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Matthew Abraham Groening (/ˈɡreɪnɪŋ/ ( listen) GRAY-ning; born February 15, 1954)[1] is an American cartoonist, writer, producer, animator, and voice actor. He is the creator of the comic strip Life in Hell
Life in Hell
(1977–2012) and the television series The Simpsons (1989–present), Futurama
Futurama
(1999–2003, 2008–2013), and the upcoming Disenchantment (2018). The Simpsons
The Simpsons
has gone on to become the longest-running U.S. primetime-television series in history, as well as the longest-running animated series and sitcom. Groening made his first professional cartoon sale of Life in Hell
Life in Hell
to the avant-garde Wet magazine in 1978. At its peak, the cartoon was carried in 250 weekly newspapers. Life in Hell
Life in Hell
caught the attention of James L. Brooks. In 1985, Brooks contacted Groening with the proposition of working in animation for the Fox variety show The Tracey Ullman Show. Originally, Brooks wanted Groening to adapt his Life in Hell
Life in Hell
characters for the show. Fearing the loss of ownership rights, Groening decided to create something new and came up with a cartoon family, the Simpson family, and named the members after his own parents and sisters—while Bart was an anagram of the word brat. The shorts would be spun off into their own series The Simpsons, which has since aired 632 episodes. In 1997, Groening and former Simpsons writer David X. Cohen
David X. Cohen
developed Futurama, an animated series about life in the year 3000, which premiered in 1999, running for four years on Fox, then picked up by Comedy Central
Comedy Central
for additional seasons. Groening is currently developing a new series for Netflix
Netflix
titled Disenchantment, which is set to premiere in 2018. Groening has won 12 Primetime Emmy Awards, ten for The Simpsons
The Simpsons
and two for Futurama
Futurama
as well as a British Comedy Award for "outstanding contribution to comedy" in 2004. In 2002, he won the National Cartoonist Society Reuben Award
Reuben Award
for his work on Life in Hell. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Hollywood Walk of Fame
on February 14, 2012.

Contents

1 Early life 2 Career

2.1 Early career 2.2 Life in Hell 2.3 The Simpsons

2.3.1 Creation 2.3.2 The Tracey Ullman Show 2.3.3 Half-hour

2.4 Futurama 2.5 Disenchantment 2.6 Other pursuits

3 Personal life

3.1 Wealth and net worth

4 Filmography

4.1 Film 4.2 Television 4.3 Video games 4.4 Music video 4.5 As a crew member

5 Awards 6 Bibliography 7 References 8 External links

Early life[edit] Groening was born on February 15, 1954[2][3] in Portland, Oregon,[4] the middle of five children (older brother Mark and sister Patty were born in 1950 and 1952, while the younger sisters Lisa and Maggie in 1956 and 1958, respectively). His Norwegian American
Norwegian American
mother, Margaret Ruth (née Wiggum; March 23, 1919 – April 22, 2013),[5] was once a teacher, and his German Canadian
German Canadian
father, Homer Philip Groening (December 30, 1919 – March 15, 1996),[6] was a filmmaker, advertiser, writer and cartoonist.[7][8] Homer, born in Main Centre, Saskatchewan, Canada, grew up in a Mennonite, Plautdietsch-speaking family.[9] Matt's grandfather, Abraham Groening, was a professor at Tabor College, a Mennonite
Mennonite
Brethren liberal arts college in Hillsboro, Kansas before moving to Albany College (now known as Lewis and Clark College) in Oregon in 1930.[10] Groening grew up in Portland, and attended Ainsworth Elementary School[11] and Lincoln High School.[12][not in citation given][13] From 1972[14] to 1977, Groening attended The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington,[15] a liberal arts school that he described as "a hippie college, with no grades or required classes, that drew every weirdo in the Northwest."[16] He served as the editor of the campus newspaper, The Cooper Point Journal, for which he also wrote articles and drew cartoons.[14] He befriended fellow cartoonist Lynda Barry after discovering that she had written a fan letter to Joseph Heller, one of Groening's favorite authors, and had received a reply.[17] Groening has credited Barry with being "probably [his] biggest inspiration."[18] He first became interested in cartoons after watching the Disney animated film One Hundred and One Dalmatians,[19] and he has also cited Peanuts
Peanuts
and its creator Charles M. Schulz
Charles M. Schulz
as inspirations.[20] Career[edit] Early career[edit] In 1977, at the age of 23, Groening moved to Los Angeles to become a writer. He went through what he described as "a series of lousy jobs," including being an extra in the television movie When Every Day Was the Fourth of July,[21] busing tables,[22] washing dishes at a nursing home, clerking at the Hollywood Licorice Pizza record store, landscaping in a sewage treatment plant,[23] and chauffeuring and ghostwriting for a retired Western director.[24][25] Life in Hell[edit] Main article: Life in Hell

