October 2007
When you're up to your ass in alligators ...
Posted on October 27, 2007 by Tim
... it's hard to remember that your original intention was to drain the swamp - or so a friend of mine used to say. It's appropriate too what with excitement running high about the new movie coming out in just 31 days which must be what's inspiring lots of people to send us lots of stuff. So this last couple of weeks it's been hip deep around the Madhouse, but we're finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel (which hopefully isn't the head light of an oncoming train). First off are three new bits of Fan Art by Joey, like this one of Leela. I don't think I'd want to be the other party in that conversation.

And then the Fan Fiction authors have been as busy, if not busier, than the artists, so here's two more:

First, if you like Zombies then you'll be happy to know that Purplefish is back with his latest. And no, before you get any ideas, Purplefish is not a Zombie (at least so far as I know). The Zombies are in his story which is called What Sleeps In Between, in which the PE crew, already a bit put out by getting flung into uncharted space, encounter a mysterious DOOP ship and interesting things start to happen - and not the good kind of interesting. Oh, and even if you don't like Zombies it's still a great story.

And second, in his Futurama Fan Fiction debut, is a very cute little shorty by Doppelgänger. His fic is called Anthology of Disinterest 3.14 (personally I would have carried that out to a few more decimal places, but I guess Anthology of Disinterest 3.1415926535897932384626433832795218 would have been a little cumbersome (but extremely accurate )). Anyway, the What-If machine is brought out for another spin when Fry has doubts that it could even predict what really happened.

Which reminds me of a funny story - I was rooting around in the Madhouse's cellar the other day trying for find where I'd left my copy of "Pi to eight billion decimal places" and it occurred to me that we hadn't any Fan Art from Will in something like 7 months, 2 weeks, 3 days, 16 hours, and about 47 minutes, and how I sure would be gratified to see some more of his work show up. Then, in what one can only ascribe to an amazing coincidence, the very next time I checked my e-mail, there he is saying "Time for more fan art! Gahbunga!". I must be psychotic or something.
Oops, I forgot the headline
Posted on October 25, 2007 by Tim
Man do we have tons of new stuff, so I've pretty much been chained to the computer all week. I shoulda known when that box with the Argentinian postmarks containing a set of leg irons showed up last year that something was up. So anyway, up first is this new pic of Leela from Futurama_Freak1. Now it says here in my official Futurama Madhouse Webmaster's Guide Book and Bait catalogue that I'm supposed to make some kind of big deal about his name changing every time he sends us stuff, but that note was done in crayon by Graham so I gotta get a clarification on that. Stay tuned for more on that ...

Next on the hit parade, bones and gadgets aren't all Graham's new dog has been digging up, he (she? it?) has also unearthed a bunch of Fan Fiction. For tonight's batch I've finally got the rest of our two behemoths folded, spindled, mutilated, and uploaded: Ramon's Married With Children and coldangel's finale grande Blame It On The Brain. Between the two there's well over 400 pages of top notch Fan Fiction so that ought to keep you busy for a while. I should also mention that Coldangel's is illustrated so that also adds about two pages to his already extensive collection of Fan Art.

And lastly I received a very nice note from Chris R who says hi and that he's a {really big font size}really big fan of futarama{/really big font size}. Thanks Chris, you've certainly come to the right place. Chris goes on to ask if I would please have Matt Groening e-mail him (Chris) next time I see him (Matt). So don't worry Chris, you may rest assured that next time I do lunch with Matt and Dave, I'll pass on your e-mail and let them know you'd like a word.

That's all for now. You all have your reading assignments and there'll be a quiz tomorrow, by which time I'll have more stuff put up (dang these leg irons anyway).
So big it hurts
Posted on October 21, 2007 by Tim
It's a masterpiece of thematic intertextuality and existentialism. It completely disassembles the source material and disembowels the phenomenon of fanfic itself. And with all those big words, you just know it's going to be good. So what is it already? Nothing less than the first two parts of Coldangel_1's latest, greatest, and last Fan Fiction called Blame It On The Brain. This monster is over 200 pages long with 55 illustrations (this one fic alone will represent somewhere over 10% of all fan contribs that I've done ). So what's it about? Well, it's like this: years have passed since Fry defeated the evil Brainspawn and his forgotten heroism remains a blank page in history. However, the Universe will soon face a new menace. Old enemies are astir. And Fry, the Mighty One, must step forward one last time... The universe is doomed. Dooooooooooommmmmed.

