Matt Groening, known for his beloved creations The Simpsons and his long-running syndicated newspaper strip Life in Hell, has been attending Comic-Con since the 1980s, originally to promote his Life in Hell strip. In 1987, The Simpsons came to life as part of The Tracy Ullman Show, and their own animated series debuted in 1989. It’s been a pop culture phenomenon ever since, crossing over into comics, books, a movie, toys, and much more. Groening co-created Futurama in 1999, which continues today as an animated series. In 1993, Groening co-founded the Bongo Comics Group, featuring comic books based on his popular characters from The Simpsons and Futurama.