Bloom County: The Complete Library, Volume 1

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Berkley Breathed's Bloom County was one of the most popular and critically acclaimed newspaper strips of all time. Bloom County ran from December 8th, 1980 to August 6th, 1989 and was published in an astounding 1200 newspapers on a daily basis. The huge popularity of Bloom County spawned a merchandizing bonanza, as well as two spin-off strips, Outland and Opus.
The Bloom County Library Volume 1 highlights the first time the entire run of the immensely popular Bloom County strip...
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Overview

Berkley Breathed's Bloom County was one of the most popular and critically acclaimed newspaper strips of all time. Bloom County ran from December 8th, 1980 to August 6th, 1989 and was published in an astounding 1200 newspapers on a daily basis. The huge popularity of Bloom County spawned a merchandizing bonanza, as well as two spin-off strips, Outland and Opus.
The Bloom County Library Volume 1 highlights the first time the entire run of the immensely popular Bloom County strip has been collected in beautifully designed hard cover books with exceptional reproduction.
-The Library of American Comics is the world's #1 publisher of classic newspaper comic strips, with 14 Eisner Award nominations and three wins for best book. LOAC has become "the gold standard for archival comic strip reprints... The research and articles provide insight and context, and most importantly the glorious reproduction of the material has preserved these strips for those who knew them and offers a new gateway to adventure for those discovering them for the first time." - Scoop

Winner of the 2010 Eisner Award for Best Archival Collection/Project - Comic Strips

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Editorial Reviews

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"Great artists are often high-strung and teetering dangerously on the brink of emotional breakdown." In his strip "Bloom County," cartoonist Berkeley Breathed didn't hesitate to make fun of his own aspirations and personal foibles. Apparently, his self-satirical tone worked: The comic became a Pulitzer Prize-winning classic even though it ran for less than nine years (1980-89). This omnibus collection presents the "Bloom County" saga in color reproductions enhanced by "context pages," which provide Breathed's comments on individual episodes. The first volume of a definitive collection.
Library Journal
Bloom County, that satirical and widely loved fixture of 1980s newspapers (and winner of the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning), has receded from public notice of late. Luckily, we have this welcome reminder of its greatness, the first of five planned volumes reprinting the strip's complete run (with Sunday installments in color), including many strips never before reprinted. At first, Breathed cycles through a temporary cast of small-town Midwestern oddballs while contrasting precocious liberal schoolboy Milo Bloom with his militarist grandfather and pitting liberated schoolteacher Bobbi Harlow against obnoxious would-be suitor Steve Dallas. Then political jokes become more common, with a Doonesbury influence (noted by Breathed in revealing annotations) evident. Finally, after a brief early cameo, the naive but lovable Opus the penguin joins the cast in January 1982, and the strip begins to hit its hilarious stride. VERDICT Print quality is variable; some strips here are actually better reproduced in Loose Tails (1983), the very first Bloom County collection. But the gags are funny from day one and only improve from there. Few strips deserve the "complete collection" treatment more; highly recommended.—S.R.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781600105319
  • Publisher: Idea & Design Works, LLC
  • Publication date: 10/6/2009
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 261,498
  • Age range: 14 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.10 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2009

    Great to reread and still relevant today.

    Berkley has always been a great writer/cartoonist and getting to reread it from the start is a great reminder of past history. Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it, or something like that.....

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  • Posted November 13, 2009

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    Simply the best!!!

    This has to be my all time favorite comic strip!! I can read and re-red them and they still bring a smile to my face. This is a fans dream come true. I can't wait until the second volume to come out.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 10, 2009

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    Bloom County is the best!

    I've been waiting years for a complete Bloom County set. Breathed adds the occasional margin note for your reading pleasure. I just finished reading volume one and hope the rest of the volumes roll out soon.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2014

    laugh riot-don't miss it!

    Even funnier than it was originally.

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  • Posted March 12, 2010

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    Bloom County, Volume 1

    I faithfully read Berkeley Breathed's strip Bloom County, and the follow-up strips Outland and Opus, every day while it was running. I loved these characters and still do to this day. Breathed's commentary on the events of the day was always a little on the snarky side, but it was always done intelligently. It is clear in these early strips that Breathed is trying to find his voice. There are some characters that you can tell just don't mesh as well with the evolving feel of the strip, and eventually these characters just melt out of existence. It is also fun to see how the characters that did manage to make the cut evolved from their early beginnings. Towards the end of this first volume, which ends in mid 1982, Breathed has clearly found the voice of the strip and his characters and is beginning to hone the comic wit and satire that will eventually make this strip great.

    When I heard that they were finally publishing a complete collection of the strips, I was ecstatic. The volume itself is very nicely presented, and the strips look great reprinted. All in all, I believe that there will be five volumes produced altogether, and I'm hoping that these will include the subsequent strips Outland and Opus, as some of these strips have never been reprinted before.

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  • Posted February 22, 2010

    great compilation

    Despite owning most, if not all, the individual books on Bloom County, I found this book had many hidden treasures.

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