Storytelling, comedy, comics, and film: A career spanning conversation with Berkeley Breathed

Comics Alliance:

Ever since Bloom County became a sensation in the early ’80s, Berkeley Breathed has had an incredibly varied career. He followed Bloom County‘s initial success with two more popular comic strips, Outland and Opus; he won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning; he wrote and illustrated best-selling children’s books; he adapted his own stories into a pair of animated TV specials, and he provided art for various environmental and animal-welfare charities.

…and last month, he made a rare convention appearance, playing to a packed room at San Diego Comic-Con. ComicsAlliance spoke with Breathed about his career in cartooning, his work in other media, and his upcoming projects.

Along with Gary Larson of The Far Side, I devoured everything Breathed did and loved all of it. I miss Opus.



  • http://www.tumblr.com/blog/his-divine-shadow His Shadow

    Yes. Opus for the Win. Loved that strip.

  • Moeskido

    I remember seeing Bloom County for the first time, and thinking I’d rather just read Doonesbury. Breathed’s stuff seemed like fanzine stuff to me by comparison. Perhaps it got better.

  • Terry Maraccini

    the best comics ever came from this man’s pen.

  • http://www.theuniversalsteve.com SSteve

    For me, Berkeley Breathed is in the Big Three with Gary Trudeau and Bill Watterson. All descended from Charles Schultz, of course.