Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The Return of Opus Van Winkle...

With apologies to Ms. Taylor Swift, from my admittedly selfish point of view 1989 was a noteworthy year for reasons having nothing at all to do with her arrival.  1989 marked the departure of Bloom County from this nation's newspapers.  

August 6, 1989 was the date on which the Anxiety Closet's door was left ajar, the meadow was left vacant - with nary a soul afoot to stomp upon a dandelion, and our hero, Opus, set off into the great unknown (which turned out to be Outland).    Approximately one month shy of the 26th anniversary of his cessation of his great strip, Berkeley Breathed announced its return.   Yesterday, Opus awoke from his long nap.   

I am very much looking forward to reading the updated adventures of Opus, Bill the Cat, Milo, and everyone's favorite lawyer, Steve Dallas, as well as those of the rest of the Bloom County gang.  If you are too young to remember it as a daily strip and/or are one of the eleven people in the English-speaking world who has never looked at one of the several Collections that have been released in the past twenty-five years, then welcome aboard.  If you are -as I am - someone who has loved this man's work from the first time you read it, then enjoy this wholly unexpected (by me at least) second helping.  

As young Ms. Swift can attest, certain things never go out of style.  Genius is one such thing. 

Welcome back, meadow dwellers.  Remember, the "No Stompin'" rule remains in effect. 

-AK 

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