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IDW Publishing is proud to announce a very special limited edition of Bloom County: The Complete Library Vol. 1. 1,000 numbered, tipped-in bookplates, each signed by Bloom County creator Berkeley Breathed. NOTE: Quantities are limited to 1,000 so orders may need to be allocated. -The Library of American Comics is the world's #1 publisher of classic newspaper comic strips, IDW Publishing is proud to announce a very special limited edition of Bloom County: The Complete Library Vol. 1. 1,000 numbered, tipped-in bookplates, each signed by Bloom County creator Berkeley Breathed. NOTE: Quantities are limited to 1,000 so orders may need to be allocated. -The Library of American Comics is the world's #1 publisher of classic newspaper comic strips, with 14 Eisner Award nominations and three wins for best book. LOAC has become "the gold standard for archival comic strip reprints...The research and articles provide insight and context, and most importantly the glorious reproduction of the material has preserved these strips for those who knew them and offers a new gateway to adventure for those discovering them for the first time." - Scoop


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IDW Publishing is proud to announce a very special limited edition of Bloom County: The Complete Library Vol. 1. 1,000 numbered, tipped-in bookplates, each signed by Bloom County creator Berkeley Breathed. NOTE: Quantities are limited to 1,000 so orders may need to be allocated. -The Library of American Comics is the world's #1 publisher of classic newspaper comic strips, IDW Publishing is proud to announce a very special limited edition of Bloom County: The Complete Library Vol. 1. 1,000 numbered, tipped-in bookplates, each signed by Bloom County creator Berkeley Breathed. NOTE: Quantities are limited to 1,000 so orders may need to be allocated. -The Library of American Comics is the world's #1 publisher of classic newspaper comic strips, with 14 Eisner Award nominations and three wins for best book. LOAC has become "the gold standard for archival comic strip reprints...The research and articles provide insight and context, and most importantly the glorious reproduction of the material has preserved these strips for those who knew them and offers a new gateway to adventure for those discovering them for the first time." - Scoop

30 review for Bloom County: The Complete Library Vol. 1 Limited Signed Edition

  1. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    Berkley Breathed's Bloom County first caught my eye in the 80's when he'd do the occasional strip with Cutter John, Opus and several other characters acting out their own versions of scenes from Star Trek. It also caught on around my house the day he published a Sunday strip that included the phrase, "Gag me with a Smurf." It was a staple of my family's conversation for years to come. It was only as I grew up that I realized there was more to the strip than Trek parodies and cool pop culture refe Berkley Breathed's Bloom County first caught my eye in the 80's when he'd do the occasional strip with Cutter John, Opus and several other characters acting out their own versions of scenes from Star Trek. It also caught on around my house the day he published a Sunday strip that included the phrase, "Gag me with a Smurf." It was a staple of my family's conversation for years to come. It was only as I grew up that I realized there was more to the strip than Trek parodies and cool pop culture references. Now, the entire run of the strip is being collected into volumes, including many strips that Breathed left out of Bloom County collections during its initial run. This gives fans a chance to watch the development of the strip and its characters. Sprinkled in are commentary notes from Breathed on some of the dated references and his thoughts and feelings about the development of the strip and its characters. The first volume is a fascinating look at the evolution of the story. (It's interesting to see how long it takes for the strip to introduce Opus and Bill the Cat, two of the strip's most recognizable characters) By the end of volume I, most of the pieces are in place and you can see the strip finding its stride, tone and voice. There are some things that are a bit dated, such as the focus for strips at a time on the royal family. But given the context of the era, they're easily understandable even if they are dated today. This collection is a fascinating journey inside Bloom County. Well worth reading and enjoying.

  2. 5 out of 5

    David Edmonds

    I faithfully read Berkeley Breathed's strip Bloom County, and the follow-up strips Outland and Opus, every day while it was running. I loved these characters and still do to this day. Breathed's commentary on the events of the day was always a little on the snarky side, but it was always done intelligently. It is clear in these early strips that Breathed is trying to find his voice. There are some characters that you can tell just don't mesh as well with the evolving feel of the strip, and event I faithfully read Berkeley Breathed's strip Bloom County, and the follow-up strips Outland and Opus, every day while it was running. I loved these characters and still do to this day. Breathed's commentary on the events of the day was always a little on the snarky side, but it was always done intelligently. It is clear in these early strips that Breathed is trying to find his voice. There are some characters that you can tell just don't mesh as well with the evolving feel of the strip, and eventually these characters just melt out of existence. It is also fun to see how the characters that did manage to make the cut evolved from their early beginnings. Towards the end of this first volume, which ends in mid 1982, Breathed has clearly found the voice of the strip and his characters and is beginning to hone the comic wit and satire that will eventually make this strip great. When I heard that they were finally publishing a complete collection of the strips, I was ecstatic. The volume itself is very nicely presented, and the strips look great reprinted. All in all, I believe that there will be five volumes produced altogether, and I'm hoping that these will include the subsequent strips Outland and Opus, as some of these strips have never been reprinted before.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Gav451

