Above photo of Matt Groening by George Rose/Getty Images.
Grantland's Alex Pappademas has a terrific portrait of LIFE IN HELL and SIMPSONS creator Matt Groening.
Matt Groening on deadlines for his LIFE IN HELL strip, from a 1986 interview:
"I'm bad, I procrastinate, I put things off. I sweat, I turn on the TV, I go for a walk, I think about something else I have to do … I think of a record I have to play — and then, I do my comic strip, the night before it's due. One night, I did two strips. I thought, great — if I'm ever sick, I'm still ahead. Two weeks later I got sick. I've never caught up since."
Groening, to an interviewer, sometime in 2008, when he was worth around $500 million: "There's something wrong with me, because every week I go, 'Oh no, it's due again!' Like it's some big surprise."