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The Simpson’s Matt Groening is Named in Epstein Documents

Matt Groening

This past Friday, court documents were unsealed revealing thousands of documents surrounding the defamation suit between Jeffrey Epstein‘s accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre and Epstein associate/”madam,” Ghislaine Maxwell. Giuffre accused Epstein and Maxwell of sex-trafficking her and Giuffre sued Maxwell for defamation in return. The case was settled in May 2017.

167 documents with thousands of pages were under seal and some are now making their way into the public. Within, numerous celebrities and politicians are named and accused of inappropriate behavior including sex with underage women (aka rape).

One story recounted by Giuffre involves Matt Groening, the creator of The Simpsons and founder of comic publishers Bongo Comics and Bapper Books, and creator behind the Life in Hell comic strip. Groening isn’t accused of sex with underage girls, but instead, the story revolves around a foot rub and a very specific description of his feet.

From the document:

Epstein’s many Hollywood pals include Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons. Jeffrey once had me give Matt a foot massage when he was flying on the jet with us, Virginia says. He laughed and did drawings of Bart and Homer for my little brother and my dad.


Before asking me about Jeffrey Epstein speaking to celebrities at the house, the attorney for Jane Doe 102 asked me about Jean Luc Brunel, Mark Epstein, Daniel Estes, Matt Groening, and Leslie Wexner. I then listed Senator Mitchell, Prince Andrew, Princess Sarah Ferguson, Miss Yugoslavia, Miss Germany, Alan Dershowitz, Princess Diana’s secretary with her children, Mr. Trump, Mr. Robert Kennedy, Jr., Frederik Fekkai, and a couple Noble prize winners as celebrities that I had seen while working for Mr. Epstein. I also mentioned a reunion of Nobel prize winners that was held at the house, and that I met President Clinton at Mr. Epstein’s plane the last month that I was working for Mr. Epstein


We went out the next afternoon as I had suggested last night and we ate our clam chowder breadbaskets over looking the whart’s bay, watching the seals playfully barking at each other on the rocks nearby. Shortly after we were driven to the private airstrip and took off for Los Angeles. On the plane was an unexpected visitor. Matt Groening the producer of the The Simpson’s TV show was catching a ride with us. I was so excited,
as I loved watching his show and acted like a star struck fan, asking him everything from his initial idea for creating the show to where he got his
characters from. He told me it was all based on his own family make up, but without the crazy father and son scenes of Homers hand around Bart’s throat.

I was enjoying our conversation, when Jeffrey insisted that I give Matt a foot massage throughout the duration of the short flight. I never turned down a client but when I saw the shape ofhis feet, I nearly threw up at the thought of having to touch them. He had yellow crusty toenails that
even someone with a chainsaw would?ve had troubles cutting through and then there was the fluffy balls of leftover pieces of sock wedged between the crevices of his sweaty toes, now that was the real icing on the cake for me, no way could I attempt this I thought. Then I had an idea. I went to the back of the plane and rinsed a wash cloth in warm
soapy water and returned for his dreaded foot massage but not before attempting to clean them first.

In return for my services Matt was kind enough to draw me two quick sketches on blank paper from his briefcase of my two favorite characters, Homer and Bart. I asked if he wouid make them out to my little brother
and dad, the true fans of the family not missing an episode during dinner over the past ten years or so. Next to the A-4 size drawing he was able to fit in the quote To my greatest fan from Matt Groening? and their names next to it. I knew they’d absolutely love it, and it was such a nice gesture his feet were no longer an issue as I laughed it off and even made a joke to the comedian about getting a pedicure before hitting beaches.

The flight was only short and we arrived in busy L.A within the hour, saying Good-Bye to Matt, who was a pleasure to meet.

