June 20, 2012 |
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...
April 11, 2012 |
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.
April 11, 2012 |
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.
February 19, 2012 |
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.
July 25, 2010 |
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.
July 24, 2010 |
The cast of ÃÂÃÂGleeÃÂÃÂ has checked in everywhere from the White House to the set of "Oprah," and now the McKinley High crew is headed to the land of Springfield. ÃÂÃÂThe SimpsonsÃÂÃÂ showrunner Al Jean let the the news slip during a panel for the animated favorite Saturday afternoon. In a panel that also included creator Matt Groening, executive producer Matt Selman and supervising director Mike Anderson, Jean announced that in an episode in the show's upcoming record-breaking 22nd season this fall, the town of Springfield will be greeted by the animated likenesses of our favorite ÃÂÃÂGleeÃÂÃÂ club.