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Matt Groening Matt Groening spent his child life in Portland Oregon USA His father was a Cartoonist and a film producer of surfing films He had a mother called Margaret a father called Homer and two little sisters called Lisa and Maggie This is where the Simpson characters got their names He grew up watching TV sitcoms like Leave It To Beaver about a boy called Beaver who got up to all sorts of adventures Aussie and Harriet and Dennis the Menace When He became a teenager he started to draw Charlie Brown from Peanuts as he read them so frequently These were his first cartoons At School he was an under achiever He got terrible test results and unfair grades So he swore never to take another test again He was very lucky as he found a college with no tests or grades and he studied what he wanted when you wanted This was the Evergreen State College All the great art and music minds went there and Matt started real cartooning He had friends there who also cartooned and so he was not unusual in any way Then he started to draw Joe He was a version of Charlie brown with a big nose and eyes on one side of his head only Later on he started to wear a fez and Matt called him Akbar Then Akbar got a brother called Jeff who looked exactly the same He started to draw comic strips with them but you couldnt tell who was who They would have fights about certain things and you would not be able to tell who had which idea A Life in Hell was only with a rabbit called Binky Matt would draw him in his attic with police sirens and helicopter buzzing and wailing out side so his tension would be high hence the title and would send them off to various newspapers to be printed in
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