Matt Groening is an American producer and cartoonist, best known for creating the world famous cartoon series 'The Simpsons' and 'Futurama'. Despite his aspirations to become a writer, Matt Groening became a cartoonist. His cartoon series 'Life In Hell' started off as a series of doodles to his friends in Oregon. After these cartoons showed up in Wet Magazine in 1977, they made their official debut as a comic strip in the Los Angeles Reader in April 1980.
He also collected them in books like 'Love is Hell', 'Work is Hell' and 'School is Hell'. These were followed by a merchandise line and the Acme Features Syndicate which syndicates the strip to several papers. Groening has worked for television since the mid 1980s, starting with bumpers for the Tracey Ullman Show.
An initial attempt to adapt 'Life In Hell' to a series of animated cartoons eventually ended up as the series about the dysfunctional 'Simpsons' family in 1989 Groening's biggest claim to fame yet. A second animation series was added in 1997, dealing with family life in the futuristic setting of the year 3000.
In 1994, Groening formed Bongo Comics (named after the character Bongo from 'Life in Hell') with Steve Vance, Cindy Vance and Bill Morrison. The company publishes comic books based on 'The Simpsons' and 'Futurama', among other things. Zongo Comics followed a year later, and deals with comic books for more mature readers. Matt Groening is also the co-producer of Paper Moon Graphics, a successful line of humorous greeting cards.