(via Business Insider)

Preview: Peanuts: A Tribute to Charles M. Schulz HC

Peanuts: A Tribute to Charles M. Schulz HC

Imprint: KaBOOM!
Writers/Artists: Mike Allred, Art Baltazar, Paige Braddock, Megan Brennan, Frank Cammuso, Derek Charm, Colleen Coover, Evan Dorkin, Chynna Clugston Flores, Julie Fujii, Shaenon K. Garrity, Melanie Gillman, Zac Gorman, Jimmy Gownley, Matt Groening, Dan Hipp, Keith Knight, Mike Kunkel, Roger Langridge, Jeff Lemire, Jonathan Lemon, Patrick McDonnell, Tony Millionaire, Caleb Monroe, Terry Moore, Dustin Nguyen, Molly Ostertag, Lincoln Peirce, Paul Pope, Hilary Price, Liz Prince, Stan Sakai, Chris Schweizer, Ryan Sook, Jeremy Sorese, Raina Telgemeier, Richard Thompson, Tom Tomorrow, Lucas Turnbloom, and Jen Wang

Peanuts: A Tribute to Charles M. Schulz is a giant love letter from creators new and old from comic strips to webcomics, children’s books to comic books. Unprecedented at this scale, it is very rare for the Schulz estate to allow other cartoonists to illustrate the Peanuts gang in their own signature styles. This collection of original stories, pin-ups, and strips pay tribute to Schulz and the world of Peanuts, and includes contributions from Raina Telgemeier (Smile), Jen Wang (In Real Life), Patrick McDonnell (Mutts), Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo), Terry Moore (Rachel Rising), Mike Allred (Silver Surfer), Paul Pope (Battling Boy), and many more. Features an introduction by Lincoln Peirce (Big Nate).

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Peanuts: A Tribute to Charles M. Schulz in October

This October, KaBOOM! will publish Peanuts: A Tribute to Charles M. Schulz, a 112-page hardcover that celebrates the 65th anniversary of the beloved title and will collect contributions from over 25 artists from the worlds of comic strips, comic books, and webcomics. Each contributor pays a unique tribute to Schulz and the Peanuts gang with a piece of off-model Peanuts art, along with a short essay. Creators revealed so far include Jen Wang, Matt Groening, Patrick McDonnell, Stan Sakai, Megan Brennan, Raina Telgemeier, and Jeff Lemire.

A final cover to the book and more contributors to the project will be revealed over the next several weeks.

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SDCC 2012 – comiXology Brings the Announcements

comiXology brought quite a few announcements to the opening day of San Diego Comic-Con 2012. First up is their release of an app for Windows 8, comiXology customers can login and read many comics they previously purchased. Consumers will also be able to browse their collection using “Semantic Zoom,” a Metro style UI feature in Windows 8 that allows for pinch and zoom searching in alphabetical titles. Also new to Comics by comiXology fans is the ability on Windows 8 to read a comic side-by-side with other applications.

A full listing of features and benefits of Comics by comiXology for Windows 8 Release Preview includes:

  • Read your favorite digital comics virtually anywhere. (Some publishers are not available at this time.)
  • Comics are stored in the cloud and comics can be downloaded straight to your device with the tap of a button.
  • Read comics while sending an e-mail or finishing a document with Windows 8 snapped view.
  • More than 10,000 comics available on Windows 8-based devices, with more to come.
  • Own a lot of comics? Digging through your library just got easier with Semantic Zoom, just pinch and zoom to see all your comics organized in easy-to-click tiles.

Next, comiXology has gone Bongo with the release of that comic publisher’s very own app! Radioactive Man, Bart Simpson, Simpsons Comics, and many other Simpsons-related comic book titles will be available in digital form for iPads and iPhones with a Simpsons Comics iOS app developed by Bongo and comiXology.

Finally Abrams ComicArts, an imprint of ABRAMS, the preeminent publisher of illustrated books, announced a digital graphic novel distribution agreement with comiXology.

Comedy Central To Present “Ugly Americans” and “Futurama” Panels At Comic-Con

Official Press Release

 comedy centralCOMEDY CENTRAL® TO PRESENT “UGLY AMERICANS” AND “FUTURAMA” PANELS

AT COMIC-CON® INTERNATIONAL 2011 IN SAN DIEGO

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“Ugly Americans” Panel On Friday, July 23 From 4:00-5:00 P.M.

With Dan Powell (Executive Producer), Devin Clark (Producer And Series Creator),

Aaron Augenblick (Director Of Animation),

And Cast Members Matt Oberg, Kurt Metzger, Larry Murphy And Randy Pearlstein

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“Futurama” Panel On Saturday, July 24 From 12:15-1:00 P.M.

With Executive Producers Matt Groening And David X. Cohen,

Cast Members Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal And Maurice LaMarche