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Matt Groening, 1954 - Matt Groening was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. He moved to Los Angeles in 1980 to start writing the comic strip "Life in Hell" for the newspaper he worked for. The strip had premiered in 1977 and appears in over 250 newspapers worldwide. Groening got his big break when show more the Fox television network was looking for a filler for "The Tracy Ullman Show." James L. Brooks had seen some of the "Life in Hell" strips and offered Groening a chance to create 30 second skits for the show. The skits were so well received that the newly titled "The Simpsons" for which Groening was now creator and executive producer of, debuted on Fox as a half hour Christmas special on December 17, 1989 and as a regular series on January 14, 1990. In 1993, Groening formed "Bongo Comics Group" which publishes "Simpsons Comics," "Itchy and Scratchy Comics," "Bartman," "Radioactive Man," "Lisa Comics" and "Krusty Comics." In 1995, he founded and published "Zongo Comics," which included "Jimbo" and "Fleener" Groening oversees all of the licensing and merchandising of the "The Simpsons." He is also a best selling author, publishing books such as "Life in Hell," "Work is Hell" and "School is Hell," based on his "Life in Hell" comic strip, and "Bart Simpson's Guide to Life" based on "The Simpsons" animation. Groening is also creator and Executive Producer of "Futurama," another animated prime time television show. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Matt Groenig

