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on October 29, 2010
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!