Cover of Life in Hell
Life in Hell
No. 4, published in 1978

Groening described life in Los Angeles to his friends in the form of the self-published comic book Life in Hell, which was loosely inspired by the chapter "How to Go to Hell" in Walter Kaufmann's book Critique of Religion and Philosophy.[26] Groening distributed the comic book in the book corner of Licorice Pizza, a record store in which he worked. He made his first professional cartoon sale to the avant-garde Wet magazine in 1978.[26] The strip, titled "Forbidden Words," appeared in the September/October issue of that year.[22][27] Groening had gained employment at the Los Angeles Reader, a newly formed alternative newspaper, delivering papers,[14] typesetting, editing and answering phones.[23] He showed his cartoons to the editor, James Vowell, who was impressed and eventually gave him a spot in the paper.[14] Life in Hell
Life in Hell
made its official debut as a comic strip in the Reader on April 25, 1980.[22][28] Vowell also gave Groening his own weekly music column, "Sound Mix," in 1982. However, the column would rarely actually be about music, as he would often write about his "various enthusiasms, obsessions, pet peeves and problems" instead.[16] In an effort to add more music to the column, he "just made stuff up,"[21] concocting and reviewing fictional bands and nonexistent records. In the following week's column, he would confess to fabricating everything in the previous column and swear that everything in the new column was true. Eventually, he was finally asked to give up the "music" column.[29] Among the fans of the column was Harry Shearer, who would later become a voice on The Simpsons.[30] Life in Hell
Life in Hell
became popular almost immediately.[31] In November 1984, Deborah Caplan, Groening's then-girlfriend and co-worker at the Reader, offered to publish "Love is Hell", a series of relationship-themed Life in Hell
Life in Hell
strips, in book form.[32] Released a month later, the book was an underground success, selling 22,000 copies in its first two printings. Work is Hell soon followed, also published by Caplan.[14] Soon afterward, Caplan and Groening left and put together the Life in Hell
Life in Hell
Co., which handled merchandising for Life in Hell.[22] Groening also started Acme Features Syndicate, which syndicated Life in Hell, Lynda Barry
Lynda Barry
and John Callahan, but now only syndicates Life in Hell.[14] At the end of its run, Life in Hell
Life in Hell
was carried in 250 weekly newspapers and has been anthologized in a series of books, including School is Hell, Childhood is Hell, The Big Book of Hell, and The Huge Book of Hell.[12] Although Groening has stated, "I'll never give up the comic strip. It's my foundation,"[33] he announced that the June 16, 2012 strip would mark Life in Hell's conclusion.[34] After Groening ended the strip, the Center for Cartoon Studies commissioned a poster that was presented to Groening in honor of his work. The poster contained tribute cartoons by 22 of Groening's cartoonist friends who were influenced by Life in Hell.[35] The Simpsons[edit] Main article: The Simpsons Creation[edit]