    The first collection of a classic strip. I love Bloom county and the opportunity arose to buy the whole series on humble bundle and I snapped it up. This is pre-Opus and shows the author finding his feet but the warmth, charm and wit of the whole series are already clearly in evidence through the book. The little tales are full of joy and the characters are awesome. Milo, Steve, Cutter Bobby and Binkley. All unique and all wonderful.Even the occasional characters shine as they come and go. If you The first collection of a classic strip. I love Bloom county and the opportunity arose to buy the whole series on humble bundle and I snapped it up. This is pre-Opus and shows the author finding his feet but the warmth, charm and wit of the whole series are already clearly in evidence through the book. The little tales are full of joy and the characters are awesome. Milo, Steve, Cutter Bobby and Binkley. All unique and all wonderful.Even the occasional characters shine as they come and go. If you want some sharply written and wonderfully observed whimsy you could do a lot worse than look here.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Caroline

    A beautifully produced, thorough collection of the first two years of 'Bloom County' comic strips. Probably not the best vehicle for encountering BC for the first time, but fascinating for context and background -- if you're like me and remember reading the paperback collections, or even just the Sunday strips that ran in the 1980s (my local paper never carried the dailies, so I only know those from reading collections). The start's definitely rough as Breathed himself admits in the notes, and so A beautifully produced, thorough collection of the first two years of 'Bloom County' comic strips. Probably not the best vehicle for encountering BC for the first time, but fascinating for context and background -- if you're like me and remember reading the paperback collections, or even just the Sunday strips that ran in the 1980s (my local paper never carried the dailies, so I only know those from reading collections). The start's definitely rough as Breathed himself admits in the notes, and some of the humor is dated in a not-so-interesting way (the commentary on the nuclear disarmament movement of the time is still interesting, the obsession with America's obsession with the British Royal family, not so much). But there's a thrill in watching everything come together. I'm eager to see subsequent Library Editions as they get into the golden years of the strip. My only complaint about the collection is nerdy -- but this IS for comic strip completists. The book is printed with room for footnotes in the margins and while a few of them are devoted to interesting tidbits (Steve Dallas was a real guy he knew in college; Breathed hasn't been contacted or sued which BB can only assume is because the real Steve was killed by a pissed-off girlfriend) they're mostly historical notes on people like Walter Cronkite or Ed Asner. I'll grant you that some of the figures referenced (James Watt, Ed Meese, Al Haig) probably need that info, some of the very basic notes are just distracting. Anyway, I remember reading these as a kid and being thrilled by the mystery of some of the references -- and not even having the Internet to look them up on! So I understand the thought process involved (a book published in 2009 shouldn't really be aimed at geeky 12 year olds in 1987) but it ruins the mystique a little. Though reading these strips did remind me that 'Loose Tails' is the only way I learned that the Falkland Islands war happened, before I took international relations in college.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Paul

    A rocky start to a seminal strip, but one that the author readily admits is rocky in commentary that accompanies this wonderfully packaged volume. Bloom County, like many long-running strips, is barely recognizable in its first few months. The cramped art and lettering make for a strip that doesn't quite gel. But about halfway through this volume things begin to click as Breathed finds his stride. Mainstays like Steve Dallas and Cutter John make their first appearances nearly fully formed and ar A rocky start to a seminal strip, but one that the author readily admits is rocky in commentary that accompanies this wonderfully packaged volume. Bloom County, like many long-running strips, is barely recognizable in its first few months. The cramped art and lettering make for a strip that doesn't quite gel. But about halfway through this volume things begin to click as Breathed finds his stride. Mainstays like Steve Dallas and Cutter John make their first appearances nearly fully formed and are instantly charming (although an unnamed penguin only shows up in a few strips and promptly disappears--we aren't fully there yet). Jokes begin landing with more frequency, and I found myself surprised to be laughing out loud quite a few times. Being a political strip, some jokes aren't exactly topical anymore, but we've reached the point where they seem less dated than an interesting historical document (footnotes help, reminding you who exactly people like James Watt and Rona Barrett were). One strip setup has Santa Claus saying, "The government fired the striking elves and replaced them with the fired air-traffic controllers." Nevertheless, nothing would really redeem the two weeks spent with the newlywed Charles and Diana, which derail the strip completely for a cavalcade of British stereotypes. It's mercifully brief, though, an episode which the generous reader can overlook. By the end of this volume, I was eager to continue on and was thankful that IDW has given this strip the treatment it deserves.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Benjamin

