Posts by Rob Tornoe


'Simpsons' creator Matt Groening ends 'Life in Hell,' comic that started it all

After exploring a world populated by "anthropomorphic rabbits and a pair of gay lovers" for over 30 years, “Simpsons” creator Matt Groening is putting down his pen and ending his highly acclaimed comic strip, "Life in Hell." The last "Life in Hell," Groening’s 1,669th strip, was released on Friday, June 15. For the next four weeks, editors will have their choice of strips from Groening's extensive archive before they close up shop in July on Friday the 13, which seems oddly appropriate. "I’ve had great fun, in a Sisyphean kind of way, but the time has come to let Binky and Sheba and Bongo and Akbar and Jeff take some time off," Groening, 58, said by email. “It's hard to imagine how the business model that sustained alternative social-commentary and political cartooning for two decades (and is now all but dead) would have evolved had papers not discovered the power of Groening's strip and its ability to attract readers,” said syndicated cartoonist Ted Rall by phone. Read More

Cartoon: More changes coming to the AP Stylebook

Because so many people today disregard what Mrs. Donovan taught them in the fourth grade, the AP Stylebook has thrown in the towel against the use of "hopefully" as a sentence adverb to mean "It is hoped." Based on an unscientific research trip at the mall, it won't be long before we start seeing sentences like this … Read More