Artists, you have a chance to get your artwork featured on The Simpsons. FOX has announced that a special promotion is happening wherein artists are encouraged to send in their creepiest, scariest, and most creative fan art of Krusty the Clown. Some of the artwork sent in will be displayed in the end credits of a special Halloween episode of The Simpsons that will air on Sunday, Oct. 23.
This upcoming Halloween episode is dubbed “Not It,” and it uses Krusty the Clown to spoof Pennywise from Stephen King’s It. You can read the official description for that episode below.
When a supernatural clown starts slaying the children of Kingfield, young Homer Simpson teams up with other middle school misfits to face their fears and defeat the mysterious monster. But years later, the evil clown returns, and Homer’s friends must confront the tragedy of their adult lives to destroy Krusto once and for all in the all-new “Not It” episode of THE SIMPSONS.
Going with Pennywise with your Krusty the Clown fan art does seem like an obvious choice, but with creativity encouraged, the art does not need to specifically focus on It. If you’re 18 years or older and in the United States, you can participate by heading over to the official website for the contest. The contest has begun as of Sept. 29 and will end at 11:59 p.m. ET on Oct. 9.
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“Not It” Will Be the First Treehouse of Horror Episode With One Story
The “Not It” episode of The Simpsons marks a moment in history for the series. While the show has had special Treehouse of Horror episodes to celebrate Halloween going back to the beginning, never has there been an episode that focused on one single story for the full half-hour. Typically, the episodes feature three standalone stories unrelated to one another.
“We’ve never done a single fantastical, bloody, scary, dark story, told over the scope of the 20 minutes and 40 seconds that is an episode,” executive producer Matt Selman told Variety. “I think the fans are going to be really excited. Certainly the tattoos already exist of Krusty as Pennywise. So we’re just writing towards the tattoos now. You want as many tattoo worthy moments in your episodes as you can.”
For fans of the anthology-style episodes of Treehouse of Horror, you’re in luck, because we are getting a double dose of Halloween episodes this year. Separate from “Not It” will be another Treehouse of Horror episode with the classic format that will spoof Death Note while it’s not yet clear what the other segments will be about.
The Simpsons’ Halloween episode will air on Sunday, Oct. 23 at 8/7c on FOX.