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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Idea & Design Works Llc; 1st edition (April 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600108997
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600108990
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 11 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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BLOOM COUNTY was one of kind.
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Getting a chance to read EVERY single one again as an adult is great!
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Neither he nor we noticed it!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Lorraine Turner on April 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The explanation for the missing words in the "Meet Deathtongue" Sunday is pretty mundane. When Berkeley packed up the original art for us to print the book, the paste-up lettering simply fell off. Neither he nor we noticed it! No censorship, no conspiracy, just old rubber cement!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B. Southworth on May 16, 2011
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Collecting all the books has been a way for me to recapture my youth. What pleases me to no end is that I introduced the series to my daughters. They loved them and we had several discussions afterwards that I'll cherish forever. I also found ones that I managed to miss (or my paper didn't run.) Bloom County was and still is too cool for words.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Don't tread on me on May 7, 2011
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I am so glad that they are putting these out in print. They are AWESOME!!! This volume continues as the others did by printing strips that did not show up in the original books printed back in the 1980's. No, you won't get the Boingers firt record with this that was included in Billy and the Boingers Rootleg. However, for all us fans of Bloom County, it is great to see what might have become some lost great works of art.
Berkley still adds his commentary in the side margins which are great. Caution - the comments are not meant for kids. However, I don't think there are too many kids around who even know what Bloom County is. If you have volumes 1 through 3, this is a definite must. If you don't have any, order all four of them right now. Classic!

I just wish they would reconsider and publish Academia Waltz as well.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr Klean on April 6, 2011
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Of course Vol 4 is amazing and wonderful, like all the others - how could it not be? It's Bloom County. But what's this awkward, clumsy censoring of the 12/7/86 "Meet Deathtongue" Sunday strip that was also used for the back cover, for heaven's sake? Steve's statement with words just chopped out, leaving it making no sense at all. And no comment from BB about it, which is also striking. Did this have anything to do with the delay in publishing? What does BB have to say about all this? I went back to my old "Billy and the Boingers" collection to remember what it was supposed to say. I guess it was kind of harsh to Mr Richie (teehee - not really). But how wimpy and rushed to just chop out the reference with no explanation. Oooo, I'm just so darn irritated! I wanna know the rest of the story on this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eugene on April 10, 2011
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My review of this volume is pretty much the same as my review of Volume 3. In reviewing these strips, there are still individual weekday strips and some Sunday strips that weren't reprinted in the previous collections, so there are things that you won't have seen before unless you read the originals in the newspapers. Like the previous volumes, this one features the artist's occasional marginal notes commenting on the strips relation with reality (for instance, Breathed's recovery from an ultralight crash) and other interesting comments. I was old enough that generally I know the political figures being referenced in the strip, but even here, there are a few things that I didn't pick up when I saw the strips originally that I was informed of by the marginal notes.

The only flaw in the whole thing is one odd piece of possible censorship in one Sunday strip referenced by some of the other reviewers. The jury still seems to be out on what happened here -- There's some suggestion that this is a flaw in the original artwork that was missed. In any event, this collection is worthy of its predecessors, and I'm happy to have it at last. The only sad thing is that there is only one more volume to look forward to, and then we will have all there is of Bloom County.
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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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