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.
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.
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Bill Chappell. Fans of the well-loved comic strip Bloom County are celebrating this morning, after cartoonist Berkeley Breathed issued the first panels of his satirical strip in decades. Breathed won a Pulitzer Prize for his work on Bloom County back in ; two years later, he quit producing it.
The second and most famous of a series of comic strips by Berke Breathed, running from December 8, to August 6, It was a character-driven strip featuring a heavy dose of political commentary, winning a Pulitzer Prize in It concided almost exactly with the presidency of Ronald Reagan and represents a unique portrait of American politics and culture in the s.
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.
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.
Breathed posted a letter to his Facebook page on Thursday purported to be from a lawyer representing Mr. The letter, dated May 22, warned Mr. It said Mr. Breathed stopped.
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.
The s was a truly classic period in comic strip history. The decade of spiked hair and shoulder pads introduced us to brilliantly off-the-wall The Far Sidethe timeless antics of Calvin and Hobbesand the sociopolitical brilliance of Bloom County. All of these strips were retired at the height of their popularity by their award-winning creators, and fans have hoped ever since to talk them back into syndication with heaps of fan mail and social media begging, all for naught.