Thursday, September 11, 2003
After eight years away from newspapers, Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Berkeley Breathed is creating a new comic strip called "Opus," starring his beloved penguin of the same name.Well to make you all understand what's the deal behind all this hullabaloo, Breathed's work Bloom County was the main influence in my drawing style today (you could still see the resemblance). You could actually ask around and see how many cartoonists he influenced (Bloom County, along with Calvin and Hobbes and Far Side were some the top pillars of American comic industry in the 80s and 90s). So this piece of news along with the news that an Opus movie will begin shooting before the end of the year equals Paaaar-tey!!! Also in a way I haveta agree with Breathed when he said that cartoonists "die and go to cartoon hell for working beyond that magic intersection of art and fun."* It also doesn't help that a lot of people have relegated cartoonists and their comic strips to the almost forgotten kid's corner.
The Washington Post Writers Group, which will syndicate the strip, is expected to officially announce Breathed's return this Sunday. The reclusive Breathed, who rarely gives interviews, could not be reached yesterday for comment.
The new strip will appear on Sundays in The Washington Post starting Nov. 23.
*From MSNBC News.