Saturday, October 16, 2021

Acer Bloodgood:


The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror Fun-filled Frightfest + Ursa Minors

The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror Fun-filled Frightfest

This 126-page full-color book from 2003 features 20 Halloween vignettes that range in length from two pages to several, starring the Simpsons and the show’s familiar cast of supporting characters. Simpsons art star Bill Morrison illustrates a few stories, but non-Simpsons illustrators such as Jim Mahfood, John McCrea, Scott Morse, Troy Nixey, and Stan Sakai do most of the heavy lifting, often generating innovative, engaging results.

The usual wackiness and Itchy and Scratchy-level gore prevails. Favorite sight gags include the movies on offer at the Flanders’ Halloween night (The Texas Chainsaw Festival, Heavenraiser, A Nice Dream on Elm Street) and Selma and Patty’s gravesite littered with cigarette butts. Bart dreams of Alien-style chest-bursting xenomorphs in “In Springfield Noone Can Hear You Scream” and Lisa plays Dorothy in a Wizard of Oz spoof called “I’m Not In Springfield Anymore!”

Ursa Minors

Slacker fanboys in robotic bear suits get in fights with internet chat room hook-ups gone awry while riffing on awful cult-movie favorite Ice Pirates. Slapstick and mildly potty-mouthed, Ursa Minors tries to satisfy the needs of horny pop culture-referencing comic book geeks everywhere. This lighter fare must represent something of a departure for writer/co-creator Neil Kleid (Ninety Candles, Brownsville) while up-and-coming illustrator Fernando Pino gets a chance to stretch his wings and fly.

Acer Bloodgood is the pen name of a longtime ComicBase writer acquired from a family of maple trees. There is some worry that this sobriquet is “too goth-weenie.” For the record, Acer grew up in California’s suburban sprawl and now lives in San Francisco where he whiles the nights away in dingy dive bars. He drinks whisky with seltzer and lemon.

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