Matt Groening

The Simpsons on the iPad

Mashable

You can now get the Simpsons on your iPad:

In a development that would make even Comic Book Guy proud, digital comic book platform comiXology is teaming up with Matt Groening’s Bongo Comics to bring America’s favorite family to the iPad. The partners announced the Simpsons Comics app for iOS, available today, at a panel at this week’s San Diego Comic-Con.

The iOS app is a free download for the iPad and the iPhone and will launch with a selection of digital versions of both recent and classic Bongo titles like Simpsons ComicsBart Simpson and Radioactive Man. ComiXology will also give away a digital copy of Simpsons Comics #100 on its website for a limited time to mark the release of the app.

The location of the real Springfield named

Boing Boing

The real Springfield that inspired the Simpsons has been revealed by Matt Groening:

In the new issue of Smithsonian, Matt Groening reveals that the Simpsons’ home of Springfield was named for the town in Oregon: OK, why do the Simpsons live in a town called Springfield? Isn’t that a little generic?

Springfield was named after Springfield, Oregon. The only reason is that when I was a kid, the TV show “Father Knows Best” took place in the town of Springfield, and I was thrilled because I imagined that it was the town next to Portland, my hometown. When I grew up, I realized it was just a fictitious name. I also figured out that Springfield was one of the most common names for a city in the U.S. In anticipation of the success of the show, I thought, “This will be cool; everyone will think it’s their Springfield.” And they do.