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Alan Moore to appear on the Simpsons

Yes, you read that correctly.

All I can say is, they'd better not fuck this up.

According to Nothants, the ball began rolling last summer when Melinda Gebbie, Moore’s collaborator on Lost Girls and fiancée was in the US for Comic-Con and to promote Lost Girls. As the paper reports, Moore is a long-time fan of The Simpsons, and was thrilled with the idea when it was pitched to him after a producer from the series approached Gebbie.

"I was happy to do it. I'm a big fan of The Simpsons." Moore told the paper. And – for those keeping track of Moore’s affection for US-produced animation, the writer has revealed to Newsarama and other outlets that he’s also a huge fan of South Park.

As for Moore’s storyline, he will voice a character in a subplot which sees a new “cool” comic shop opening in Springfield, in competition with Android’s Dungeon (operated by wince-inducing Comic Book Guy). No air date for the episode, entitled "Husbands and Knives" has been announced.

The only glimmer of hope is that it sounds like he's not playing himself, which is usually a good sign for celebrity appearances on the Simpsons, even when the show was at its worst, they were still slightly better - Sarah Michelle Gellar's appearance as one of Bart's new girlfriends, for instance, blew away the rest of whatever crappy season it appeared in. I'd suggest we pray for the gods of quality writing to smile on this episode, but in honour of Moore, we should probably sacrifice a goat instead.

The real shame is that he's not WRITING it.

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God, yeah, I read about this this morning (on Warren Ellis' blog, I think), and meant to mail you about it. Crazy, isn't it?

I know what you mean about the celebrity appearances being better when they played characters - and I have to say, much as I know some people hated it, I stand by what I said at the time about Gervais' performance.

I can't imagine it being a great episode (such things don't happen these days), but it's certainly an intriguing way to go. It's also quite indicative of Moore's increased exposure to the public eye over the past couple of years...

By Seb
November 10, 2006 @ 6:17 pm

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Yeah. It sounds like he's well past his fear of the public eye. I remember reading once about his nightmares where he was being mobbed by comics fans being the reason he doesn't do conventions anymore, but it certainly seems like he's mellowing out as he gets older.

By James H
November 10, 2006 @ 6:22 pm

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Some of the appearances of celebrities playing themselves have been good, as long as they were worked naturally into the episode, instead of having a sudden appearance accompanied by a cry of "Wow! [insert name here]!" Ringo Starr's appearance is a good example of one that was done well - Marge mentions that she painted his portrait long before you actually hear his voice in the episode.

> The real shame is that he's not WRITING it.

That would certainly be interesting. Top 10 included vast numbers of references, and Tom Strong once featured a spoof advert for America's Best Comics that you could almost imagine coming from the mouths of Simpsons characters:

"There aren't any good comics any more, I guess we'll have to turn to hard drugs!"
"What about kids who don't read ABC Comics?"
"They're just scum, Timmy."

Also, here's a link to that epic interview Moore did a while ago, because it's amazing and deserves to be read as much as possible:
The Craft

By Nick R
November 10, 2006 @ 6:41 pm

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It's worth point out at this juncture, as well, that despite apparent public appearances to the contrary, Alan Moore is in fact one of the warmest and nicest blokes you could possibly hope to meet.

By Seb
November 10, 2006 @ 6:48 pm

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uhoh. CBR says:

Moore features in a sub-plot involving a newer and "cooler" comic store opening in Springfield, one so cool that it manages to get the "Watchmen" writer to make a rare personal appearence in the shop, threatening directly the dominance of the Android's Dungeon, the local comic store managed by the infamous Comic Book Guy.

Sounds like he IS playing himself. Throw another goat on the altar, we need to put in double time on this one.

By James H
November 11, 2006 @ 5:21 pm

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