Welcome to Twitter in Focus where media comes to die! Today’s contestant is Al Jean, showrunner for The Simpsons! Let’s see what he’s tweeting.
Hey, animation is a dangerous business.
I was hit by an RPG. It was Gamma World 2nd Edition.
The reveal about Moleman was pretty surprising, BTW.
You might be confusing him with someone else.
Wow, someone is even madder at Brian Williams than the people that actually believed the network news.
February 6th: “.
@thesimpsons #everysimpsonsever Only we would air a new song against the Grammys… http://www.complex.com/pop-culture/2015/02/the-simpsons-springfield-song-pharrell …“
13 hours ago: “.
@thesimpsons The following makes sense in theory. In theory Communism works. In theory. http://www.reddit.com/r/FanTheories/comments/2usu70/the_simpsons_homer_simpson_is_a_vegetable_in_a/ …”
That’s way more compelling than Communism.
8 hours ago: “.
@thesimpsons #EverySimpsonsEver Arab spring, meet Bolivian Springfield http://nypost.com/2015/02/10/bolivians-protest-en-masse-to-bring-back-simpsons/ …”
7 hours ago: “.
@thesimpsons #EverySimpsonsEver This is an energized fan base! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bDLVV3MJqM#t=29 …”
I can’t imagine what would happen here. People would be rioting in the streets with donuts.
Now that’s a joke you close with.
But will it be another Mad Men parody? Hmmm. And more importantly, will I get a new character for my tablet Simpsons game?
Okay, let’s rate Al’s tweets. He is more of a hardcore Simpsons fan than me! I give him a 7 for Style, a 9 for Insanity and a 10 for Mustness. That’s an overall score of 8.6. Follow Al.
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Webcomic: The Frumps
Creator: Saeed Faridzadeh
Format: Three panel strips, color
Updates: Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Genre: Comedy, Gag-a-day
Themes: Geek stuff, vulgarity, girlfriends
Characters: Lance, Virgil and Kim
Archive: Begins August 11, 2011
Self described as “Adorably Vulgar”, the Frumps is about two geek roommates and the one roommate’s girlfriend, Kim. There are a handful of other supporting characters, but Lance and Virgil are the main players throughout the strip.
Saeed has improved his artwork and lettering over the years. Lance and Virgil do have a strange design to them. One is blue and one is green. They look like upside down poops with floating hands, feets and two eyes on top. The rest of the supporting characters live in a “normal” world, not unlike Family Guy, which is also populated with the occasional talking animal. I’m not sure if this design was just a matter of what Saeed could draw at the time or a conscious decision to make them look alien, but most of the supporting cast, especially in the later years, seem to be more clearly drawn and mostly human.
The tag line pretty much sums it up. The Frumps are adorably vulgar and funny. Saeed just seems to come out of nowhere with some of his bits. I especially like this fish one. The vulgarity can be over the top at times, like in this strip called Golden Years and some of the early strips seem to pander a little to geek stuff. Overall, I think Saeed has developed his wit, even if he does like to drop in lots of F-bombs. Personally, it doesn’t bother me, but other, more prudish readers may be put off.
After five years, I think it’s time for Saeed to give us a greatly updated cast list. I know it’s one of the more popular feature of my sites. Beyond that, I think Saeed’s strip is one of the tireless, disciplined creators that cranks it out three times a week. He gives exactly what he advertises and I gotta respect that. Give him a click.
If your birthday is this week: The stars say, happy birthday to you, you belong in a zoo, you look like a monkey and you smell like one too.
Aries: You are gaining weight because your trail mix is all chocolate chips and M&M’s.
Taurus: You will find the skeleton of an intern deep within the maze of cubicles at work.
Gemini: Your incompetent bookie finally figures out that you can’t bet on the cheerleaders during a Super Bowl.
Lemini: You’ll have an early dinner and the other patrons at the Old Country Buffet somehow get you into the AARP.
Cancer: This week, make sure you wear pants to work.
Leo: Brian Williams will attempt to sell what he claims is “primo” lake shore property.
Virgo: You don’t win the $380 million lottery, but you will find a penny.
Libra: You’ll lose that fake penny you made.
Scorpio: You will finally figure out a way to incorporate a puzzle into the love-making process.
Sagittarius: A Mormon will come to your door. Don’t answer, he really has to take a shit.
Capricorn: Eat the cottage cheese before Thursday or it will go bad.
Aquarius: Your relationship is on the skids, so it’s time to take a moment, do the mature thing and really figure out how you can fuck over your ex for being such an asshole.
Pisces: You’re so hungry this week, you’ll accidentally eat a place mat.