Why Berkeley Breathed Needs to Be Poet Laureate


According to Wikipedia, “On July 12, 2015, Breathed posted to his Facebook page a photo with the caption ‘A return after 25 years. Feels like going home.’ The photo showed him drawing a comic strip with the title ‘Bloom County 2015,’ with Opus pictured in the first frame.” Six months later the page has more than half a million likes, in part because Breathed is back with not just on-target political satire, but also, let’s face it, sweet, naïve Opus, our favorite penguin (because yesterday was national penguin awareness day, after all). Also, since he is not limited by a newspaper’s requirements, he can use color whenever he wants, not just on Sundays.


And when he can go from Ziggy Stardust to actual stardust, this man needs to be our Poet Laureate.


7 comments on “Why Berkeley Breathed Needs to Be Poet Laureate

  1. When Breathed announced a return to form last year, my heart jumped for joy. He sure didn’t disappoint. The strip is every bit as good as it ever was.


  2. Xeno says:

    I remember reading Bloom County as a lad. My favorite character was the cat 👍

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  3. Better in some ways. Freer. More color. Just as much heart.


  4. robert okaji says:

    Way, way back, he penned a cartoon column for the student paper at the University of Texas at Austin. It was hilarious, as you might imagine, irreverent, and brilliant. I never even glimpsed him in person, but I devoured his work!

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  5. Widdershins says:

    I just discovered the old Bloom County original on GoComics.com … scary how relevant they are today.


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