'Simpsons': Will this be the Best. Episode. Ever?

Cbguy_lFox announced yesterday that the Oct. 7 edition of The Simpsons will be (well, they didn’t put it this way, but I will) a pure comic-geek bliss-out: The plot is all about our beloved Comic Book Guy (pictured), who gets some competition in Springfield from a new store, "Coolsville Comics & Toys," run by "hipster" Milo, voiced by Jack Black. What’s even more hipster about this news is that the episode will feature cartoon versions of guest stars Art Spiegelman (Pulitzer Prize-winning creator of Maus), Eightball creator Dan Clowes, and probably the most revered living comics writer, at least among the superhero set: Watchmen creator Alan Moore. No word on whether the voluble, prolific, control-freak Moore will insist on writing his own lines and thereby expand the episode to a special two-hour Simpsons

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  • Todd

    Wow. Who cares about Jack Black when Art Spiegelman, Daniel Clowes and Alan Moore are dropping by? I loved the “Ghost World” comics (in Clowes “Eightball” series) and “Watchmen” and “Maus” are perhaps the greatest comics ever written. Wow. I, for one, can’t wait.

  • EP Sato

    Todd, I am totally with you man.
    I believe this will be the BEST.SIMPSONS.EVER

  • Heleno

    Woo. And indeed hoo. From what I’ve heard, sounds like it’ll be better than the movie.

  • mike

    I care about Jack Black because that’s the only name I recognize.
    Maybe it won’t be. my. favorite. episode. ever.
    What’s with the periods?

  • GingerCat

    mike, the periods create a pause between each word, so you sound more like Comic Book Guy when you say it.
    This sounds like a fantastic episode to me. I hope it lives up to its promise.

  • Martha

    Mike: check out YouTube for Comic Book Man from the Simpsons (that’s how he talks, in periods). I’m not sold on this being the Best.Episode.Ever, mostly because I’ve kinda given up on the show. It used to be a lot funnier. Now I just wanna watch Matlock!

  • jcarla

    I remember when they were talking about this last year (probably when they were recording the voices). I could’ve sworn there were more voices, including Stan the Man.

  • Daniel

    *drools at the mouth a la Homer*
    But you know who could make this ep even MORE perfect? Brian K. Vaughan. :)

  • EP Sato

    Oh, Daniel, you are right, that would be cool. Y the last man is easily one of the best titles of the last five or six years. And if Jcarla’s right, it’ll only be cooler to have yet another reason to dig on Stan Lee.

  • jjs810

    Please tell me that this means at least parts of the episode will be drawn/inspired by these artists.

  • Anonymous

    “among the superhero set.”
    True, as far as non fantasy comics go, Moore pales in comparison to Clowes and co.

  • Will

    Don’t forget that Alan Moore was also a comic artist even though he’s won no Eagle awards for his work or done much (if anything) since the mid-eighties. He wrote and drew Maxwell the Magic Cat comic strip under the name Jill de Ray. And under the name Curt Vile he did Roscoe Moscow and Pedro Henry’s Axel Pressbutton story “Stars my Degredation” and a few one-offs like Nutter’s Ruin. If Alan Moore’s character is drawn in 10,000 stippled dots, you can bet it’s some kind of tribute to his early drawing career. (Though my guess is that it’ll be a Dave Gibbon’s tribute by Simpsons’s staff artists).

  • RandomDent

    It’s now November 18, and still no Spiegelman

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  • every name

    Oh, right you are, no name. Clowes writes circles around Moore. His Eight-Ball is a magnum opus.

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