Bloom County Is Back, Thanks, Most Likely, To Donald Trump
Rick Chandler 05:55 pm, July 13th, 2015
Donald Trump likes to talk about making America great again, and now he has accomplished just that (indirectly, of course). Bloom County is back, and I can once again smell freedom.
Or is that herring? Opus the penguin, Milo and Bill the Cat have awaken from a 25-year sleep, quite literally, as Berkeley Breathed is returning to again produce one of the greatest comic strips of all time. It originally ran from 1980-89, during which Breathed won a Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning in 1987. It was a part of a Golden Age of comic strips -- among them Calvin & Hobbes, Doonesbury, The Far Side, and the original run of Peanuts.
Bloom County 2015 began this morning, as Opus awoke from a 25-year sleep:
As you may or may not know, one of the best Bloom County storylines, in 1987, had Donald Trump's brain surgically implanted into Bill the Cat. So has Trump's sudden political resurgence prompted Breathed to revive the old gang? Wikipedia:
A fan asked in the comments on the picture if this was in response to Donald Trump's return to the political spectrum, and Mr. Breathed responded that "This creator can't precisely deny that the chap you mention had nothing to do with it."
Breathed followed Bloom County with the Sunday strips Outland (1989-2005) and Opus (2005-2008), but discontinued the adventures of Opus & Co. over disagreements with syndication editors. Now he appears to be publishing on Facebook only, which will solve any creative problems, but won't do much for him financially.
But he may not need the money. Although Bloom County ventured into many areas, including sports, political satire was always its main playground. And with Trump and the upcoming Presidential election cycle, it appears that the temptation to return was too much to resist.
And social media is going bonkers.
Listen: I've followed at least 3 people on Twitter solely because they have Bloom County avis. This is not a game.