If you were a nerdy kid in the ’80s, you don’t have to be told how crucial Bloom County was back in the day. Before the endless parody movies of the ’90s and aughts, before Disney’s Aladdin kickstarted the idea that pop-culture commentary made everything funnier, Berkeley Breathed‘s strip was throwing Star Trek, Steven Spielberg, Max Headroom, Ronald Reagan, the PMRC, Boy George, Michael Jackson, Garfield and more into a blender and imbuing it all into the DNA of a daily newspaper comic about kid reporters, Americana archetypes, and anxiety-prone animals who all lived in a boarding house together. There was nearly a Miramax movie, until Harvey Weinstein allegedly told Breathed that cartoon animals may talk to each other, but not to people.
Following a long absence and a couple of less-successful reboots, Breathed finally brought the strip back last year, but only on Facebook, where some people old enough to have enjoyed the strip the first time might not know how to find it. For them–and the rest of us who’d like to have all the strips in one place–the first new collection of Bloom County strips in 25 years is coming to book form on Sept. 13th. And as you can see in the new motion-trailer, the gang are still as accident-prone and fanatical about sci-fi as they ever were.
It is also perhaps notable that this book is coming in an election year, giving a whole new generation the chance to say, “Don’t blame me – I voted for Bill and Opus.”
Are you pumped for this Bloomin’ book (which you can preorder online anywhere books are sold)? Or do I need to explain again how awesome it is that this thing even exists? Crank up some Billy and the Boingers tunes, boot up the old Banana Jr. computer, don the Meadow Party delegate hat and meet us in the comments below at warp speed.