By Ed Mazza
The iconic 1980s comic strip “Bloom County” is coming back after ending more than 25 years ago.
Berkeley Breathed, creator of the Pulitzer Prize-winning strip, posted an image on Facebook of himself working on a strip called “Bloom County 2015” with the beginnings of what appears to be Opus the Penguin.
It’s not clear if the new strip will appear in newspapers, online as a webcomic, or both.
“Bloom County” was a blend of satire and social commentary that ran from 1980 through 1989. At its peak, the strip was published in some 1,200 publications, according to GoComics.
“Bloom County” featured a cast of animal characters such as Opus and Bill the Cat, humans such as Milo Bloom, Steve Dallas and Cutter John and even an insect: a cockroach named Milquetoast.
After ending “Bloom County” in 1989, Breathed worked on a Sunday strip called “Outland” that featured many of the same characters until 1995, and a Sunday “Opus” strip from 2003 through 2008.
He also published a number of children’s books, including “Mars Needs Moms,” which was turned into a movie in 2011.
One Facebook commenter noted that “Bloom County” was returning just as Donald Trump, a frequent target of the strip’s satire, is running for president.
“This creator can’t precisely deny that the chap you mention had nothing to do with it,” Breathed wrote in response.
In one story arc near the end of the strip’s run, Trump’s brain was implanted into Bill the Cat’s head.