Animator Draws Fans
[By Michael Owen For The Sunday Mail]
 
    Woo hoo! The Simpsons are in town. 
    And the wacky family from Springfield can still pull a crowd after almost 10 years of starring on the small screen. 
    Yet, it was not Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, Maggie, or even Santa's Little Helper who were the main attractions in Adelaide yesterday. 
    Young and old fans of the hit TV show waited in long queues from 1pm to meet one of the characters' main creators. 
    Emmy-winning animator Davis Silverman, 41, was in the city for the opening weekend of Australia's largest exhibition of original Simpsons artwork. 
    The US-based animation director and supervising producer happily greeted fans and put his signature to Simpsons paraphernalia in the Silver K Animation Art Gallery in Regent Arcade. 
    Sixty pieces of animation, ranging in price from $895 to $1795, are in the gallery until September 19. By midday yesterday, keen Adelaide fans had bought bore than $10,000 worth of modern art, Simpson-style. 
    Visiting Australia for the first time, Silverman said he was astonished by the international success of The Simpsons. 
    "I know it's popular in my country, but the fact it's accepted world-wide is amazing... it's even been translated into Turkish," he said. 
    Much of Silverman's work is hanging in the Adelaide gallery, including his favorite episode, Homer the Clown. 
    It takes six months to produce the animation for one 30-minute episode, and two months to write one script. 
    "The idea is to make something which is quite complex very simple and easy," Silverman explained. 
    He does not view the new wave of popular cartoons, such as King of the Hill and South Park as a threat to The Simpsons 
    "When it first came out, The Simpsons was fresh and evocative, and over the years, despite challenges, it's remained true to itself," he said. "When you stop being true to your original creation you start losing your audience."