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Bloom County: The Complete Library, Vol. 3: 1984-1986 (Bloom County Library) Hardcover – October 26, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Idea & Design Works, LLC; 1st edition (October 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600107559
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600107559
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 8.8 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The third in the five-volume series reprinting the entire Bloom County run shows the strip at the height of its irreverence, with Opus and the rest of the gang settling nicely into their foibles. Memorable highlights include a Meadow Party bid for the White House (“For a Weirder America”), a revamped schnoz for Opus (New Coke, anyone?), the too-brief life of Oliver’s Mac-parody Banana Jr. 6000, and Bill the Cat selling national secrets to the Soviets. Annotations help sort out some of the more topical lampooning, but Breathed’s ability to balance terrific gags with hearty doses of underdog charm remains timeless. --Ian Chipman

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The third in the five-volume series reprinting the entire Bloom County run shows the strip at the height of its irreverence, with Opus and the rest of the gang settling nicely into their foibles. Memorable highlights include a Meadow Party bid for the White House ( For a Weirder America ), a revamped schnoz for Opus
(New Coke, anyone?), the too-brief life of Oliver's Mac-parody Banana Jr. 6000, and Bill the Cat selling national secrets to the Soviets. Annotations help sort out some of the more topical lampooning, but Breathed's ability to balance terrific gags with hearty doses of underdog charm remains timeless. --Ian Chipman -- Booklist, Issue: November 15, 2010

More About the Author

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.

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Beautifully bound, quality paper stock, and excellent printing.
Sharon Roberts
Very strong cases can be made for both "Calvin and Hobbes" and "The Far Side", but "Bloom County" remains my favorite comic strip of the 1980s.
K. W. Schreiter
Well, I bought all five of these because I'm a dork, so I guess that means I have to review them all, one by one.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Eugene on October 29, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I became a Bloom County fan during the summer of 1984 (courtesy of a friend of mine that picked the strip up even earlier), so the strips in this collection represent the first occasions when I was reading the strip in real time.

After I first got interested in Bloom County, I went back as far as I could go in a newspaper microfilm library, and tracked the history of the strip almost from the beginning. I was thus generally familiar with the early years of the strip, including the material that wasn't printed in the early collections.

I had forgotten, however, that even into 1985, the book collections of Bloom County still weren't printing all of the strips that originally appeared in the newspapers. In this book, you will find instances where an individual strip from a story arc was left out of the book reprint for some reason. You will find story arcs where some or most of the newspaper strips didn't make it into the book reprint. There is at least one entire story arc that didn't make it into the earlier collections. And there are Sunday strips that weren't reprinted either (some with interesting stories to tell).

I wasn't expecting for there to be so much stuff in this volume that hadn't been previously reprinted. I like the format of these collections, and I like getting the interesting comments from Berke Breathed about the background behind some of the strips, so I would have bought the collection anyway. But if you have only encountered Bloom County in book form, then you're in for a treat, because there is stuff here that you haven't seen before.

A comprehensive collection of a classic comic strip, with annotations and interesting asides from the original artist -- it doesn't get any better than this. Keep it up!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By wogan TOP 100 REVIEWER on January 21, 2011
Format: Hardcover
If you love Bloom County, then this is the 3rd chance to have a volume to complete a collection. Even if you have previously published paperback collections, there are some strips missing from them.
This book is sturdy, easy to handle, has a ribbon bookmark and presents the strips in an attractive manner.

Dates are put in very small print on the pages. There are explanations for some facts that might not be known by some, or forgotten, for example, a note to explain what the ERA was. There are some personal comments and statements from Berkeley Breathed which make for some very interesting reading. There are 3 daily strips on a page and one full page in colour for the Sunday strip. This volume covers 2 July 1984 to 23 February 1986.
It is nice to see a complete set of these comics made available in such a good form and manageable size.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Marzioli on June 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
If you're even looking at this version of the book you already know what a brilliant man Mr. Berkeley Breathed is, how influential his particular brand of anthropomorphic animal, absurdest, surrealistic, political humor has been on a generation of comic strip fans. As such, you don't want a recount of the plot, don't need an introduction to Milo or Binkley, Opus or Bill. What you want is an an actual book touched and signed by the man himself - for a reasonable, discounted price.

Out of all three volumes released so far released, I can't help but think this is the best. Unlike the previous two the makers have abandoned the sizable sticker on the back altogether and, like Vol 2, the autograph is set within the book itself. (For the record, Vol 1 had the plate pasted onto the second page, just after the inside cover). The parts that remain the same throughout this series are the high quality paper, strong binding and the absolute best presentation of Mr. Breathed's work ever released.

The best part of it all is that this particular volume has been reduced to a fraction of the others by 50%. That's right! Goodbye 1000 copies; hello 500! Why the sudden change? I don't know. Maybe Mr. Breathed's signing hand cramps easier these days. Maybe it took longer for the previous editions to sell out than the makers would have wanted. Either way, you better snatch this up quickly before it sells out. Judging by previous editions' price on the secondary market, your pocketbook will hate you if you wait.
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Format: Hardcover
The greatest Cartoon strip of all time will always be a tie between BLOOM COUNTY, PEANUTS, and CALVIN AND HOBBES.
BLOOM COUNTY was one of kind. It is rare. In fact, SUPER RARE, for a cartoonist to be brilliant in both his writing AND images. That isn't usually the case. Berkley Breathed made me love comics and take them seriously. I never considered them. I just stumbled upon BLOOM COUNTY one day in a local paper when it started and watched this world (forgive the pun) bloom. For outsiders, BLOOM COUNTY was not all about Opus the penguin or Bill the cat, any more than PEANUTS was all about Snoopy and Charlie Brown. It was a meticulously peopled world all its own, with many great characters. I remember as a young kid, that it was like DOONESBURY without all the politics I didn't give a hoot about, but really smart in its smart alecky approach. It was a humor very much off the wall in a Monty Pythonesque way. I never failed to be amused by characters habitually breaking the 'fourth wall' and talking directly to me, the viewer, letting me in on the joke.It felt like revolutionary work. Both warm and fuzzy, but also kinda subversive in a non threatening way! We would find later, after the likes of Bloom County and Calvin & Hobbes said goodbye, that we were in fact, in a Golden age....THE golden age of comics as we knew it. It was hard to say goodbye. Even when Breathed went on to his OUTLAND strip, he kept bringing in elements of Bloom County until it seemed as if even HE could not resist the pull of that universe. OUTLAND almost became a veiled version of Bloom County.
But we at least have the memories in these volumes. They are as lovingly created as any fan would hope.
For posterity. One of the greatest comic strips the form has ever seen, and probably will never see its kind again.
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