The Big Book of Hell by Matt Groening

Based on part on the Life In Hell comic strip by Matt Groening

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            The Big Book of Hell (paperback, 170 pages, 9 page index, dimensions 11 by 11 inches) shows the kind of cartoons Matt Groening created before he invented The Simpsons (which started out on the Tracey Ullman weekly TV show in 1987 and acquired a show of its own in 1990).

            About half of The Big Book of Hell is a compilation of Matt Groening's Life in Hell comic strip series, which began in Wet magazine in 1978. Life in Hell later appeared weekly in the Los Angeles Reader (1980). Then it was syndicated by the Acme Features Syndicate and appeared in hundreds of newspapers in several countries.

            The other half of the book consists of funny pages which were not part of the Life in Hell series, some of which have appeared in previous books by Matt Groening. The titles of these are listed below. Observe from the list that Akbar and Jeff are among his cartoon characters.

            Matt Groening (he says his name "rhymes with 'raining'") was born in Oregon in 1954. He used to doodle a lot in school. In his preface, he explains himself as a guy who enjoys "drawing bulgy-eyes rabbits with tragic overbites". Then he includes Robert Graves' short but hilarious poem, Epitaph on an Unfortunate Artist.

            In my humble opinion, The Big Book of Hell is the funniest thing written in the past 25 centuries, and that includes Aristophanes.

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            Here's that list of cartoons that supplement the ones from the Life in Hell series ...


'Bad Mood' Magazine -- Entertainment For the Cranky and Irritable
The Inquisitive Female Wants to Know Why Men Growl
9 Secret Love Techniques That Could Possibly Turn Men Into Putty in Your Hands
9 Secret Love Techniques Women Find Well-High Irresistible
My Simple Formula For Happiness
How Much Are You Worth?
What Not to Say During Moments of Intimacy
Your Lifetime Goal Achievement Checklist
What Will They Write On Your Tombstone?
Isn't It About Time You Quit Your Lousy Job?
1001 Faces of Your Lover
Where Do Babies Come From?
Parents' Guide to Teenage Crime and Punishment
The 9 Types of Boyfriends
The 9 Types of Girlfriends
The 9 Types of Relationships
Should You Have a Baby?
Children's Science Experiments
The Brif History of the Little Moron Joke
Your Guide to the Modern Creative Artistic Type
'Lonely Tyrant' -- The Magazine for Abusive Bosses Whose Employees Hate Their Guts
What Alarms Kids
Weenie Barn
Tofu Hut
So You Want to Be an Unrecognized Genius
Kid's Greatest Hits
How to Be a Clever Film Critic
Akbar & Jeff's Video Hut
Kids' Questions About Death
Akbar 'n' Jeff's Laundro-Hut
Young Theories
How to Be a Feisty Rock Critic
The 1974 Dance Craze is Back! How to Do the White House Sidestep
Lies My Older Brother and Sister Told Me
Lies I Told My Younger Sisters
Teachers' Guide to Words That Make Kids Snicker
Bongo's Dream House
Parental Brain Twisters
Son of Parental Brain Twisters
Childhood Tribulations
'Insufferable Coworker' Magazine
Akbar 'n' Jeff's Treatment Center
Akbar & Jeff's Reincarnation Hut
What Are Your Plans For the Afterlife
School Is Hell
Akbar & Jeff's Airport Snack Bar
Childhood is Hell
Doctor Akbar & Nurse Jeff's Liposuction Hut
Akbar & Jeff's Lucky Psychic Hut
Akbar 'n' Jeff's Cryonics Hut
Akbar & Jeff: Master of 1000 Disguises

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