The Simpsons: A Complete Guide to Our Favorite Family (1997) — Introduction — 1,209 copies, 7 reviews
Love Is Hell (1985) 757 copies, 8 reviews
The Big Book of Hell (1990) 753 copies, 1 review
School Is Hell (1987) 671 copies, 2 reviews
Work Is Hell (1985) 562 copies, 1 review
Childhood Is Hell (1988) 466 copies, 2 reviews
The Simpsons Movie [2007 film] (2007) 429 copies, 1 review
Akbar and Jeff's Guide to Life (1989) 362 copies, 3 reviews
How to Go to Hell (1991) 233 copies
The Road to Hell: A Cartoon Book (1992) 226 copies, 1 review
The Simpsons: Season 01 (2001) 210 copies, 4 reviews
The Huge Book of Hell (1997) 183 copies, 1 review
Binky's Guide to Love (1994) 178 copies
The Simpsons: Season 02 (2002) 172 copies, 3 reviews
The Simpsons Uncensored Family Album (1991) 171 copies, 2 reviews
Simpsons Comics Extravaganza (1994) 161 copies
The Simpsons: Season 03 (1993) 153 copies, 3 reviews
The Homer Book (Simpsons Library of Wisdom) (2004) 151 copies, 2 reviews
The Simpsons Futurama Crossover Crisis (2010) 149 copies, 5 reviews
The Simpsons: Season 04 (2004) 140 copies, 1 review
Futurama: Volume 1 [2002] (1999) 140 copies, 2 reviews
The Simpsons: Season 05 (2005) 137 copies, 1 review
The Simpsons Xmas Book (1990) 133 copies, 1 review
Simpsons Comics Spectacular (1995) 127 copies
Futurama: Volume 2 [2002] (1999) 115 copies, 2 reviews
Simpsons Comics Unchained (2001) 115 copies
Simpsons Comics Royale (2001) 114 copies, 3 reviews
The Simpsons: Season 06 (1994) 111 copies, 1 review
Futurama: Volume 3 [2003] (2001) 110 copies, 1 review
The Simpsons: Season 07 (2006) 109 copies, 1 review
The Simpsons: Season 08 (1996) 109 copies
Simpsons Comics Strike Back (1994) 107 copies
The Simpsons: Season 09 (2014) 95 copies, 1 review
Futurama: Volume 4 [2003] (2002) 91 copies
Simpsons Comics Barn Burner (2004) 89 copies, 1 review
Big Book of Bart Simpson (2002) 88 copies, 4 reviews
Simpsons Comics Wingding (1997) 87 copies
The Simpsons: Season 10 (2007) 86 copies, 1 review
Simpsons Comic on Parade (1998) 77 copies
Simpsons Comics A-Go-Go (2000) 73 copies
The Simpsons Family History (2014) 70 copies
The Simpsons: Season 11 (2009) 60 copies
The Simpsons' Rainy Day Fun Book (1991) 59 copies, 1 review
The Simpsons: Season 12 (1990) 57 copies
Futurama: Volume 5 [2010] (2010) 54 copies
The Simpsons (2005) 46 copies, 1 review
Simpsons Comics Supernova (2013) 45 copies
The Simpsons: Season 13 (1989) 41 copies
Greetings from Hell (1989) 39 copies
The Simpsons: Season 15 (2012) 35 copies
Futurama: Volume 6 [2011] (2011) 33 copies
The Simpsons: Season 14 (2001) 33 copies
The Simpsons: Season 16 (2013) 32 copies
The Simpsons: Season 17 (2014) 31 copies
The Simpsons: Season 20 (2010) 30 copies
Box Full of Hell (1988) 26 copies
Simpsons Comics Shake-Up (2014) 25 copies
The Simpsons: Gone Wild (2007) — Creator — 20 copies
Simpsons Comics Clubhouse (2015) 20 copies
Futurama: Volume 7 [2012] (2012) 20 copies
Futurama: Volume 8 [2013] (2013) 20 copies
The Simpsons: Season 18 (2006) 16 copies
The Simpsons: Annual 2011 (2010) 14 copies
Simpsons comics chaos (2016) 13 copies
Simpsons Comics Game On! (2018) 12 copies
The Simpsons: Season 19 (2019) 12 copies
Simpsons - Annual 2013 (2012) 11 copies
The Simpsons 2016: Annual (2015) 10 copies
Simpsons Comics Knockout (2017) 10 copies
The Simpsons: Annual 2010 (2009) 8 copies
Futurama Paper Doll Book (2002) 6 copies
Bart Simpson Bust-up (2018) 5 copies
Bart Simpson Suckerpunch (2017) 4 copies
Simpson (Super Humor 7) (2002) 4 copies
Simpson (Super Humor 11 ) (1999) 4 copies
Simpsonit : naurupommi (2007) 3 copies
Disenchantment: Season 1 (2018) — Creator — 3 copies, 1 review
Bart Simpson: Annual 2011 (2010) 3 copies
The Simpsons: Season 30 (2018) — Creator — 3 copies
Super Simpson (2005) 3 copies
El libro de Bart (2008) 2 copies
Futurama 2 copies
Simpsons Comic-Kollektion (2018) 2 copies
Disenchantment: Season 2 (2021) — Creator — 2 copies, 1 review
Zoon van Homer (2002) 2 copies
Die Simpsons, Freundebuch (2000) 2 copies
De vergeetachtige rebel (2001) 2 copies
Simpsons illustrated #10 (2014) 2 copies
Simpsons Comics #36 (1998) 2 copies
Poochie 1 copy
L'Amour c'est l'enfer (1993) 1 copy
Disenchantment: Season 3 (2023) — Creator — 1 copy
Bart Simpson - Bust Up (2018) 1 copy
Os Simpsons 1 copy
Super Simpson 04 (1998) 1 copy
FUTURAMA 2014 Calendar (2013) 1 copy
De pestkop (2002) 1 copy
De oplichter (2004) 1 copy
Life is Hell 1 copy
Bart Simpsons #38 (2007) 1 copy, 1 review
Una dulcísima comedia (2016) 1 copy
Simpsonit : Talvirieha (2009) 1 copy
Amerikaans idool (2004) 1 copy
simpson querido sofá (2016) 1 copy