    The question was twofold: if one already had the original Little, Brown paperback collections, what would one gain from the Complete Library, and furthermore, do the jokes hold up after all this time? By Breathed's own admission in the footnotes and introduction, the strip doesn't really find its footing until about halfway through the volume. The really wild and zany stuff is yet to come. And yet, the language, the joy of words, and the charm is there from the beginning. And it's a quieter feat The question was twofold: if one already had the original Little, Brown paperback collections, what would one gain from the Complete Library, and furthermore, do the jokes hold up after all this time? By Breathed's own admission in the footnotes and introduction, the strip doesn't really find its footing until about halfway through the volume. The really wild and zany stuff is yet to come. And yet, the language, the joy of words, and the charm is there from the beginning. And it's a quieter feature, with less outrageous satire, which makes for some of my favourite and most memorable strips. And there are new strips included, at least one of which made me laugh uproariously. Most of them were just a pleasant surprise -- hey, something new! -- but usually one could see why they hadn't been previously collected. Most interestingly are the number of strips where lines have been changed between other reprints and this collection. In most cases, the previously printed versions are slightly more surreal, more out there. If I were to guess, the IDW edition collects what was in the newspapers, and the L,B edition included alterations that Breathed had made that editors had nixed, and he'd taken the opportunity to reinstate. I miss some of those.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Dana Larose

    I can't remember how much of the early strips I'd read before. It's funny how I expected a lot of the humour to be dated. The references were, but a lot of the jokes would still apply today. Only 3/5 because Opus doesn't exist yet!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Christopher Roxby

    Bloom County has been my favorite comic strip, along with Calvin and Hobbes, since the mid-to-late eighties. This collection is Amazing, and a real walk through my personal history. I WAS Mike Binkley growing up. I serves to me as a reminder that, unlike today, comics, even politically-aware ones, could and did express disapproval of its opposition without venom or cruelty. Breathed's gentle mockery... Of BOTH political sides... makes me long for a better, more civil discourse. Unfortunately, I d Bloom County has been my favorite comic strip, along with Calvin and Hobbes, since the mid-to-late eighties. This collection is Amazing, and a real walk through my personal history. I WAS Mike Binkley growing up. I serves to me as a reminder that, unlike today, comics, even politically-aware ones, could and did express disapproval of its opposition without venom or cruelty. Breathed's gentle mockery... Of BOTH political sides... makes me long for a better, more civil discourse. Unfortunately, I do have a complaint. This collection purports to contain every single strip, even certain ones that went unpublished at the time, or were edited from later printed volumes. Unfortunately I've already found at least three incomplete storylines from the original collections. It doesn't really detract from the audacity and scope of this project, but it does slightly disappoint in that way. My appreciation to Berke for (relatively recently) bringing Bloom COunty back to the public.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Scott

    I'm a big fan of Bloom County. Growing up in the 1980s, it was a huge influence in shaping my sense of humor and personality. It wouldn't be a stretch to say that it helped turn me into who I am, even to this day in 2019. (Helped, but by no means was the only influence!) That being said, this first volume of The Complete Bloom County Library was at times hard to read. From early fall 1980 to about September 1982 it was still really finding its way. I mean, by the end of the book you have Cutter J I'm a big fan of Bloom County. Growing up in the 1980s, it was a huge influence in shaping my sense of humor and personality. It wouldn't be a stretch to say that it helped turn me into who I am, even to this day in 2019. (Helped, but by no means was the only influence!) That being said, this first volume of The Complete Bloom County Library was at times hard to read. From early fall 1980 to about September 1982 it was still really finding its way. I mean, by the end of the book you have Cutter John, Steve Dallas, Opus and Bill the Cat in place. But Oliver Wendell Jones is nowhere to be seen. And who among us can honestly say that they fondly remember Senator Bedfellow, Ash Dashley or Charles Limekiller? Still, the bones of a great comic strip are in evidence here. I look forward to reading the other volumes in this series later this year. Recommended only for Bloom County completists (like me.)

