“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: 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