Matt Groening is done with Life in Hell
Matt Groening just announced that after 35 years of penning the comic strip Life in Hell, he's hanging up his Akbar & Jeff fez and ending the series.
Groening began the comic as a way of venting his frustrations about life in late-1970s Los Angeles, with its scathing existential humor eventually garnering a devoted cult following. The underground success of Life in Hell led directly to Groening creating The Simpsons for James L. Brooks, with the cartoon family developed so that the writer/artist could maintain full control over what turned out to be his lesser-known characters, including the perpetually tormented rabbits Binky and Bongo.
While it's sad to see Life in Hell go, we have a feeling Groening will be okay, since his other two pop-culture ventures--The Simpsons and Futurama--are apparently indestructible.
In this clip from the short film My Wasted Life, Groening talks about his influences and touches a little on his Life in Hell characters.
|My Wasted Life clip|