  10. 4 out of 5

    S. Wilson

    As a child of the eighties, the only two comic strips I followed seriously were The Far Side and Bloom County, a fact which probably says more about me than it does this collection of the first two years of Bloom County's run. Going back over these strips from the early days of Berkeley Breathed's artistic output, it is interesting to see the first glimpses of what eventually become Bloom County's overriding themes, and Breathed's occasional notes explaining possibly outdated cultural references As a child of the eighties, the only two comic strips I followed seriously were The Far Side and Bloom County, a fact which probably says more about me than it does this collection of the first two years of Bloom County's run. Going back over these strips from the early days of Berkeley Breathed's artistic output, it is interesting to see the first glimpses of what eventually become Bloom County's overriding themes, and Breathed's occasional notes explaining possibly outdated cultural references and pointing out early glimmers of what was to come are helpful in piecing it all together. Opus doesn't come into the fold until about halfway through this volume, and neither his nose nor Binkley's hair reach the size and shape I became accustomed to before the end of this collection. An excellent blast from the past.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Oron

    Reading this was a plan for many years. This first volume, which collects the first year of the comic strip claims, at the forward, that at this early stage the strip was still looking for its direction and rythm, and it clearly shows. However, this collection offer a very nice and enjoyable read, which takes the reader back in time to the early 80's with all the calture and historical references. There are many characters here, which help keeping the strip interesting. The book is full of cliff Reading this was a plan for many years. This first volume, which collects the first year of the comic strip claims, at the forward, that at this early stage the strip was still looking for its direction and rythm, and it clearly shows. However, this collection offer a very nice and enjoyable read, which takes the reader back in time to the early 80's with all the calture and historical references. There are many characters here, which help keeping the strip interesting. The book is full of cliffnotes explaining the references - a very welcome adition. All in all - a good, fun read. Will keep reading the next volumes.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    3.5 stars. Y'know, I only heard of this strip about five or six years ago? It's pretty good. The early strips aren't, actually, but once Breathed finds his voice, it's definitely pretty sharp and mostly funny. I'm glad I borrowed it from the library, though. The topicality grounds much of the humor, and it's not something I'd revisit as often as I'm tempted to revisit, for example, Terry and the Pirates.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Laura Davis

    Stumbled across this in the library. Loved it at the time & still love it! I don't remember the first year or so, I think we started reading it in '81 or '82, so it was fun to fill in the gaps. And reading them in order all at once makes me appreciate it even more, you get the full context. Looking forward to the next one(s). Stumbled across this in the library. Loved it at the time & still love it! I don't remember the first year or so, I think we started reading it in '81 or '82, so it was fun to fill in the gaps. And reading them in order all at once makes me appreciate it even more, you get the full context. Looking forward to the next one(s).

  14. 4 out of 5

    Earl Truss

    It's good to see these strips again. I remember reading some of these when they were new. Some of the footnotes were helpful and made me finally understand some of them for the first time. At the beginning the drawings are rather primitive but by the end of the book they are more as I remember them.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jerry

    Brings back so many great memories. This was my third favorite comic strip after Peanuts and Calvin and Hobbes. But BC offered a very different view of politics, the media, and life in general, dripping with sarcastic wit, and BB took shots at everyone. The rest of the series is on the way!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Erik

    A lesser Calvin and Hobbes and a greater Doonesbury. Takes a while to hit it's stride before settling in as a pop culture filled political gag strip. Solid but not as great as I've always been led to believe. There's a lot of promise for future volumes though.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Brian Rogers

    Started slow and not knowing what it was going to be, but once the strip hits its stride it's gold. So many strips that hadn't been complied elsewhere! I hadn't realized how early on Breathed started poking fun at the British Royals.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Falduto

    All the early Bloom Counties, with commentary by Mr. Breathed himself, including the fact that many of his early cartoons, which were due on a plane from Iowa City to Washington, D.C., at 10:30 in the morning, were actually inked in flight because he wasn't done with them yet. I miss Opus.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ryan

    One of my favorite comic strips. It's interesting to see the genesis of the comic strip. Opus only makes a brief unnamed appearance but you can see where the irreverence began.

  20. 4 out of 5

    James Swenson

    It's interesting to see what "Bloom County" looked like in its first weeks. The strip hasn't quite found its voice in this first volume, but there are some laughs.

  21. 5 out of 5

    David Schwan

    Fun to read! I occassionally saw this comic strip. Great to read from the beginning!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Peter

    I love Bloom County; always have !

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jack Webb

    As a long-time fan of Bloom County, this book and the four companion volumes are an absolute treasure. To be able to revisit this great strip, and especially to find a few I hadn't seen, was nirvana.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Melody Karle

    The early strips of a brilliant series... still early days so it gets even better but I love the introduction of many of the characters. Nostalgia...

  25. 4 out of 5

    Gary Ray

    Loved Bloom County as a kid and young adult. Love it even more now. Amazingly, most of the comics are still completely relevant.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Corey Timmins

    My favorite daily comic strip finally complete. Many strips i missed back in the 80's and have not been able to read until now.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Blaize Allen Allen

    A great comic strip, although not all the humor has aged perfectly.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Nate Jackson

    Humble beginnings, but by the end of 1981, it was starting to come together. We just need a penguin and a cat.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Peggy

    A fun visit with old friends.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Daniel

    An interesting pop culture time capsule largely devoid of artistic talent and real humor.

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