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The Simpson’s Matt Groening is Named in Epstein Documents

Matt Groening

This past Friday, court documents were unsealed revealing thousands of documents surrounding the defamation suit between Jeffrey Epstein‘s accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre and Epstein associate/”madam,” Ghislaine Maxwell. Giuffre accused Epstein and Maxwell of sex-trafficking her and Giuffre sued Maxwell for defamation in return. The case was settled in May 2017.

167 documents with thousands of pages were under seal and some are now making their way into the public. Within, numerous celebrities and politicians are named and accused of inappropriate behavior including sex with underage women (aka rape).

One story recounted by Giuffre involves Matt Groening, the creator of The Simpsons and founder of comic publishers Bongo Comics and Bapper Books, and creator behind the Life in Hell comic strip. Groening isn’t accused of sex with underage girls, but instead, the story revolves around a foot rub and a very specific description of his feet.

From the document:

Epstein’s many Hollywood pals include Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons. Jeffrey once had me give Matt a foot massage when he was flying on the jet with us, Virginia says. He laughed and did drawings of Bart and Homer for my little brother and my dad.


Before asking me about Jeffrey Epstein speaking to celebrities at the house, the attorney for Jane Doe 102 asked me about Jean Luc Brunel, Mark Epstein, Daniel Estes, Matt Groening, and Leslie Wexner. I then listed Senator Mitchell, Prince Andrew, Princess Sarah Ferguson, Miss Yugoslavia, Miss Germany, Alan Dershowitz, Princess Diana’s secretary with her children, Mr. Trump, Mr. Robert Kennedy, Jr., Frederik Fekkai, and a couple Noble prize winners as celebrities that I had seen while working for Mr. Epstein. I also mentioned a reunion of Nobel prize winners that was held at the house, and that I met President Clinton at Mr. Epstein’s plane the last month that I was working for Mr. Epstein


We went out the next afternoon as I had suggested last night and we ate our clam chowder breadbaskets over looking the whart’s bay, watching the seals playfully barking at each other on the rocks nearby. Shortly after we were driven to the private airstrip and took off for Los Angeles. On the plane was an unexpected visitor. Matt Groening the producer of the The Simpson’s TV show was catching a ride with us. I was so excited,
as I loved watching his show and acted like a star struck fan, asking him everything from his initial idea for creating the show to where he got his
characters from. He told me it was all based on his own family make up, but without the crazy father and son scenes of Homers hand around Bart’s throat.

I was enjoying our conversation, when Jeffrey insisted that I give Matt a foot massage throughout the duration of the short flight. I never turned down a client but when I saw the shape ofhis feet, I nearly threw up at the thought of having to touch them. He had yellow crusty toenails that
even someone with a chainsaw would?ve had troubles cutting through and then there was the fluffy balls of leftover pieces of sock wedged between the crevices of his sweaty toes, now that was the real icing on the cake for me, no way could I attempt this I thought. Then I had an idea. I went to the back of the plane and rinsed a wash cloth in warm
soapy water and returned for his dreaded foot massage but not before attempting to clean them first.

In return for my services Matt was kind enough to draw me two quick sketches on blank paper from his briefcase of my two favorite characters, Homer and Bart. I asked if he wouid make them out to my little brother
and dad, the true fans of the family not missing an episode during dinner over the past ten years or so. Next to the A-4 size drawing he was able to fit in the quote To my greatest fan from Matt Groening? and their names next to it. I knew they’d absolutely love it, and it was such a nice gesture his feet were no longer an issue as I laughed it off and even made a joke to the comedian about getting a pedicure before hitting beaches.

The flight was only short and we arrived in busy L.A within the hour, saying Good-Bye to Matt, who was a pleasure to meet.

(via Business Insider)

Around the Tubes

It was new comic book day! What’d everyone get? What’d you all enjoy? Sound off in the comments below! While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

iO9 – The Comic Book Lore Behind the 3 New Costumes Coming to Marvel’s Spider-Man – Who’s excited for this DLC?

The Beat – As their last comic goes on sale today, it’s time to say Farewell, Bongo Comics – It’s the end of an era.

 

Reviews

Talking Comics – Lumberjanes: The Infernal Compass

Comic Mix – Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: Lafayette

The Beat – One Dirty Tree

Around the Tubes

The weekend is almost here and we’ve got some geeky things on tap! What will you all be doing? Sound off in the comments below. While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

CBR – Guardians of the Galaxy’s Dave Bautista Continues to Rail Against Disney – Good. Disney will maybe listen to one of its stars. Maybe.

