Matt Groening is an established cartoonist, screenwriter, and producer. He was born in Portland Oregon on February15th, 1954 and moved to Los Angeles in 1977 to become a writer. Groening started out with many “odd” jobs such as washing dishes, landscaping, and chauffeuring and ghostwriting for a retired writer. He first hit it big with his comic strip, Life In Hell, which was shown in Wet Magazine in 1978. This comic strip is still shown today in over 250 newspapers across the country. This comic strip helped him catch the eye of the Fox network, which he then sent in rough sketches of the now household name The Simpsons, who he thought would then fix up the sketches but the network producers ended up just tracing over Groening’s sketches to make the characters have and easy silhouette the public could identify. He named the characters after family and friends, having Homer being named after his son. In the original Homer character Groening put his initials on the character, having his hair be an M and his ear being a G. During the reign of the Simpsons show of 22 seasons, Groening and creative partner David Cohen created Futurama which did not last long on Fox but Comedy central picked it up for 2 seasons, then ended up picking up 26 new episodes to air starting June 2010. Before Futurama Groening did extensive research on science fiction so he could be more educated in making a cartoon about life in the year 3000. As well as being a renowned cartoonist Groening formed Bongo Comics Group which published and created mostly the Simpsons and Futurama, and he also formed Zongo Comics for a more mature audience. Throughout his career he has won 11 Emmy awards for his work and I personally hope he keeps creating funny new cartoon shows.
“Basically everything I’m trying to do is an alternative to what somebody else is doing”.
“Families are about love overcoming emotional torture”.
”A lot of people believe that if everybody did what they were told -obeyed- everything would be fine. But that’s not what life is all about. That’s not real. It’s never going to happen”.