder at Amazon for 20 bucks. It's currently rated as #116 in DVD sellers, so start putting those preorders in! The higher it climbs the list, the better our chance of getting more Futurama after the four movies are released!

Also, The Futurama Point has had the entire Futurama Returns comic scanned for you to read for a while. I'm giving all our visitors the head up in case they haven't seen it yet. Click here to go read it!
Tim(e) Keeps on Slippin'
Posted on August 28, 2007 by Tim
Being as in real life I'm a techie by nature and a bureaucrat by misfortune I have this habit of putting meters on things and trying to measure them. So it didn't escape my notice that today marks the one year anniversary of Graham handing me the keys to the Madhouse and saying "knock yourself out" as he walked away (laughing). He also said something about a first born, a pound of flesh, and four ripe pears which I never did figure out. A few days later he posted the picture you see at the right, saying that it "represents what Tim will be doing once he realises what mess he's got himself into" and "Any similarity between Tim and the frustrated man shown in the picture is purely coincidental. Although the longer he stays here, the more likely he'll be losing his hair". The joke was on him however, since the picture is actually a pretty good likeness and I was already loosing my (visible) hair anyway.

What's hard to believe is that a whole year has gone by already. It's been a lot of work and not without it's challenges to be sure, but it's also been a lot of fun and I've been privileged to get to know a lot of really neat people from around the world. And, what's even better, in that time Futurama has gone from dead and gone to a glorious rebirth. Now I'm not claiming there's any connection ......

So anyway, I'd like to thank Leandro and Graham for providing this great corner of the web for us to play in. Over the last year, I've done most of the visible work, but they do at least as much behind the scenes (I suspect it's a LOT more). I'd also like to thank everyone who has sent us their stories, poems, songs, artwork, videos, etc - that constant stream of material keeps the site fresh and alive. And lastly but by no means leastly, the myriad of visitors, most unknown to us, that visit the site.

Ok, enough of that. Back to work - leading off for year two is the long awaited part 4 of Steven Gurman's Fan Fiction So Easy A Caveman Could Do It. Maybe we'll finally find out what Fry is doing frozen in a cave on Pluto.

That's all for now. The old in-box is once again empty for the first time in I don't know how long, so now would be a great time to send more stuff. Or ripe pears, ripe pears are good too.
Spontaneous combustion
Posted on August 25, 2007 by Tim
Leela is ... spontaneous is what The Real Joe Cool calls this Fan Art. It's his first contribution to the Madhouse and I can't think of anything more I can say about it that won't net me terse note from Graham. So I'll just say Thanks Joe, and I'll be on the lookout for any unreal Joe Cools.

And speaking of things going up in flames, what has Fry trying to wring the neck of a robot, Bender discovering a most unlikely fellow folk singer wannabe robot, An infestation of clones, and the PE crew wanted by the law? Yep, it's just another day at work for Leela, Fry, and Bender in part 3 of Steven Gurman's new Fan Fiction called So Easy A Caveman Could Do It.

"Open your mouth...no, not that mouth." "...I only have one." "Really!" The classic scene from The Series Has Landed is illustrated here by SonicPanther. She also sends a couple of other new pieces of Fan Art, about which she says "These are a crossover/fusion thing with Futurama and a certain book series that nobody else but me probably reads. Huzzah!!". Huzzahs indeed, 'specially if you can guess what book series that is. I'm thinkin' it's not Harry Potter.
What up?
Posted on August 22, 2007 by Tim
Fry's just hangin' out and tossing back a cold one - of course some days that's ALL he seems to do, at least if you listen to Leela - but she's not around right now, so he's happy to see ya'. Thanks go out to GreenDay for sending us this latest bit of Fan Art.

Following hot on the heels of his first contribution to the Madhouse's Fan Fiction library comes the first two parts of Steven Gurman's (who also also happens to be the Number 1.0 over at the Futurama Fan Forum) latest fic called So Easy A Caveman Could Do It. Fry is sort of a caveman on occasion, and in this fic, he is a caveman, in that he finds himself frozen in a cave on Pluto surrounded by hundreds of armed penguins. Oh the lengths some will go to to get a date or a meal. What does it all mean? Read on and find out.
Aww dat's show shweet!
Posted on August 19, 2007 by Tim
What better way to describe this new bit of Fan Art from Sick Pickles? Yes, that's much better than the "gagging on my own eviscera" that she suggested, although that would have made an eye catching headline. Anyway, after a minor .. um .. technical glitch with this picture I am now known in the questionable realm as "webmaster from hell".

