Monday, July 13, 2015

Bloom County is BACK!!!

One of the best cartoons ever is back. Now if only Mr. Watterson would pick up his pad and drawing pencil again, all would be right with the world. Check it out for yourself.

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This is not a photoshop. Bloom County is back.  Mr. Breathed posted this message on Facebook:

Dearest gentle patient Facebook BloomCountynickers ( my term ): watch this space carefully in coming days. I have raided my own files for some rare gems--art, unseen drawings, censored strips etc--. I can't wait to publish here... nicely out of reach of nervous newspaper editors, the PC humor police now rampant across the web... and ISIS. To wit...Check the following, below: I spent an hour a few years ago, discussing that sketch of a Burqini with the publisher of the Washington Post (while standing in the produce section of my Santa Barbara Trader Joes.) We--this is true-- negotiated the style of her hair. That strand sticking out. As it might offend muslims. Because the Muslim staffers in his office were offended. So we came to an agreement as to how much hair could be sticking out and how messy it looked.

I quit cartooning for good two months later. Yes, these two little events were organically connected. I'll never get that happy little hour of happy TJ's shopping back.


Anonymous said...

We'll see how good it is. Bloom County was tired when Breathed ended it and the Sunday only strip Outland was a dud, so much so that Breathed reintroduced Opus, Binkley, Cutter John, etc. and Ronald Ann and the "new" characters (like Mortimer Mouse) were unceremoniously dumped. Breathed has tried a few comebacks, but his humor was stale. Watterson is too smart to try to respark C&H. Any attempt to revive it will be a failure, as it has taken on myth status. It would be like that terrible fourth season of Arrested Development.

I love vintage Bloom County. The storyline where Opus and John flew to DC to turn the South African ambassador black was hilarious! I'm afraid that this will be less BC and more Outland, and that will suck.

Kingfish said...

Those were all half hearted efforts. I think using Bloom County means he is back and he is serious about it.

Then there was Deathtongue.

There is probably much more material to use right now as well.

Anonymous said...

Ah yes. Liberal Troudeau wannabe comes back in time to trash conservatives again.

It was somewhat funny 30 years ago. Of course, I was in high school.

Anonymous said...

He didn't go easy on the Dems either. I used to have this one on my desktop (my real, covered-with-glass desktop).

Anonymous said...

1) I was thinking of this strip just last week when Trump started making headlines. Bill The Cat was the only cartoon character who ever got so much under The Donald's skin that he sued a fictional character. "Le Trump Dump" was the world's most expensive litter box, IIRC, and was the final straw poking fun at his delusions of grandiosity.

2) Watterson came back for a week one or two years ago, drawing three days of Pearls Before Swine. Then he disappeared again.

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Anonymous said...

Good luck to the strip. I hope it connects with today's audience like the strip did 25 years ago when it, Calvin and Hobbs and The Far Side were the best strips on the comics page and that includes the back from sabbatical Doonesbury. Sometimes the idea of a strip is better than the actual strip, but I applaud Mr. Breathed for giving it a try.

Anonymous said...

I have both the Complete Calvin and Hobbes, the four best years of Bloom County and all the Far Side books. There is absolutely no cartoon before or since that can touch them.

Bloom County being back is wonderful news.

Anonymous said...

Does it get much better than the dumb ass question asked by dumb ass Sam R Hall's Clarion Ledger "Do You Shop at Macy's?".

God Love that nationwide search.

Anonymous said...

I just hope that Rockin Charmin Harmon at KRNA helps Binkley turn in his library book "bedwetting, beat it in 40 days"

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