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

4.6 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews
Book 4 of 9 in the Bloom County Series

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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.

About the Author

Berkeley Breathed, one of America's most popular illustrators, is the recipient of a Pulitzer Prize for his editorial cartooning. His comic strip "Bloom County" ran for years in newspapers around the world and his books of the collected cartoons include the bestsellers 'Toons for Our Times and Penguin Dreams and Stranger Things. His highly acclaimed picture books, A Wish for Wings That Work: An Opus Christmas Story, The Last Basselope, Goodnight Opus, Red Ranger Came Calling, and Edwurd Fudwupper Fibbed Big have been hits with children and adults alike.
Berkeley Breathed lives, works, and surfs in Montecito, California.
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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 (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #274,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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Format: Paperback
Bloom County is on my short list of all-time favorite comics. The original form, before short-lived "Outland" or the current "Opus", is long gone, though. Picking up this book was a wonderful piece of nostlagia.

The series peaked some time in the early 80s, and "Babylon" offers a sample of that time. I had forgotten how topical it was, full of references to then-current supermodels, presidents, movies, and sitcoms. Despite that, much of the humor has aged well. Milo's anxiety closet, for example, never needs to end. Various bogey-men (and -women) will reside there for their times, and move on. The anxiety will always be there, however, no matter how silly it looks to everyone else.

Even a book this size can't capture every strip in the five years (82-6) that it covers. That means that some of my favorite characters, like winsome Pistachio, barely even had cameo appearances. I'll take what I can get, though, and this is a pleasant sample.

If you ever liked any strip comic, you liked Bloom County or will like it. Maybe the 80s were before your time, but the characters will still look right up to date. Enjoy!

//wiredweird
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