“Bloom County” is back as a webcomic

Oliver Wendell Jones

“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 run 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 little fanfare. Now, … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: Oliver Wendell Jones

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.” Background Similar to “FoxTrot”‘s Jason Fox, and unlike fellow “Bloom County” costar Ronald-Ann, Oliver spent much of his time engaged in geeky or scientific pursuits. This was to the dismay of his parents, … Read more

Anthony’s miscellaneous comics picks for June 2013

Comic book shop display

Here’s what’s of interest from various comic companies for June 2013. IDW Full solicitations are available here. Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes TPB, on sale June 12, $20 Popeye Classics, vol. 2, on sale June 12, $30 Berkeleyworks: The Art of Berkeley Breathed—From Bloom County and Beyond, on sale June 25, $60 Boom Studios N/A (as … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: Ronald-Ann Smith

Ronald-Ann

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Ronald-Ann Smith. She’s a recurring character in Berkeley Breathed’s comic strips “Bloom County” and “Outland.” Background Ronald-Ann Smith is named after then-President Ronald Reagan. She’s 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 … Read more