Population Statistic: Read. React. Repeat.
Monday, October 06, 2021

march away
Four years ago, I predicted that Berkeley Breathed would keep cranking out his current strip, “Opus”, for “as long as he’s interested enough to keep doing it”.

I admit I wrote that facetiously, and figured the mercurial cartoonist would probably pack it in within a year or so from that time. Turns out he kept the penguin alive and kicking — until now. Breathed is ending the strip — and, allegedly, the character itself — for good on November 2nd:

Breathed worries that the U.S. is heading toward some “difficult times in the next few years — politically,” and he says he wanted to leave Opus on a sweeter note — before he could get possibly corrupted.

We’ve heard this before, of course, notably in the way that his last strip, “Outland”, evolved back into a “Bloom County” rehash. And despite whatever he does to the character, anyone familiar with the ebb and flow of comic books/strips knows that death is rarely ever permanent. I can easily see Breathed coming around in a couple of years, declaring that things are quite as bleak as he had predicted, and then hauling his flightless bird out of storage once again. So we’ll see.

Meanwhile, in recognition of this retirement, it’s a good time to revisit the highlights of Opus’ history.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 10/06/2021 10:51 PM
Category: Pop Culture, Publishing
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