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Bloom County: Loose Tails [Paperback]

Berke Breathed
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5.0 out of 5 stars Early Bloom County Feb. 3 2010
By J-Rod
This is the first book of 'Bloom County' from Berkeley Breathed. To me, it seems to be more of an experiment in which characters and ideas that were going to continue. There's quite a bit of various hedge hogs (or a Porcupine, I think) a bear with Cutter John and some other assorted animals and people chars.

After BB created the The Academia Waltz, you can see some characters that were 'ported' over the Bloom County - Steve Dallas and cutter John (who was originally called Saigon John) to name two.

Some of the well-known characters are not here in Loose Tails ( Portnoy the Gopher, Oliver W. Jones, Lola, etc.). Steve Dallas' char. is pretty much here, as well as Milo, and Cutter John. Bill is introduced, and the rest are being developed or decided on. After "Loose Tails", the next collection of Comics, "Toons for Our Times", seems to have the line-up of chars set and going.

Unless you're a collector, or very hardcore Berk. B, I might not recommend it. If you really like Opus and Bill, Binkley's closet, Oliver and his inventions, etc. Then I would start at about "Toons For Our Times", and stop at "Happy Trails". The Char's are more stable within these collections.

BTW, "Outland" by BB, uses some of the same char's, but it's changed. Not the same feel, but the insanity is more. Opus is one of the few that continue on the same as well as Oliver. Bill the Cat seems changed a bit, some new additions, and some appearances/char's that are brought back later as the strip continues.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bloom County: The Beginning June 14 2004
Here you will find the beginning of one of the most inspired comic strips ever put to paper. No other strip made me laugh as hard, or as often, as "Bloom County". In fact, pretty much nothing else in the whole wide world made me laugh as hard as this divine creation of Mr. Berke Breathed. Here we are introduced to the Milo Bloom, Steve Dallas, Cutter John and by far the best-known comic Penguin ever - Opus.
Here we can see that Bloom County was just crackling with creativity and a real desire to "cut loose" from the beginning. Some of the strips covered "current events" and were topical, meaning circa 1980, but if you were around for any of that time it's a nostalgic trip back to the days of Boy George and when Ozzy Osbourne was best known as a singer. But the vast majority of the strips ring very true today as they deal with the absurdities of the human animal.
A word about the format: Bloom County in it's original form included both the standard "3 panel" strips that appear in your every day newspaper in black and white, plus a larger full page color version for the Sunday paper. The other Bloom County volumes (as well as Bloom's sequel "Outland") were in a larger physical book form. (Similar to what you may have seen if you're a collector of, say, Calvin and Hobbes, or Dilbert). This first volume is a smaller book (similar in format to the endless volumes of Garfield which became available). But this is where it all began, and it includes much of the "best stuff".
If you want to know what America was laughing at in 1980, this is it. But you know what? I reread these strips every so often, and they STILL make me laugh that loud, roll on the floor, tears streaming down my face, people coming into the room to see WHAT are you laughing at kind of laugh. We don't get that kind of laugh often enough. Thank you, Mr. Breathed.
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