Matt Groening’s brilliant pre-Simpsons weekly comic strip Life in Hell has been running since 1977. The strip above (number 1669), published last Friday, was the last.
“I’ve had great fun, in a Sisyphean kind of way, but the time has come to let Binky and Sheba and Bongo and Akbar and Jeff take some time off,” Groening, 58, said by email.
‘Simpsons’ creator Matt Groening ends ‘Life in Hell,’ comic that started it all (Poynter)
Futurama returns for a new season of 13 shows this month on Comedy Central in the States.
Boing Boing’s Glenn Fleishman talks (down a fuzzy phone line) to Simpson’s writer and Futurama co-creator (with Matt Groening) David X Cohen.
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After 25 years keeping schtum about it, Matt Groening this week revealed the location of the ‘real Springfield’ in an interview with Smithsonian mag. Sez he:
Springfield was named after Springfield, Oregon. The only reason is that when I was a kid, the TV show “Father Knows Best” took place in the town of Springfield, and I was thrilled because I imagined that it was the town next to Portland, my hometown. When I grew up, I realized it was just a fictitious name. I also figured out that Springfield was one of the most common names for a city in the U.S. In anticipation of the success of the show, I thought, “This will be cool; everyone will think it’s their Springfield.” And they do.
So Springfield Oregon, eh? What’s that like?
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