Posts Tagged ‘The Simpsons’

Simpsons World: The Ultimate Episode Guide

Posted by on February 18th, 2011 at 1:00 AM

“Guide” is a fit if pale description for the tome, one that at least holds a suggestion of the range and breadth of functions here provided to escort and enhance.

Next Week On tcj.com

Posted by on February 11th, 2011 at 5:01 PM

Gerhard speaks: an epic interview on the craft behind Cerebus; Matthias Wivel attends the mammoth Moebius retrospective in Paris; Rob Clough begins a series on comics as poetry and reviews The Broadcast; Gavin Lees reviews Oji Suzuki’s A Single Match anthology; and Rick Kreiner immerses himself in The Simpsons Ultimate Episode Guide.

1995 Arzach image ©Moebius

Sean Michael Robinson: Criminal Contexts: The Simpsons “Child” Pornography Case and Its Implications

Posted by on January 28th, 2011 at 2:58 PM

“Kutzner led dual lives. On one hand, he was a respected middle school teacher who led a responsible, crime-free life and, undoubtedly was a positive influence in the lives of many students. […] But in his secret life, he intentionally sought out sexually exploitive material involving young children for purposes of sexual gratification.”

- Government Sentencing Memorandum, U.S.A. v. Steven Kutzner

(c) Nonrequired Element of Offense. — It is not a required element of any offense under this section that the minor depicted actually exist. -Title 18 U.S.C. 1466A

In 2010, Steven Kutzner was working as a science teacher at Lake Hazel Middle School in Boise, Idaho. A year later, Kutzner’s in prison, where he is sentenced to remain for the next 15 months. That’s the temporary part. For the rest of his life he will be a sexual criminal in the eyes of his community. He will never start over. He will not work or volunteer with minors of any age, nor will he “reside or loiter within 300 feet of schoolyards, parks, playgrounds, arcades or other places primarily used by children under the age of 18.” Kutzner has joined the ranks of his fellow citizens Christopher Handley and Dwight Worley, all three punished for possessing visual depictions of fictional crimes against fictional characters.

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Sean Michael Robinson: Idaho School Teacher Sentenced for Possession of “Obscene” Images of Simpsons Characters

Posted by on January 20th, 2011 at 4:06 PM

On Jan. 18, former Idaho middle-school-teacher Steven Kutzner was sentenced by Judge Edward J. Lodge to 15 months in federal prison for the “Possession of Obscene Visual Representation of the Sexual Abuse of Children,” having pleaded guilty to the charge Oct. 13. His prison term is to be followed by three years of Supervised Release, mandatory sex offender treatment, and a host of other strictures on his movements and activities.

Rich Kreiner’s Yearlong Best of the Year: The Simpsons by Sergio Aragonés

Posted by on March 20th, 2010 at 1:00 PM

A few weeks ago I drew comfort from the fact that even though The Simpsons was 20 years along it still had the ability to fire the imaginations of “alternative,” perhaps younger, cartoonists. The offered evidence was the most recent Treehouse of Horror annual edited by Sammy Harkham. I should have noted at the same time that Springfield’s most famous family can additionally still inspire at least one seasoned professional.

Rich Kreiner’s Yearlong Best of the Year: Treehouse of Horror

Posted by on February 13th, 2010 at 1:00 PM

Last month The Simpsons celebrated its 20th anniversary on the air. The new episode (itself nothing special) was followed by a Morgan Spurlock documentary on the program’s role around this country as popular entertainment and around the world as …

Review: Treehouse of Horror #15

Posted by on December 11th, 2009 at 9:00 AM

The Simpsons’ Treehouse of Horror #15; Various; Sammy Harkham, ed.; Bongo Entertainment; 48 pp, $4.99

Despite its title and the cover art, this magazine-length anthology doesn’t really feels like The Simpsons‘ annual Halloween extravaganza. It’s more like a series …