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Friday, June 24, 2011

Bloom County: The Complete Library Volume I - Berkeley Breathed

Released October 2009

Berkeley Breathed
Idea and Design Works

Reviewed by Tracy Farnsworth

Once upon a time, syndicated comics were actually good. They weren't rehashed versions of the same strip released 20+ years earlier (i.e. Peanuts or For Better For Worse) or so pointless that it's puzzling why they even make it into the comic section. I'm talking the days of The Complete Calvin and Hobbes (Calvin & Hobbes) (v. 1, 2, 3)--note to many of today's comic strip writers, Bill Watterson retired before his strips became stale and I can think of a good number who should have learned from him.

Back in those days there were three comics that my brothers and I fought over the comic section to read. That would be Bloom County, Calvin and Hobbes, and Gary Larson's The Far Side. The rest of the comics, well we really could care less because they simply weren't as good.

I can't offer the review I'd hoped to offer because there's only a portion of the book released through However, I feel it's worth the trip back to a time when political messages and comics could go hand in hand and be funny. (Sorry Doonsbury, but I've just never enjoyed you.) For that reason, I urge readers to check out Bloom County and meet Steve, Opus, Milo, Cutter John, Bill the Cat, and the rest of the Bloom County crew as they poke fun at politics, media, and people of the world.

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