In the Simpsons episode “Husbands & Knives” comics legend Alan Moore makes a guest appearance.
The episode ends with Alan, along with fellow comics writers Art Spiegelman (Maus) and Dan Clowes (Ghost World), ripping off their shirts to reveal their superpowers. Obviously, this Simpsonized Alan screams to be made into an action figure for my collection!
I bought an extra Ripped Groundskeeper Willie to use as a base for the new figure. I will be replacing the head and hands (due to Alan’s rings)
After drawing up a template from screen caps, I started to sculpt the head. Here you can see how it all starts. You want to rough in the major shapes before the geometry gets too complicated.
Face sculpted. Fortunately, I only have to sculpt one side…the geometry is mirrored automatically!
Final head and hair sculpt
Hand sculpt with rings. The right hand geometry is the same but I had to make new rings for it.
Sizing this one was a real problem. The first print of the head from Shapeways was too small and the hands were too big!
But the mistake allowed me to do some maths and get the size right on the second try! Here is the new print, sprayed with filler primer and polished.
Willie’s hands were cut off and the new hands were glued on with JB Weld epoxy.
After glueing on the head, a coat of primer checks the progress.
Next I needed to change the belt buckle to match the drawings from the show. I cut away the extra plastic and later added a small piece of styrene to make the prong.
I also had to remove the cuff from the pants, restore the seam and re-shape the shoes.
More primer so I could do some more sanding to clean up the rough bits.
I had originally intended to mold the figure as one piece, but I changed my mind. I cut of the arms and used bits of steel bar to make pegs.
I made a clay bed to mold the figure. Bits of wood make pour spouts.
I played with mix ratios to dial in a proper Simpsons Yellow in the poured resin.
The first copy from the molds with proper color. I’m very pleased with the seam. Very little cleanup.
I hand painted his rings (under extreme magnification)
Alan’s hair, beard, eyes and mouth were also painted by hand with acrylic craft paints
The pants, belt and shoes were painted a flat black. The belt and shoes got a coat of semi-gloss clear coat.
I glued Alan’s arms in a spell-casting/ Sith lightning pose because he is awesome.
ALL HAIL THE MIGHTY ALAN MOORE!
Get your own figure HERE!