The design of the Simpson family, circa 1987

Life in Hell
Life in Hell
caught the eye of Hollywood writer-producer and Gracie Films founder James L. Brooks, who had been shown the strip by fellow producer Polly Platt.[31][36] In 1985, Brooks contacted Groening with the proposition of working in animation on an undefined future project,[8] which would turn out to be developing a series of short animated skits, called "bumpers," for the Fox variety show The Tracey Ullman Show. Originally, Brooks wanted Groening to adapt his Life in Hell characters for the show. Groening feared that he would have to give up his ownership rights, and that the show would fail and would take down his comic strip with it.[37] Groening conceived of the idea for The Simpsons
The Simpsons
in the lobby of James L. Brooks's office and hurriedly sketched out his version of a dysfunctional family: Homer, the overweight father; Marge, the slim mother; Bart, the bratty oldest child; Lisa, the intelligent middle child; and Maggie, the baby.[37][38][39] Groening famously 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). Claiming that it was a bit too obvious to name a character after himself, he chose the name "Bart," an anagram of brat.[37][40] However, he stresses that aside from some of the sibling rivalry, his family is nothing like the Simpsons.[41] Groening also has an older brother and sister, Mark and Patty, and in a 1995 interview Groening divulged that Mark "is the actual inspiration for Bart."[42] Maggie Groening has co-written a few Simpsons books featuring her cartoon namesake.[43] The Tracey Ullman Show[edit] The family was crudely drawn, because Groening had submitted basic sketches to the animators, assuming they would clean them up; instead, they just traced over his drawings.[37] The entire Simpson family
Simpson family
was designed so that they would be recognizable in silhouette.[44] When Groening originally designed Homer, he put his own initials into the character's hairline and ear: the hairline resembled an 'M', and the right ear resembled a 'G'. Groening decided that this would be too distracting though, and redesigned the ear to look normal. He still draws the ear as a 'G' when he draws pictures of Homer for fans.[45] Marge's distinct beehive hairstyle was inspired by Bride of Frankenstein and the style that Margaret Groening wore during the 1960s, although her hair was never blue.[7][46] Bart's original design, which appeared in the first shorts, had spikier hair, and the spikes were of different lengths. The number was later limited to nine spikes, all of the same size.[47] At the time Groening was primarily drawing in black and "not thinking that [Bart] would eventually be drawn in color" gave him spikes that appear to be an extension of his head.[48] Lisa's physical features are generally not used in other characters; for example, in the later seasons, no character other than Maggie shares her hairline.[49] While designing Lisa, Groening "couldn't be bothered to even think about girls' hair styles".[50] When designing Lisa and Maggie, he "just gave them this kind of spiky starfish hair style, not thinking that they would eventually be drawn in color".[51] Groening storyboarded and scripted every short (now known as The Simpsons
The Simpsons
shorts), which were then animated by a team including David Silverman and Wes Archer, both of whom would later become directors on the series.[52] The Simpsons
The Simpsons
shorts first appeared in The Tracey Ullman Show
The Tracey Ullman Show
on April 19, 1987.[53] Another family member, Grampa Simpson, was introduced in the later shorts. Years later, during the early seasons of The Simpsons, when it came time to give Grampa a first name, Groening says he refused to name him after his own grandfather, Abraham Groening, leaving it to other writers to choose a name. By coincidence, they chose Abraham, unaware that it was the name of Groening's grandfather.[54] Half-hour[edit] Although The Tracey Ullman Show
The Tracey Ullman Show
was not a big hit,[55] the popularity of the shorts led to a half-hour spin-off in 1989. A team of production companies adapted The Simpsons
The Simpsons
