"Yes, the Simpsons have come a long way since an old drunk made humans out of his rabbit characters to pay off his gambling debts."
- Troy McClure, The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular
Life in Hell is a comic strip published weekly by Matt Groening. It started in 1977 when he started photocopying his cartoons and distributing it to everyone he knew in Los Angeles. In 1978, it began to appear in the Wet Magazine and by 1980, it was so popular that it was picked up by the Los Angeles Reader. Matt Groening's great masterpiece appears in over 250 magazines worldwide, including Hong Kong, Helsinki, Singapore etc.
When he was invited to the Tracy Ulman Show, Fox wanted a one minute cartoon clip from him that will fill up the time between scene changes. Matt Groening, who resented the "big coporations" controling his own art work, did not submit Life in Hell to Fox. Instead, he quickly drew primary yellow colored characters with names from his own family.
Beginning in the 1980s, many Life in Hell books were published, for example, The Big Book of Hell and the The Huge Book of Hell. The books archived many older comic strips, including the first Life in Hell comic ever published. The drawings were very crude in the beginning, and they have become, hmm... how should I put it, less crude.
Matt Groening has registered the domain MattGroening.com to publish his Life in Hell comic strips on the internet. The site is "under construction" for almost 8 years since 1998. If the site ever comes online, it will be the greatest thing that can happen to a Life in Hell fan, you agree?