1. cwratliff

    Instead of quitting the strip, I hope Groening will attempt to make it more accessible. And I don’t mean changing the content of the strip itself, I simply hope he will make it so that more people can read it each week.

    I live in NYC, where none of the weeklies even carry it anymore, and there is literally nowhere online where you can reliably find recent strips. Groening established a website years ago that has only ever displayed a drawing of Binky and a notice that the site is “under construction.”

    If he’s losing money and getting hassled by the alt weeklies, but he does the strip for love and not money, why not just make the leap to it being an online strip. Why not follow Tom Tomorrow’s model or Achewood and set up a real online presence so that people all over the world can read the strip?

    He’s only done one book collection of recent vintage, and it was excellent. There are years and years of LIH strips that have never been collected in book form, and maybe a new online initiative would spark enough interest that someone could start collected “The Complete Life In Hell” in a similar fashion to the many archival comic strip book collections that are currently being published (Peanuts, Bloom County, etc.)

    A couple of years ago, it looked like Groening was about to get a little bit proactive with LIH, changing the title to “Life Is Swell” and even having plans to merchandise the characters. (There were pretty awesome prototypes on display of some vinyl toys at one of the Comic-Cons, but now it looks like they aren’t going to happen, at least any time soon…)

    Come on, Matt Groening! Don’t quit Life In Hell! It’s one of the most important comics strips out there, but it’s been marginalized by appearing in too few of the ever-dwindling alt-weeklies in this country! Put it online so everybody can actually FIND it!

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