Growing up in the late 70s-80s, one of the formative influences on my sense of humor was Berkeley Breathed’s BLOOM COUNTY, which combined satire, whimsy, talking animals and pop culture ephemera to prime effect.
I think it’s one of the reasons why I ended up taking such a shine to MST3K.
I was only ever able to get my hands on one of the deluxe hardcovers released by the Library of American Comics over a decade ago (volume 2) so I’m very glad a new softcover edition with new cover art has begun releasing this year and last. wistful sigh Calvin and Hobbes, Bloom County…the 80s and 90s had some good comic strips.
I loved Bloom County. My grandpa would save his Sunday funnies section for me, and it was one of the strips that I would cut out and save, attempting my own “album”. Calvin and Hobbes, Far Side, Garfield, Doonesbury, Frank and Earnest, Heathcliff…the eighties really were the golden age of Sunday comics.
Excellent. I have most of it already, including the recent edition of comics he did on Facebook. Unfortunately, that doesn’t include the Calvin and Hobbes stuff he did a couple of years ago. I really hope that gets published soon.
I was a super-fan when I was a kid and had big stacks of individual strips secured with butterfly clips. When we went on long out-of-town trips I was always asking whoever we stayed with if I could clip out the strip each day
After high school one of my friends was in Austin at UT on the top floor of an ancient dorm building. We found an attic access panel and the only thing up there was a complete run of Breathed’s campus paper strip. After reading through the whole archive, we careful placed it back in place. It was so fun to see the origins of some his main characters and bits
I wonder how much those would be worth now? $5?
Eegads, just looked at Google Maps and Brackenridge Hall appears to still exist!