…Wait. Bloom County’s coming back?



In 1989, cartoonist Berkeley Breathed ended the nine-year run of his popular Bloom County comic strip. The comic was originally an offbeat satire of life in the midwest, but it later evolved into (equally offbeat) social and political satire, all presented by a 10-year-old reporter, a penguin, a cat, and a handful of characters who weren’t 10-year-olds, penguins, or cats. Now, according to a Facebook post from Breathed himself, Bloom County is coming back.

Don’t get too excited: for all we know, this is it.  Which would be simultaneously a shame and… not so bad.  A shame, because I grew up with Bloom County (I still remember – and badly quote, apparently – this strip fondly). Not so bad, because this is a legitimately funny strip that’s classic, old school Berkeley Breathed.  If that’s all we get, it’s pretty good.

Moe Lane (crosspost)

PS: Yes, let’s all be honest: the first thought that was in my head over this was “Is this because of Donald Trump?” Everybody thought that. At least, everybody who read the comic in the original run.  This has the potential to be somewhat epic…

12 thoughts on “…Wait. Bloom County’s coming back?”

  1. According to his comment on his Facebook post, Berkeley isn’t denying the Trump factor.

    1. Also, also.

      We’re on less than great terms with the Chinese and the Russians, the Middle East is sort of generally unsettled, Star Wars is going to be in theaters again … Honestly, it all feels sort of nostalgic, but I’d just as soon not see the Iron Curtain rise, again, after spending the late 80s and 90s watching it fall as I went through school.

      1. Moe doesn’t use disqus (Thank the Lord) but if he did I’d upvote the heck out of this.

  2. A political cartoonist, on the other side, who I enjoyed.
    It would be a breath of fresh air to have him back.

    1. Ah. See .. I don’t consider Berk “on the other side”.. more “on a different side, on some issues”.
      If Opus and Bill the Cat want to get married, that’s fine with me….

      1. Indeed, Berk isn’t clearly leftist. In fact, he rather despises the PC movement, if you read his interviews. I’ve never gotten a clear read on exactly where he is politically beyond that. I think it’s more a case he finds targets of opportunity on all sides and blasts away.

        Which is fine with me. Plenty of stupid to go around.

  3. … I wonder how much Berk has changed, and how the changes will influence the strip.
    What I think made it work (and what made “Outland” .. not work) was the combination of dark subjects treated lightly and dark subjects treated absurdly … Steve Dallas with a time machine explaining why we really need to consider neutering feral lawyers …
    I hope to be able to wait and see.
    (Cheshire grin)

  4. Cool. Now if only my local rag would bring back “Shoe”, I might subscribe again.

  5. I still remember – and badly quote, apparently – this strip fondly
    Dang. I was sure it was going to be either “Pear pimples for hairy fishnuts?” or “What this country needs is more statesmen!”
    But they were all good.

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