Futurama

August 2011
You left WHO in charge?
Posted on August 31, 2011 by Tim
Farnsworth is off to a scientist's convention (I love symposia), Bender's turning PE into a water park, and don't forget the killbots, Mom and sons, and Wernstrom ... (Wernstrom!). And who could forget the quick jaunt to planet Swede to pick up some “pee-cee-pee” It's all there in Zoey Webber's latest Fan Fiction called While The Cat's Away.
Comic relief
Posted on August 30, 2011 by Tim
This has been the month for Fan Comics 'cause we no sooner finish one then there's another one getting started. That being the debut of Pieter Antonissen's Four Better or For Worse. This comic is partly a spoof of those tropical island movies such as Tanya's Island (Vanity), Cast Away (Tom Hanks), Castaway (Oliver Reed & Amanda Donohoe), Three (Kelly Brook & Billy Zane), and such like (although with the PE crew involved, I would not be surprised if there was an element of Gilligan's Island involved too ). But it also will be a look at the relationship between Fry and Leela, and thereby hangs a tale, or the backstory as the case may be. I don't know if Pieter wants me to tell this or not, but I'm gonna anyway. So there's this thread on FMMB called The Reset Button were in there's a discussion of the writers propensity to use the Reset Button on F&L at random and to the annoyance of the majority of the fan base (you might recall those people, the ones whose perseverance and vision brought Futurama back from the dead. Twice. You know, us.). You can go read it, and toss your $0.02US in if you'd like, but know that it changed the course of and hastened the release of this comic, so the Reset Button is not always evil.


And speaking of comics, we also have a new Comic Transcript hot off the digital presses. DannyJC15 cranked out number 49, Dummy Up.
Don't get mad, draw fan art!
Posted on August 29, 2011 by Tim
So you've got that pet peeve, that thing that just annoys the heck out of you, and it's something you can't just go hit with a hammer, so what to do about it? Well you can stew in your own high blood pressure, or you can do something about it. Here's one novel approach - draw a Fan Art. So on that note here's a couple of new ones from Herr Sven. About this one he says “it portrays my biggest annoyance as a Leela fanboy: The apparent difficulty in spelling her name correctly.”. And the other is a Futurama style self-portrait (hint - a little judicious archeology in the Fan Photos section might turn up a basis for comparison and you can tell how good a likeness Herr Sven was able to capture. ).


Now let's switch mediums, or at least a different kind of canvas. Adam Suraf sent in this pic of his new tat, which is “Unwelcome Guest” from All the Presidents' Heads. They say it pays to advertise, and so I wonder how many Futurama fans he meets on a daily basis?
Fan fics make the site go round, the site go round, the site go round...
Posted on August 28, 2011 by Graham
Well, it's me again. Two updates within a month seems like old times. Well, nearly. Again I have an update for our Fan Fiction section, and again I have a part of Green Leader's new fiction called Infinant Mischif (misspelling is intentional); in fact, let's call it part two to make things completely clear. So, in this part, the crew go to Mars to meet up with their escort, who'll protect them on their journey. They'll need one of those escorts if they're to deliver the goods to the unsafe region of space called Orius. So, happy reading and all that jazz. Now, I'm off to do some... well, something... probably nothing much... just sitting around looking at a computer monitor.
The Beast with two Sacks and other tales of the unexpected
Posted on August 27, 2011 by Tim
Ok, here it's is - the conclusion of a whole week of Futurama presented in daily newspaper comic form courtesy of Erik Heltner. It's big! It's stupendous! It's in color! It's the Sunday edition! If you missed the intro, just back up seven days and check it out.


Looks like a frame grab, doesn't it? Can you figure out what episode it's from? No? Well, not surprising, 'cause it IS a frame grab, just not from Futurama. According to Lord Nibbler “This was a Family Guy frame grab of a young Lois that I turned into Leela“.


Go-a-Green-a sent in this Fan Art. It's called Aw, Cheer Up and Greena made me dig out the back story on it, which I finally found buried in a thread on the Message Board. She says “The Professor created an invention that converts human DNA into animal DNA. It was set on wolf when he tested it on Fry; and then, since it worked, decided to test on Leela as well to see if it worked on mutant DNA, which it did. Unfortunately, the Prof forgot where he put the invention that reverts the newly formed animal DNA back to human/mutant DNA.

Thinking that his new body is kind of cool, Fry decides to go outside for a walk. Leela follows him, to make sure he doesn`t get in trouble. But soon they are noticed by a group of people walking down the street, who call Animal Control.

Which brings us to where we are now, Fry and Leela, each in cages awaiting whatever animal Control has in store for them.

