TONIGHT: Matt Groening and pals have an animated Simpsons signing at the Family Bookstore in Los Angeles

i was in junior high when The Simpsons debuted, and now they’re in their 21st season, and that makes jesus satan feel very, very old. for the first time ever, The Simpsons have made me sad. Matt Groening and selected Simpsons’ artists are signing copies of the soon to be released Simpsons Treehouse of Horror #15 at the Family Bookstore (436 N. Fairfax, 90036) tonight at seven p.m. there will also be original art from the issue in the gallery, not sure if you can buy it or not, but still cool nonetheless. more info from the newsletter after the jump.

The Simpsons treehouse of horror signing with Matt Groening at Family Bookstore

Artists signing this monumental issue at Family Bookstore include Matt Groening, Sammy Harkham, Jeffrey Brown, Jordan Crane, and Tim Hensley. Issue is available at Family before it hits newstands, grocery stores, 7-11s, etc.

Family will also be unveiling an in-store exhibition of original art from the comic that night in our brand new backroom gallery.

Guest edited by Sammy Harkham, the award-winning creator of the popular Kramers Ergot anthology, this year’s issue is jam-packed with some of the most idiosyncratic takes on “The Simpsons” universe ever.

Among Halloween-inspired short strips by such visionary cartoonists as C.F. (Powr Mastrs), Will Sweeney (Tales from Greenfuzz), Jordan Crane (Uptight), Tim Hensley (MOME), and John Kerschbaum (Petey & Pussy), are four featured tales of inspired Simpsons lunacy: heralded artists Kevin Huizenga (Ganges, Or Else) and Matthew Thurber (1-800 Mice, Kramers Ergot) collaborate on a weird and wild story equal parts Lovecraftian eco-horror and Philip K. Dick identity comedy. Jeffrey Brown (Incredible Change- Bots, Clumsy) does a creepy and suitably pathetic story featuring Milhouse in a “Bad Ronald”-inspired tale of murder and crawl space living. Harkham and Ted May (INJURY) pull out all the stops for a tragic monster tale of unrequited love, bad karaoke, and body snatching at Moe’s Bar. Ben Jones (Paper Rad) does the comic of his life with an epic tale of how bootleg candy being sold at the Kwik-E-Mart rapidly spirals out of control into an Invasion of The Body Snatchers-like nightmare of a Springfield filled with cheap bootleg versions of familiar characters. And nobody does squishy, sweaty, and gross like up and coming cartoonist Jon Vermilyea (MOME), who outdoes himself with “C.H.U.M.M.,” a C.H.U.D.-inspired parody featuring everybody’s favorite senior citizen, Hans Moleman!

Bios of Artists Signing:

Matthew Abram “Matt” Groening is an American cartoonist, screenwriter and producer. He is the creator of the comic strip Life in Hell and the television series The Simpsons and Futurama.

Jeffrey Brown is the author of the much acclaimed graphic novel Clumsy, and AEIOU, and Every Girl is the End of the World For Me. More recently his autobiographical work has included Little Things and the memoir Funny Misshapen Body. His humorous works include Bighead (a super-hero parody), I Am Going To Be Small, Cat Getting Out Of A Bag and The Incredible Change-Bots. He’ll also be signing copies of his new book, Funny Misshapen Body and more.

Sammy Harkham is the editor of Kramer’s Ergot and author of the ongoing series, Crickets.

Tim Hensely’s work has been featured in Kramer’s Ergot, Mome, and Comic Art Magazine. As Victor Banana, he composed the soundtrack to Dan Clowes’ Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron.

Jordan Crane is the author of the ongoing series, Uptight. His work has been featured in Kramer’s Ergot, The Atlantic Monthly, and book covers for Michael Chabon and many more. His most recent graphic novel is The Clouds Above.

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