USA Today interviewed Groening, who says that “thirty-two years is a very long time” – the strip with the depressive rabbit Binky premiered “officially” in the Los Angeles Reader in 1980, although it came out as a magazine designed, printed and clipped by Groening himself since 1977 and had also appeared in magazines. From there, the strip began circulating in alternative newspapers in the U.S..
It was the strip who earned Groening the invitation to develop animations for the producer James L. Brooks, thus leading to the creation of the Simpsons. After the debut of the TV series in 1987, Life in Hell reached peaked distribution to newspapers: it went weekly in 379 publications.
In recent years, however, only 38 newspapers kept publishing the strip on the U.S., which contributed in Groening ending it’s existence. The last strip, a total of 1669, came on June 15 and will continue to be published in newspapers strips until July 13.
The author has even mentioned the possibility of transforming his strip in animation, but the project never went ahead.
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