So here`s Fry trying to cheer Leela up despite the situation.”
It's electric mucous
Posted on August 26, 2011 by Tim
Just to show that not all fan creations need a computer or paper and pen to do, here's one that apparently only needs a roll of masking tape, a paint brush, and a car that is already embarrassing to be seen in. It is, apparently, a PE ship inspired paint job. Flounder found it on a site called You Drive What?. We've taken the liberty to ensconce it in the Miscellaneous Pictures section for your clicking convenience. So, what do you think, did they get Electric Mucous right.


Here's a couple of new Fan Arts from Onuki. If this one looks familiar, it's because it's based on the case art from the GameBoy game Balloon Kid.


And of course no update this week would be complete without our daily dose of Fan Comic, so here's the Saturday installment of Erik Heltner's Futurama Dailies. That means that there's only the Sunday strip left to go. Unless of course a few someones have made him regret his offer and sent him ideas for comics, in which case we might see some more.
Another Awesome Express delivery
Posted on August 25, 2011 by Tim
The Friday edition is really short so all we've got space for is a few pill adds, some classifieds from a bunch of Nigerians with money troubles, and the last weekday edition of Erik Heltner's Futurama Dailies fan comix.
Dailies and Monthlys
Posted on August 24, 2011 by Tim
First, the only thing with a picture tonight - The Thursday panels of Erick Heltner's one week of newspaper style comic strips, the Futurama Dailies.


Ok, in the new and improved department, here's a Fan Fiction from Rush. It's called Forced Love Feelings, and it's an alternate and rather amusing take on what might have happened in I Second That Emotion. I call it new and improved because this is actually a rewrite after some helpful reader politely pointed out a couple of minor (glaring) inconsistencies in the original (and as we all know, inconsistencies are strictly verboten in the Futuramaverse).


And the last things, which involve of pictures, none of which we have, is two new Comic Transcripts. Continuing sequentially, the comic dynamic duo of Umbreon did number 22 A Fit Worst Than Death and dinkdrinker no. 23 The A-Team.
Wednesday
Posted on August 23, 2011 by Tim
Ok, so I'm a little pressed for time tonight so we'll skip the front page and the obits and get right to the comic section where we have Erik Heltner's Wednesday installment of his Futurama Dailies. And remember bots and girls, if you think you have an idea that would make a good newspaper style comic, send it to Erik and he might just draw it up for us.
Who ya gonna call?
Posted on August 22, 2011 by Tim
So the economy is a bit slow and money is tight, can you blame Professor Farnsworth for trying to cut his electric bill with alternative energy sources? The only problem is he stroked out again before he could write the instructions leaving Leela and Bender wondering how you start the silly thing. Check it out in this new Fan Art by kaspired that was inspired by M.C. Escher's Waterfall. Kaspired says “The original is done in pencil, so I wanted to keep the same tones. I limited myself to only five grey markers, and only used the really dark one a couple of times.”. He says it took him a bit to figure out how the illusion worked, which gives him a decided advantage over the PE crew from the looks of things.


And now that we've finshed the main page, the sports section, and the cultural news, we get to the Comic pages. And since it's Tuesday, let's check out the Tuesday installment of Erik Heltner's Futurama Dailies. This one goes where canon does not dare - with Leela to the laundry room.


Got a tip from Jason Welborn, who is an artist at a site called draw2d2.com, where they are running a Futurama/Ghostbusters “mash-up”. “Draw2D2 is a core group of artists who draw geeky things, simple as that. Everyone in the group submits one idea and through some complicated mathematical equations and lots of sweat, those ideas are paired up to create the mash-ups! Our artists have 2 weeks to do the illustrations.” and so on it says on the site's Who We Are thingy. Anyway, check it out. They update every other Wednesday but I'm not sure if that means this Wednesday or next Wednesday, so I'll try to remember to update the link when it changes.


Lastly, here's something you don't see every day ... er actually you don't see this at all, you have to listen to it. And really, you don't HAVE to, only if you want to. Rush has sent in a Sound Clip of himself reading one of his fan fictions.
Getting your daily Futurama
Posted on August 21, 2011 by Tim
Greetings and welcome back. Oh, wait, I'm the one who's been gone. Anyway, it's time to get back to work, and so first up is the first of several new Fan Comics from Erik Heltner, who asks the question “Is it really possible to transfer the Futurama universe with its fantastic setting and infinite possibilities to a limited and cramped format like the traditional daily newspaper comic strip?”.

And to answer that question, he goes on to say “When I was a kid, I wanted to be a comic strip artist. You know, like Charles M. Schulz, Mort Walker, Dik Browne, Jim Davis, Al Taliaferro, Floyd Gottfredson, etc. As I became older, I realised that there was no future in being a comic strip artist, so eventually I gave up that dream. I still admire the craft though, and for a long time I've been wondering if it would be possible to transform Futurama into a comic strip in the same way cartoon shows like Felix the Cat, Betty Boop, Mickey Mouse, and Donald Duck were transformed into comic strips several decades ago.

