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May 7, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Fans of "The Simpsons" are in mourning over the death of a woman most of them never met: series co-creator Matt Groening's mother, Margaret Groening. For most, she will be forever linked with Marge Simpson, her animated namesake. A paid obituary appearing in Monday's Oregonian newspaper stated the 94-year-old Groening died peacefully in her sleep at home in Portland on April 22. A spokesperson for "The Simpsons" confirmed the obituary and that her son had declined any public comment.
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July 24, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"Futurama," the science fiction cartoon, is in the midst of its (putative) last season. (The latest episode, "Calculon's Immortal Soul," airs Wednesday on Comedy Central.) On Saturday it convened what will probably not be its final public panel at Comic-Con, San Diego's world-famous nerd-targeted trade show and fan fair, with the reading of a scene from the upcoming "Last Episode Ever. " A few weeks back I sat down with Matt Groening, who created the series and developed it with David X. Cohen, for a valedictory interview.
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June 20, 2012 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Matt Groening has put an end to his Life in Hell comic strip, the weekly comic that he's been drawing for 35 years. In an email to the website Poynter.org , Groening explained: "I've had great fun, in a Sisyphean kind of way, but the time has come to let Binky and Sheba and Bongo and Akbar and Jeff take some time off. " The strip, which initially described the young cartoonist's life after his move from Portland, Ore., to Los Angeles in...
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July 5, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"Futurama," the other cartoon series created by Matt Groening, is nearing the end. Now in its final 13-episode half-season, it was born on Fox in 1999, canceled in 2003 and revived from its state of suspended animation by Comedy Central in 2008. Given that it has come to this point once already, and given that cartoon characters look just as good, or just as bad, after even a long hiatus as they did before, something about this finale seems less than final. "There is a last even of last times," wrote Samuel Beckett; perhaps this is only the next-to-the-last of last times.
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June 24, 1990
Matt Groening condones misbehavior. Hundreds of us teachers across the nation have more humor than he ever will. What disturbs me most is that he has no appreciation for his education, which permitted him to write the strip in the first place. BOB BATH El Toro
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July 24, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"Futurama," the science fiction cartoon, is in the midst of its (putative) last season. (The latest episode, "Calculon's Immortal Soul," airs Wednesday on Comedy Central.) On Saturday it convened what will probably not be its final public panel at Comic-Con, San Diego's world-famous nerd-targeted trade show and fan fair, with the reading of a scene from the upcoming "Last Episode Ever. " A few weeks back I sat down with Matt Groening, who created the series and developed it with David X. Cohen, for a valedictory interview.
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February 19, 2012 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
The Simpsons of Springfield, U.S.A., will mark their 500th episode as a TV family Sunday. "The Simpsons," in its 23rd season on Fox, is already the longest-running cartoon, the longest-running situation comedy and the longest-running scripted prime-time series in the history of American television. There is something especially improbable about this particular household, with their goggle-eyes and cantilevered overbites and complexions betokening an advanced case of jaundice, claiming these crowns.
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July 5, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"Futurama," the other cartoon series created by Matt Groening, is nearing the end. Now in its final 13-episode half-season, it was born on Fox in 1999, canceled in 2003 and revived from its state of suspended animation by Comedy Central in 2008. Given that it has come to this point once already, and given that cartoon characters look just as good, or just as bad, after even a long hiatus as they did before, something about this finale seems less than final. "There is a last even of last times," wrote Samuel Beckett; perhaps this is only the next-to-the-last of last times.
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February 22, 1992
"Simpsons" creator Matt Groening will be part of "Comic Art in the 90s," a panel discussion at 2 p.m. today at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions. The discussion will also feature comic artists Burne Hogarth ("Tarzan"), Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez ("Love & Rockets"), Mary Fleener ("Slutburger Stories"), Dan Clowes ("Eightball"), Paul Mavrides ("Furry Freak Bros") and Jim Woodring ("Jim"). LACE is at 1804 Industrial St. Admission is free. Information: (213) 624-5650.
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June 29, 1986 | A former newspaper and magazine cartoonist, Solomon is at work on a history of American animation to be published next year by Knopf
Matt Groening, the creator of the "Life In Hell" strip in the Los Angeles Weekly, is one of the funniest and most original cartoonists working in the comics today. Romance in the contemporary world provides the principle target for his mordant humor in this first anthology of his work. These telling examinations of modern relationships are far more accurate--and entertaining--than the old husband-and-wife-at-the-table cartoons.
