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‘The Simpsons’ Creator Matt Groening Retires ‘Life in Hell’ Comic Strip After 34 Years

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After over thirty years in print, ‘Simpsons‘/’Futurama’ creator Matt Groening is saying goodbye to his comic strip ‘Life in Hell.’

Having once been appeared in over 380 newspapers across the country, the comic ultimately tumbled down a rocky hill to be dropped to only 38 outlets, earning him $18 per paper a week. Perhaps that had something to do with it?

“I’ve had great fun, in a Sisyphean kind of way,” Matt explained to Poynter, “but the time has come to let Binky and Sheba and Bongo and Akbar and Jeff take some time off.”

Whatever his reason may be for deciding to end his strip, it cannot be overlooked that it was ‘Life in Hell’ that got him noticed by Hollywood mega-producer James L. Brooks. From that relationship spawned a little known show known as ‘The Simpsons.’ See parents? Drawing can lead you places.

Having always been truly grateful for his accomplishments and opportunities, Matt admits, “‘Life in Hell’ prevented me from doing other projects, because every week I had to go back to the same drawing table.”

While it’s a sad day for comic strip readers across the country, we do have Matt’s others baby, ‘Futurama,’ returning to Comedy Central tonight at 10PM. Will ‘Life in Hell’ ever join Groening’s other creations on the small screen?

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