into a half-hour series for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The team included what is now the Klasky Csupo animation house. James L. Brooks
James L. Brooks
negotiated a provision in the contract with the Fox network that prevented Fox from interfering with the show's content.[56] Groening said his goal in creating the show was to offer the audience an alternative to what he called "the mainstream trash" that they were watching.[57] The half-hour series premiered on December 17, 1989 with "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire", a Christmas special.[58] "Some Enchanted Evening" was the first full-length episode produced, but it did not broadcast until May 1990, as the last episode of the first season, because of animation problems.[59] The series quickly became a worldwide phenomenon, to the surprise of many. Groening said: "Nobody thought The Simpsons
The Simpsons
was going to be a big hit. It sneaked up on everybody."[16] The Simpsons
The Simpsons
was co-developed by Groening, Brooks, and Sam Simon, a writer-producer with whom Brooks had worked on previous projects. Groening and Simon, however, did not get along[55] and were often in conflict over the show;[22] Groening once described their relationship as "very contentious."[38] Simon eventually left the show in 1993 over creative differences.[60] Like the main family members, several characters from the show have names that were inspired by people, locations or films. The name "Wiggum" for police chief Chief Wiggum
Chief Wiggum
is Groening's mother's maiden name.[61] The names of a few other characters were taken from major street names in Groening's hometown of Portland, Oregon, including Flanders, Lovejoy, Powell, Quimby and Kearney.[62] Despite common fan belief that Sideshow Bob
Sideshow Bob
Terwilliger was named after SW Terwilliger Boulevard in Portland, he was actually named after the character Dr. Terwilliker from the film The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T.[63] Although Groening has pitched a number of spin-offs from The Simpsons, those attempts have been unsuccessful. In 1994, Groening and other Simpsons producers pitched a live-action spin-off about Krusty the Clown (with Dan Castellaneta
Dan Castellaneta
playing the lead role), but were unsuccessful in getting it off the ground.[25][64] Groening has also pitched "Young Homer" and a spin-off about the non-Simpsons citizens of Springfield.[65] In 1995, Groening got into a major disagreement with Brooks and other Simpsons producers over "A Star Is Burns", a crossover episode with The Critic, an animated show also produced by Brooks and staffed with many former Simpsons crew members. Groening claimed that he feared viewers would "see it as nothing but a pathetic attempt to advertise The Critic
The Critic
at the expense of The Simpsons," and was concerned about the possible implication that he had created or produced The Critic.[42] He requested his name be taken off the episode.[66] Groening is credited with writing or co-writing the episodes "Some Enchanted Evening", "The Telltale Head", "Colonel Homer" and "22 Short Films About Springfield", as well as The Simpsons
The Simpsons
Movie, released in 2007.[67] He has had several cameo appearances in the show, with a speaking role in the episode "My Big Fat Geek Wedding". He currently serves at The Simpsons
The Simpsons
as an executive producer and creative consultant. Futurama[edit] Main article: Futurama After spending a few years researching science fiction, Groening got together with Simpsons writer/producer David X. Cohen
David X. Cohen
(known as David S. Cohen at the time) in 1997 and developed Futurama, an animated series about life in the year 3000.[18][68] By the time they pitched the series to Fox in April 1998, Groening and Cohen had composed many characters and storylines; Groening claimed they had gone "overboard" in their discussions.[68] Groening described trying to get the show on the air as "by far the worst experience of [his] grown-up life."[18] The show premiered on March 28, 1999. Groening's writing credits for the show are for the premiere episode, "Space Pilot 3000" (co-written with Cohen), "Rebirth" (story) and "In-A-Gadda-Da-Leela" (story).

