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Be there or be a regular quadrilateral
Posted on September 12, 2014 by Tim
Greetings nerdlingers! Did you know that the word “nerd”, the root word in nerdlinger, was originally spelled knurd, which if you hold your screen up to a mirror you'll notice is the word drunk spelled backwards. I'll drink to that! This and other amazing factoids are available in this awesome new book, The Simpsons and their Mathematical Secrets by Simon Singh, which I got a free review copy of, which is why I'm plugging it. New before someone reminds me that this isn't exactly a Simpsons site, I should mention that there are four whole chapters that deal exclusively with Futurama. In this book you will learn that The Simpsons and Futurama writing team are bristling with maths PhDs and that the series contain enough mathematics to form a university course - and then some as the author reveals the fascinating details of these hidden maths (<-- it's "maths" 'case the publisher is in Merry Olde England and that's how they say it over there). I've read part of it and it's a fun read, even mathophobes should be entertained by it. It's available from that place that's named after the large women, and probably others as well. Buy several for xmas gifts.


Four years, Four Better or For Worse. Yup, it's been four years since that cover and first few pages appeared here. I am, or course, talking about Pieter Antonissen's fan comic Four Better or For Worse because tonight we bring you the conclusion of this stunning work. But wait! There's more! Also included are seven, count 'em, seven pages of special features including more naked butts that you can shake a finglonger at. The new stuff starts on page 191. Thanks Pieter, it's been a wonderful ride. Sadly, Piters sez “It'll probably going to be a loooooong time before a new fancomic will rise to the surface - if ever”.
The finest website for under three Nixon funbucks
Posted on August 30, 2014 by Tim
Heheh. Ok, so I hear you wondering, what's that all about and why are Leela and Amy posing with Zapp Brannigan in a cheap champagin ad? Well, to save you a long winded explanation I'll just point you to Gulliver63's long winded explanation, which we call a Fan Fiction in these parts. This one is called Zapp Brannigan and the Planet of Women, which is one of those titles that make me say “Thank ${DEITY} for cut and paste”. But more to the point, finally the tale can be told. Universal space adventurer Zapp Brannigan finds himself in serious trouble on the Planet of Women. Will he be executed? Will he become a pet? Will he get lobotomized? Grab a glass of champagin, nuke some casa-dillas and enjoy Zapp's most thrilling adventure yet.


And now for a little Fan Comic action, here at long last are three new very dense pages of Inquisitor Hein's comic 30. The Inquisitor says that some over-stressed eyes have been slowing him down as of late, and thinking about Pieter's problems with his hand he concludes that it seems like the Madhouse does not have the youngest contributors of Futurama fan comics. This webmaster will be pardoned for editorilizing, I'm sure, if I climb up on my soap box and say they may or may not be the youngest, but they are among the best. Oh, and I might also mention that the new stuff starts on Page 44.


And to complete our three for three special today Zoey Webber has a new Fan Fiction. It's called Strike Back and in it Farnsworth drags everyone to a Career Opportunities Expo for people who work at delivery services. There's nothing for Zoidberg until he finds a Prank Club. Zoidberg will do whatever it takes to be a part of the club. Chaos comes around when Fry and Bender get pranks played on them. Leela has a plan to set Zoidberg straight. But that doesn't stop Zoidberg from pulling off the ultimate prank ever! Zoidberg just might win.......question is....does Zoidberg EVER win?
Fan art by The Futurama Point


Let's get back on track
Posted on August 24, 2014 by Tim
Like Bender sez, “I'm back, baby!” I've been gone most of the last month and haven't been able to update, so I've got a bunch of stuff backed up so it's time to get things cleaned out (more on that at the end of this update). Anyway, a huge thank you to the various contributors, some of whom have been waiting nearly a month, for the patience. And one such is kaspired. There's a story behind this picture - you see I had the privilege of meeting kaspired face to face back in April (along with a couple of the other denizens hereabouts) and we got to sharing stories and pictures of what we do when we're away from 'ramaland. I showed him a pic of my model train and within about 15 minutes he'd sketched this. A couple of months later and we have the finished version. It certainly looks like Leela found the “go fast” lever and is giving Fry the ride of a lifetime (probably not quite what he had in mind). How many characters can you spot in there?


