Update (07/03/2009): If you arrived here after Googling for Watchmen terms, you might want to read my review of Watchmen. Thank you. =)

Oh my. Tonight’s double-episode Simpsons on Ten was (were?) simply delightful. I never realised how much I miss The Simpsons (I have dreadful reception of Ten).

The two episodes shown were pure geekiness. I wonder if it has anything to do with Supanova last weekend. The latter episode, “Kiss Kiss, Bang Bangalore” started with Richard Dean Anderson appearing on a Stargate SG-1 convention. For the love of Steve Ditko!

However, it is the first one that I wish to talk about today. “Husband and Knives” has got to be the best Simpsons episode about comics. Ever.

It started with an ultra-hip comic book store called Coolsville, opening right in front of Android’s Dungeon (where snobbish Comic Book Guy works), thus destroying his monopoly. The owner is one cool Milo (voiced by my idol, Jack Black), who gives free Japanese dolphin hard candies, sing a hilarious Korean cover version of “What’s New, Pussycat?” by Tom Jones (while playing Guitar Hero and Dance Dance Revolution at the same time) and—gasp!—actually let people read the comics inside!

However, the real gem is the comic book signing scene. With Alan Moore, Art Spiegelman and Dan Clowes! Voicing themselves!

They could’ve gotten Brian Michael Bendis, Grant Morrison or Mark Millar. Still, they choose these three alternative comics legends. Wow.

check out the mini Nite-Owl, Rorschach, Dr. Manhattan and Silk Spectre

check out the mini Nite-Owl, Rorschach, Dr. Manhattan and Ozymandias

This fact is known only too well by the scriptwrites, and the fanboy in me laughed spastically seeing Alan Moore going berserk on Milhouse when the kid asked for his autograph on a DVD of “Watchmen Babies in V for Vacation“, later singing a kiddish Little Lulu theme song.

Oh dear, his voice is as grim as his looks! They even put a poster of Lost Girls behind him, tee hee.

Alan Moore and Dan Clowes' eyes look particularly manic

Alan Moore and Dan Clowes

Let’s pause for a while. I need to smile in glee.


If you read the review of this episode by its writer, Matt Selman (part 1, part 2, part 3), you can see how much they love their work and their comics. Particularly:

Let’s talk about our three comic book creator guest stars. For one, how f-ing amazing is it that we put Alan Moore, Art Spiegleman and Dan Clowes on network TV? This is an unmitigated triumph. Do most TV viewers know who these legends are? No. But who cares? The right people know. And maybe now a few more.

Now, go grab some Watchmen, Maus or Ghost World! You think novels are hardcore? These are way more hardcore.