When you think about it, Futurama has all the ingredients a good, traditional comic strip needs. So transforming Futurama into a comic strip should be an easy task, right? Wrong. One of the problems with Futurama is that most of the episodes are fantastic adventure stories. Although it is possible to make adventure stories of almost epic proportions in comic strips, these kind of stories usually work much better in the closely related medium, the comic book, where you have much more space and freedom at your disposal. Comic strips have always been better at depicting the daily (or boring) lives of their characters. So when I decided to make a Futurama comic strip, that's exactly what I wanted my strip to be about: A daily comic strip exploring the daily lives of the Futurama characters, something that the show hasn't really done yet. Because surely these characters do exactly the same kind of things that everyone else does: watch tv, listen to music, do the laundry, shop in the mall, pay the bills, etc. And although this may sound incredibly boring, you have to keep in mind that the strip takes place in the future. And in the future, nothing is ever boring

I've made seven comic strips so far. A week's length. The Sunday edition was a challenge. The idea I had required a lot of panels and a lot of space. The modern day Sunday edition format doesn't allow any of that, so basically I had two options: I could discard the idea I had and think of a new one, or I could use the idea and try to squease it into the cramped format. But then I thought: "This strip isn't supposed to be published in a newspaper, it's supposed to be posted on Futurama-Madhouse, which has an infinite amount of space!" {I think I just felt Leandro cringe - Tim}. With this in mind, I decided to use the kind of Sunday edition format they used in the early 20th century, where the Sunday version of a comic strip could easily fill an entire newspaper page. This is actually kind of cheating because, after all, no modern day newspaper would ever print a Sunday edition that big. But who cares?

Then another idea struck me: Wouldn't it be fun to post one strip per day on the site, just like newspaper comics are always printed in the newspaper one strip per day? For example, you could post the first strip on Monday, the second strip on Tuesday, the third strip on Wednesday, and so on, and the last strip on Sunday, just like a real comic strip.

I enjoyed making these seven strips, and I certainly hope to add to this little collection. That said, I would like to make a small announcement:

As every comic strip artist knows, the difficult part of making comics isn't to make the artwork, but to come up with the ideas. So if there is a fan out there, who can come up with an idea for a Futurama comic strip, you are welcome to send it to me. If I like it, I will make it into a comic strip, and you will be credited on the strip. (I certainly hope I won't regret this

So there you have it, seven comics to play out over the next seven days, just like in the newspapers, and since it's technically Monday by FMMB time, here is the first one. Note though this is Eric Heltner, the guy who wouldn't dare venture into any controversial territory so if you are easily offended you might want to skip this one and go read Garfield instead.
Internet connection? We don't need no steenkin' internet connection
Posted on August 15, 2011 by Tim
Oh! Wait a sec. Yes we do. Ah, that's why it's been so quiet around here lately because it's that time of year again when I take laptop in hand and travel to the land the internet forgot to sleep in, eat too much, play in the sun, and engage in my favorite game find the unsecured wifi connection. Since it's been a few days here's a whole bunch of new stuff, so let's get started.

First up - a new Comic Transcript from Umbreon. It's comic #21, More Than A Filling.

Now for a whole bunch of Fan Fiction. The first one of those is from Zoey Webber. It's called Attack of the Zoidberg App. She says “I hated Attack of the Killer App, that's why i wrote this story. You won't find any Twitcher or Susan Boils in this story. This is a rewrite of Killer App and what it should've been.”.

And to close out today's update here's four stories from Rush. They are The Journey Home which is about some goings on as Fry, Leela, and Bender fly back to Earth after a delivery; and The Multiverse Madness Continues With UJB in which Universe-Jumping Bender spreads mayhem in more innocent and unsuspecting universes. Then we have Weird Workplace when the PE staff start acting weird (er than usual that is); and lastly Bender gets a really bad idea in Who Else But Bender.
Take that you dirty ... uhhh ...
Posted on August 8, 2011 by Tim
I don't know what Amy is shooting at, 'cause once again I'm on the road at the end of a tenuous network link and haven't seen Möbius Dick yet. But neither rain nor snow nor alien invasions shall keep the FM/TLZ webmaster from his appointed rounds, or something like that. So anyway, !iMmOrTaL! popped by with some Fan Art, specifically three new images from Yo Leela Leela, All the President's Heads, and Möbius Dick. Enjoy!


Also I've had a note from Erik Heltner. You may remember Erik as the creator of some slightly uhh ... unconventional Fan Comics like L&A Confidential and Housewife at Play. Erik writes “Long time, no see.

