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Love Is Hell Paperback – November 22, 1994


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Pantheon; 10th edition (November 22, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679756655
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679756651
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 10.4 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #972,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Inside Flap

It's the 10th Anniversary Edition of Love Is Hell! A book that's been in the making for a solid decade! This medium-sized guide is now available to the public with extra bonus fun-pages never-before-included in previous volumes of the same name! Slightly less scrawny than the original Love Is Hell, this behemoth-style handbook is jam-packed with all the info YOU need to keep your love-fight burnin'! Frankly written and profusely illustrated by famed cartoonist and merchandising monarch Matt Groening, Love Is Hell is the answer to all your Quandaries de l'Amour, or, as we say in American, Love Quandaries. Inside, you'll find handy tips on everything from Getting the Love You Deserve to Getting Your Heart Broken into Millions of Tiny Pieces. Plus so very much more. Why, we've even included a brand-spankin'-new intro by the author himself, written especially for this incredible 10th Anniversary Edition! And as if that wasn't enough, because you've waited so patiently for this special edition to come out, you get a special gold-colored anniversary seal right on the front cover, just because we care. Here's hoping you find a love as lasting and meaningful as this paperback.

More About the Author

Matt Groening, creator and executive producer of Fox's Emmy Award®-winning series The Simpsons, made television history by bringing animation back to primetime and creating an immortal nuclear family. The Simpsons is the longest running primetime animated series in television history and is currently the longest-running comedy on television, having aired more than 400 episodes. In July 2007, the highly anticipated feature film The Simpsons Movie opened in theaters with worldwide grosses of more than $525 million to date.

Originally brought to life in 1987 for The Tracey Ullman Show, The Simpsons was Groening's amazing entry into the television animation world. Previously, he was best-known for his "Life in Hell" cartoon strip, an irreverent portrayal of love, work, school, life and relationships that currently appears in more than 250 newspapers worldwide and in a multitude of books.

Groening's other Emmy-Award®-winning creation, Futurama, launched on Fox in March 1999 and ran for five seasons. Last year Fox released the direct-to-DVD full-length original feature Futurama: Bender's Big Score. Three additional films will be released and the entire series with new episodes will air on Comedy Central this year.

In 1993, Groening formed Bongo Comics Group, where he serves as publisher of The Simpsons Library of Wisdom, Simpsons Episode Guides, Simpsons Comics, Bart Simpson Comics, Radioactive Man Comics, Simpsons Comics Treasure Trove, the annual Bart Simpson's Treehouse of Horror, Futurama Comics, more than 36 comic compilations, as well as instant classics including Bart Simpsons Guide to Life, The Simpsons Handbook, and The Simpsons Uncensored Family Album among others!

In addition to the many awards bestowed on his creations (including Emmys, Annies, and the prestigious Peabody Award), Groening was personally honored with the Rueben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year, the highest honor presented by the National Cartoonist Society. To date there are more than 14 million copies of books from HarperCollins in print throughout North America, the UK, and Australia based on The Simpsons, Futurama, and Life in Hell.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Joanna Daneman #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 22, 2002
Format: Paperback
Groening had panel cartoons (our local counter-cultural paper carried it) before the Simpsons became huge. If you haven't enjoyed Groening's non-Homer-and-Bart material, you are in for a real treat.
Of the "Hell" books (and they are all as funny as hell) I like this one the best. There are plenty of Groening's signature chart cartoons, where he fills out a panel with "The 9 types of Boyfriends" or my particular favorite "The Teenage Guide to Crime and Punishment" which includes the Crime of Teenage Pregnancy with the boy sulking "I only put it in a little" and the girl simultaneously saying "We're in LOVE!"
And then there is "Akbar and Jeff" --two crazy guys in fezzes, and Groening's poke at small business with his "Hut" chain of stores like Tofu Hut. (not sure if that one is in Love is Hell, but there are plenty more.)
I must've bought at least 6 copies of this because I keep giving it away as presents. It's really, really funny. If you think Groening was just "Simpsons" and then dropped off with "Futurama (what's with THAT?!) then you might be pleasantly surprised by his cartoonist abilities.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 7, 1999
Format: Paperback
We Live in a world where hearts are broken on a daily basis, often unexplained, often crushingly terrible (where you want to curl up on the floor in a fetal position and catterwall until the early morning---yes, I've been there). When one feels this way, there is only one cure. That cure is laughter. Love Is Hell hasn't changed the world or saved lives (not that I know of anyway), but it has allowed us to look at the way that we behave when it comes to romantic matters and laugh at it. Granted, it is darkly funny, but funny nonetheless. By holding the mirror up to our own insecurties, neurosis, and emotion, Groening has provided the the salve in chuckle form for a wounded heart---a book that understands the pain, makes it funny, but never makes light of it. A stunning achievement from a very gifted man.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RLD on October 24, 2002
Format: Paperback
If you are a fan of the Simpsons and Matt Groening, you will love this book. From his take on the types of girlfriends to the stages of a breakup, Groening approaches each subject with sarcastic precision that will have you rolling on the floor. If you like the Life in Hell series, this is a must for you. Buy this book! You will love it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "shoegalgracie" on May 26, 2002
Format: Paperback
Love is hell is a laugh out loud book. If you've ever been in love, lust had a crush or anything in between you'll be able to relate. Matt Groening shows us all the pitfalls of love. With cartoons such as The 9 types of boyfriends,Getting the Love You Deserve, etc you realize that people really are the same all over.
Love is hell is the book you pull out when you think love isn't going to happen because after reading it and thinking a while you realize...maybe love is hell. By the creator of the Simpsons before he hit it big this is a one of a kind book that will have a place of honor in your home. Just don't lend it out because you'll never het it back! Do you want to laugh really laugh than buy this book unless your in love....than well wait awhile eventually you'll need to buy it.<g>
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rocco Dormarunno on June 21, 2004
Format: Paperback
Love is Hell--sounds redundant doesn't it?
I love the subtitle to this: A CARTOON BOOK, as if Matt Groening were downplaying the truth behind almost every page in his book. This is hardly "cartoon" material: every page takes a very mature look at pitfalls of relationships and turns them into hilarious results! And Groening is an equal-opportunity skewerer: men, women, straight, gay, everyone gets it. And the great thing is to see a little of yourself in here, and have a good laugh at that too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Ronald on February 14, 2001
Format: Paperback
I heartily agree that "Life is Hell", of which this book, _Love is Hell_, is part of that Genre, has got to be Matt Groenings' finest work. Yes, the ubiquitous Simpsons have their moments, as does "Futurama", but...anyway, I actually owned the original edition of this book and only comparatively recently sold it to a 2nd hand bookseller (D'oh!), which was a mistake because I only comparatively recently fell intensely into and painfully out of love with a too-hot-to-handle 22-year old woman from S. America...the book would have made a nicely sardonic "St. Valentine's Day" / "Goodbye Forever" parting gift.
Alas...I may actually buy the most recent edition, since from what I read here it has some added material from my original copy; More "Love is Hell"??--ooh, baby, gimme more! Or I could just splurge and pick up "The Big Book of Hell" which has all the original "Hell" books (this one included) compiled under one complete cover. I had to snicker when I saw under "people who bought this title also bought titles by..." and saw the name of David Sedaris! Well, of course! Anyone who appreciate's Matt's warped sense of humor and doesn't know about David Sedaris should do an Amazon.com search for "Sedaris, David". They are kindred spirits in the world of "dark" humor. Love 'em both! Remember JP Sartre's dictum: "Hell is other People". A philosophical truth--but Matt Groening shows how funny this truth can be.
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