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Bloom County Babylon: Five Years of Basic Naughtiness Paperback – September 30, 1986


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (September 30, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316103098
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316103091
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

This first big "bible" of Bloom County includes the wonderful Opus "hairy fishnuts/Hare Krishnas" strip, the first Bill-the-Cat appearance, and more comics from the earlier collections: Loose Tails, 'Toons for Our Times and Penguin Dreams and Stranger Things. If you hurt yourself laughing (like when you read about Bill freebasing Friskies), don't blame me; I warned you.

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Berkeley Breathed lives and works in Santa Barbara, California and is the proud owner of a gentle pit bull named Ridley, a deaf dachshund named Milly, and a refugee mutt from the Puerto Rican streets named Pilar--splendidly flawed dogs, every one.

Customer Reviews

Recommended for anyone with a sense of humor.
Devil_Monkey
It's been at least ten years since I've read it though... and somewhere along the way, I lost track of all the volumes that I once owned.
mirgsirk
If you ever liked any strip comic, you liked Bloom County or will like it.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 30, 1999
Format: Paperback
Unlike most "coffee-table" retrospective books, which consist mainly of collected strips already reprinted in other volumes, "Bloom County Babylon" is something more. While there are several strips here that appeared in earlier collections, over 50% of the book is material never published in book form before or since. The very earliest days of the strip (with "The Major," Milo's grandfather, as the main character) appear here, just to show you how far the strip had progressed. Also, the year 1985 is recounted, including the complete run of strips that trace Opus and Cutter John's ill-fated balloon ride to Washington, Opus's subsequent return with amnesia, and Bill the Cat being exposed as a Communist spy. The volume also includes "The Great LaRouche Toad-Frog Masacree," a great prose story ostensibly written by an adult Binkley in that "Lake Wobegon" style. All in all, this is a great book to add to your Bloom County collection, provided you can find it.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By James Yanni on April 12, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book is an overview of the first five years of the strip, ranging from the early strips in which the focus is mostly on Milo, through the introductions of Binkley, Bobbi, Cutter John, Opus, Oliver Wendell Jones, Steve Dallas, and finally, Bill The Cat. Personally, I've always had a preference for the early, pre-Bill The Cat strips; I could deal with the silliness inherent in Opus and Oliver's anthropomorphic computer, but Bill just seemed one step over the line. But I know that he's very popular, and he's here, too. There are a few strips here that were reprinted from the previous three collections, but most of this material is NOT reprints. Of course, much of the humor will be completely incomprehensible to anyone who wasn't politically aware during the '80s, but I suspect that even for such a (hopefully) young person, there's plenty here to enjoy.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Grove on October 15, 2003
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Buyer beware: the editorial review states that this book contains eighty full-color pages, but it doesn't. It contains eighty pages that obviously were at one time or another in color, but which are now a messy conglomeration of grays and whites, much like something you'd expect to see coming out of a low-grade fax machine.
Many years ago, I read another copy of this book that did, in fact, contain eighty full-color pages, so I know the pages were in color at some point. However, the only colors on the book I received from Amazon.com are on the front and back covers.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 7, 2001
Format: Paperback
Remember when we were all tempted to vote for Bill & Opus? Some folks actually did, you know. Do you remember when "Billy and the Boingers" became "Deathtongue"?
I really miss Bloom County. It was a way of life, a uniquely 1980's perspective on our country that will never come again. The brilliance of idea, the sheer glee of Breathed's word choices, and the happy, bouncy parallel universe his characters all boinged around in are unforgettable.
This book is the equal of all the others, though it is longer. The first few characters and situations show that Breathed has not yet found his voice-- but once he does, look out, world!
My apologies, on behalf of the company for which I work (I'm sitting on the print floor as I type this!), for being forced to print this book without Breathed's color. I look through our print-on-demand rendition and I see clearly how much has been lost. I agree that it is not fair, but you must understand: had it not been done this way, the street price would have been ridiculous. Perhaps you will agree that it is better that the book never go out of print and stay inexpensive, rather than be forgotten and unread in color.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By EC on October 27, 2005
Format: Paperback
Despite what the item description says, there are no color pages in this cheap reprinting. The pages are printed only in black and white, and are printed in very poor quality. What a shame, because the book itself is fantastic. I have an original printing of this book and love it. I ordered this reprint as a gift and had to return it because of the poor print quality. I wish I had noticed the other reviews about this problem (listed below) before I wasted my time and money!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kevin L. Nenstiel TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 16, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book provides a worthy overview of the first five years of Breathed's Bloom County comic strip. Some of the material was previously published elsewhere, but this isn't a merely self-congradulatory coffee-table book, there's new material in here that's found nowhere else. You are able to witness Breathed's maturation as an artist and writer, most obviously pointed up in the increasing sophistication in the way he draws his characters, and in the manner in which he drifts away from aping "Doonesbury," a comic that, like Bloom County, would do well to retire while it's still worth reading. Not unimpeachable, but surely worth reading.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steven Dennis on October 11, 2001
Format: Paperback
Where have you gone, Opus? We need you now more than ever. I just checked this out again from my shelf, and after Sept. 11, I sure could use a laugh. Opus and company never disappoint. Along with the Far Side, Doonesbury, and Calvin and Hobbes, Bloom County led the "modern" period of comic strips out of the Family Circus and Apartment 3-G hell that we have unfortunately now returned to...
Bloom County created an entire world full of funny, amazing and outrageous characters that stand the test of time and break out of the monotony of the vast majority of other comics. And, by the way, it was also the best drawn comic strip ever, IMHO.
It's a shame that most of these books are out of print, with only this book still hanging around. If you want to check out a real comic, get this book!
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