Ralph Wiggum fan art is a thing and we love it
There are so many characters to love in The Simpsons. Each come with their own quirks and one-liners that make for the perfect series that’s been on the air for over 25 years. In all this time, however, there’s one character illustrator Mark Desmond feels has been under appreciated: Ralph Wiggum. So he decided to change all that with his book Replica Ralph, an ode to the hilarious character featuring images and drawings from Simpsons enthusiasts everywhere.
We chatted with Mark over email about his motivation behind making this collection, and what it’s like to stick up for the underdog.
HelloGiggles (HG): When did you first have the idea for this book?
Mark Desmond (MD): First off I’m a huge Simpsons fan (aren’t we all) I grew up laughing and talking about Simpsons episodes with friends. The last couple of years has seen artistic projects centered around Bart, Millhouse, and Homer… I always thought Ralph was the funniest, always in bizarre scenarios and I wanted to see him immortalized in an art series.
HG: What would be the “mission statement” of this book?
MD: Really it’s a combination of my true passions. The Simpsons and illustration. Each illustrator has really taken the image in a fun, different direction. Each has its own personality. So mission statement. Not sure but if people laugh, giggle and like the art, absolute win.
HG: How did you go about contacting artists? Did they come to you?
MD: It’s a real mix. In the first instance I went out to artists whose work I’ve seen online and of course they didn’t take much persuading. I was over the moon they wanted to be involved. From there I’ve had a mix (you can still send them in to firstname.lastname@example.org) and I really want to keep collecting… The goal is to have the book then put together an exhibition of Ralph portraits.
HG: What are some of your favorite Ralph quotes?
MD: Super Nintendo Chalmers will never ever fail to raise a smile. Or Ralph’s fascination with the “I choo choo choose you” card. I think that’s where Ralph’s beauty is really — just these very short, very quick moments which you come to appreciate after watching the episode. Makes him so quotable and super adorable.
HG: What’s next? Are you planning to continue the project?
MD: So as I say. We are so happy to put the book together but really psyched to keep collecting Ralph’s and eventually exhibit them somewhere. So galleries, come at me. I will have all the Ralphs, I’ll cover your walls head to toe.
HG: If you could pick another character from The Simpsons (or any other show!) to profile like this, who would you pick?
MD: I think there should be some spotlight put on the amazing side characters of The Simpsons. I love Poochie, Alf (do you know he’s back? In pog form) or Gil the greatest car salesman I’ve ever seen!