ComicMix – Gail Simone on the passing of Bongo Comics – It’s the end of an era!

Newsarama – Locke & Key Lands at Netflix For New, Re-Cast Show – Maybe this time’s the charm?

Newsarama – Marvel’s Tahlia Hein Passes Away at 32 – Out thoughts are with her friends and family.

The Outhouse – Love & Basketball‘s Gina Prince-Bythewood To Adapt Rucka And Fernandez’s The Old Guard – Nice!

 

Reviews

Newsarama – The Amazing Spider-Man #2

Newsarama – Justice League Dark #1

Free Comic Book Day 2013 Gold Comics Announced

The gold comics have been announced for Free Comic Book Day 2013 which lands on May 4. May the 4th Be With You!!! Check out the offerings below.

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KIZOIC PRESENTS: SESAME STREET/STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE

(W) Georgia Ball, Jason M. Burns (A/CA) Amy Mebberson

On side one, Elmo, Cookie Monster, The Count and Super Grover teach you about the magic of reading comics! It’s GUARANTEED to chase the clouds away! On side two, join Strawberry Shortcake and friends on 3 berry sweet adventures! Includes “The Blue Flu”, “The Hunt for Blackberry’s Treasure”, and “Blueberry’s Book Tour”.

It’s a bushel of fun!

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THE WORLD OF ARCHIE DIGEST

(W/A) Various (CA) TBD

Archie! Betty! Veronica! Jughead! The world’s most famous teenagers for over seven decades are all here in this FREE digest! Packed with non-stop laughs and gaffs that the Riverdale gang is known for, we challenge you to find a Free Comic Book Day offering with more pages than this! The perfect introduction to the world of Archie and friends, this digest is filled with stories from some of the best creators in the business! This is the one to pick up on Free Comic Book Day!

Bongo Comics

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BONGO COMICS FREE-FOR-ALL!

(W/A/CA) Matt Groening, Various

Bongo rings in another Free Comic Book Day with a comical cornucopia of four-color comics and games. First, Bart becomes a model citizen for a day…with disastrous results. Then, Jimbo and the gang escalate and elevate their juvenile delinquency to new heights. Stick around for a bedtime tale with the dim but adorable Li’l Homer and go in search of the Happy Little Elves with Maggie.

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KABOOM! SUMMER BLAST

(W/A/CA) Various

An explosion of All-Ages awesomeness from KaBOOM! this Free Comic Book Day! Sure to be one of the most popular offerings this Free Comic Book Day, the KaBOOM! Summer Blast is 48 pages chock-full of the most popular all-ages comics on the stands today! Featuring excerpts from Adventure Time, Peanuts, Regular Show, Bravest Warriors, Garfield, Ice Age and some brand-new surprises, these series will keep readers young and old coming back to your comic shop again and again!

Star Wars/Serenity Flip Book

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STAR WARS/CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT/AVATAR

(W) Joshua Williamson, Various (A/CA) Ryan Hill, Various

All-Ages Adventure! Star Wars joins fan-favorite villains Darth Vader and Boba Fett! Then explore the upcoming Dark Horse series, Captain Midnight, where the search for the missing superhero is on! And the smash hit Avatar: The Last Airbender follows Mai as she deals with her broken heart…

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SUPERMAN SPECIAL EDITION

Sorry, but you’ll have to come back next month for full details!

Transformers #80.5

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TMNT NEW ANIMATED ADVENTURES

(W/A) Various (CA) Dario Brizuela

Jumping from screen to page, it’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles New Animated Adventures! This unique series captures the heart of the smash Nickelodeon television show with brand-new stories. Full of action, excitement and laughs, this is the perfect all-ages comic to get you seeing green!!

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THE WALKING DEAD SPECIAL

(W) Robert Kirkman (A/CA) Charlie Adlard, Cliff Rathburn

This special Walking Dead issue contains a new Tyreese short story, a fan-favorite character who just made his television debut in The Walking Dead Season 3! It also reprints short stories featuring Michonne, The Governor and Morgan. This special issue is a must-have for fans of The Walking Dead — as none of these stories will be reprinted in the trade paperbacks!

