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Simpsons Comics Hit the Road! (Simpsons Comic Compilations) Paperback


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  • Series: Simpsons Comic Compilations
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Design; Original edition (April 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061698814
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061698811
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 6.6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #439,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Matt Groening, the creator and executive producer of the Emmy® Award-winning series The Simpsons, as well as creator of the cartoon strip "Life in Hell" and the animated FOX television series Futurama, is the man responsible for bringing animation back to primetime and creating an immortal nuclear family. In addition, Groening formed Bongo Comics Group in 1993 and currently serves as publisher of The Simpsons Library of Wisdom, Simpsons Episode Guides, Simpsons Comics, Bart Simpson Comics, Radioactive Man Comics, Simpsons Comics Treasure Trove, the annual Bart Simpson's Treehouse of Horror, Futurama Comics and more than 36 comic compilations, as well as many instant classics including Bart Simpsons Guide to Life, The Simpsons Handbook and The Simpsons Uncensored Family Album.


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Matt Groening, creator and executive producer of Fox's Emmy Award®-winning series The Simpsons, made television history by bringing animation back to primetime and creating an immortal nuclear family. The Simpsons is the longest running primetime animated series in television history and is currently the longest-running comedy on television, having aired more than 400 episodes. In July 2007, the highly anticipated feature film The Simpsons Movie opened in theaters with worldwide grosses of more than $525 million to date.

Originally brought to life in 1987 for The Tracey Ullman Show, The Simpsons was Groening's amazing entry into the television animation world. Previously, he was best-known for his "Life in Hell" cartoon strip, an irreverent portrayal of love, work, school, life and relationships that currently appears in more than 250 newspapers worldwide and in a multitude of books.

Groening's other Emmy-Award®-winning creation, Futurama, launched on Fox in March 1999 and ran for five seasons. Last year Fox released the direct-to-DVD full-length original feature Futurama: Bender's Big Score. Three additional films will be released and the entire series with new episodes will air on Comedy Central this year.

In 1993, Groening formed Bongo Comics Group, where he serves as publisher of The Simpsons Library of Wisdom, Simpsons Episode Guides, Simpsons Comics, Bart Simpson Comics, Radioactive Man Comics, Simpsons Comics Treasure Trove, the annual Bart Simpson's Treehouse of Horror, Futurama Comics, more than 36 comic compilations, as well as instant classics including Bart Simpsons Guide to Life, The Simpsons Handbook, and The Simpsons Uncensored Family Album among others!

In addition to the many awards bestowed on his creations (including Emmys, Annies, and the prestigious Peabody Award), Groening was personally honored with the Rueben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year, the highest honor presented by the National Cartoonist Society. To date there are more than 14 million copies of books from HarperCollins in print throughout North America, the UK, and Australia based on The Simpsons, Futurama, and Life in Hell.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mwreview on November 7, 2009
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After all these years, Simpsons Comics are still fun and clever. They also keep bringing in one-off or occasional characters from episodes past and giving us background stories on ol' favorites. In the case of "Hit the Road," the ventriloquist who gave us Gabbo makes an appearance and Groundskeeper Willie's homeland story is revealed. This set of comics is not as funny as others--I think it needed a dose or two of Flanders--but there are still some hilarious moments. This issue is also the first one that actually makes an attempt--however loosely--to keep with the theme of the cover as shown in the notes on the back (my cover is different from the one listed here--I like the listed cover better as mine has them traveling like hillbillies). There is some traveling across the country and overseas. As clever filler, the issue offers the main Simpson characters in continent form which also keeps with the "Hit the Road" theme.

"The Simpson Family Circus"--The Simpsons get a 5,000 channel digital satellite system and watch so much TV, a television ratings service believes the Simpsons to be the trendsetters for popular culture. Highlight: Ozzy Osbourne jokes.
"Crap That No One Wanted"--Comic book guy goes over some one-off comics featuring Mayor Quimby, Grandpa Simpson, Moe & Barney, and the Bongo Annual Corporate Report. Highlight: "Josephus Fitzgerald Quimby was born in a log cabin, which he himself helped his father build."
"Yellow Crush"--Springfield's Aztec theatre is about to be replaced. During a farewell film festival, Bart spots Grandpa in a surfer movie. Grandpa teaches Bart to surf so he can compete in a contest--then a tsunami strikes.

"License to Kilt"--Marge competes on "Steel Chefs" and Homer has an accident (on purpose) to get money from the show.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By GraphicNovelReporter.com on November 23, 2009
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I'd be committing a sin of omission if I didn't immediately admit to having a polybagged issue of Simpsons Comics and Stories #1 somewhere in the depths of my abandoned comic collection. There was definitely a time when I actively collected every Simpsons action figure, DVD, and bit of paraphernalia, including many logged hours and countless quarters in front of the arcade game, way back before the show began its descent into the unreliable and unbelievable from more realistic, poignant, and intelligent humor, so this is all coming from something of a Simpsons aficionado. Nothing felt quite as awesome as Marge killing zombies with a vacuum.

Let me begin by addressing the parents. Simpsons Comics is a great avenue into reading for those who might be reluctant. The stories are innocuous and inoffensive--much less so than the occasional digression of the TV show. They're familiar, and they're easy to access. As a librarian, I regularly see our Simpsons Comics collections circulate, so while I can't claim that there's anything of great educational value within, they're getting kids to read.

Across the 11 stories, written and drawn by a collection of authors and artists, it slowly became clear that while based in the Simpsons universe, and loosely in the canonical world of The Simpsons, this is a whole different animal. And also that one of the two Martha Stewart-in-jail jokes in two subsequent issues should have been caught.

The Simpsons has existed for so long in one signature format that it's firmly entrenched itself in one "brand" of humor. When it strays from Simpsons humor, it feels off, and when it stays with humor that works best in an animated format, the comic pages just don't communicate the funny.
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By Kalan on September 24, 2013
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My 11 & 13 year old love reading these. I find them a better bargain than buying the magazines. Great for travel.
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A++++ all the way. I love the Simpson , and now we have something to bond with. It also encourages her to read.
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By Encouraged to think! on January 8, 2013
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What more needs to be said...it's Homer...it's a comic book...it's Great! So go out and buy it already! Thank you...please come again!
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