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new matchflick column
Apr 28th, 2010 by Dr Karma

on Margot at the Wedding is here: http://www.matchflick.com/column/2157

In other news, Denise did an amazing job with her radio interview–it’s available online–go hear it!

Also, have decided that all of my friends must copy Mandy Dawn and Nathan in their own wedding plans–they did not subject me to a ceremony (except for an amazing remix of said), they fed me great food, including cookies and ice cream, and invited all these other wonderful people for me to hang out with! Congrats, my wonderful friends.

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23 Years of The Simpsons!
Apr 19th, 2010 by Dr Karma

David Silverman reminded us all on Facebooktoday that we first saw the Simpson family in a short, “Goodnight, Simpsons” on The Tracey Ullman Show in 1987.

Yes, I saw it. I was 12.

I doubt that anyone thought on that night that the family would ever even get their own show, much less that they would be on the air 23 years later. Who could have guessed that there would have a movie and that they would change the face of television, of primetime, of satire, forever?

I doubt anyone could have guessed that the subject of this short would become one of the foci of my life, that I would teach classes on it and one day write a book on it with my best friend.

Thank you, The Simpsons, for giving me so much happiness over the years, for reminding me that television doesn’t have to be stupid, and for showing that dysfunctional families are revelant to our lives. Thank you for being my longest and most satisfying relationship.

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On Receiving My Book in the Mail
Apr 17th, 2010 by Dr Karma

i-got-the-book1Last night, I was eating kalua pork and my roommate heard the doorbell. When I went to check, I found a small box and saw that the return address was McFarland.

I called my son into the living room–surely the book, The Simpsons in the Classroom (co-authored with Denise Du Vernay), was finally here. I got my knife and some book-coverchampagne.

It occured to me as I made the first incision that I might in fact be cutting into the cover of my book. Luckily, the packers anticipated this and thus a protective layer was the first thing I saw.

I handed the first copy to my son, and showed him the dedication. He hadn’t known that I dedicated it to him. Of course, being a sixteen-year-old, he had to pretend that it wasn’t the coolest thing ever, and he refused to smile in the photo we tried to take. It’s a good thing he’s wonderful in every other way.

A few minutes later, I finished my dinner and then headed out to a choral concert. Today, a few hours later, I will grade papers and prep my lectures for Monday and then head to a garden party.

Somewhere near my solar plexus, there’s a small flame of excitement, and when I catch sight of my book on the coffee table, or when people mention it on Facebook, it flares up and fills my whole body for a second. I become giddy and amazed.

It’s going to be interesting to see how long this high lasts.

I’m putting together a book launch event–stay tuned for details!

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WonderCon!
Apr 4th, 2010 by Dr Karma

April, Courtney, and I headed to WonderCon yesterday. We parked close to the convention center and then followed the people in costumes to the door. First, we headed to the exhibition hall, where April found some amazing Simpsons toys. Several artists were trying to sell their wares–a few were handing out samples. Then, we came upon the stars.

Which stars? Denise Crosby (Tasha Yar on STTNG), Aaron Douglas (the Chief on BSG), Lou Ferrigno (the Hulk), Richard Hatch (BSG), Richard Herd (the Greatest American Hero), Suzie Plakson (Q’s “wife” on STTNG), Q himself, Brent Spiner (Data), and Lindsey Wagner, the original Bionic Woman. We didn’t actually get to speak to any of these people–they were charging for pictures and photos and thus weren’t open for free geeky conversation. Spike from Buffy was behind a curtain somewhere, charging $40 for an autograph. The Chief from BSG had a sign up that his money was going to a charity, at least.

There was one man we couldn’t resist, however. Adam Baldwin, from Firefly and Chuck, made us gasp in a display of nerdiness we hadn’t experienced in years. We pooled together $10 to get a picture with him. (Just as we were crowding together, he commented on the aroma of weed that passed by us.) The best part was that I got to touch him for free. The second best part was that we kept hearing people say that “Alec Baldwin” was there.

After a quick lunch, we headed back in for panels. We were going to sit in on a panel on Star Trek and Philosophy, but the speaker, a preacher, seemed boring, so we headed off to a celebration of the “anniversary” of the Galaxy Quest television show. We were afraid that a few of the audience members wouldn’t play along with the panel as they discussed their favorite episodes, guest appearances, and the resurgence of the series, but everyone seemed game. In the very entertaining panel, they mocked the conventions of sci-fi tv and showed that we nerds can make fun of ourselves.

Then, as we were heading into a panel on Kick Ass, we were stopped by one of the marketing people of the film. He asked us if we would see the film that night for free and then be interviewed on camera about it afterwards. He said that they needed to reach out to a female audience and that our femaleness (combined with our hotness) made us ideal. He also seemed to think we were young.

Thus, armed with our VIP tickets, we went into a crowded room for a panel discussion with the cast and one of the graphic artists. I’ll be reviewing the film for matchflick soon, so I’ll sign off with this:

April, Adam, Courtney, Karma

April, Adam, Courtney, Karma

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