Bloom County: The Complete Library
First ever chronological collection debuts at #1 on New York Times Best Seller List
Opus, Milo, Bill the Cat and the entire cast of Bloom County characters make their triumphant return as The Bloom County Library Volume One debuts at the top of The New York Times Best Seller List! The first of a five volume series, The Bloom County Library Volume One features every daily and Sunday strip from 1980-82 in chronological order, many reprinted for the first time, plus context pages and commentary from the creator, Berkeley Breathed.
"Honestly, I thought most of the old Bloom County fans were either wandering the streets talking to Pluto on their CIA brain implants or dead," said Breathed. "Instead it seems that they're still out there in large numbers, lucid and sober enough to read. NOW I find this out, years after I quit."
Breathed's Bloom County is one of the most popular and critically acclaimed newspaper strips of modern times. Premiering on December 8th, 1980 - a month after the election of Ronald Reagan as President - the strip brought to the comics pages a unique amalgam of contemporary politics and fantasy, all told with hilarious wit and humor. Breathed was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning in 1987 for his work on Bloom County and at its height the strip was published in an astonishing 1200 newspapers.
In addition to a complete chronological reprint of the entire collection, each edition of Bloom County: The Complete Library will contain a series of context pages, providing perspective for the reader and presenting a variety of real-life events and personalities that were contemporary at the time of original publication. Breathed also adds his own commentary, giving the reader insight on certain strips and his creative process.
Bloom County: The Complete Library is offered by IDW and its imprint, the Library of American Comics, helmed by Eisner Award winner Dean Mullaney. Bloom County: The Complete Library is edited by Scott Dunbier and designed by Mullaney.
Bloom County: The Complete Library, Volume One
($39.99; hardcover) is now on sale. ISBN
Bloom County: The Complete Library Volume Two ($39.99; 304 pages; hardcover) will be available in stores in April. Diamond order code FEB10 1005; ISBN 978-1600105838.
Bloom County: The Complete Library Volume One Limited Signed Edition ($50.00; 288 pages; hardcover; signed and numbered) will be available in stores in April. Diamond order code FEB10 1006; ISBN 978-1600107306.