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IDW Publishing announces The Bloom County Library

Opus, from Berkeley Breathed's "Bloom County"

Opus, from Berkeley Breathed's "Bloom County"

IDW Publishing announced today the release of The Bloom County Library, a five-volume collection of Berkeley Breathed‘s well-regarded 1980s comic strip. The series will debut in October.

The books are part of the publisher’s Library of American Comics imprint, and designed by Dean Mullaney.

“Fans have pestered me for years for this ultimate Bloom County collection in that polite, respectful badgering way that only fans can manage,” Breathed said in a press release. “Thank God I can now tell them something better than just ‘please remove your tent from my lawn.’ I can say, ‘It’s coming!’”

The influential comic strip, which ran from Dec. 8, 1980, to Aug. 6, 1989, blended politics, cultural commentary, fantasy and humor, lampooning everything from AT&T and environmental activists to misguided government policies and televangelists.

The press release can be read after the break.

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Happy 25th anniversary, Macintosh computers

A "Bloom County" parody ad for the Banana Jr. 6000, by Berkeley Breathed

A "Bloom County" parody ad for the Banana Jr. 6000, by Berkeley Breathed

Twenty-five years ago yesterday the world of computers, and publishing, changed forever when Steve Jobs introduced the very first Apple Macintosh to a crowd of 3,000 at De Anza College in Cupertino, Calif.

A few days earlier, a considerably larger audience was awed, and perhaps confused, by Ridley Scott’s now-legendary 1984 commercial, which signaled to viewers of Super Bowl XVIII that the Macintosh wouldn’t be like other computers.

And it wasn’t.

I first encountered Macs a few years later, as I attended a journalism summer camp workshop in Indiana. (Yes, what of it?) Not wanting to seem uncultured, I waved off the offer of help from the computer-lab assistant, picked up the mouse … pointed it at the little gray box … and rapidly clicked the button as if it were a TV remote.

Luckily, other journalists, artists and designers — would-be and otherwise — took to the Mac faster than I did, helping to bring about a revolution in publishing: desktop publishing.

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