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Five Things You Might Not Have Known About Matt Groening

Matt GroeningMatt Groening, the creator of The Simpsons, Futurama and other great cartoons, will be here October 10 with the “father of punk comics,” Gary Panter. But did you know:

  1. Groening named the main Simpson characters after members of his own family: his parents, Homer and Margaret (Marge or Marjorie in full), and his younger sisters, Lisa and Margaret (Maggie).
  2. In some of Groening’s original drawings of Homer Simpson, Homer’s hair is shaped like an “M” and his ear shaped like a “G,” spelling Groening’s initials.
  3. In 1989, he created a famous brochure for Apple Computer.
  4. His father, a descendant of Russian Mennonites in Canada, spoke Plautdietsch.
  5. There’s never been an official animated version of Groening’s early comic strip, Life in Hell, but that hasn’t stopped fans from creating one.

Source: Wikipedia, mostly

[Matt Groening and Gary Panter: Comic Conversation: 10/10/06]

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