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Man sets Guinness World Record thanks to his multiple Homer Simpson tattoos

Man sets Guinness World Record thanks to his multiple Homer Simpson tattoos

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, July 21 (UPI) --New Zealand man Lee Weir has set the record for "the most tattoos of the same cartoon character tattooed on the body" thanks to his Homer Simpson tattoos.
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UPI Almanac for Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014.
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Margaret Groening, who inspired cartoon character Marge Simpson, dies

Margaret Groening, who inspired cartoon character Marge Simpson, dies

PORTLAND, Ore., May 7 (UPI) -- Margaret Groening, who married one cartoonist, gave birth to another and inspired the cartoon character Marge Simpson, has died in Oregon. She was 94.
Comedy Central cancels animated series 'Futurama'

Comedy Central cancels animated series 'Futurama'

LOS ANGELES, April 22 (UPI) -- U.S. cable network Comedy Central says it has decided not to renew the animated space series "Futurama" for an eighth season.

Another 'Simpsons' movie not in the works

LOS ANGELES, March 10 (UPI) -- "Simpsons" creator Matt Groening says a followup to the TV show's 2007 blockbuster film won't be happening for a long time.

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UPI Almanac for Friday, Feb. 15, 2013.
By United Press International

Homer Simpson votes for Mitt Romney

WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Homer Simpson, the animated star of Matt Groening's "The Simpsons," voted for Mitt Romney in an online promotional clip for the show's new season.
'Simpsons' Springfield location revealed

'Simpsons' Springfield location revealed

SPRINGFIELD, Ore., April 11 (UPI) -- The creator of "The Simpsons" said the city where his TV family lives is named after Springfield, Ore. -- a state Homer Simpson called "California's toupee."
Laurel, Hardy foil inspired Homer Simpson

Laurel, Hardy foil inspired Homer Simpson

HOLLYWOOD, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- The DNA of "The Simpsons" reaches as far back as the classic films of Laurel and Hardy, the creators said on the eve of the show's 500th episode.

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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012.
By United Press International
Comedy Central orders more 'Futurama'

Comedy Central orders more 'Futurama'

NEW YORK, March 29 (UPI) -- Comedy Central and Twentieth Century Fox Television say they have picked up 26 new episodes of the U.S. animated comedy series, "Futurama."
Ferrera, Groening to be Sundance judges

Ferrera, Groening to be Sundance judges

PARK CITY, Utah, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Actress America Ferrera and "The Simpsons" creator Matt Groening are to serve as judges at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah, organizers announced.

'Futurama' voice actors agree to deals

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- The creators of the U.S. TV series "Futurama" say they are thrilled the animated show's five original voice actors have agreed to stay on.
Comedy Central revives 'Futurama'

Comedy Central revives 'Futurama'

LOS ANGELES, June 10 (UPI) -- The U.S. cable network Comedy Central has ordered 26 new episodes of "Futurama," the sci-fi animated series Fox canceled six years ago.
'Simpsons' stamps go on sale

'Simpsons' stamps go on sale

LOS ANGELES, May 7 (UPI) -- The U.S. Postal Service said Thursday it has begun releasing 1 billion "The Simpsons" stamps through the country's 34,000 post offices.
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Creator and Executive Producer Matt Groening signs a poster at the unveiling of the new "The Simpsons" U.S. postage stamps in Los Angeles May 7, 2009. (UPI Photo/Jim Ruymen)
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Matthew Abram "Matt" Groening (pronounced /ˈɡreɪnɪŋ/ GRAY-ning; born February 15, 1954) is an American cartoonist, screenwriter, and producer. He is the creator of the comic strip Life in Hell as well as two successful television series, The Simpsons and Futurama.

Groening made his first professional cartoon sale of Life in Hell to the avant-garde Wet magazine in 1978. The cartoon is still carried in 250 weekly newspapers. Life in Hell caught the attention of James L. Brooks. In 1985, Brooks contacted Groening with the proposition of working in animation for the Fox variety show The Tracey Ullman Show. Originally, Brooks wanted Groening to adapt his Life in Hell characters for the show. Fearing the loss of ownership rights, Groening decided to create something new and came up with a cartoon family, The Simpsons, and named the members after his own parents and sisters — while Bart was an anagram of the word brat. The shorts would be spun off into their own series: The Simpsons, which has since aired over 450 episodes. In 1997, Groening, along with former Simpsons writer David X. Cohen, developed Futurama, an animated series about life in the year 3000, which premiered in 1999. After four years on the air, the show was canceled by Fox in 2003, but Comedy Central commissioned 16 new episodes from four direct-to-DVD movies in 2008. Then, in June 2009, Comedy Central ordered 26 new episodes of Futurama, to be aired over two seasons.

Groening has won 11 Primetime Emmy Awards, ten for The Simpsons and one for Futurama as well as a British Comedy Award for "outstanding contribution to comedy" in 2004. In 2002, he won the National Cartoonist Society Reuben Award for his work on Life in Hell.

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