Next up, a couple of Fan Fictions. The first is from Missy and it's a little piece of basic, sweet, post-series Fry/Leela fluff called Once Around.


The next one is from a new contributor who goes by the moniker of Strudol. Schlee's got a story called Robocalypse Now. This is part 1, so keep your eyes and search engines peeled for more to come, but meanwhile a deadly robot revolution has begun in New New York and has dire consequences for Fry, Leela, and the Planet Express crew.


And lastly for today, we get back to clearing things out with a new Fan Comic from Pieter Antonissen called Proctology of Interest. It seems Leela has lost a boot, and Amy may know where it is.
Future world problems
Posted on August 4, 2014 by Tim
I'm back finally. At least for a few days. I'm suffering severely from a bad case of Summeritis, compounded by too much vacation time, a serious first world problem to be sure. Anyway, it seems like they'll have those in the future too, and I know that 'cause I've got a couple of new Fan Fictions that say so. They're both by Robert Stewart who happens to be friends with and a coworker of Gulliver63, who did the cover art you see here. The art is for Robert's first story Yes, There are 2 Interns, in which PE gets not one but two new interns to replace the recently graduated Amy Wong. This may be fine for the company, but it's sure to cause problems for certain members of the crew. Robert's second tale is The End of Futurama - not a very promising title so be prepared for some pathos and passion, and music too.


And that's all I have time for tonight. I've got several more things that I hope to get put up before I head for the lake and the land the Internet forgot next weekend. So stay tuned.
Not dead yet
Posted on July 20, 2014 by Tim
Really, I'm still out here and this is still a live site. It's just that life has been kicking my shiny metal (or, really, in my case pasty, fleshy) this last month and I haven't been able to make the time to update. So, to those who are patiently waiting for their 15 minutes of fame, stay with us, I'll get there. Sooner than later I hope.

I do have this one quick item which I can toss out there. Mayur writes “My name is Mayur, known as /u/tundoopani on reddit. The /r/futurama subreddit is rewatching the entire Futurama series as a community. Each week a new episode will be watched and discussed on reddit. Community rewatches like this one are very common on sites like reddit. I am reaching out to Futurama fan sites to ask their support in spreading the word. You can find more information at this reddit thread. Thank you for your support!”. So there you go, let's party like it's 1999.
Did ya ever wonder ...
Posted on June 29, 2014 by Tim
... how all of that Fan Art comes to be? I mean, some of it is obviously 30 seconds with a dull pencil, but a lot of it must be a huge, time consuming effort, right? Yes, but maybe not as much as you think. Still, it takes a lot more effort that this 15 second that this Video Clips that kaspired (with an assist from El-Man) made. About the final result and the process of getting there, kasp sez “Don’t know if you’ve noticed, but lately I’ve been trying some variations on a certain theme. This has always been a weak area of mine (among others, but that's for later stories…). Inking. Well to be more specific, outlines. There are two basic problems. The first is that I have a tendency to draw what I see and if you look around I can guarantee there are no outlines around anything. The second is when I sketch something there is a certain something in the linework that gets polished out and lost when the drawing gets to the final stage. For the definition of “something” I mean random, energetic, tentative, something simply put as “fun”. And the result is a line that is, well, to be blunt, boring. So I’ve been trying to not be boring. Confused? Good, so am I. I built this drawing of our favorite Martian Ph.D. millionaire heiress perma intern and hopefully this will start to make sense.”


