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

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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
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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: 8.5 x 1.3 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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This is a high-quality compilation of Bloom County strips that ran in newspapers in the 80s. It is the most complete collection of them made so far--even the paperback compilations don't have all of these. It's hard to understand why the omissions were made--the restored strips are terrific!

Though this is Volume 3, readers do not need to have read the first two books to understand or appreciate this one. The characters are immediately recognizable and relatable and just as fresh and relevant now as they were in the 80s. An ensemble cast of young children, talking animals, and childish adults interact with the issues of their day: religious encroachment, non-substantive politics, scientific inquiry, and heavy metal music. Those issues haven't changed much since these strips were new.

I especially liked Breathed's occasional liner notes on the strips; it was neat to get a little insight as to what he was thinking at the time.

Those of a delicate constitution (or Republicans) will probably not like this book very much, but for the subversives among us, it's a godsend in an increasingly dogmatic age. Definitely recommend.
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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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