Simpsons creator Matt Groening was on NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday this morning to talk about The Simpsons “Treehouse of Horror” episodes, which — together with all of The Simpsons episodes from the first 20 years of the television series — are detailed in this new 8.8-pound book:
Among other things, the new Simpsons book features:
- Wraparound slipcase
- Comprehensive episode synopses
- Over 400 character profiles
- Every chalkboard phrase Bart Simpson has ever written
- Every couch gag
- Every marquee message from the First Church of Springfield
- A complete list of celebrity guest stars
- Every “D’oh” or “Mmm…” Homer Simpson has ever uttered
Now yes, I’m a longtime TV viewer and Simpsons fan going back to the first shorts that aired on The Tracey Ullman Show.
More importantly though, I’m a compulsive archivist who views reference books and words like “comprehensive” and “complete list” the same way a junkie views glassine packets of white powder.
I’m also a sucker for anything in a slipcase.
Do I need a 1,200-page compendium of all things Simpsons? Maybe not — but I want it.
Oh, hell — let’s throw in the Blu-ray version of Bruce Springsteen’s The Promise: The Darkness On The Edge of Town Story.
Of course, then I’m going to need a Blu-ray player …