Bloom County: Real, Classy, & Compleat: 1980-1989

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It was impossible in the during the 80s to avoid the pop-cultural hit that was Bloom County. Bill the Cat and Opus seemed to be everywhere, especially in the Walden Books mall stores that looked to be more Bloom County merchandise than books at one point. And then creator Berkeley Breathed just quit. The final storyline was, at the time, just silly. Donald Trump bought the strip and then fired the cast. Breathed brought the characters and story back twice, first with a Sunday only strip called Outland, and then followed a few years later with the eponymously named comic Opus.

But the Trump storylines from the original Bloom County never seemed as prescient until Trump ran for president in 2015. And that triggered something in Berkeley Breathed that brought back the original Bloom County, this time on Facebook. And a new generation started to learn about Opus, Milo, Steve Dallas, and the others. IDW Publishing through its Library of American Comics imprint began reprinting the original series in collections spanning about two years. But they’ve also done a complete (and classy, as the name says) slipcased collection of the entire daily and Sunday strips. And for either the original fan or those whose only exposure to it was on social media, this complete collection is a must-have. Two soft-cover volumes, one slipcase, one excellent collection of one of the most influential comic strips from the 1980s.

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Star Count 5/5
Format Trade
Page Count 832 pages
Publisher IDW Publishing
Publish Date 2017-Oct-31
ISBN 9781631409769 Buy this Book
Issue February 2019
Category Sequential Art


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