The Lost Coast Outpost has some very exciting news about everyone’s favorite art car, El Pulpo Mecanico:
Local artist, kineticist and LoCOcoaster scribbler Duane Flatmo has been on something of a winning streak lately. The rising popularity of his creation El Pulpo Mecanico has garnered him e-ink in People Magazine for his Burning Man exploits, a central role at Calgary’s Beakerhead art festival and thecompanionship of certain Mythbusters.
Tough stuff being Duane. But frankly, the aforementioned accomplishments were small time when compared to El Pulpo’s upcoming star turn.
Recently, Flatmo had it confirmed that his flaming cephalopod will be immortalized in a Nov. 16 episode of The Simpsons. According to Duane, at this year’s Black Rock City gathering, El Pulpo was boarded by Simpsons producer David Silverman. Apparently, Silverman has been a longtime Burning Man attender and steampunk octopi appreciator and took the opportunity to inform Flatmo that his creation would soon be animated alongside yellow-tinted burners in a Burning Man-themed segment.
Insert Homer-esque “Woo hoo!”
Stay tuned for the 2D version of El Pulpo. In the meantime, you can check out video from yet another major media appearance: On last night’s episode of HBO’s Last Week Tonight, host John Oliver suggested that an “eight-armed, metal fire beast” might be a great tool for battling the Chinese government. (The visual gag comes near the end of the clip below.)
“Not even a Chinese tank is going to take on the “pyroctopus,” Oliver joked, a truth Humboldt has known for years.
We covered the Firechat app in Saving the World With Apps and Demonstrating How The Principles Mesh.
David Silverman, aka Tubatron, is a big-time Burner. You may recognize him by his flaming Tuba:
He played a massive role in The Simpsons. From Wikipedia:
David Silverman (born March 15, 1957) is an American animator best known for directing numerous episodes of the animated TV series The Simpsons, as well as The Simpsons Movie. Silverman was involved with the series from the very beginning, where he animated all of the original short Simpsons cartoons that aired on The Tracey Ullman Show and went on to serve as director of animation for several years…Silverman is largely credited with creating most of the “rules” for drawing The Simpsons. He is frequently called upon to animate difficult or especially important scenes…Silverman is also the director of the The Simpsons Movie, which was released July 27, 2007
Here’s some more Simpsons Burning Man for you: