Berkeley Breathed & the Bloom County Comic Strip are Back!
If you're a child of the 80's, do you remember Bloom County?
Opus the Penguin, Bill the Cat, the womanizing lothario Steve Dallas, Milo, Binkley, and the other assorted characters dreamed up and drawn by Berkeley Breathed from 1980 to 1989 in the Pulitzer Prize winning Bloom County, and also from 1989 to 1995 in Outland, are back!
It wasn't Doonesbury, or Calvin & Hobbes, or The Far Side. Bloom County saw the world through the eyes of the intelligent innocent. From the perspective of a child, or a penguin, or a severely whacked out cat, Breathed savagely commented on the social and political aspects of growing up in the Reagan era. And then Breathed quit. It was very disappointing. He burned out, creatively, and also grew tired of battling his editors.
When he quit, it made me disinterested in comics honestly. No other strip matched up to the standards that Breathed had set. I'd still chuckle at one occasionally, but it really took the wind out of my sails when it disappeared. I followed Breathed from a distance over the past couple of decades, he wrote a couple of children's books, which didn't interest me. Occasionally I would see an Opus t-shirt on a random person, and it would make me nostalgic.
Credit - Berkeley Breathed's official Facebook page
Well, Breathed has once again come out of retirement. The first Bloom County 2015 strip appeared on his official Facebook page on July 13th. Since then, Breathed has published a new strip almost every day, or every couple of days. The new strips are focused on how much has changed, and not changed, in our world over the past couple of decades. One constant? Donald Trump of course. It's a very well-written comic, if you're into this form of entertainment, I highly recommend you check out the resurrected comic online.