Avengers #12.1

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MARVEL FCBD 2013: CLASSIFIED!

(W/A/CA) TBD

Prepare for an epic that is out of this world as the biggest and best Super Heroes in the Marvel Universe come together for something that will leave fans demanding more! Marvel Comics has something special planned for Free Comic Book Day 2013… but for now it’s CLASSIFIED! Keep checking back to freecomicbookday.com for future updates!

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THE SMURFS

(W/A) Peyo, Various (CA) Peyo

The Smurfs return to Free Comic Book Day with two stories never-before-seen in the U.S.! Gargamel has tormented the Smurfs time and time again, always vowing his revenge on the small creatures. But what happens when he is forced to tangle with someone bigger than him — a nasty Ogre? Find out in “The Ogre and the Smurfs!” Also featuring comics from two of the hottest new Papercutz series, Annoying Orange and Ariol, a new series from Emmanuel Guibert!

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SPONGEBOB COMICS FREESTYLE FUNNIES

(W) Derek Drymon, Maris Wicks (A) Graham Annable, Various

United Plankton brings you a completely original collection of SpongeBob comics for FCBD 2013. In “Paint Misbehavin'” Squidward teaches SpongeBob and Patrick how to paint realistically — but how did they learn to bring their painted creations to life? Then in “Day of the Free Comic” SpongeBob must foil Plankton’s latest plan: invading the Krusty Krab inside a…giveaway comic book! Will funny books ever be the same? And: Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy take on a new villain: the sultry Catfishstress. All this plus facts about the colorful cuttlefish, a fill-in comic, and a preview of this summer’s SpongeBob superhero-themed annual!

Yo Gabba Gabba

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IT’S THE UGLY DOLL COMIC & OTHER STUFF

(W) David Horvath & Various (A) James Kolchaka & Various

Say, Friend. Do you need a hero? Then this comic isn’t for you. (Though being Ugly IS a super power — “ugly” means unique!) Do you need a cookie? Then this is your book! Join OX, Wage, Babo, Ice-Bat and all their friends in the Uglydolls’ first-ever comic book adventure! The Uglydolls may not be able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, but they sure will eat your candy! And don’t miss the bonus features from other famous members of the VIZ Kids family!

Free Comic Book Day 2012 Gold Books

MOUSE GUARD, LABYRINTH, AND MORE HC FLIP BOOK

Written by Jeremy Bastian, Nate Cosby, Royden Lepp, Jim McCann, Ted Naifeh and David Petersen

Illustrated by Jeremy Bastian, Chris Eliopoulos, Cory Godbey, Janet Lee, Royden Lepp and David Petersen. Cover by David Petersen

This Free Comic Book Day, Archaia offers readers the chance to experience history in the making with a FREE, gorgeous, 48-page, 6″ x 9″ full color hardcover original graphic novel featuring all-new material! David Petersen returns with an all-new Mouse Guard tale that’s guaranteed to tug at your heartstrings! Lose yourself once again in Jim Henson’s amazing world of Labyrinth, featuring a fantastical story from Eisner Award-nominee Ted Naifeh (Courtney Crumrin) and Cory Godbey (Fraggle Rock). Get a new perspective on Jet Jones in Royden Lepp’s critically acclaimed Rust, with a short story seen through the eyes of younger brother Oswald Taylor. Jeremy Bastian’s acclaimed Cursed Pirate Girl hits the high seas in this whimsical, swashbuckling tale of wonderland journeys and unimaginable dangers. Nate Cosby (Pigs) and Chris Eliopoulos (Franklin Richards) present Cow Boy, a comedy/western that tells the tale of a young bounty hunter determined to send his entire outlaw family to jail. And Jim McCann and Janet Lee follow up their Eisner Award-winning Return of the Dapper Men with an all-new short story that leads into the upcoming sequel, Time of the Dapper Men. Witness the origin of a new, major character! And…the return of 41?!

 

MEGA MAN: LET THE GAMES BEGIN

Script: Ian Flynn Art: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante, John Workman, Matt Herms

“Let the Games Begin!” Part One: Don’t miss the first classic issue of the hit new MEGA MAN comic series! The future looks bright when brilliant and benevolent Dr. Light unveils his latest creations: the Robot Masters! But when the nefarious Dr. Wily steals them for his own sinister purposes, there is no one left to stop him. No one – except Mega Man!

