In 1989 The Simpsons were still on the drawing board, and cartoonist Matt Groening was a freelance illustrators, and Apple was a rising company whose ungainly, boxlike beige computers boasted lordly hard drives of 40 mbs.
Put them together and you have Matt Groening’s Apple ‘Student’s Guide—which was probably a pretty good gig for an underground cartoonist at the time. The guide, reproduced at Retronaut, includes Groening-esque portraits of those who might need a computer, including the Clueless, the Procrastinator and the Technoid…people all too familiar to us today, although those needing aid of a computer now would undoubtedly be joined by The Texter, the Facebooker, the Small Child Living in a Remote Village and your grandpa.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.