Contentious Comic BFFs

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You may have missed Matt Groening and Lynda Barry in Sydney this past weekend, but never fear: over at the Guardian, you can still read about their lifelong friendship, which persists despite diverging paths. Groening is best known for The Simpsons, Barry for Ernie Pook’s Comeek; it all began at Evergreen College, where Matt Groening edited the school newspaper. Barry recalls:

“He made this announcement saying that he would print anything that anyone submitted,” she says. “I read that and I thought, ‘Really?’ And I tried to come up with stuff that he would not print.”

The rest, as they say, is history.


Rosamund Lannin reads and writes in Chicago. When not hosting lady live lit show Miss Spoken and editing Story Club Magazine, she writes for Extra Crispy, HelloGiggles, and everywhere else pancakes and essays intersect. Daily dispatches @rosamundlannin. More from this author →