 

2012 BONGO COMICS FREE-FOR-ALL!
SpongeBob Comics Freestyle Funnies

By Groening/Hillenburg

Bongo offers the best in humor comics with a proud tale from the boasting barflies of Moe’s Tavern, as they recount their close encounter with marauding beasts as members of the Springfield Bear Patrol. And Sergio Aragonés joins the fun with a story from his own past of how he made his first peso as an underground and underage artist. THEN, flip over the book for two of the swimmingest SpongeBob sagas from the series’ hard-to-find earliest issues. In “Squidward and the Golden Clarinet,” SpongeBob reads an issue of Mermaid Man to a less-than-welcoming Squidward. But this story has a musical hook even Squidward can’t resist. Plus: a page of gags that go off the deep end by indie artiste James Kochalka.

 

PEANUTS/ADVENTURE TIME FLIP BOOK

Author(s): Charles Schulz, Vicki Scott, Ryan North
Artist(s): Charles Schulz, Ron Zorman,Vicki Scott, Paige Braddock, Shelli Paroline, Braden Lamb
Cover Artist(s): Charles Schulz, Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb

Two stories of two boys and their dogs — on one side, Charlie Brown and Snoopy, along with the entire Peanuts gang, come to Free Comic Book Day! On the other side — boy Finn and his dog Jake, along with the entire cast of the hot new Cartoon Network series Adventure Time, adventure in the Land of Ooo for Free Comic Book Day! Get your full KABOOM! dose of “Good Griefs” and “Algebraics” all in one book!

 

STAR WARS/SERENITY FLIP BOOK

Zack Whedon (W), Davidé Fabbri (P), Fábio Moon (P/I), Christian Dalla Vecchia (I), Adam Hughes (Cover), and Daniel Dos Santos (Cover)

Han Solo and Chewbacca have a falling-out after a deal with a shady customer goes bad. When the client gets designs on the Millennium Falcon, Han and Chewie present a united front that can’t be beat! “Mal” Reynolds, captain of the outlaw vessel Serenity, is no stranger to jobs gone wrong. But when the chips are down, he’s able to rely on an amazing, odd, and diversely talented crew for help!

 

DC COMICS – THE NEW 52 FCBD EDITION

(W) Various (A) Various

DC COMICS-THE NEW 52 took the industry by storm! Now get an exclusive look at what’s happening in 2012 – written and illustrated by today’s top creators.

 

TRANSFORMERS #80.5

Simon Furman (W); Andrew Wildman (P), Stephen Baskerville (I); Wildman (C)

The wait is over–after a 20-year hiatus, IDW proudly returns to the original TRANSFORMERS comic book universe, picking up right where 1991’s TRANSFORMERS #80 left off! Optimus Prime, Grimlock, Kup, Hot Rod and all your favorite Generation One TRANSFORMERS characters charge into the future as fan-favorite writer Simon Furman and legendary Transformers artist Andrew Wildman present TRANSFORMERS #80.5! Reflecting back on the dizzying highs and the terrifying lows of the original run of Transformers comics, Optimus Prime watches over a Cybertron that hasn’t faced Megatron for decades. But that peace shudders to an end, as we dive headlong into July’s TRANSFORMERS #81!

Because the Fans demanded it! Thousands of TRANSFORMERS fans signed petitions urging us to make this book–and IDW listened!

 

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An anthology featuring all-new stories with a mix of Image’s old and new best loved characters! More details and a finalized cover art to come.

 

AVENGERS #12.1

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Penciller (cover/interiors): Bryan Hitch
Start reading with this POINT ONE issue! Prepare for the upcoming high-stakes Avengers event with a battle between the Avengers and the Intelligencia, the return of SWORD, and the disappearance of Spider-Woman!

 

YO GABBA GABBA

Writer(s): Jamie S. Rich, Kali Fontecchio, Frank Pittarese, Evan Dorkin, & Sarah Dyer
Artist Name(s): Michael Allred, Kali Fontecchio, Jarrett Williams, & Evan Dorkin, with Han Allred, Rico Renzi, & Sarah Dyer

From the hit Nickelodeon show! Come join your GabbaLand pals Muno, Foofa, Brobee, Toodee, Plex, and of course DJ Lance Rock for a series of fun-filled adventures! Plus, an awesome Super Martian Robot Girl tale, too!