Oops, never mind, the universe isn't doomed after all, 'cause the New Justice Team is back to save us (second time this month), although it looks like Captain Yesterday might be a little short until next payday. Lee Roberts, who says he hasn't submitted anything since the site was known as The Leela Zone (and that was three years ago ), adds one to his already extensive collection of Fan Art.
It's been so long, I need to buy an HTML For Dummies book...
Posted on October 20, 2007 by Graham
Actually, I really need an Exaggerations For Dummies book, but they were out of them at my local bookshop. I began hacking at the HTML stuff on the Futurama 3D Art section, then realised that there was a script for this that Leandro, in his secret laboratory, had concocted. BTW, don't get yourself a border collie... they're nuts! Mine is planning to rule the world and has stolen Dexter's laboratory... or was that Leandro's? Now I have a house full of gadgets, some of which have scary warnings on them. I'm trying to hide the gadgets by burying them in the local park, but he keeps on digging them back up... along with some dinosaur bones he discovered. Ah well, enough of this stuff, onto more interesting things.

Nils Hoffmann has been kind enough to send us some work he took seventeen hours to create. It's a Futurama 3D Art of the Planet Express building, which looks quite spiffing indeed and certainly does look like it was worth the time spent on it. Hmm... the Planet Express building makes me think of gadgets and stuff. Maybe my border collie is none other than Professor Farnsworth in dog form! I'm DOOOOOOOOOOMMMMMEEEEDDDD!!!
Push the button, Fry!
Posted on October 19, 2007 by Tim
"I am a huge Futurama fan so I did my first picture. Hope you like it!" so sayeth Joey who sends this bit of Fan Art of Fry activating the Quantum Interface Bomb from TWoF. You've come to the right place, Joey, 'cause here at the Madhouse we're all huge Futurama fans, and no, that doesn't mean we're all fat.

Also another first timer, this one in the Fan Fiction realm - let's welcome Fiona Williams to the Madhouse with her first fic called Star Of The Century. It seems someone's going to get a real career boost when they sing karaoke at Farnsworth's birthday. Who, you might wonder? Well I'm not gonna tell you'll just have to go read it and find out for yourself.

Next, the very astute William Campell was looking through our Character Biographies section and noticed that we'd left out mention of Zoidberg's cousin Zoidfarb and brother Norman in the known family section of Zoidberg's bio. Good catch, so we've corrected those grievous omissions.

One last note - if you've sent me stuff lately and haven't heard back and your e-mail address ends in @aol.com, it's probably because aohell randomly decides that it doesn't like me and won't deliver my reply. So if your stuff doesn't appear here within a week or so, try e-mailing me again.
More Deep Thoughts
Posted on October 16, 2007 by Tim
A long time ago, in a reality far, far away - last May to be exact - we received a very nice thank you note from Chris Wood telling us that he'd written a thesis which as we all know is what they call a book report in college except that you have to at least claim you've read more than one book and it has to have larger and more obfuscated words like dualism, qualitative, and dichotomy. Anyway, Chris went on to say that the Madhouse's archives were a big help to him.

"Hey!" I thought, "We gotta have that.", and so after five months of dogged, relentless pursuit (in other words, two e-mails), I am pleased to present herewith the longest title to ever grace our (or, so far as I can tell in 38 seconds of research, anyone else's) Fan Fiction section (deep breath): Futurama: The Future Is Now. How Futurama uses the discourses and ideologies of science fiction to critique contemporary social issues.

It's kind of deep going in places, but it presents a whole new perspective on our favorite universe. Oh, and for those of you who haven't made it to college yet, welcome to the world of tomorrow.
Wallpapers To Go
Posted on October 11, 2007 by Tim
We here at the Madhouse have a vast collection of wallpapers (where "vast" is equal to 288 at the moment) which has recently been incremented by one thanks to this contrib from Erik Heltner, who says "It's a wallpaper for all those poor suckers stuck in a dead-end job they don't like, but have to do anyway. In my opinion the most obvious Futurama wallpaper imaginable". And I've gotta agree with that. As I observed the other day, that's the Futurama credo.

Erik also sent a copy of it in Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) format which is resolution independent. I haven't figured out where I'm gonna stick that at the moment so if anyone would like that drop me a note and I'll send it to you.

OK, so now I'm completely out of stuff - I'm all caught up and now I'm going out of town for a few days and that's traditionally when everyone decides to dump on me so I'll expect my mailbox to be overflowing when I get back.
You guys look like you got this thing under control
Posted on October 9, 2007 by Tim
Another back to back hit in the Fan Art department comes our way from Jesse Barboza. This one has the crew reprise their roles as the New Justice Team in (and here's a surprise) an underwater adventure. I think you'll agree that Jesse has really captured the very essence of Futurama in this one.

