Following the unexpected announcement of the return of "Bloom County" on July 12, 2015, creator Berkely Breathed treated his fans to four all-new strips featuring Opus, Milo, Bill the Cat and more of the classic cartoon crew.
Today marked the latest development in the new incarnation of the strip: the return of the full-color Sunday Funnies format.
A follow-up post reveals that Opus is jamming to "Thankful" by Glen Phillips, and while you'd be forgiven for assuming Cutter John's hair has greyed due to the passage of time, Breathed took to Facebook to refute that theory. "Cutter is the same age," the cartoonist told fans. "He went grey after his Bush War experience."
Eschewing the traditional route of syndicating the strip in newspapers, Breathed has instead been posting the strips on his Facebook page. And in the initial four black-and-white strips, the Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist has already managed to skewer the Internet, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Donald Trump and "To Kill a Mockingbird's" Atticus Finch. Breathed has also been interacting with fans on Facebook, commenting on his work, answering questions and revealing secret "Star Wars" news.
"Bloom County" originally ran from December 1980 until 1989, just two years after he won the Pulitzer. The characters, such as Bill the Cat, Opus the Penguin, Hodge-Podge the Rabbit, Milo Bloom, and Cutter John, lived on in the Sunday-only strip "Outland" from 1989 to 1995, as well as "Opus" from 2003 to 2008. When the "Opus" run ended, Breathed said he was stepping away from strips entirely and began focusing on writing children's books. At the time, he said the political climate in the country had grown too bitter for him to continue taking a light tone on things, and he wanted to get out before things got too tough.