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May 7, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Fans of "The Simpsons" are in mourning over the death of a woman most of them never met: series co-creator Matt Groening's mother, Margaret Groening. For most, she will be forever linked with Marge Simpson, her animated namesake. A paid obituary appearing in Monday's Oregonian newspaper stated the 94-year-old Groening died peacefully in her sleep at home in Portland on April 22. A spokesperson for "The Simpsons" confirmed the obituary and that her son had declined any public comment.
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April 22, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
"Futurama" was canceled once before, and now it's being canceled again. Comedy Central announced on Monday that the long-running animated comedy will come to a close at the end of its seventh season on Sept. 4. The 13-episode final season premieres June 19 and will feature guest voices from Larry Bird, Sarah Silverman, George Takei, Adam West, Burt Ward and the man behind Homer Simpson, Dan Castellaneta. This isn't the first time "Futurama" has come to an end. It originally aired for four seasons on Fox from 1999 to 2003 before getting the ax. But the show's intense popularity among its fans earned it a second life on Comedy Central, which aired three seasons between 2008 and 2013.
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July 6, 2012 | By Patrick Kevin Day
"The Simpsons" is headed back to the big screen next weekend, but it won't be for a follow-up to the 2007 summer feature "The Simpsons Movie. " Matt Groening's yellow family is starring in the short "The Longest Daycare," playing in front of the Fox animated feature "Ice Age: Continental Drift. " In the short, the youngest Simpson, Maggie, returns to the Ayn Rand School for Tots, first seen in the classic fourth season episode "A Streetcar Named Marge. " Photos: Remembering 23 seasons of 'The Simpsons' To promote the short, Fox has put together what it's calling "the shortest trailer of the summer.
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June 20, 2012 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Matt Groening has put an end to his Life in Hell comic strip, the weekly comic that he's been drawing for 35 years. In an email to the website Poynter.org , Groening explained: "I've had great fun, in a Sisyphean kind of way, but the time has come to let Binky and Sheba and Bongo and Akbar and Jeff take some time off. " The strip, which initially described the young cartoonist's life after his move from Portland, Ore., to Los Angeles in...
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April 11, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
If you go to the Springfield Museum in Springfield, Ore., you can take your picture on the "Simpsons" couch sculpture with Bart and family. And you can read the plaque that says: "Yo to Springfield, Ore., the real Springfield. Your pal, Matt Groening , proud Oregonian, 2007. " So why the big buzz about the "The Simpsons" hometown being revealed Wednesday in a Smithsonian magazine interview for the May issue? Likely because it's news to the rest of us who live outside that Springfield, population around 57,000.
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April 11, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
Massachusetts, you're out. Ohio? Sorry, another loser. In the race for cultural mecca, the winner is: Oregon. That is, Oregon is the winner as far as "The Simpsons” are concerned, according to creator Matt Groening, who told Smithsonian magazine that the real-life home of his fictional characters is the Springfield in the Northwest. It was the first time that Groening had specified the place where almost anything can happen - and seemingly has in the show's 22 years on TV. Groening acknowledged that he has always avoided naming the state.
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November 5, 2003 | Richard Cromelin, Times Staff Writer
What if they gave an All Tomorrow's Parties and nobody came? That's the short version of what happened to the second annual Los Angeles staging of the adventuresome rock festival of that name. The event was postponed in June because of slow ticket sales, and again in September, at which point organizers decided to move it to a new, uncharted venue, the Queen Mary in Long Beach, where it finally sees the light of day Saturday and Sunday.
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February 19, 2012 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
The Simpsons of Springfield, U.S.A., will mark their 500th episode as a TV family Sunday. "The Simpsons," in its 23rd season on Fox, is already the longest-running cartoon, the longest-running situation comedy and the longest-running scripted prime-time series in the history of American television. There is something especially improbable about this particular household, with their goggle-eyes and cantilevered overbites and complexions betokening an advanced case of jaundice, claiming these crowns.
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July 25, 2010 | By Ben Schwartz, Special to the Los Angeles Times
In the early 1980s, comics were as much a part of Los Angeles alternative culture scene as independent film and punk rock. That's gone now, but here, comics historian Ben Schwartz takes a look back. None of them knew each other. They saw one another's comics in 'zines, weeklies and punk newspapers. "Yeah, there were a number of us," remembers Matt Groening, 30 years after his strip "Life in Hell" debuted in the Los Angeles Reader. "I don't think we even considered it a 'scene.
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