2. Meanwhile, Groening was up to his old tricks of rocking the boat, writing silly reviews of bands based on their publicity photos and even making up phony acts to cover. [52] While designing Lisa, Groening "couldn't be bothered to even think about girls' hair styles".

Born Matthew Abram Groening on 15th February, 1954 in Portland, Oregon, he is famous for Creator of The Simpsons, Futurama and Life In Hell. "What's happened is that mainstream culture has gotten so good at marketing pseudo-hipness that it overwhelms other choices that are out there.". "[41] Simon eventually left the show in 1993 over creative differences. In the 10 years since the debut of "The Simpsons," however, Groening had gone from semifamous alternative cartoonist to iconic powerhouse. [25] Groening also started Acme Features Syndicate, which initially syndicated Life in Hell as well as work by Lynda Barry and John Callahan, but would eventually only syndicate Life in Hell. He went through what he described as "a series of lousy jobs," including being an extra in the television movie When Every Day Was the Fourth of July, busing tables, washing dishes at a nursing home, clerking at the Hollywood Licorice Pizza record store, landscaping in a sewage treatment plant, and chauffeuring and ghostwriting for a retired Western director.

[71] Groening described trying to get the show on the air as "by far the worst experience of [his] grown-up life. He studied at Evergreen State College and edited the campus newspaper. And I said, 'I think it's Elroy.' In 1987, producers of the soon-to-be-launched sketch comedy program The Tracey Ullman Show, headed by the legendary James L. Brooks, contacted Groening about developing short animated cartoons to air between skits. Groening was born on February 15, 1954[3][4] in Portland, Oregon,[5] the middle of five children (older brother Mark and sister Patty were born in 1950 and 1952, while the younger sisters Lisa and Maggie in 1956 and 1958, respectively). Groening's career got a boost in the early 1980s when the L.A. His Norwegian-American mother, Margaret Ruth was once a teacher, and his German American father, Homer Philip Groening was a filmmaker, advertiser, writer and cartoonist. She married Groening in 1987 and they got divorced in 1999, after 13 years of marriage. It's my foundation,"[36] the June 16, 2012 strip marked Life in Hell's conclusion. A teacher, a childhood neighbor, even her grandmother are channeled into Rowling's characters. [103] In 2007, he was ranked fourth (and highest American by birth) in a list of the "top 100 living geniuses", published by British newspaper The Daily Telegraph. Agustina is an Argentinian artist. '", Sharing one inane series of meetings, he told the magazine, "I said, 'Look, I told you "Futurama" is not going to be bland and boring like "The Jetsons." But the conformity of a suburban existence soon proved dull, even to a young Groening. [89] In May 2010, he curated another edition of All Tomorrow's Parties in Minehead, England. [47] When Groening originally designed Homer, he put his own initials into the character's hairline and ear: the hairline resembled an 'M', and the right ear resembled a 'G'. He got married to Agustina Picasso of Argentina in 2011.

[99] He has also donated to the Hollywood Women's Political Committee which supports and campigns for the Democrat Party. Yet Groening's DNA is all over the show, from the characters named after the streets of his hometown (Flanders, Lovejoy, etc. Mister Rogers gently wove his messages of kindness and compassion into his television show for more than 30 years — but it was his loved ones that brought those elements into his own life. He ran for student body president on the "Teens for Decency" ("If You're Against Decency, What Are You For?") [27] In 2011, Groening married Argentine artist Agustina Picasso after a four-year relationship, and became stepfather to her daughter Camila Costantini. "[17] The Simpsons was co-developed by Groening, Brooks, and Sam Simon, a writer-producer with whom Brooks had worked on previous projects. Most importantly, The Simpsons retained the subversive undercurrent that has driven its creator since he was a bored grade school student. ", Not that Fox isn't grateful: "If you go back 10 years ago, we didn't have a lot of successful shows on the air," 20th Century Fox Television co-president Gary Newman told Daily Variety in January 2000, about nine months after the debut of "Futurama." After four years on the air, the show was canceled by Fox. The network resisted giving Groening the autonomy he needed and plied him with notes. However, the show's collection of memorable supporting characters and winking, multilayered nods to popular culture, arguably owes more to Simon and the original stable of writers than to Groening. [15] At the end of its run, Life in Hell was carried in 250 weekly newspapers and has been anthologized in a series of books, including School is Hell, Childhood is Hell, The Big Book of Hell, and The Huge Book of Hell. Illustrated commentary for ", Groening, Matt.

to add information, pictures and relationships, join in discussions and get credit for your contributions. [34] In November 1984, Deborah Caplan, Groening's then-girlfriend and co-worker at the Reader, offered to publish "Love is Hell", a series of relationship-themed Life in Hell strips, in book form. The early iteration of The Simpsons was a crude, Neanderthal version of the family that would become ubiquitous in pop culture; both Bart and Lisa were troublemakers, and Homer was a barely controlled cauldron of rage. Groening has said that due to his limited drawing ability, it's unlikely he could get a job as an animator on "The Simpsons" today. He was fired from the L.A. Groening is known to be agnostic. The team included what is now the Klasky Csupo animation house. However, Groening had expressed a desire to continue the Futurama franchise in some form, including as a theatrical film.