Groening Retires “Life in Hell”

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After 32 years, Matt Groening has written his last Life in Hell comic strip.

“Thirty-two years is a long time to do it,” Groening tells USA Today. “I love the characters, I love doing it, but it was just time.”

At its height, Life in Hell was distributed to 379 newspapers, she says. Now it’s down to just 38. The final strip ran June 15, but reruns will continue through July 13.

Life in Hell’s circulation fell as alternative papers — hurt badly by the loss of classified ads, which went to Craigslist and other websites — cut back.

Still, editors are “shocked” at Groening’s decision, she says. “The strip is part of the history of their papers.”

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