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Before The Simpsons, before Futurama, life was hell

DruhimDruhim Registered User, ClubPA regular
edited December 2010 in Social Entropy++
Now this is a pretty savvy community, so I'm willing to bet a fair number of you already know what I'm talking about. But I'm also pretty sure some of you kids don't know of Groening's wonderful strip before The Simpsons first aired on The Tracy Ullman Show.

I'm talking about his wonderful and largely forgotten (shamefully) strip, Life in Hell.

From the delightfully insecure, depressed, and confused Binky to the fabulous, probably-gay-but-we're-not-really-sure duo of Akbar and Jeff to name just a few, the strip offered a wickedly funny perspective on modern life and how fucked up we all are.

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Insights into relationships!

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Scathing social commentary!
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Akbar and Jeff's many business ventures!
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The many moods of Akbar and Jeff!
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  • PiptheFairPiptheFair Frequently not in boats. Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    is this about mutt and jeff

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  • L.E.O.L.E.O. Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    WA WA WEEWA very nice.

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  • SeriouslySeriously Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    I have a Life in Hell collection

    when I was a kid my parents got it for me because they didn't really know what it was



    whooops

    Seriously on
  • George Fornby GrillGeorge Fornby Grill ...Like Clockwork Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    L.E.O. wrote: »
    WA WA WEEWA very nice.

    I like you.

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  • UbikUbik oh pete, that's later. maybe we'll be dead by then Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    Sweet Akbar and Hella Jeff

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  • Raijin QuickfootRaijin Quickfoot I'm your Huckleberry YOU'RE NO DAISYRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    edited December 2010
    Life in Hell was good. I discovered it probably 2 or 3 years after the Simpsons had come out so I was still a little young to understand all of the humor.

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  • DruhimDruhim Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited December 2010
    I wish I could find an image online of the Akbar and Jeff comic about their snack shack.
    "Where the elite meet to eat reheated meaty treats!"

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  • Sweeney TomSweeney Tom Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    i loved this comic so much

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  • SLyMSLyM Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    Nice, one of my friends has pretty much every one of the books and they got me school is hell for Christmas a few years back.

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  • mensch-o-maticmensch-o-matic Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    Haha, didn't Groening create the Simpsons characters offhand so he wouldn't have to give up the rights to these guys?

    Anyway these look neat, I wish I'd been around in the days when comic strips were more than 3-5 horizontal panels

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  • cadmunkycadmunky One hand on the bottle, The other a shaking fist.Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    fuck yea, i had a life is hell book around here somewhere......

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  • L.E.O.L.E.O. Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    L.E.O. wrote: »
    WA WA WEEWA very nice.

    I like you.
    :winky:

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  • BeastehBeasteh THAT WOULD NOT KILL DRACULARegistered User regular
    edited December 2010
    life in hell ruled

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  • I Win SwordfightsI Win Swordfights all the traits of greatness starlight at my feetRegistered User regular
    edited December 2010
    Matt Groening is a very rad guy

    He does very rad things

    He has nice fish

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  • Centipede DamascusCentipede Damascus Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    they used to run Life is Hell in the Friday entertainment insert in the newspaper

    it always made me slightly uncomfortable but at the same time I liked it

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  • futilityfutility Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited December 2010
    I used to love reading these as a kid even though I had no context with which to appreciate them

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  • LanglyLangly Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    Ubik wrote: »
    Sweet Akbar and Hella Jeff

    hahahahah

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  • cadmunkycadmunky One hand on the bottle, The other a shaking fist.Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    langly.......that sig.

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  • L.E.O.L.E.O. Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    that sig is disturbing, childhood memories here man...

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  • .. Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited December 2010
    When I was younger, I wanted a 77 Moods of Akbar and Jeff tattoo.

    . on
    Gimme stuff. Please. And I don't just mean my Secret Satan.
  • RankenphileRankenphile Passersby were amazed by the unusually large amounts of blood.Registered User, Moderator mod
    edited December 2010
    Akbar and Jeff were openly gay, what are you talking about

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  • SLyMSLyM Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    Every new thread I see Langly post in, someone new comments on that sig.

    SLyM on
    My friend is working on a roguelike game you can play if you want to. (It has free demo)
  • Centipede DamascusCentipede Damascus Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    Akbar and Jeff were openly gay, what are you talking about

    according to Groening in the comic at the top of the OP, they are "brothers or lovers or possibly both"

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  • SLyMSLyM Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    Akbar and Jeff were openly gay, what are you talking about

    according to Groening in the comic at the top of the OP, they are "brothers or lovers or possibly both"

    Character development, my friend.

