History ComicStrip / BloomCounty

2nd Jun '17 9:31:51 AM Geoduck
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* TookALevelInJerkass: The 2015 version of Binkley is something of a pill.
21st May '17 1:25:15 PM Delphi
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** When Steve Dallas is ordered to quit smoking, he has Opus tie him to a chair and tells him, "Whatever I say, don't release me." He doesn't even make it a full minute before saying "Gimme the ***ing smokes or I flush you down the commode."

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** When Steve Dallas is ordered to quit smoking, he has Opus tie him to a chair and tells him, "Whatever I say, don't release me." He doesn't even make it a full minute before saying "Gimme the a ***ing smokes or cigarette before I flush stick you down the commode.in a blender."
6th Apr '17 1:39:09 PM Ezclee4050
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* {{Bowdlerise}}: Happened occasionally. For instance, in the original strips' run, Bobbi Harlow's mother finds some [[WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones Flintstones]] vitamins in her daughter's bathroom and freaks out because she thinks they're...[[http://www.gocomics.com/bloomcounty/1981/08/03 pills]]. In the unaltered version, she freaks out because she thinks they're ''birth control'' pills.

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Happened occasionally. For instance, in the original strips' run, Bobbi Harlow's mother finds some [[WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones Flintstones]] vitamins in her daughter's bathroom and freaks out because she thinks they're...[[http://www.gocomics.com/bloomcounty/1981/08/03 pills]]. In the unaltered version, she freaks out because she thinks they're ''birth control'' pills.pills.
** The plump middle-aged woman who Bill gets caught reading the Bible with (in the scandal that led to the collapse of Billy & The Boingers) was originally named Edith Dreck, but famed [[MoralGuardians Moral Guardian]] Donald Wildmon claimed that this was a slam against Christians, since "dreck" means "crap" in Yiddish. Breathed, who was unaware of its meaning outside of being an insult, changed her name to Drock in the book reprints.
6th Apr '17 11:52:25 AM Ezclee4050
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** Caspar Weinberger sent Breathed a letter approving the silly poem Opus recites with his name as the punchline.

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** Caspar Weinberger sent Breathed a letter (in rhyme) approving the silly poem Opus recites with his name as the punchline.punchline, and got sent the original strip in return.
5th Apr '17 6:18:00 PM Ezclee4050
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* ActuallyPrettyFunny: Breathed [[http://www.gocomics.com/bloom-county/2015/08/24 turned]] Donald Trump's TakeThat into a part of his strip. Opus invokes the trope.

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Breathed [[http://www.gocomics.com/bloom-county/2015/08/24 turned]] Donald Trump's TakeThat into a part of his strip. Opus invokes the trope.trope.
** Caspar Weinberger sent Breathed a letter approving the silly poem Opus recites with his name as the punchline.
5th Apr '17 2:08:24 PM Ezclee4050
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* [[WhereTheHellIsSpringfield Where The Hell Is Bloom County?]]: Never explicitly identified, but a few clues in the strip place it in either Iowa or Colorado (Breathed lived in both states at various times).
3rd Apr '17 5:43:32 AM Ezclee4050
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* SpringtimeForHitler: Meta example--Bill the Cat. He was intended to be so disgusting that no merchandisers in their right minds would want to license him. Thousands of dolls and t-shirts later, it became apparent that this didn't work.
2nd Apr '17 6:00:21 PM Ezclee4050
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** When political cartoonist Pat Oliphant protested Berke's 1987 Pulitzer win, Berke began using a character named "Ollie Funt" to satirize Oliphant. And Berke's ire for Oliphant had not ended by the time ''Opus'' rolled around; one strip depicted the phrase "Oliphant wears a thong" inscribed in a bathroom stall.

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** When political cartoonist Pat Oliphant protested Berke's 1987 Pulitzer win, Berke began using a character named "Ollie Funt" to satirize Oliphant. And Berke's ire for Oliphant had not ended by the time ''Opus'' rolled around; one strip depicted the phrase "Oliphant wears a thong" inscribed in a bathroom stall.[[note]]This was all very much a case of BrokenPedestal, since Breathed had been a big fan of Oliphant.[[/note]]
1st Apr '17 6:33:55 PM Ezclee4050
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* SignificantAnagram: Played with in one strip, where it's pointed out that "Opus" rearranges into "soup".
30th Mar '17 5:55:42 PM Ezclee4050
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* FollowTheLeader: In the 1980-1982 anthology, Breathed admits that he openly cribbed ''ComicStrip/{{Doonesbury}}'' for much of the strip's first year. ''Doonesbury'' later returned the favor when it [[http://www.hoodedutilitarian.com/2014/02/bloom-county-in-contexts/ began to take cues]] from ''Bloom County''.
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