Specifically, I can read old Bloom County
books. There's one where Binkley is dreaming he's on Star Wars
, and makes the comment "Jedi knights don't wait 15 years for a sequel." That was referring to 1998 as the release date for what would have been Episode 9.
I really miss Bill the Cat as a cultural icon. Or maybe I miss my carefree teenage years, when Bloom County was in it's prime. Remember when he had an affair with Jean Kirkpatrick? Remember Lola Granola? Penguin Lust? The Starchair Enterprise? I haven't been pulled in by a comic strip in that way before or since. I've been a fan of other strips, and I follow Dilbert almost religiously, but Bloom County had that special blend of warmth, humor, and political satire that I just haven't seen since. I'm not sure if that's because the cartoonists aren't blending good character development with current events, or if it's because current events seem to be so base and trivial. In the 80s, the news that was discussed around the water cooler was the Cold War. In the 90s, it was the president's love life.
I guess the number one thing separating Bloom County from other serial comic strips is how intelligent humor mixed with toilet humor. I don't know if any cartoonist will ever match Berke Breathed's master work.
That's all for now. I have to go to work.