Archive for Thursday, October 9, 2008

Opus’ cartoonist bids farewell

October 9, 2008


Berkeley Breathed is pulling the plug on his comic "Opus" after Nov. 2 and on his career as a comic strip artist. The 5-year-old Sunday comic with a political bent, which appears in the Journal-World, stars the penguin from Breathed's classic comic "Bloom County." It is ending just before the presidential election.

In an e-mail to the Los Angeles Times, Breathed, 51, wrote Monday: "30 years of cartooning to end. I'm destroying the village to save it. Opus would inevitably become a ranting mouthpiece in the coming wicked days, and I respect the other parts of him too much to see that happen. The Michael Moore part of me would kill the part of him that was important to his fans."

Breathed also writes screenplays, novels and children's books.

"Opus" will end with an online contest asking readers to guess the fate of the penguin.


SettingTheRecordStraight 9 years, 6 months ago

Can we get rid of the Doonesbury propaganda next?

gccs14r 9 years, 6 months ago

It's not a surprise that the rightwingers would hate seeing things that make them think.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 9 years, 6 months ago

Yea, we certainly don't want anything that deals with reality in a humorous way, especially when it questions the myths so dear to folks like Solomon and STRS, who likely only read "Family Circus."

supercowbellninja 9 years, 6 months ago

While we're at it, we should purge the other following strips from the comics pages:- Hagar the Horrible- Beetle Bailey- Family Circus- Garfield- Pluggers- Girls & Sports- For Better or For Worse- Family Circus- Family Circus- Family Circus

Jillster 9 years, 6 months ago

He has pulled the plug before, and has come back to cartoon again. He quit "Bloom County" and came back to do "Outland." He killed "Outland" and came back to do "Opus." I don't really take him seriously anymore when he says he's quitting his career as a cartoonist. I think he really loves having his own personal soapbox, so we'll see how long this lasts. (I thought "Bloom County" was one of the greatest strips ever. It had a political bent like his other strips, but it also delt with the ridiculous side of many other areas of life as well. I haven't really been a big fan of his later work.)

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