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February 15th - Matt Groening by kanyiko February 15th - Matt Groening by kanyiko
A Year in Comics - February 15th

Life in Hell, The Simpsons and Futurama


Matthew Abram 'Matt' Groening was born on February 15th 1954 in Portland, Oregon, USA, as the third of five children of Homer Philip Groening, a filmmaker, advertiser, writer and cartoonist, and his wife Margareth Ruth (formerly Wiggum), a former teacher.

(If those names sound familiar - Matt's siblings were Mark, Patty, Lisa and Maggie - just saying...)

After following Elementary and High School education, Groening attended The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, an art school where he befriended cartoonist Lynda Barry.  After graduating in 1977, he went through a number of jobs before starting as a self-publishing underground cartoonist, starting with the comic Life in Hell, which soon became popular and was syndicated in a number of newspapers, running from 1978 until 2012.

Groening's success as a cartoonist was noticed in 1985 by a TV producer, who approached Groening with the proposal to produce a number of bumper cartoons for Fox TV's The Tracy Ullman Show.  Reluctant to use his Life in Hell characters over fears Fox might force him to give up his creative ownership on the comic, Groening went on to conceive a cartoon centering on a dysfunctional 'average' American family.  From being bumper shorts, the cartoon evolved into a proper half-hour cartoon which first aired on December 17th 1989 - called The Simpsons

Following the (continuing) succes of The Simpsons, Groening proposed a second series in 1997, set in the year 3000.  This would become Futurama, however getting the show to air was frought with difficulties, and it took nearly two years before the first episode aired on March 28th 1999.  After four seasons, Futurama was cancelled by Fox, however its popularity and strong sales eventually led to the commissioning a direct-to-DVD fifth season.

At the time of writing, The Simpsons is in its 31st season, having won numerous awards and influenced the genre of adult-oriented animated sitcom, while Groening is working on a yet-to-be-disclosed, 20-episode (two season) animated series for Netflix.

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SoyaBeans Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You've capture Groening's style really well here! I kinda forget how these series have had quite an impact on my sense of humor.
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kanyiko Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :hug:
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SoyaBeans Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! :)
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Freela6663 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, I know, yesterday was, Matt's birthday. :D
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ElementalSunburst Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Great job matching Greoning's style
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kanyiko Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!

It's actually deceptively difficult to replicate - it's an easy style to do, but it's hard to do it right. >_>
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ElementalSunburst Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I know right, I tried drawing Homer years ago and barely got his face right. Bender from Futurama is even harder to draw.
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kanyiko Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Which probably makes it even more amazing is, that this was the first time I drew any of them.  Usually, I rarely draw fan-art.

Fun tidbit I found out when researching this: when Matt Groening first drew Homer, he incorporated his initials in his design.  Originally, Homer's ear was a 'G', so that the hairline and air below it read 'MG' for Matt Groening.  However, the G proved to be too distracting - but the M remained.
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ElementalSunburst Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I heard about that, he referrenced it in an episode where Homer drew a picture of himself
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Alan-the-leopard Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017
Impressive how similar to the original characters all of your representations are :3 Congrats!

I´ve never been quite a fan on The Simpsons, nor Futurama myself ^^; but currently I find that "The amazing world of Gumball" is as witty as ironical-sarcastic X) A great successor to The Simpsons.
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kanyiko Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!! :hug:
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Ropeman1 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017
You remembered Bongo!  :D
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kanyiko Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm happy you noticed him! :la:
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Ropeman1 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017
:la:
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benitezdk Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
...  A dysfunctional 'average' American family! ... Just great! ... Valentines Birb Dance 
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kanyiko Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!! :hug:
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TheReptilianGeneral Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The fifth season of Futurama was amazing.
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Ropeman1 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017
The one good thing about being canceled was we got a proper final episode.

Every season, just in case...  ;)
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TheReptilianGeneral Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yeah true. The series final was a major tear jerker! 
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Ropeman1 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017
For me it was the little montage of Seymour the dog, waiting outside the pizza place...

(Every time!  Crying )
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TheReptilianGeneral Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2017  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That too. And Luck of the Fryish as well. 
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Ropeman1 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2017
:nod:

Even the sad ones were funny.
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TheReptilianGeneral Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2017  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
indeed. 
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Kamenrider1 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017
so which are the improper entries then
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kanyiko Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh... I dunno... :icontrololoplz:
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Kamenrider1 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017
lol
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burstlion Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're really banging through these!!
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kanyiko Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think I've hit a bit of a burnout now... T_T
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burstlion Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awww!  Take some time to recharge :3
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kanyiko Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I can hardly do that - there's still my daily 'challenge'... T_T
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