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Bloom County September 11, 2004 9:57 AM

Berke Breathed changed my life! When I discovered the comic strip Bloom County, I was in middle school, refusing to dissect frogs and taking all kinds of flak for it...then I came across these fantastic cartoons. Some are just goofy, some have a political spin...but VERY MANY of them are all about animals...and what they think of us. I will never forget the one where Milo is told to kill and dissect a live hamster. He and the hamster get together to plot against the teacher. It's hilarious. The best dialogue in most of these cartoons are spoken by the animals. The strips have all been collected into BIG books...I have them all, and highly recommend them. Some strips are out of date. For instance Breathed did a whole series called "Night of the Mary Kay Commandos" about all the animal testing done by the Mary Kay company... Mary Kay no longer uses animal testing, thank you Berke. But the points are still valid, and I for one am sometimes overwhelmed by the sadness and desperation of the plight of so many animals. Berke Breathed's wit is welcome, refreshing, and hope-inspiring. He helped the animals, other people have helped them...I can take a break, laugh at a comic strip, then take a deep breath and keep helping too. Anybody else familiar with this guy's work?  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
Oh yes... October 04, 2004 7:33 PM

I have one I cut out of the paper...I belive it was called Non Sequitor (the one with the penguin (name?)) The penguin is touting the virtues of a salad shooter, and one of the other characters says: "Have you ever heard the term 'runaway consumerism?'" I laugh every time I see it. I'll have to track down his comics...they sound heartwarming.  [ send green star]
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