David X. Cohen
David X. Cohen
and Groening at the Futurama
Futurama
panel of Comic-Con 2009

After four years on the air, the show was canceled by Fox. In a situation similar to Family Guy, however, strong DVD sales and very stable ratings on Adult Swim
Adult Swim
brought Futurama
Futurama
back to life. When Comedy Central
Comedy Central
began negotiating for the rights to air Futurama reruns, Fox suggested that there was a possibility of also creating new episodes. When Comedy Central
Comedy Central
committed to sixteen new episodes, it was decided that four straight-to-DVD films – Bender's Big Score (2007), The Beast with a Billion Backs (2008), Bender's Game (2008) and Into the Wild Green Yonder (2009) – would be produced.[69][70] Since no new Futurama
Futurama
projects were in production, the movie Into the Wild Green Yonder was designed to stand as the Futurama
Futurama
series finale. However, Groening had expressed a desire to continue the Futurama franchise in some form, including as a theatrical film.[71] In an interview with CNN, Groening said that "we have a great relationship with Comedy Central
Comedy Central
and we would love to do more episodes for them, but I don't know... We're having discussions and there is some enthusiasm but I can't tell if it's just me".[72] Comedy Central commissioned an additional 26 new episodes, and began airing them in 2010. The show continued in to 2013,[73][74] before Comedy Central announced in April 2013 that they would not be renewing it beyond its seventh season. The final episode aired on September 4, 2013.[75] Disenchantment[edit] Main article: Disenchantment (TV series) On January 15, 2016, it was announced that Groening was in talks with Netflix
Netflix
to develop a new animated series.[76] On July 25, 2017 the series, Disenchantment, was ordered by Netflix
Netflix
with a two-season order, totalling 20 episodes.[77] Other pursuits[edit] In 1994, Groening formed Bongo Comics (named after the character Bongo from Life in Hell[78]) with Steve Vance, Cindy Vance and Bill Morrison, which publishes comic books based on The Simpsons
The Simpsons
and Futurama
Futurama
(including Futurama
Futurama
Simpsons Infinitely Secret Crossover Crisis, a crossover between the two), as well as a few original titles. According to Groening, the goal with Bongo is to "[try] to bring humor into the fairly grim comic book market."[42] He also formed Zongo Comics in 1995, an imprint of Bongo that published comics for more mature readers,[42] which included three issues of Mary Fleener's Fleener[79] and seven issues of his close friend Gary Panter's Jimbo comics.[80] Groening is known for his eclectic taste in music. His favorite band is Frank Zappa
Frank Zappa
and The Mothers of Invention
The Mothers of Invention
and his favorite album is Trout Mask Replica
Trout Mask Replica
by Captain Beefheart
Captain Beefheart
(which was produced by Zappa).[81] He guest-edited Da Capo Press's Best Music Writing 2003[82] and curated a US All Tomorrow's Parties music festival in 2003.[81][83] He illustrated the cover of Frank Zappa's posthumous album Frank Zappa
Frank Zappa
Plays the Music of Frank Zappa: A Memorial Tribute (1996).[84] In May 2010, he curated another edition of All Tomorrow's Parties in Minehead, England. He also plays the drums in the all-author rock and roll band The Rock Bottom Remainders (although he is listed as the cowbell player), whose other members include Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson, Scott Turow, Amy Tan, James McBride, Mitch Albom, Roy Blount Jr., Stephen King, Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Sam Barry and Greg Iles.[85] In July 2013, Groening co-authored Hard Listening (2013) with the rest of the Rock Bottom Remainders (published by Coliloquy, LLC).[86] Personal life[edit] Groening and Deborah Caplan married in 1986[23] and had two sons together, Homer (who goes by Will) and Abe,[40] both of whom Groening occasionally portrays as rabbits in Life in Hell. The couple divorced in 1999 after thirteen years of marriage.[24] In 2011, Groening married Argentinian artist Agustina Picasso after a four-year relationship, and became stepfather to her daughter Camille.[87] In May 2013, Picasso gave birth to Nathaniel Philip Picasso Groening, named after writer Nathanael West. She joked that "his godfather is SpongeBob's creator Stephen Hillenburg".[88] Matt is the brother-in-law of Hey Arnold! and Dinosaur Train creator, Craig Bartlett, who is married to Groening's sister, Lisa. Arnold used to appear in Simpsons Illustrated.[89] Groening identifies himself as agnostic[90][91] and a liberal[92] and has often made campaign contributions to Democratic Party candidates.[93] His first cousin, Laurie Monnes Anderson, is a member of the Oregon State Senate
Oregon State Senate
representing eastern Multnomah County.[94] Wealth and net worth[edit] Due to the success of The Simpsons, Matt Groening
Matt Groening
is estimated to be worth $500 million. In 2011, Groening bought an $11.7 million mansion in Santa Monica, California.[95][96] Filmography[edit] Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

2004 Hair High Dill (voice)

Comic Book: The Movie Himself

2005 The Devil and Daniel Johnston Documentary

2006 Tales of the Rat Fink Finkster (voice)

2008 The Seventh Python Himself Documentary

2013 I Know That Voice

2015 Theory of Obscurity: a film about The Residents

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1989–present The Simpsons Himself (voice) Also creator, writer, executive producer

1996 Space Ghost Coast to Coast Himself Episode: "Glen Campbell"

1999 Olive, the Other Reindeer Arturo (voice) TV special

1999–2003; 2008–13 Futurama Himself (voice) 140 episodes; also creator, writer, executive producer

2003 The Pitts Bank teller Episode: "Dummy and Dummier"

2014 Family Guy Himself (voice) Episode: " The Simpsons
The Simpsons
Guy"

2015 Portlandia Himself

2018 Disenchantment

20 episodes; also creator, writer, executive producer

Video games[edit]

Year Title Voice

2007 The Simpsons
The Simpsons
Game Himself

2014 The Simpsons: Tapped Out

Music video[edit]

Year Title Artist Notes

1990 "Do the Bartman" Nancy Cartwright Executive producer

As a crew member[edit]

