Chris Walsh (chris_walsh) wrote,
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The End of "Opus"

With Bloom County on my mind lately -- I'd forgotten that Berkeley Breathed won a Pulitzer for editorial cartooning with that strip in the Eighties -- I've been following the strip Opus and noticing an impending finality to it. Not surprised to hear this, then:

Opus creator to retire from comic strips

From the piece:
This time, Breathed says, the ending is really for good, if not his own. Breathed believes the tone of America’s public and political discourse is headed in a dark direction, with the next president — whoever is elected — facing problems that will “belie palatable solutions.” Inevitably, he said that would color his art.

“I’m destroying the village to save it. In this case, a penguin,” Breathed wrote. “ ... We are about to enter a rather wicked period in our National Discourse ... bad enough to make what we’re in right now seem folksy and genteel. The ranting side of my cartooning impulse will destroy the thing that makes Opus comfortable for his readers. And me.”

“A mad penguin, like a mad cartoonist, isn’t very lovable. I like him the way he is now,” he wrote.
Opus will end on Sunday, Nov. 2nd. The Sunday, Oct. 12th strip will invite readers to guess his fate. I'm guessing it'll be a gentle exit.
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