UK – Bloom County Signing

Berkeley Breathed signs on Saturday 23 July 2011 from 16:00 – 17:00 at the Forbidden Planet Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR

Forbidden Planet is pleased to announce a signing by Bloom County cartoonist BERKELEY BREATHED at the Forbidden Planet Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR, on Saturday 23rd July from 4 – 5pm.

Berkeley Breathed is an American cartoonist, best known for Bloom County, a 1980s strip which dealt with socio-political issues as seen through the eyes of highly exaggerated characters and humorous analogies.

His first regularly published strip, Academia Waltz, attracted notice from the editors of the Washington Post who recruited him to do a nationally syndicated strip. On December 8, 1980, Bloom County made its debut and featured some of the characters from Academia Waltz, including former frat-boy Steve Dallas and the paraplegic Vietnam war veteran Cutter John.

Bloom County earned Berkeley the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning in 1987. The strip eventually appeared in over 1,200 newspapers around the world until he retired the daily strip in 1989, stating, “A good comic strip is no more eternal than a ripe melon. The ugly truth is that in most cases, comics age less gracefully than their creators”.

In addition to his cartoon work, he has also produced seven children’s books, two of which, A Wish for Wings That Work and Edwurd Fudwupper Fibbed Big, were made into animated films. Berkeley’s writing has also been featured in numerous publications, including Life, Boating, and Travel and Leisure, and he produced the cartoon art in the film, Secondhand Lions, which featured a strip called Walter and Jasmine. The panels he drew for Secondhand Lions appear in Opus: 25 Years of His Sunday Best, and he refers to them as “the comic strip that never was”.

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