26 September 2016
Bloom County Episode XI: A New Hope by Berkeley Breathed
In 2015, Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Berkeley Breathed began (without warning!) producing ALL-NEW Bloom County strips for the first time in more than 25 years! Breathed released the new Bloom County strips exclusively through his Facebook page, to the cheers of devoted and delighted fans everywhere. These brand new strips have NEVER before been available in print until now! All the wit, charm and biting satire that are trademarks of Bloom County and Berkeley Breathed are clearly on display and evident in this handsome new volume. Featuring all your favorite characters: Opus, Milo, Bill the Cat, Steve Dallas, Cutter John, and many more. Bloom County has come home and it's about time!
One of my big scores at BEA was a signed sampler of the new Bloom County comics collections. And then NetGalley came through with a digital advance (which my poor, aging iPad had trouble handling, taking several seconds to load a full page). I could not have been more excited than if I swallowed a cat and broke out in kittens (to borrow a Liberty-ism).
Breathed revived his beloved Bloom Country comic strip in 2015, putting two or three strips a week up on his Facebook page. And it feels like Opus, Milo, Binkley, and Bill the Cat (*ack*) never left. They've merely been waiting in the wings to burst out when we all needed a good laugh and dose of perspective. Breathed treats us to old gags (the running genre mashup of Star Wars and Star Trek careening downhill on Cutter John's wheelchair) with new twists (Sith Lord Sexypants, omg). Berke still has the gift to give us pathos and humor in one frame (Steve Dallas just might have a heart) but also comfort us with a laugh when we're sad (I dare you not to chuckle at his Bowie tribute strip). I'll be the first one with bells on to hear him read if he books an appointment with Prairie Lights.
(My only complaint is that IDW is apparently putting this out in trade paperback, not clothbound - and I so wanted it to match my pretty collected volumes. *sigh*)
Dear FTC: I received a digital galley of this book from the publisher via Netgalley.