Classics of Western Literature: Bloom County, 1986-1989

Classics of Western Literature Bloom County A retrospective of the Bloom County comic strip from until its conclusion in One of the most beloved and avidly read comic strips of all time Bloom County not only became a part of but hel

  • Title: Classics of Western Literature: Bloom County, 1986-1989
  • Author: Berkeley Breathed
  • ISBN: 9780316107549
  • Page: 206
  • Format: Paperback
  • A retrospective of the Bloom County comic strip from 1986 until its conclusion in 1989 One of the most beloved and avidly read comic strips of all time, Bloom County not only became a part of, but helped define, the popular culture of a decade This collection is destined to become a classic.

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    • Berkeley Breathed

      Guy Berkeley Berke Breathed is an American cartoonist, children s book author illustrator, director, and screenwriter, best known for Bloom County, a 1980s cartoon comic strip which dealt with socio political issues as seen through the eyes of highly exaggerated characters e.g Bill the Cat and Opus the Penguin and humorous analogies.

    600 thoughts on “Classics of Western Literature: Bloom County, 1986-1989

    • Bloom County represents, for me, the absolute apex of twentieth-century art and letters. There is no better source for information on western culture and history in the 1980s, but its appeal just goes so far beyond that. Actually, this is a rare topic on which words do fail me. I simply cannot express how much I love Bloom Country.This particular book was in my backpack when it was stolen one afternoon my freshman year at Berkeley High School. The sad part about this was that I was headed to Cod [...]


    • This was a weird revisit. The original strips in this collection were from the late 80's, and having been born in 81, I probably read them in the early 90's, when I was too young to understand some of the political references - and to be honest, to this day I have no idea who Jean Kirpatrick is, though now I do know about the Iran-Contra Affair, who Tammy Fay who, and can understand why alarmists would be afraid of Sandanistas. I loved the comics anyway as a kid, and they hold up surprisingly we [...]


    • Good stuff! This collection is from the last years of the Bloom County syndicated comic strip, selected story-lines and strips from its mid-80s peak right up to the last panel created for Bloom County.I bought a copy of this book in 1991, I loved Bloom County and thought it was one of the best,freshest and most entertaining comic strips I had ever read. I still have the book and reread it every year or so and I can honestly say I still enjoy it as much as the first time I ever picked it up. True [...]


    • A truly massive book full of funky funnies from the funny penguin of Bloom County! A walk down memory lane in full color and black and white, the comic strip made loads of commentary on political and social change, I slammed it shut when I found the one on D. Trump, ugh, shudder! But other than that is about 250 pages of chuckles, so you are sure to find something funny as you look back on the late eighties.


    • Did not quite finish this book. Got past the half-way mark then did some skimming. Tried to read all the Donald Trump cartoons, though. Very intense, given current events. Donald Trump, circa 1989, gets stuck in Bill the Cat's body. Most powerful is a Sunday panel on page 211. Trump-as-Bill is telling Ronald-Ann, a six year old African American girl, how great this country is. Trump enumerates several of the things he has--like a mansion and a yacht and his dreams of making a financial killing, [...]


    • This volume is a collection of the newspaper comic strip "Bloom County" from 1986-1989 including pages of four black and white daily four panel entries and pages of two full color 6 panel Sunday entries. If you are a fan, this book provides additionally an introduction called "Last Word" containing some biographical information, Breathed's first cartoon penned in the 10th grade, his one 1977 political cartoon for the Austin American-Statesman newspaper, and 16 strips from his "Academia Waltz" su [...]


    • This is an entertaining collection of strips from the old "Bloom County" series; it covers a pretty wide variety of the strips from that period (1986-1989). If you already have all of the books that this selects strips from, there may not be any new material here, but if you don't, there's a good chance that you'll find something new. In any case, it's as highly amusing as one would expect of a "Bloom County" collection.


    • When I was working in any of the many bookstores where I was employed and I did not want (or have the time) to read my current book, I would grab one of these collections to read on my too short break. I slowly but surely worked my way through several series. These are great time killers and will usually improve your mood no matter how hectic the day. Laughter can be the best solution to dealing with the public.Definitely an ambitious title.


    • I love Bloom County cartoons. This is a wonderful collection. I love the characters and how he draws them, in his unique style. Many good cartoons I can find funny and illustrated technically well, but there aren't many out there that has all that and makes you feel for the characters. This is one of them.


    • A few days ago I found a 1985-vintage plush figure of Opus from this comic strip. I remember Bloom County lovingly from my teenage years, and this collection was a great way to time travel a bit. That said, a lot of the jokes are very topical, ie, they were very much a part of the era they were written in. Some of that stuff isn't funny anymore.


    • With the Far Side and Calvin and Hobbes, Bloom County is one of the best comic strips of all time. I read and reread this in high school, it was the only thing that could make me laugh out loud as an angsty teen.


    • I have long been a Bloom County fan, so it's no surprise that I had a great time reading this collection of the strips. Now I need to track down the rest of the collections, so I can re-read the whole run :)


    • The introduction to this book contains one of the funniest cartoons in the history of anything, ever. It's called "Gesundheit" and according to Mrs. Lewis, teacher of Breathed's 10th-grade art class, served as the harbinger of Breathed's rise to fame.


    • One of the best comics, some of them are political some are just silly and some are reflective, a good mix. There aren't that many good comics anymore in my opinion and this was certainly one the best.


    • A fun collection of a great comic! I've always loved Bloom County, and I picked up this volume as a whim and a treat for myself.I look forward to getting ahold of some of the earlier comics, but this will happily hold me over til then.


    • I've always loved Bloom County and this book pulls it all together. It's especially timely because of the presidential elections depicted showing that not much has changed. And for the storyline about Trump's brain being transplanted into Bill the Cat's body. Priceless!


    • I miss Bloom CountyI totally remember that Bill and Opus ran for president/vice president of the U.S. (I even had a shirt saying I voted for them) but I didn't remember that Bill's next adventure featured him with the brain of Donald Trump. How prophetic!One of my favorite series ever.


    • another awesome anthology. this one really captured the early cartoons, and for that, i give my thanks. the early ones were by far the best.




    • Some of the comics are kinda dated, but on the whole a welcome visit back to the late eighties and the wacky mind a top notch artist.





    • I can't claim Breathed is as great a Cartoon Genius as 'Calvin & Hobbes" Magician Bill Watterson, but to me Breathed is a solid second.



    • An inflated look at the characters of Bloom County; which have nothing whatever to do with the title subject.





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