Matt Groening (born February 15, 1954) (name rhymes with "raining", SAMPA ['grEniN]) is an American cartoon artist and the creator (and now creative consultant) of The Simpsons and Life in Hell. In high school, he was the student body president, with his title stripped when he tried to amend the constitution to make him an all-powerful president for life. Post-secondary school, he graduated from The Evergreen State College.
Before his work in television, Groening created the syndicated cartoon Life in Hell, which is still carried in many weekly newspapers and has been anthologized in a series of books, such as:
He named the main family Simpson characters after his own family (reportedly he was not feeling very creative that day):
Matt Groening is part of the rock & roll band, Rock Bottom Remainders. The band consist of Stephen King, Amy Tan, Dave Barry, Mitch Albom, and several other famous writers.