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  • TheySlashThemTheySlashThem Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    Ubik wrote: »
    Sweet Akbar and Hella Jeff

    d-damn

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  • .. Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited December 2010
    Akbar and Jeff were openly gay, what are you talking about
    See, that's what I thought too. I was even sure there were comics actually stating they were gay and specficially gay for each other, but no one else seems to remember them. Or they read them differently or something, I don't know.

    . on
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  • AeollasAeollas Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    SLyM wrote: »
    Every new thread I see Langly post in, someone new comments on that sig.

    Jesus Cristo that sig

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  • GoatmonGoatmon Companion of Kess Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    I remember these comics! But only vaguely. I saw a life in hell book years ago, though I don't remember where. It was about the phases of growing up, dealing with high school and such. Good times.

    Ubik wrote: »
    Sweet Akbar and Hella Jeff

    d-damn

    I know TDOT. I was gonna post that, too. :(

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  • RankenphileRankenphile Passersby were amazed by the unusually large amounts of blood.Registered User, Moderator mod
    edited December 2010
    Akbar and Jeff were openly gay, what are you talking about

    according to Groening in the comic at the top of the OP, they are "brothers or lovers or possibly both"

    When accosted by a redneck who was angry that they took the word gay from them and made it mean something gross, they shoved him over and said "we call ourselves gay because we are gay"

    and also they fucked

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  • RankenphileRankenphile Passersby were amazed by the unusually large amounts of blood.Registered User, Moderator mod
    edited December 2010
    I think my favorite thing in one of these comics is when Bongo asked Binky, "Where do babies come from" and he just says "you know what fucking is?"

    "yeah"

    "they come from that."

    "oh."

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  • Kuribo's ShoeKuribo's Shoe Kuribo's Stocking North PoleRegistered User regular
    edited December 2010
    Day Gaybie Raybie.

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  • DruhimDruhim Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited December 2010
    . wrote: »
    Akbar and Jeff were openly gay, what are you talking about
    See, that's what I thought too. I was even sure there were comics actually stating they were gay and specficially gay for each other, but no one else seems to remember them. Or they read them differently or something, I don't know.

    During the early run of Life in Hell it was kind of ambiguous, but then later they were just outright gay.

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  • .. Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited December 2010
    The story of my life.

    . on
    Gimme stuff. Please. And I don't just mean my Secret Satan.
  • Kuribo's ShoeKuribo's Shoe Kuribo's Stocking North PoleRegistered User regular
    edited December 2010
    I read some of these. I got a book from the library. Then I lost the book and the library got mad.

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  • TonkkaTonkka Some one in the club tonight Has stolen my ideas.Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    Oh god yes Dru.

    I had The Big Book of Hell and read it over and over and over. There was at least another pledge of allegiance that Bongo did:

    I plead alignment
    To the flakes
    Of the untitled snakes of a merry cow
    And to the republicans
    For which they scam
    One nacho
    Underpants
    Invisible
    With licorice and jugs of wine for owls

    I think that was how it went.

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  • LanglyLangly Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    SLyM wrote: »
    Every new thread I see Langly post in, someone new comments on that sig.

    It's a conversation starter, like an engraved cigarette lighter or a ceremonial ivory dildo.

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  • TonkkaTonkka Some one in the club tonight Has stolen my ideas.Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    Langly wrote: »
    SLyM wrote: »
    Every new thread I see Langly post in, someone new comments on that sig.

    It's a conversation starter, like an engraved cigarette lighter or a ceremonial ivory dildo-sword.

    Tonkka on
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  • DruhimDruhim Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited December 2010
    Tonkka wrote: »
    Oh god yes Dru.

    I had The Big Book of Hell and read it over and over and over. There was at least another pledge of allegiance that Bongo did:

    I plead alignment
    To the flakes
    Of the untitled snakes of a merry cow
    And to the republicans
    For which they scam
    One nacho
    Underpants
    Invisible
    With licorice and jugs of wine for owls

    I think that was how it went.

    <3

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  • DruhimDruhim Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited December 2010
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  • TonkkaTonkka Some one in the club tonight Has stolen my ideas.Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    Hey Dru, hey.

    C'mere you.

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