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The Simpsons: Handbook

Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2007 5:04 am
by J2
Has anyone seen it?  It's the long-awaited upate to the "Cartooning w/the Simpsons" and as Matt G. said in the "Handbook's" intro: "...this brick makes the Cartooning w/the Simpsons look like a bootleg coloring book."

My Review:

Does it live up to the Man's hype.  I'd say yeah, it does pretty much.  Each family member is given a 5-10 page spread (10 being Homer, of course) along with 2-4 page spreads of a bunch of Secondary Characters, with the usual "How to's" and "rules", but unlike the "Cartooning", "Handbook" adds a few visuals to aid in drawing the characters in drawing them from a higher/lower perspective and "Handbook" has a section featuring the layouts of the Simpsons kitchen and living room, along with Sector 7G, Mrs. Krabopple's Classroom, the interior of Moe's Tavern, and the Kwik-E-Mart.

"The Simpsons: Handbook" is written very simply and it's easy to see how the pieces fit together, despite lacking a few secondary characeters, namely: Reverand Lovejoy, Waylond Smithers, and Professor Frink, it still an awesome book and it's worth the forty bucks, IMO.

Verdict: Highly Recommended, even if you already own "Cartooning w/the Simpsons."

Re: The Simpsons: Handbook

Posted: Thu Jun 14, 2007 1:51 pm
by Tyrannus
So what secondary characters are included?

Re: The Simpsons: Handbook

Posted: Fri Jun 15, 2007 2:33 am
by Officer 1BDI
Ooh, I might have to invest in this.  I bought Cartooning with the Simpsons nearly a decade ago, and I still use it as a reference.

it's worth the forty bucks


...Ah crap, that's expensive.  :(  It looks like Amazon's selling it for $27, though.

Re: The Simpsons: Handbook

Posted: Tue Jul 31, 2007 5:06 pm
by D.B.
I just got my hands on this. Vastly superior to the previous effort, and in places a joy to look at.

Characters featured:Simpsons family (including grandpa, patty, selma, snowball II and santa's little helper), Willie, Barney, Milhouse, Krabappel, Krusty, Bob, Lenny, Carl, Mr Burns, Ned, Ralph, Moe, Kang, CBG, otto, nelson, itchy & Scratchy, Apu, Skinner and Wiggum. Several characters get large fold-out pages with a selection of stuff on (looks like each of these was given to a single artist with no more instruction than 'fill them' - ranges from fanart-esque paintings to extra drawing tips). Also shows layouts of the simpson's kitchen,TV room, Moe's tavern, Android's dungeon, Kwik-E-Mart, Bart's classroom, Krusty The Clown Show set and Homer's workstation.

Could have done with a couple of extra pages showing some of Lisa and Bart's other usual acquaintences, but what there is there is all pretty good. The tracing paper/acetate pages which allow you to flip between construction lines and the finished product are great fun.

Re: The Simpsons: Handbook

Posted: Tue Jul 31, 2007 6:23 pm
by Terry Y
I saw it at the bookstore a while back and came ever so close to buying it.  Kinda wish I had, now.

Re: The Simpsons: Handbook

Posted: Mon Sep 10, 2007 10:22 pm
by Stretch_Dude
Ordered it from Amazon, and it came today. May I say, HOLY CRAP. (In a good way, mind you.) Comprehensive, easy to read, and just made of pure wow.

Re: The Simpsons: Handbook

Posted: Wed Sep 12, 2007 5:27 pm
by Tyrannus
Come to think about it, I doubt that they would intentionally miss out somewhat important characters like Smithers, Frink and Lovejoy without a very good reason. maybe/hopefully there will be a second handbook which includes them amongst many other characters that were also missed (I'm sure everyone wants to be able to draw the crazy cat lady ;)).

even though the three characters I want to be able to draw (well) most are not included it still seems like it may be worth obtaining and the background tutorials sound quite intriguing.

Re: The Simpsons: Handbook

Posted: Wed Sep 12, 2007 6:09 pm
by Archonix
Welp, my copy just arrived today too, and I'm also impressed. It's a lot bigger than I imagined it would be... huge, in fact.

Re: The Simpsons: Handbook

Posted: Wed Sep 12, 2007 8:33 pm
by D.B.
I've torn a page in mine  :'(

Re: The Simpsons: Handbook

Posted: Wed Sep 12, 2007 8:48 pm
by Archonix
Silly man.

Re: The Simpsons: Handbook

Posted: Wed Sep 12, 2007 9:51 pm
by Stretch_Dude

Re: The Simpsons: Handbook

Posted: Wed Sep 12, 2007 9:57 pm
by Archonix
Cool. your homer is a bit fat-necked but otherwise they're really close. I guess it proves that knowing the rules makes things a lot easier. :)

Re: The Simpsons: Handbook

Posted: Thu Sep 13, 2007 2:19 pm
by c_nordlander
Very nice indeed! For con-crit, I agree with Graham about Homer's neck, and Lisa's eyes are indeed a bit too big. But apart from that, they're very on-model and generally a good sight.

Looking forward to seeing more art from your creative pencil.

Re: The Simpsons: Handbook

Posted: Sat Sep 15, 2007 5:47 pm
by Stretch_Dude

Re: The Simpsons: Handbook

Posted: Tue Sep 18, 2007 9:24 pm
by Stretch_Dude