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Title: Bloom County: Toons for Our Times
Creator: Berkeley Breathed
Availability: Out of Print, but IDW's working on it

I was flipping through some of my old Bloom County collections tonight, and thought I'd upload one of my favorite running gags: Micheal Binkley's Anxiety Closet.




















Date: 2009-11-04 06:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cmdr_zoom.insanejournal.com
why no, I don't miss the Cold War (and the slim but ever-present possibility of nuclear annihilation on any given day) at all.

Date: 2009-11-04 08:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] foxhack.insanejournal.com
You say that as if nuclear annihilation wasn't a possibility anymore.

Date: 2009-11-04 10:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lonewolf23k.insanejournal.com
Yeah, Russia's still got nukes. But more worrysome is that North Korea is getting itself some nukes, and if we don't watch out, so will Iran.

Date: 2009-11-04 11:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] foxhack.insanejournal.com
I'm not talking about any country. Countries ain't stupid.

I'm talking about all those tiny little terrorist cells that are out there. JACK BAUER WAS RIGHT, I TELL YOU!

Date: 2009-11-05 03:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cmdr_zoom.insanejournal.com
Yes, but the odds of my little college town being a target are much, much lower than when Russia had a couple of kilotons to spare for every American citizen. I grew up under the shadow of a war that would kill off most animal life above rats and cockroaches in the entire northern hemisphere.

Date: 2009-11-04 06:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shanejayell.insanejournal.com
LOL.

I still have all the original collections. Including the record.

Date: 2009-11-04 06:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] divi_d.insanejournal.com
XD cute.

4th strip would have to be my favorite... even if it is a tad predictable XD.

Date: 2009-11-04 07:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jlroberson.insanejournal.com
"Ignite my toes, Romeo." Snort.

The thing that a lot of people forget about BLOOM COUNTY is that it was just about the only strip--and I'm including DOONESBURY(the one time it did, it had to make this big huge weeklong deal out of it)--that made any reference to sex or anything related whatsoever, regardless of the somewhat childish ways Breathed("snugglebunnies") had to phrase it for his venue. I'd call it a groundbreaker if anyone had followed him. Breathed really seems a bit of a one-off in that respect.

Date: 2009-11-04 12:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] icon_uk.insanejournal.com
Didn't "For Better or For Worse" stray into this territory, and also was the first to deal with a character being gay?

Date: 2009-11-04 02:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jlroberson.insanejournal.com
I mean sex itself. I don't think they ever showed the character kissing a boyfriend in FBOW, did they?

Date: 2009-11-04 02:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] icon_uk.insanejournal.com
I don't think so, it was considering daring enough in the US for a comic strip character to actually say he was gay in the first place.

Lynne Johnson discusses the storyline here (http://www.fborfw.com/features/lawrence/). Some interesting comments, if (as in much of FBoFW) it comes across in a slightly... cloying earnest manner.

Date: 2009-11-04 03:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] arilou_skiff.insanejournal.com
Huh, might be so in the US...

I mean, we have Nemi and Rocky, and such...

Date: 2009-11-04 05:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] halloweenjack.insanejournal.com
Nemi is an exception to a lot of rules. It's the only comic strip that I have in hardcover (two volumes).

Date: 2009-11-04 12:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] psychop_rex.insanejournal.com
Ah, Bloom County. You never will find another comic strip that is simultaneously so dated and so uniquely hilarious. Half the time I'm laughing hysterically, and I have no idea just what I'm laughing AT, because the joke involves some obscure celebrity that was big for about five minutes in 1985. The fact that it is still one of my all-time favorite strips is a testament to how good it is regardless.

Date: 2009-11-04 03:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] artnouveauho.livejournal.com (from insanejournal.com)
Bloom County was the single best thing about the 80s. Damn, but I miss that snorklewacker.

Date: 2009-11-04 05:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] halloweenjack.insanejournal.com
My favorite Snorklewacker cartoon is the one about Nastassia Kinski and cheesecake.

Date: 2009-11-06 06:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dejadrew.insanejournal.com
Oh god no, not Natassja Kinski with a big slice of cheesecake! ANYTHING BUT THAT! (sob)

Date: 2009-11-04 07:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] yotsuba123.insanejournal.com
I so identified with Binkley back in the day, anxiety closet and all. And now that I'm older...yeah.

The one with the knight hopping out and offering him a grand adventure, and Bink declining because he had a report on snails due the next morning...I was so right there with him.

"Someday, you'll say 'you never went for the gusto'. "

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