Oliver Wendell Jones

“Bloom County” is back as a webcomic

“Bloom County” is Berkeley Breathed’s classic 1980s comic strip that satirized that decade’s social and political culture, in a hilarious manner. However, since Breathed ended its runĀ at the decade’s end, it’s also partially become a period piece. His subsequent strips, the 90s’ “Outland” and 2000s’ “Opus,” weren’t as well received, and folded with littleĀ fanfare. Now,

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Oliver Wendell Jones

Minorities in cartoons: Oliver Wendell Jones

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Oliver Wendell Jones, a character introduced in 1983 in Berkeley Breathed’s popular comic strip “Bloom County.” Similar to “FoxTrot”‘s Jason Fox, and unlike fellow African-American costar Ronald-Ann Smith, Oliver spent much of his time engaged in geeky or scientific pursuits. This was to the dismay of his parents,

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Ronald-Ann

Minorities in cartoons: Ronald-Ann Smith

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Ronald-Ann Smith, a recurring character in Berkeley Breathed’s comic strips “Bloom County” and “Outland.” Ronald-Ann (named after then-President Ronald Reagan) is a grade-school aged African-American girl with a highly optimistic view of the world. This comes in spite of her impoverished environment (the strip says she’s from the

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