Year Title Notes

1987–1989 The Tracey Ullman Show 48 episodes; writer, animator

2007 The Simpsons
The Simpsons
Movie Screenplay, producer

Futurama: Bender's Big Score Executive producer

2008 The Simpsons
The Simpsons
Ride Producer

Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs Executive producer

Futurama: Bender's Game

2009 Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder

2012 The Longest Daycare Short film; writer and producer

Awards[edit] Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Matt Groening Groening has been nominated for 25 Emmy Awards
Emmy Awards
and has won twelve, ten for The Simpsons
The Simpsons
and two for Futurama
Futurama
in the "Outstanding Animated Program (for programming one hour or less)" category.[97] Groening received the 2002 National Cartoonist Society
National Cartoonist Society
Reuben Award, and had been nominated for the same award in 2000.[98] He received a British Comedy Award for "outstanding contribution to comedy" in 2004.[99] In 2007, he was ranked fourth (and highest American by birth) in a list of the "top 100 living geniuses", published by British newspaper The Daily Telegraph.[100] He received the 2,459th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Hollywood Walk of Fame
on February 14, 2012.[101] Bibliography[edit]

Groening, Matt (1977–2012). Life in Hell

Love Is Hell (1986) ISBN 0-394-74454-3 Work Is Hell (1986) ISBN 0-394-74864-6 School Is Hell (1987) ISBN 0-394-75091-8 Box Full of Hell (1988) ISBN 0-679-72111-8 Childhood Is Hell (1988) ISBN 0-679-72055-3 Greetings from Hell (1989) ISBN 0-679-72678-0 Akbar and Jeff's Guide to Life (1989) ISBN 0-679-72680-2 The Big Book of Hell (1990) ISBN 0-679-72759-0 With Love From Hell (1991) ISBN 0-06-096583-5 How to Go to Hell (1991) ISBN 0-06-096879-6 The Road to Hell (1992) ISBN 0-06-096950-4 Binky's Guide to Love (1994) ISBN 0-06-095078-1 Love Is Hell: Special
Special
Ultra Jumbo 10th Anniversary Edition (1994) ISBN 0-679-75665-5 The Huge Book of Hell (1997) ISBN 0-14-026310-1 Will and Abe's Guide to the Universe (2007) ISBN 0-06-134037-5

Chocano, Carina (January 30, 2001). "Matt Groening". Salon.com. Archived from the original on September 5, 2007. Retrieved September 4, 2007.  Groening, Matt (1994). "Introduction". Love is Hell: Special
Special
Ultra Jumbo 10th Anniversary Edition. New York: Pantheon Books. ISBN 0-679-75665-5.  Groening, Matt (2001a). "My Rock 'n' Roll Life, Part One: So You Want To Snort Derisively". Simpsons Comics Royale. New York: Perennial. ISBN 0-06-093378-X.  Groening, Matt (2001b). "47 Secrets About The Simpsons, A Poem of Sorts, and Some Filler". Simpsons Comics Royale. New York: Perennial. ISBN 0-06-093378-X.  Groening, Matt (2001c). "The Secret Life of Lisa Simpson". Simpsons Comics Royale. New York: Perennial. ISBN 0-06-093378-X.  Groth, Gary (April 1991). "Matt Groening". The Comics Journal
The Comics Journal
(141): 78–95.  Lloyd, Robert (March 24, 1999). "Life in the 31st century". LA Weekly. Retrieved December 30, 2005.  Morgenstern, Joe (April 29, 1990). "Bart Simpson's Real Father". Los Angeles Times Magazine. pp. 12–18, 20, 22.  Ortved, John (August 2007). "Simpson Family Values". Vanity Fair (564). pp. 70–77. Retrieved September 2, 2007.  Paul, Alan (September 30, 1995). "Life in Hell". Flux Magazine. Archived from the original on February 8, 2007. Retrieved December 26, 2005.  Groening, Matt (1997). Richmond, Ray; Coffman, Antonia, eds. The Simpsons: A Complete Guide to Our Favorite Family (1st ed.). New York: HarperPerennial. ISBN 978-0-06-095252-5. LCCN 98141857. OCLC 37796735. OL 433519M.  Scott, A.O. (November 4, 2001). "Homer's Odyssey". The New York Times Magazine. pp. 42–47. Archived from the original on April 23, 2009. Retrieved September 19, 2007.  Turner, Chris (2004). Planet Simpson: How a Cartoon Masterpiece Documented an Era and Defined a Generation. Foreword by Douglas Coupland. (1st ed.). Toronto: Random House Canada. ISBN 978-0-679-31318-2. OCLC 55682258.  Von Busack, Richard (November 2, 2000). "'Life' Before Homer". Metroactive. Retrieved April 28, 2007. 

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