It's now called Bloom County Berkeley Breathed has brought back his popular comic strip "Bloom County" after having retired it 25 years ago at the height of its popularity. At the time, "Bloom County" was published in over 1, newspapers.
Breathed said his hatred of deadlines contributed to the decision to publish primarily online. But Breathed had editorial differences with newspaper editors. Breathed gave more details on his return to comics in an email to The New York Times :.
It examined events in politics and culture through the lens of a fanciful small town in Middle Americawhere children have adult personalities and vocabularies and animals can talk. It grew out of a strip called The Academia Waltzwhich Breathed produced for the student newspaper while attending the University of Texas. Breathed's hand-printed signature on his strips is usually presented in mirror image, i.
Look out, Donald Trump! Bill the Cat, Opus the Penguin and the rest of the "Bloom County" crew have returned with plenty of political plunk, ready to entertain a new generation of fans. Reading the pull-out comics section of the Sunday newspaper was a favorite weekend tradition for my family.
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The first new "Bloom County" comics in 25 years tell the origin story of Bill the Cat. Courtesy of Berkeley Breathed. I'm Diane Rehm.
In the '80s, it was nearly impossible to pick up a newspaper and not read—or read about —Berkeley Breathed's Bloom Countythe Pulitzer-winning, audience-provoking comic strip about a naive penguin named Opus; a brain-dead, Tender Vittles-addicted, Ack! In the Reagan era, Bloom County was one of a handful of daily strips along with Gary Larson's The Far Side and Bill Waterson's Calvin and Hobbes that could be found tacked up on both college-dorm walls and suburban refrigerators; all three were mass-audience strips with subversive wit, but Bloom County was the noisiest of them all, taking aim at everyone from Michael Jackson to George Bush to, uh, Caspar Weinberger look it up, kiddos. InBreathed walked away from the strip, citing fatigue.
Bloom County is an American comic strip by Berkeley Breathed which originally ran from December 8,until August 6, It examined events in politics and culture through the viewpoint of a fanciful small town in Middle Americawhere children often have adult personalities and vocabularies and where animals can talk. On July 12,Breathed started drawing Bloom County again.
Updated, p. Generally, when a beloved comic strip disappears from the funnies page, it is gone for good, and its characters live on only in reprint collections and greeting cards, as parade balloons and insurance spokes-characters. The first installment of Mr.