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Comics for All Ages: Bloom County

Bloom County Books

Bloom County

Breathed, Berke. Bloom County: “Loose Tails”. Introd. Steve Dallas. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1983.  Print.

Bloom County is a strip initially put out in the 1980s by Berkeley Breathed as a socio-political/editorial type strip. This strip discusses political and cultural issues through the lens of a small town filled with eccentric and fanciful characters.

Visual and Textual Style: sophisticated, anthropomorphic, political, exaggerated, eccentric

Potential readers/appeal factors: interest in political issues, deals with important issues but at a somewhat fantastic level, grown-up version of Calvin and Hobbes, deals with actual issues within the world, appeals to older readers


  • Won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning in 1987.

Other Pertinent Information

  • Appeared in over 1200 newspapers around the world when it was retired
  • Breathed used Doonesbury as inspiration for this strip

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