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.
—from: “‘Bloom County 2015’: Berkeley Breathed Revives Comic Strip,” by Bill Chappell
Bloom County is back!
Last week I woke to the news that my favorite comic strip from the 80s was resurrected by it’s creator, Berkeley Breathed, on Facebook. The social and political commentary funny returned to its roots, bringing back some of my favorite daily comic characters: Opus, Milo, Binkley, Steve, Bill the cat, and the rest of the Bloom County gang.
I became a Bloom County fan when I was in high school. Every morning, I looked forward to the comic strip pages of the The Miami Herald to find the hilarious four panels of social commentary poking fun at the latest headlines from the Reagan era. From Binkley’s anxiety closet to royals gone mad, no one was spared Breathed satiric touch.
Long before Jon Stewart and the Daily Show, much of what I learned about politics and American culture came from Bloom County. When Opus made his debut, he quickly became a favorite with his naive yet good-natured way of looking at the world. The hilarious hijinks of Bloom County’s characters kept me in stitches through college, and I was all too sorry to see them go when the comic folded 25 years ago.
Then, just in time for the new election season, Opus and friends are back to give us more hilarious insights to the crazy absurdity our political system has become. And none too soon.
Welcome back old friend. It’s great to see you! And thank you, Mr. Breathed, for giving us a breath of much needed fresh air.
To follow Opus and friends, look for Berkeley Breathed on Facebook, and follow his lead. There’s plenty of room on Cutter’s wheelchair for another go-around!