Life is hell because the iconic Life in Hell comic strip ended. The last comic was last Friday. Life in Hell was a mainstay in the LA Weekly. It would always be one of the things we turned to first every week.
"Life in Hell” actually earned Groening his big break in Hollywood. It started running in Wet Magazine in 1978, then moved to the now-defunct LA Reader, where Groening worked. The strip eventually made its way to LA Weekly. Its popularity grew, amassing a client list of more than 250 papers, when producer Polly Platt noticed “Life in Hell” and showed it to actor/producer James L. Brooks. Brooks contacted Groening and wanted him to develop a series of “bumpers” based on “Life in Hell” for “The Tracey Ullman Show.” Groening was a bit apprehensive at the thought of handing over the rights to his characters, so he created the Simpsons to fill the slot.
We always thought of Matt Groening as a modern-day Richard Scarry, who had enough characters that each one could warrant its own comic strip/books/TV show/brand.