Well, it hasn't yet come to a story about an inflatable Morgan Proctor (and part of me hopes it never does ) but that doesn't mean that our resident bureaucrat fanboy Gulliver63 hasn't come up with another tale of bureaucracy run amok with his new Fan Fiction called The Morgan Chronicles. In this latest story we travel to the red sands of Mars to find out how our favorite Futurama bureaucrat ended up on the road to getting that uniform and shiny badge. At the tender age of 16 she winds up having to spend a summer on Mars where she meets new friends and begins to walk that road to her destiny. It's illustrated with a cover, and as a special treat a sketch was added Kaspired. G sez he's aiming as this being the first of a three-parter that will take us up to the canon character we know in the show.
Sui generis
Posted on June 16, 2014 by Tim
Who sez we ain't got no culture here at FM-TLZ? Today's subject is the Latin phrase Sui generis*  which means "of its own kind or genus" and hence "unique in its characteristics". I think that kinda describes this - 'cause who out there can say they have their very own, custom made, Morgan Proctor action figure? Gulliver63 can. Now I realize that featuring his exploits in two updates in a row is enabling his egocentric attention whore tendencies but hey, I puts 'em up as they're sent in, so what's a webmaster to do? Anyway, he sez “A little over a month ago I was introduced to a toy maker at a Dr. Who gathering here in Indianapolis who was familiar with Morgan from the show. I sent him a plethora of screen grabs from the show, and he made me a Morgan Proctor action figure. If it looks a bit familiar, he had to use pieces of a Mom figure to build her. The face is just epic. I told this guy, Matthew Wardwell is his name, that there were other geeks like me that might want an action figure that hasn't been made yet. If anyone is interested, they can contact him through his FaceBook page. Now I have an action figure that can boss around all the others...”.

* - and we all have Ramon to thank for that phrase - he used it, quite properly I think, to describe Leela.
A little bit of everything (except Tonya twice)
Posted on June 9, 2014 by Tim

Got a two-fer here. The first is Fan Art that Gulliver63 drew, which he took to the Indy Popcon where he got it autographed by, and his picture taken with the voice of Bender, John Dimaggio. He got several snaps of John autographing stuff for fans which you can find in Fan's Photos. Gulliver says of John “He was such a nice guy, everything you'd expect from watching the interviews. He seemed like he really enjoyed the fans and enjoyed the fandom. He looked at the art that I wanted him to sign, and he asked, "Who drew this?" I proudly told him, "I did." He was impressed.”.


On the Fan Fiction font Dwayne Anderson is back with another installment of Space Age Doofus. This is part 9 of Fry's continuing adventures in the Aniverse, a plase where animals rule and humans drool (Fry should be right at home).


Silverbullit wrote with a link to this really cool Animatronic Bender. Now if we could only combine it with the one that brewed and dispensed beer that really be something.


And now the request lines are open. I received a request from Jaime who read Gulliver's recent fan fic Dollface and wanted to know if someone would do a Bender and Tonya Fan Comic. So there you go all you avid comic drawers out there, if you're looking for something to do, there's a request.
Time keeps on slippin'
Posted on June 2, 2014 by Tim
Or maybe that should be Tim keeps on slippin' 'cause I shoulda had these done a few days ago, but that annoying real life crap sometimes has other plans. Anyway, got a bunch of new stuff here. First is this Fan Art by Awalex who got to wondering what might have been in that birthday gift that Leela found in the episode Leela’s Homeworld.


Many of you will recall the Futurama Monopoly game that came out a couple of years ago (I suspect that many regulars here have one or two of their own). Well, Spaceman130 scored a set on that internet auction site or somewhere and sent a bunch of photos which you can check out in Fan's Photos.


And lastly but not leastly, over in the Fan Fiction section of the Madhouse Rose Keeling presents the latest chapter of The Kroker Family.
It's the little things in life ...
Posted on May 20, 2014 by Tim
Just when you thought it was safe...the Gulliver madness strikes again with his latest Illustrated Fan Fiction called The Little Things in Life. In this story we find out that it's the little things in life that can cause us the most problems. After an IQ boosting experiment has unexpected consequences, the Planet Express gang find themselves held hostage by hyper-intelligent ants. Leela goes on trial, and a bureaucrat comes to broker the peace. Included are a cover and four illustrations.



The saga of The Kroker Family continues in part 2 of Rose Keeling's new Fan Fiction.
Fanart by Javier Sánchez/The Futurama Point
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