hit San Diego Comic-Con hard this year. Not only did FXX promote its new deal to air all 25 seasons of the show with a 20-foot-tall re-creation of Homer's head, but also: Mrs. Simpson premiered her new line of cosmetics; survival kits and cotton candy were handed out; and, over at the Family Guy panel, five minutes of the ultimate animated family crossover were shown
In Saturday's Simpsons panel, producers teased the big events this season. There's a Clockwork Orange segment of the Halloween special featuring Homer, Moe, Lenny, and Carl, and billionaire Elon Musk will guest star as himself taking advantage of Mr. Burns.
You'll have to wait for the Futurama crossover, but the much-anticipated death of a character will happen in the premiere on Sept. 28. Despite Homer's near-death experience in the clip below, don't expect the patriarch to die anytime soon.
Simpsons creator Matt Groening had a fun interaction with a Homer hologram onstage at Comic-Con — think Tupac with a little less rhythm. If you've never been to the convention, Homer's sarcastic jabs about the size, lack of organization, and quality of food are spot-on.
A clip of the Griffins visiting Springfield from the Family Guy-The Simpsons crossover episode was screened at the Family Guy panel Saturday at Comic-Con. Now that both shows are so successful that nobody's feelings will be hurt, no punches are pulled — up to and including an epic re-do of the Family Guy chicken fight between Peter and Homer.
Out on the lawn by the convention center, FXX built an enormous theater in the shape of Homer's head — large enough to fit two dozen people inside. A tiny (to scale?) brain sat inside, and people could look up to see Simpsons clips on the screen overhead. FXX will be airing all 552 episodes in a massive 12-day marathon beginning August 21, so while in line, they handed out survival kits, including bottles of water, flashlights, and other lifesaving trinkets.
Surrounding the Homer Dome, Marge's Sweet Station handed out free cotton candy (colored like Marge's trademark bouffant), and the "Kwik-e-Race" — a squirt-gun-style carnival game — gave winners inflatable donut pillows to sit on during the marathon.
And in case that weren't enough, the Springfield family set yet another record (they already hold the American records for longest-running sitcom, animated program, and scripted primetime series). A giant paint-by-numbers mural stood nearby, and participants were asked to help paint the more than 5,000 squares. By Sunday, the Guinness World Record had been surpassed for the most people contributing to a single work of art (the previous record was 2,000).
Across the street in San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter, the MAC Cosmetics store debuted their line of Marge-inspired makeup. Though the actual cosmetics won't give you the distinctive Simpsons' yellow hue, there were full-on Marges on hand for authenticity.
If you were in San Diego, did you wait in line for two-plus hours to get inside the Homer Dome? If not, does it seem worth the wait? How many of the marathon's 552 episodes do you plan on watching? Or will you just wait for the app?
The 26th season of The Simpsons premieres Sept. 28 on Fox; the 12-day marathon starts on FXX at 10 p.m. on Aug. 21 and ends at midnight on Sept. 1.