Beloved ‘Bloom County’ Comic Returning? Possibly Says Creator Berkeley Breathed

Image: Bloom County's Bill the Cat (

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,”

All right reserved by Berkeley Breathed

All right reserved by Berkeley Breathed

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?


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Patrick James
Patrick James
Patrick James has worked as a firefighter/EMT for several services throughout the years, as well as a custom metal fabricator, certified personal trainer and chef. Growing up in the rural suburbs of Detroit, it was during his frequent trips to Northern Michigan where he learned of his love for hunting and fishing. Spending several of his adult years in upstate South Carolina, his love of extreme sports took root in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains as he learned to rock climb and kayak. "Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and vanish into air." ~ John Quincy Adams