Matt Groening   3 comments

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”.

Life in Hell strip

The Simpsons



“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”.


Posted January 30, 2011 by stpauligirl16 in Uncategorized

3 responses to “Matt Groening

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  1. Hello, well i was just reading about your research artist Matt Groening. He is very different from my artist Jackson Pollock. Matt Groening is admirable because he started from the bottom as many people do in order to succeed. Washing dishes, anything a decent person would do to suceed. Its very interesting how he painted some of the cartoons of the simpsons, their my favorite. Jackson Pollock is different from him because he had his own way of creating his paintings, in the beggining his paintings didnt make much sence to me but if you look closer you could see the different shapes Pollock created in his paintings. Im so glad we are in the same group, that way we could share some ideas hopefully you could tell me some of yours.

  2. Love your paper, just like dellanira said it’s so cool that he came from the bottom up. From that alone you have to respect him. His drawings are rememberable and noticeable. I feel his work on the show has gone down since like the 9th season but hey can’t complain he’s still making money from it.

  3. Hi, Today I read your artist research. You do really good research about him. He is really different from my artist Kat Von D because my artist is a tattoo artist. It is cool like dellarina and mattedyer said that he come from the bottom and successful in order as many people. It is interested when I know he painted some characters of Simpson. It is nice work. I like it.

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