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Hand drawn Bongo from Life Is Hell

Life Is Hell ended its long run that began for me around 1988. I had it pretty easy in high school but I was unhappy and didn’t understand why other people weren’t unhappy. Then my friend Kyle introduced me to Life Is Hell and I realized how hilarious that unhappiness was.

I loved the fact that Matt Groening was from Portland and my senior year our basketball team played Lincoln High and there was already a trophy case shrine to Groening, Life Is Hell, and a new TV show he created.

I don’t get sentimental or nostalgic, but I do have good memories reading those comics and I look forward to the day that I can dust off Childhood Is Hell and share it with my kids.

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Mike Vogel

Hi, I'm the Writer & Director of Transmedia, Feature Films, Original Series, and Fiction. Portland, Oregon

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