Life in Hell

From Academic Kids

Life in Hell is a weekly comic strip by Matt Groening. The strip features anthropomorphic rabbits and gay lovers. Groening uses these characters to explore a wide range of topics about love, sex, work, and death. His drawings are full of not only fun, merriment, laughs, and frivolity, but also expressions of angst, alienation, self-loathing, and fear of inevitable doom.

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The Big Book of Hell

Groening started the comic strip in 1977 by xeroxing and distributing it in a small corner of the record store he was working in. By 1980 it had become so popular in the underground that it was picked up by the Los Angeles Reader and has only grown in popularity since then. Today it is syndicated in over 250 newspapers around the world.

Beginning in the mid 1980s, Life in Hell has been anthologized in dozens of books, including Work is Hell, Binky's Guide to Love, The Big Book of Hell and more. On December 7, 1998 Groening registered the domain ( to use it to publish Life in Hell online, however, the website has remained in its "under construction" state since then.

Life in Hell is regularly referenced in The Simpsons, primarily through Binky dolls owned by Maggie, Lisa & Bart.

In 1993, Groening created Bongo Comics, a company that publishes Simpsons related comics, named after Bongo, a character from the comic strip.

Recurring characters

Binky is a bitter, depressed, alienated, and thus "normal", rabbit and star of the cartoon.

Sheba is Binky's estranged girlfriend.

Hulga is Binky's girlfriend in a few comics; she says: "What's fer breakfast?" (sic)

Bongo is Binky's illegitimate son. He has one ear.

Akbar & Jeff are two big-nosed identical gay lovers. They wear fezzes and Charlie Brown-like striped shirts. They have run numerous businesses over the years, including Akbar & Jeff's Tofu Hut, Akbar & Jeff's Earthquake T-Shirt Hut, and Akbar & Jeff's Bootleg "Akbar & Jeff" T-Shirt hut.

Matt Groening appears in the strip as a bearded rabbit. He is also sometimes represented as Binky.

Will and Abe are Matt Groening's two sons, represented in rabbit form.

Gooey, Screwy, and Ratatouille are Akbar and Jeff's triplet nephews. The names are an obvious spoof of the Disney characters Huey, Dewey and Louie (Donald Duck's nephews).


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Akbar & Jeff's Guide To Life

External Fansites

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