And now, especially after that, I'm really ashamed to have to resort to this but as we all know, you gotta do what you gotta do. That's the Futurama credo, right? Right. So, being a little content starved at the moment, here's a little spot of my own Fan Fiction. It's called The Phone Call and it is not your classic Futurama Fan Fiction. In fact what it really is is an April Fools joke I unleashed on the forum last April 1.

See what I have to resort to when I get desperate? So if you've got some creation of your own you just haven't got 'round to sending, now would be a real good time.
Let me just put on my Nibblonian Sage hat ...
Posted on October 6, 2007 by Tim
... and do a little prognostication, because in the last 60 or so hours since the little news item featuring the new "leaked" trailer appeared, I've received no less than several e-mails and one telephone call calling my attention to the fact that the trailer gave us absolutely no clues to the Fry and Leela relationship and wondering what I thought was going to happen. It has not escaped my notice that there is a very small but very vocal cadre of Futurama fans who are intensely interested in that subject. Now I'm not personally acquainted with more than two or three hundred of them, but I know they are out there. So, to quote Richard Nixon's head, let me just say this about that: If I were ${insert name of your favorite deity here}, that's exactly what I would have done, so I can't really blame Matt or David for keeping us in the dark on that one. And you know WHY I'd do that? Because I could! Bwahhahahahaha. So anyway, while we're waiting out the 53 days remaining until the movie comes out, why not let the world know what you think will happen on our message board, which is where you'll find my opinion (actual cash value US$0.02) if you really want to know.

While you're at it, also check out this new bit of Fan Art pictured here from Jesse Barboza. He's famous for his underwater Futurama scenes and this is his first one in color (colour for those of you in metric countries). Zapp is admiring his new aquarium, but it's anyones guess how he caught that fish. Wonder what he used for bait, especially given that species' low opinion of his tackle?

At the other end of the spectrum is this Fan Fiction by Ramon_51. It's part IV of his Married With Children. And if you're one of those aforementioned shippers, then you'll love this installment and it's Ramon trademark very shippy scene (tm).
The Universe Is Doomed!
Posted on October 3, 2007 by Tim
This just in, a two minute trailer for Bender's Big Score has been leaked! Click on the image below to watch it!

Futurama, factoids, and flying beavers?
Posted on October 3, 2007 by Tim
Honest, I'm not loosing my marbles, most of them are in that bucket right over there. I promise, it'll all make sense ... eventually ... I hope. So anyway, one of the great things about the rebirth of Futurama is that some of the old masters are returning to the fold and regaling us with more of their works. And for starters, Otis P Jivefunk (a very 1970's sounding name for some reason) came up with this rendition of the Futurama logo using, he says, "the things I felt in Futurama represented it. I wanted to make it have a strong graphical design approach with clean black and white. Hope you like it!". And I do, very much! Alas, the thumbnail doesn't do it justice, so click right over to OPJ's Fan Art page and see for yourself.

How about a fun Futurama Madhouse factoid - did you know that we don't have any Fan Fiction authors whose names start with the letters H, I, Q, U, or V. You'd have thought that in the eight years, two months, and five days this site has been in existence we'd have used them all up by now, but no, along comes Qwertymann and makes me create a whole new index file just for him. So anyway, he's sent us the first five chapters of his new fic Unpreceeded Chronicles. It has all of your usual Futurama requirements: a delivery gone miserably wrong (Fry's doing), Fry getting a stern talking to (more like yelling) from Leela, Fry rising to his own defense and saying some very hurtful things to Leela which no one, especially Fry, ever expected to do ... ... wait a second, that last bit's not normal. Hmmmm, this could be good, better go read it and see what's going on.

And now for something completely different, or at least marginally unusual - If you're a Flight Simulator 2004 player and are bored with flying DC3s, 747s, and deHavilland Beavers (what a great name for an airplane) how about taking a spin around the universe in the Planet Express ship? Yes, you heard it right, from Thomas Lebel comes this add on to FS 2K4. Hope you know how to drive stick.
Shortest. Update. Ever.
Posted on October 1, 2007 by Kenneth
Yep, because all I've got for you is the new Ask Dr. Zoidberg, at least so far. So, just click the link to see Ask Dr. Zoidberg #2 and enjoy.

Sorry... I should have something else for you soon. Later