Springfield Confidential

Author: Mike Reiss,Mathew Klickstein

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 0062748041

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 320

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Semi-Finalist for the 2019 James Thurber Award * One of Vulture's Top-10 Comedy Books of 2018 * A "Must" pick by Entertainment Weekly * An A.V. Club Best Books selection * A "New and Noteworthy" selection by USA Today In celebration of The Simpsons thirtieth anniversary, the show’s longest-serving writer and producer offers a humorous look at the writing and making of the legendary Fox series that has become one of the most revered artistic achievements in television history. Four-time Emmy winner Mike Reiss—who has worked on The Simpsons continuously since episode one in 1989—shares stories, scandals, and gossip about working with America’s most iconic cartoon family ever. Reiss explains how the episodes are created, and provides an inside look at the show’s writers, animators, actors and celebrity guests. He answers a range of questions from Simpsons fans and die-hards, and reminisces about the making of perennially favorite episodes. In his freewheeling, irreverent comic style, Reiss reflects on his lifetime inside The Simpsons—a personal highlights reel of his achievements, observations, and favorite stories. Springfield Confidential exposes why Matt Groening decided to make all of the characters yellow; dishes on what it’s like to be crammed in a room full of funny writers sixty hours a week; and tells what Reiss learned after traveling to seventy-one countries where The Simpsons is watched (ironic note: there’s no electricity in many of these places); and even reveals where Springfield is located! He features unique interviews with Judd Apatow, who also provided the foreword, and Conan O'Brien, as well as with Simpsons legends Al Jean, Nancy Cartwright, Dan Castellaneta, and more. Like Cary Elwes’ As You Wish, Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s Seinfeldia, and Chris Smith’s The Daily Show: An Oral History, Springfield Confidential is a funny, informational, and exclusive look at one of the most beloved programs in all of television land.

The Simpsons

Author: Moritz Fink

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1538116170

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 264

View: 6155


This book looks at The Simpsons place in the pop culture firmament, from inspirations like Mad magazine to its critical role in the renaissance of animated television. The author recounts the birth of the show, discusses its remarkable merchandising success, and examines the show’s popularity as the longest running episodic program in TV history.

Remembering A.J.

Author: Andrew Johnston

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 1663232369

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 512

View: 6338


"What do I strive to contribute through my passion and visions? I want to help make the world make a little more sense. I want to do work as a critic and journalist that helps increase the audience of work that deserves exposure and explain why it deserves exposure. And eventually I want to create artistic work of my own - in the form of fiction or essays - that, in its own way, does the same thing - work that illustrates connections, puts things in context and, ultimately, makes people realize that for all the insane bullshit that's going on out there (and has been going on out there since time immemorial), the world is really a pretty cool place." --AJ

Vintage Geek

Author: Marshall Julius

Publisher: September Publishing

ISBN: 1912836351

Category: Games & Activities

Page: 226

View: 3362


'Vintage Geek is Marshall Julius's super-fun trivia treasure-chest for nerds of all ages. Essential reading.' Mark Hamill The ultimate quiz book for old school nerds, Vintage Geek celebrates a splendid selection of 20th-century fandoms, from Fifties' sci fi cinema, Sixties' Star Trek and Seventies' Stephen King to Eighties' actioners, Nineties' Batman 'toons and more. What does the sign say on the gate of Kananga's crocodile farm? What's the first Thing Mary Jane Watson ever said to Peter Parker? Why does Robby the Robot rarely partake of Altair IV's high oxygen content? No matter what we're into, geeks of the world share a few common traits: intense and unconditional enthusiasm and the relentless urge to know, and then prove we know, every last thing about the objects of our affection. With a foreword from Simpsons writer Mike Reiss, Vintage Geek additionally features a fabulous fifty celebrity-penned questions from the likes of Mark Hamill, John Carpenter, George Takei, Sam Neill, Mark Millar, Tom Savini, Pat Mills, Yeardley Smith and Sam J. Jones. Vintage Geek is here to chew bubblegum and assess the limits of your trivia knowledge and it's all out of bubblegum!

Slimed!

Author: Mathew Klickstein

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101614099

Category: Social Science

Page: 320

View: 3361


The special 5th Anniversary Edition of SLIMED! An Entertainment Weekly “Best Tell-All” Book One of Parade Magazine's “Best Books About Movies/TV” Included in Publishers Weekly's “Top Ten Social Science Books” Before the recent reboots, reunions, and renaissance of classic Nickelodeon nostalgia swept through the popular imagination, there was SLIMED!, the book that started it all. With hundreds of exclusive interviews and have-to-read-‘em-to-believe-‘em stories you won't find anywhere else, SLIMED! is the first-ever full chronicle of classic Nick…told by those who made it all happen! Nickelodeon nostalgia has become a cottage industry unto itself: countless podcasts, blogs, documentaries, social media communities, conventions, and beyond. But a little less than a decade ago, the best a dyed-in-the-wool Nick Kid could hope for when it came to coverage of the so-called Golden Age (1983–1995) of the Nickelodeon network was the infrequent listicle, op-ed, or even rarer interview with an actual old-school Nick denizen. Pop culture historian Mathew Klickstein changed all of that when he forged ahead to track down and interview more than 250 classic Nick VIP’s to at long last piece together the full wacky story of how Nickelodeon became “the Only Network for You!” Celebrate the fortieth anniversary of Nickelodeon with this special edition of SLIMED! that includes a new introduction by Nick Arcade’s Phil Moore in addition to a foreword by Double Dare’s Marc Summers and an afterword by none other than Artie, the Strongest Man in the World himself (aka Toby Huss). After you get SLIMED!, you’ll never look at Nickelodeon the same way again. “Mathew Klickstein might be the geek guru of the 21st century.”—Mark Mothersbaugh

Selling Nostalgia

Author: Mathew Klickstein

Publisher: Permuted Press+ORM

ISBN: 1682618706

Category: Fiction

Page: 219

View: 6206


A struggling writer journeys through the world of fan conventions, collectible merch and more in this satirical novel—a “searing critique of geek culture” (Washington Post). As with so many members of his generation, down-on-his-luck writer-filmmaker Milton Siegel has an unhealthy fixation on the TV shows, movies, books, music, and celebrities from his childhood that spanned the 1980s and 1990s. Unlike many of his generation, Milt has spent most of his (so-called) life chronicling this same pop culture of his youth. After leaving his job at a regional newspaper, Milt embarks on a quixotic journey across the country to promote his latest project. Along the way, Milt contends with a horde of manic nerds, an inexplicable rash of natural disasters, clickbait-savvy media pundits, ambitious pseudo-celebrities, a seductive stripper, ultra-competitive frenemies, and his own sense of the precarious future while being so embroiled in his childish past.

The Papers and Writings of Abraham Lincoln, Vol-V

Author: Abraham Lincoln

Publisher: Prabhat Prakashan

ISBN: 8184307098

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

View: 1732


He called it Popular Sovereignty. What does that mean? It means the sovereignty of the people on their own affairs-in other words; the right to the people Did Judge Douglas invent this? Not quite The idea of ​​popular sovereignty was floating about several ages before the author of the Nebraska Bill was born-indeed; before Columbus set foot on this continent. In the year 1776 it took form in the noble words which you are interested in: "We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men were created equal;" etc. from this book