The irreverently funny cast of the infamous Bloom County (debuting in syndication on December 8th, 1980), including Bill the Cat, Opus the Penguin, shyster lawyer Steve Dallas, Binkley’s Closet of Anxieties and other lesser known characters from the newspaper comic strip and book series made popular by Berkeley Breathed, could be returning with the publication of a new series of strips, says the comic’s creator.
Apparently author/illustrator Berkeley Breathed announced on Sunday that he intends to start publishing the comic after a 25-year hiatus. In a Facebook post on his page, Breathed shows himself drawing on a touch screen computer, and the panel he is inscribing reads “Bloom County 2015”. He shows the faint outline of “Opus”, a talking penguin and main character of the strip, which was a Sunday morning staple throughout the 1980s and 90s. The caption on the photo reads; “A return after 25 years. Feels like going home,”
One Facebook commenter asked Breathed if the return of the strip had anything to do with Donald Trump’s entry into the political ring? His reply in typical Breathed fashion (the strip was a highly political satire strip) was;
“This creator can’t precisely deny that the chap you mention had nothing to do with it,” Breathed replied.
Although the comic strip leans toward the progressive left of the political spectrum, I was a huge fan of the series and look forward to seeing what irreverence Mr. Breathed comes up with this time. Poking fun at our politics as well as those who dare to tread in that arena, is a must. If we don’t stop to smell the roses from time to time, and chuckle at ourselves and those around us… what’s the sense?