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Bloom County is back! by Slyrr Bloom County is back! by Slyrr
In honor of Berkeley Breathed resuming work on his signature comic strip, 'Bloom County', I've revamped one of my older 'pardoy week' Bill and Melvin comic strips which took a gentle swipe at the shifting appearance of their main character, Opus the Penguin.

My hopes for Bloom County now that it's back?

I hope Breathed takes it back to it's roots.  In the early 80s, when the strip was funniest, it poked fun at current events.  Then it gradually became an unfunny, 'Mary Worth' style soap opera about Opus' love life with Lola Granola.  Breathed needs to move away from making every strip about Opus.  He's a fine character, but like sugar, too much of him can make you gag.  Bloom County had lots of other characters who were just as funny, or funnier, than Opus.

He should put Milo Bloom back at the Picayune in his role as sting journalist.  They should bring back Bobbi Harlowe and Cutter John and make them regulars again.  They should bring back Senator Bedfellow, Binkley's dad, and all the other core characters they had at the strip's beginnings.  If he does that, and keeps away from making it 'all Opus, all the time', then he's gold.  In terms of current events, he's got PLENTY to work with....
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A-Markov Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015
Bloom County was one of the all time greats.  And I do agree with you that when it started being the Opus show, I lost interest.  Outland had a few moments but never recaptured the heart that was evident in BC.  

Your comic here reminded me of a series of strips where Binkley decided to tell everyone "the truth."  His comment to Opus was "You look more like a puffin than a Penguin."  I have no idea why that stuck with me for twenty-odd years.
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Slyrr Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
The truth is, Binkley looks like a CARROT ;)
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A-Markov Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015
Ha!  I'm not the only one who remembers that!  :dance:
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Slyrr Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I remember many things :)
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MasterofAeons Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2018
Can’t be! Can’t *@#!* be!!
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Omnifighter1 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Never heard of Bloom County.  But what do you mean, excuse me, what does *Melvin* mean by that last word bubble?
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Slyrr Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
You should look up Bloom County - it was big.... 15 odd years ago ;)
Melvin refers to the fact that most cartoonists bristle and froth when anyone uses 'their' characters in another comic strip... without their permission.   But since I don't get paid for my comic strips (yet) there's not much he can do....
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Skoshi8 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
I always thought that it was a poor man's "Doonesbury".
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A-Markov Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015
It was the young person's Doonesbury.
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Slyrr Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Which doesn't say much to me, because I did, and still, find Doonesbury a joyless, unfunny thing that I hardly qualify as a 'comic' strip....  I know some people like it, but I've never laughed at any of the strips I've ever seen.
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A-Markov Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015
I never laughed at Doonesbury either.  I just figured it was because I wasn't grown up enough to get it.  Maybe it just wasn't funny and no one wanted to admit it for fear of being branded stupid or uninformed.  
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Slyrr Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
It's not your imagination - Doonesbury just isn't funny.  Though I'm sure the creator and it's fans would say we're just not 'sophisticated' enough to get how intelligent it is.
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