Next we have some new Fan Fiction; from Steven Gurman comes The King and Fry. This story revolves about what happens when one of the Professor's inventions causes Morbo's people to attack the Earth looking for their long, lost king. Bet you can't guess who their long, lost king might be.

And in what is either the second biggest screwup in my time here (and don't even bother asking what #1 was 'cause I ain't tellin') or one of those unexplained glitches of the internet comes this belated bit of Happy Birthday FM/TLZ Fan Art from GreenDay. I swear it only showed up in my in-box a couple of days ago, but all the headers show a date of 21 July. So anyway, better late than never, here 'tis.

Lastly, for those who checked out the new Mahjong game we put up a week or so ago, Rebax 1X has added instructions so if you're like me and don't know how to play the game, this should get you started. They're under the game, just scroll down.
Bending in the sun or Shadows of the Bender?
Posted on August 14, 2007 by Tim
Just a couple of possible titles for this spot of Fan Art from Sick Pickles, one of two new ones she sends us. It's always good to have a catchy title for your artwork for when it gets exhibited in one of those snooty art galleries or displayed in the Louvre.

And for the Fan Fiction fans, if you've been laying awake night pondering the meaning of The Futurama Prophecies you'll rejoice to know that the path to true enlightenment just took a turn into the tall weeds in book 6 of Daniel Leicester's The Kroker Chronicles. In this newest installment, it's 2064 and an unexpected arrival at a top secret laboratory in the Nevada desert unveils a conspiracy stretching back to the beginning of time.

And even thought Xmas is still four and a half months away, that didn't stop The UFO Ninja from sending us this early gift, a Crap Art of Robot Santa.

Ok, that's all for now. I've got lots more stuff to get put up so everyone who's sent things in, don't worry, I'll get to them before Xmas.
Let the games begin
Posted on August 9, 2007 by Tim

Good News Everyone, we have a new game - Mahjongg (which I finally had to break down and learn how to play ) featuring all of our favorite Futurama characters. And there's a new link to it over there to your left in the Interactive section. Thanks (and some leftover Kudos) to Reba 1X for building and submitting this.

And if that isn't enough good news, here's more: Bender's Big Score is available for pre-order on Foxstore.com and they give a synopsis of the movie, bootlegged reproduced here:

"As Xmas 3007 approaches, the Futurama crew must fight to save Earth in an epic battle against nudist alien Internet scammers.

When the evil naked aliens launch a cyber-attack on Planet Express, they make a shocking discovery: the secret of time travel, mysteriously tattooed on Fry's buttocks. Using their devious nudist software to control Bender, they repeatedly send the beer-fueled robot back in time to loot Earth of its greatest treasures. Bender's rampage through history has shocking repercussions when he encounters Al Gore (guest-starring as himself) during the 2000 Presidential recount. Meanwhile, Leela finds true love, a beloved crew member suffers an embarrassing decapitation, and Fry learns deep secrets about his destiny and his buttocks.

Al Gore, Coolio and Sarah Silverman guest star."

Sounds like this is gonna be good. There's already some fresh discussion on the forum as to what this all means.

Oh, and Graham wanted me to be sure to mention that no fluffy kittens were harmed in the making of this update.
Cleaning up after the party
Posted on August 5, 2007 by Tim
Yes, FM/TLZ's 8th birthday bash kind of got overshadowed by all the great news coming out of ComicCon, but that's OK because we know that the rebirth of Futurama is what's really important. I want to say thanks to Leandro and Graham for some long distance help on the Happy Birthday FM/TLZ update. And speaking of which, here is a spot of Fan Art from Sick Pickles that arrived just minutes too late to make it in (it has since been added). Moral of the story - if you've got some almost finished happy birthday Fan Art you didn't quite get finished in time, send it in anyway. Better late than never.

And it's been quite a while since we've had any new Fan Fiction, but that changes now with part 1 of Ramon 51's magnum opus, Married With Children. This fic is the second in a series he calls the "Fry Family Chronicles". In it, Fry and Leela get married, adopt Sally, and face an evil plot by Zapp Brannigan. In a way, this story is about finding Leela finding her roots.