How did Simpsons creator Matt Groening get to be so rich and successful? Well, it turns out he had a trick up his sleeve... a time-traveling trick!!!
It has now become clear that at some point in the future where time travel has become achievable, Matt Groening warped back to Olympia, Washington in the 1970s, and gave his past self a bunch of Simpsons memorabilia and a 20-year plan
for creating the franchise and becoming king of all media. Unfortunately, Old Matt didn't count on Young Matt painting all this new information and hiding it away for years. Now, those paintings - the only known evidence linking him to the crime of violating the Temporal Prime Directive - have resurfaced.
As originally reported by the Kitsap Sun, a 69-year old artist bought some Simpsons watercolors at a Seattle-area thrift store and thinks they were made by Matt Groening when he was a student at the Evergreen State College, more than a decade before the Simpsons shorts began airing on The Tracey Ullman Show. She is now trying to auction them off at $2,000 apiece.
Here's two of them:
It is absolutely clear that these paintings are the byproduct of timeline tampering. How else would Groening know, back in the 70s, that his future cartoon would be associated with Butterfinger? Or somehow use the cleaned-up redesigns by David Silverman years before his original designs, and the yellow skin tone designed by colorist Gyorgyi Peluce? And feature Barney's Bowlarama, a location designed by Eric Stefani?
The jig is up, Groening. When The Department of Temporal Investigations gets wind of this, you'll be hauled off to Time Jail. Should have seen that coming!