A Facebook Commenter’s Exchange With Berkeley Breathed May Have Inspired A New ‘Bloom County’ Character
As you no doubt know, the Pulitzer-winning Bloom County comic strip is back after a 25-plus year hiatus, and is showing little wear and tear after its long sleep in the dandelion patch. The biggest difference, in fact, is that it now appears exclusively on Facebook, as creator Berkeley Breathed forgoes the print medium pitfalls that caused him to ditch the comic strip in the first place.
It's been back for just more than a week, and we just got the first full-color "Sunday" strip today. People throw around the word "genius" a lot these days, but for this one the word fits, and I say that sincerely. We can't post it here, but go to Facebook and I'm sure it will be all over the place. In the strip, Opus despairs over the current social media culture, which he describes as faster, louder, dumber, angrier, screenier ... "alonier."
So he takes matters into his own hands (flippers?) and launches into various physical activities to reaffirm his real-life existence. He extols his friends to "Dance! Sing! Grab a cat! Mount up!" The frenzy culminates with the old gang discarding their electronic gadgets to perch upon Cutter John's wheelchair, prepared to "Make that *$@#! jump to light speed!"
Then something equally magical happened in the comments section next to the comic. A woman reminisced about the time that she wore her Cutter John Ahead Warp Zillion! t-shirt in high school, and her principal noticed it and told her never to wear it again. And to her amazement, Breathed himself replied. Here's the exchange:
So we may be getting a new Bloom County character -- a principal with a conservative sensibility who may or may not be roaming the halls of Milo's school, scrutinizing subversive clothing. Should be fun. But here's the best part:
Part of the punishment should be: from now on, he can only post Bloom County.