Associated Works

Guys Write for Guys Read (2005) — Illustrator — 778 copies, 13 reviews
The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2006 (2006) — Introduction — 759 copies, 10 reviews
The Complete Peanuts: 1955-1956 Dailies & Sundays (2005) — Introduction — 719 copies, 4 reviews
Chuck Amuck: The Life and Times of an Animated Cartoonist (1989) — Preface, some editions — 386 copies, 5 reviews
The Best American Comics 2008 (2008) — Contributor — 298 copies, 16 reviews
Bizarro Comics! (2001) — Cover artist, some editions — 219 copies, 1 review
The New Comics Anthology (1991) — Contributor — 68 copies, 1 review
Food for Thought: Thought for Food (2009) — Cover artist — 55 copies
Peanuts: A Tribute to Charles M. Schulz (2015) — Contributor — 47 copies, 3 reviews
The Narrative Corpse: A Chain-Story by 69 Artists (1995) — Contributor — 26 copies
Olive, the Other Reindeer [1999 TV movie] (1999) — Voice — 24 copies, 1 review
Hellboy: Free Comic Book Day 2008 (2008) — Illustrator — 11 copies
Comic Relief #98 (1997) — Contributor — 1 copy
Comic Relief #105 (1998) — Contributor — 1 copy
Comic Relief #103 (1998) — Contributor — 1 copy
Comic Relief #99 (1997) — Contributor — 1 copy
Comic Relief #100 (1997) — Contributor — 1 copy
Comic Relief #101 (1998) — Contributor — 1 copy
Comic Relief #104 (1998) — Contributor — 1 copy
Comic Relief #102 (1998) — Contributor — 1 copy


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Common Knowledge



A gripping biography of a profound and complex man.
Mark_Feltskog | 1 other review | Dec 23, 2023 |
The seventh season follows the strength of the sixth, as it begins where the previous season concluded. The comedy central episodes are on point, and slightly more grounded than the previous season. The series balances a primary focus on the core family and exploring the world and side character that give the show so much vitality. No episode epitomizes this better than the classic "22 Short Films About Springfield," where an "ordinary: day featured that somehow feels completely natural. All of the core family have their own moments, but no character has a more significant growth than Lisa, as she becomes a vegetarian. Outside the core family, the exploration of Grandpa Simpson's past allowing him for once to play outside senile fool or bad father character. Perhaps one of the most prescient episodes in the season, "Much Apu About Nothing" focusing on immigration and anticipating attitudes that remain in the current day. The increasingly self-referential humor is taken to subversive levels in "The Day the Violence Died," Other standout episodes include "Two Bad Neighbors," "King Sized Homer," "Bart on the Road," and the strongest holiday episode "Marge Be Not Proud."… (more)
opeongo5 | Nov 5, 2023 |
All of the elements from the previous season combine to present the strongest episodes of the show's run to date. The opening episode features a references to classic film in "Bart of Darkness" and follows up with a literary reference in "Lisa's Rival." Some of the most memorable songs are present in this season, from the Stonecutter's Theme to "See my Vest." The traditional features are also strong, witnessed in one of the more memorable Treehouse of Horror collections and a biting political satire featuring Sideshow Bob. This season gives a glimpse at a potential future for Lisa and the rest of the family and gives slight insight into Marge's family in "Fear of Flying." The most neglected member of the family origin is explored, and Homer's love and sacrifice for Maggie presents one of the most emotionally affecting moment of the season. Trips to Australia, substitute teachers, a comet and a new job for Homer as a clown and Marge as a cop all are other strong moments that are present in this season. The people and the places that have been honed to perfection all contribute to the season's strength, capped by the ambitious season ending cliffhanger "Who Shot Mr. Burns." How far the show has come is evidenced in the always weak clip shows, as the improvements are shown in stark relief.… (more)
opeongo5 | Oct 4, 2023 |
The success of the series is evidenced by the writers increasing boldness as the meta references and the jabs at their home network become more frequent and more sharp. While earlier seasons generally remained grounded in reality, even if the situations strained credibility, this fifth season begins to shift to a more basic absurdity. How this and subsequent golden years season are successful is remaining true to the setting and the characters they have carefully established previously. Arguably the best Sideshow Bob entry is present in "Cape Feare," and two of Homer's best side jobs as musical star and astronaut. Bart likewise is prominent, most memorably as he get a pet elephant; but the exploration of his relationship and rivalry with Principal Skinner are explored in back to back episodes. Marge is featured more than previous seasons, but giving her a gambling addiction and allowing her an independent friendship for a single episode does little to round out the least developed family member (outside Maggie(. Perhaps the most surprising episode of the season is "Rosebud" which manages to present the otherwise villainous Burns in a vulnerable and sympathetic light.… (more)
opeongo5 | Oct 2, 2023 |



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