I just wanted to announce that I've made a(some) new Futurama fan comic(s). It(they) has(have) been written, drawn and inked, and is(are) now in the colorstage. You will receive it(them) as soon as it(they) is(are) ready.

I don't want to reveal too much, but I think I can safely say that it(they) is(are) the least controversial Futurama fan comic(s) I have made so far. Sure, the sleaze is still there (just as it is in the show), but it has been toned down significantly. I hope I won't disappoint my many fans ”. And since Erik's comics are never controversial, I think I'll just stay out here at the end of this tenuous network link for a while.
I'm pretty sure alcohol was involved in all of these
Posted on August 5, 2011 by Tim
Hey! Greena's back! Huzzah. Yep, Go-a-Green-a is back with a new Fan Art! Here's a drawing that she says nearly drove her insane while she was drawing it (that's not hard to believe, it nearly drove me insane just looking at it ). She says it's called “Penrose”.


Next we have a bunch of written arts stuff. First up, dinkdrinker has another Comic Transcript. This one is numero 20, Bender Breaks Out.

Dinkd also has a new Fan Fiction out. This one is called Not Perfekt It's a little darker than his usual fare; 'cause sometimes things in life aren't perfect, but they may be good enough.

And a couple of new ones from Rush featuring more Universe Jumping Bender action. The first is The Eye Blinding Tales Of U-J-Bender in which is “more U-J-Bender stuff (If this was animated it may result in blindness)”. And then there's Needless Debate. This in is set during the debate on who should fly the stealth fighter in In-A-Gadda-Da-Leela. Also something weird happens.


Let's try for another two-fer
Posted on August 4, 2011 by Tim
Ok, it's a rare Thursday update so let's celebrate two for Thursday. The first double whammy is this new Fan Art from Jenny Ngo. It's another Fry and his friendly clone, who is apparently named Narcissus. Whether he's named after flower, a Greek god, or a medical condition isn't apparent.


The next two-fer is a pair of related Fan Fictions. Rush leads off with one of his trademark Universe Jumping Benders stories called That's One Lucky Fry in which U-J-Bender pops into an universe where he meets a really lucky Fry, and I mean A REALLY LUCKY FRY. Rush says “It's one of those fan fiction that's not meant to be taken too seriously.”. Well, FAIL 'cause dinkdrinker took it seriously enough to write a follow on called U-J-B Fixs A Problem, a story which just might cause you to rethink your computer's case.


Did you ever wake up in the middle of the night wondering what the DVD menu's looked like in Dutch? I mean, do they have tuplips or windmills on them? Does the PE crew wear wooden shoes, or wooden boots in Leela's case? Well, we now have answers to some of those questions, 'cause iGideon sends in a couple of screenshots from the Dutch Beast With A Billion Backs DVD. They're in the Miscellaneous Pictures section.
Who was that masked man?
Posted on August 2, 2011 by Tim
His name sounds familiar but I can't quite place him. Oh well, he seems to have disappeared again so back to business. Now that we've solved the mystery of the masked man, let's turn to another mystery: It's the concluding two chapters of Frosty's Fan Fiction Second Chances. To sum up how we got here, Fry has left Leela and New New York. Returning two years later as a successful fiction writer, they try to reboot their relationship. But they have two different lives, and when a murder at PE turns up evidence that Fry is the murderer and Leela has been cheating with the murdered man, it seems like sometimes there are no second chances. Check it out and see what happens in chapters five and six.
Promo pic by Frosty


Now, everyone grab a donut and say “Doh!” as Futurama visits Springfield. That's right, Rush has concocted a Fan Fiction in which Universe Jumping Bender pops in to the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant where Homer Simpson works. Read all about it in A Shocking Time. 'Awwwwwww, yeahhhhhhh! That's the good stuff.
Bet you've forgotten me...
Posted on August 1, 2011 by Graham
I remember doing updates on this site many moons ago. Back then, we had a molten Earth and a glowing red moon orbiting the planet, raining meteorites upon us, making our umbrellas full of holes and upsetting the dog... or what was left of it. Yes, terrible times that are best forgotten. Well, for once in several blue moons, someone has sent me something to put up. They've actually trusted me to add something of their own to this site. Good for them, foolish earthlings! Anyway, I have a new contributor called Green Leader, who has come up with a similarly new fan fiction called Infinant Mischif (yes, that's what it's called). The story is set in the far off year of 3018, where on a distant planet there's a bitter war going on: enter the Planet Express crew to make, yet again, a reckless delivery in a calamitous situation. Now, I do hope that they've checked whether their red alert bulb hasn't blown. I mean, you don't want to be caught napping.

PS - If you think you've seen some changes to this update within the space of a few hours, just imagine that you're mistaken and move on.
Buddies