Berkeley Breathed interview

I think “Bloom County” was a truly brilliant strip and Opus is one of the great cartoon characters of recent decades. The new hardcover editions of the strip from IDW Press are not just incredibly well-designed and well-produced hardcover volumes, but it’s one of the great comic strips.

Breathed has also written a novel which is just out. Ostensibly for young readers, it’s a love story between a girl and a dog and speaking as an incredibly unsentimental person, it’s a brutal book but also deeply touching.


One Response to “Berkeley Breathed interview”

  1. Cynthia Says:

    Hey Comics Fans!

    For those of us who grew up as weird kids in the 1980s, the work of Berkeley Breathed was as important as those twin eternal pillars of weird-kid-dom: Monty Python and Mad magazine.

    Breathed’s comic strip Bloom County ran from 1980 until 1988. It crossed the goofiness of talking penguins and drug addict cats with the topicality of stuff like nuclear anxiety and the evils of consumerism. It even won a Pulitzer Prize in 1987, though at the time we were more impressed with the Billy & the Boingers flexi-disc than some boring grown-up award.

    Twenty years later we can enjoy even more of Breathed’s work: a five-volume compilation of every Bloom County strip written, two more strips Outland and Opus, acclaimed children’s books including pro-animal rights piece Flawed Dogs: The Shocking Raid on Westminster.

    Get to know the man behind our childhood ‘toon craze in this exclusive Breathed interview with VICE:


    Cynthia Goldman
    AIM – cintya09

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