This September, IDW Publishing will release Bloom County Library: Book One, the first of five editions collecting all the humor and all the characters of the original run of Breathed’s comic strips, published worldwide in over 1,200 newspapers on a daily basis from December 8, 1980 to August 6, 1989. The first volume features the strips from 1980 to 1982, introducing the beloved Opus the Penguin, as well as Bill the Cat, Cutter John, Michael Binkley, Milo Bloom, and Steve Dallas.
If you didn’t buy The Bloom County Library hardcover editions a decade ago,
or the Bloom County Digital Library version of those volumes in the mid-20teens,
or the Bloom County Real, Classy, & Compleat 1980-1989 two volume box set five years ago,
now is your chance to get The Bloom County Library in an “accessible” paperback version.
Bloom County Library: Book One
By Berkeley Breathed
$34.99 US / $53.99 CAN
288-page, full-color softcover, 11″ x 8.5″
On Sale: September 6, 2022
“To be ironic, we originally published these collections bound beautifully in kiln-dried housecat hide (natural causes), which was an aromatic mistake. I can’t tell everyone how happy I am that they’re now available in nun leather,” says Breathed, who gave us that quote when asked.
Book One (which in fact will be bound in paper) will contain insightful commentary by Breathed on his quirky creations, with a new introduction for the fall 2022 release.