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Berkeley Breathed's OPUS is returning to a new syndicated newspaper strip AND to a screen near you! EEEEK!

Hey folks, Harry here... I have glorious news for you. The other day while driving around Austin, this freakish Orange cat darted in front of my car becoming certain roadkill.... Only, this was no ordinary feline, it was one of them cartoon cats. Not Garfield... Not Fat Freddy's Cat... and most certainly not frickin' Heathcliff. No this was BILL THE CAT, and Bill, who usually was unintelligible was knocked stoned concious and coherent. I was thrilled as... I'm a huge fan of his strips.

You see, when I was a kid, for a time beginning in 1977 my parents became Arts and Crafts folks, doing Leatherwork and Bronzework which they sold across the street from the University of Texas here in Austin. Growing up in the shadow of U.T., which whupped the shit out of New Mexico's Aggies last night 66-7! HOOK 'EM! Anyway, given I had free rule over the Campus, Le Fun and the Texas Union Theater, there were always plenty of free copies of THE DAILY TEXAN laying about. What does that have to do with anything? Well, you see often as I ate my GOURMET HAMBURGERS beneath the offices of the SCIENTOLOGY folks, I would read the Comics Page of THE DAILY TEXAN. Among the very first strips that I couldn't really comprehend, because it was beyond a 6 or 7 year old was Berkeley Breathed's ACADEMIA WALTZ which he did while a Student at the University of Texas. While I might not have had the best reading comprehension skills at the time, I certainly loved the art and comic aspects that I was picking up.

A few years later when BLOOM COUNTY debuted, I was up to speed and enjoying it thoroughly. Then on a black day in 1989, Berkeley Breathed decided to be lazy and stop doing a Daily Strip, thus plunging the Newspaper Comic Strip world into mourning. However, he didn't completely abandon us like Bill Watterson did! He created a Sunday only strip called OUTLAND which I loved for about 6 years until he decided that... well, we weren't worthy of genius anymore and he shut down the strip completely in 1995. The world was plunged into despair.

Reduced to FAMILY CIRCUS and MARMADUKE with only CALVIN & HOBBES to comfort us... the world treaded water. Then CALVIN & HOBBES left us, and the cold chill of the North Atlantic began a shivver over the Comic's Pages that had few bright spots... what with the passing of Schultz nearly destroying all hope recently.

Well, Bill The Cat brought hope... What hope is there? A fool's hope, perhaps? Nay, this is not hope, this be the truth! Beginning sometime close to Thanksgiving of THIS YEAR... Berkeley Breathed is creating a Sunday-only strip called OPUS. Now you might be thinking... What's the biggie? If you are, you're a 'tard and need to wear diapers, but the Biggie is... When Berkeley retired Opus and crew back in 1995, no popular successful comic strip had ever been voluntarily retired when he did it. Thus starting a HORRIBLE TREND, which Watterson followed. Well... Since then, none of the strips that decided to cease being strips, have ever returned or had those characters come back in any newspaper form... so this is a first! In talking with Bill, I learned a bit about what Opus has been up to this past decade.

He couldn't say much, but apparently Opus' beloved mother was eaten in a spectacular incident not long ago involving a birthday gag gone awry with an elephant seal. That and the paternity suit Opus is facing from Ann Coulter over an egg has left him completely a mess.

Meanwhile... OPUS is a movie over at DIMENSION FILMS that is set to be directed by the man-god Berkeley Breathed and apparently he'll also be writing. Production is supposed to be started sometime before Christmas. Bill said that Berkeley is directing then writing the film, because he cannot do things the normal way.

When I asked Bill how Berkeley was planning on bringing OPUS to the screen, he said that the savant Berkeley was thinking of standing on a stage with a single spotlight on him, reading the story as he does for his kids. The plan was that this would keep costs cheap enough that Breathed would maintain most of the control over the project, but apparently he was overruled and due to an animation test that Eric Goldberg directed the animation for, it will be 3D aka Computer Animation. Eric Goldberg was that genius that did the Genie in ALADDIN btw. Bill said that this should be the consummate penguin movie! Just to make sure, I consulted with a penguin I knew and here was his reaction... Oh well, looks like he's decided to hide his footage. Darn! I guess that confirms it!

When I asked Bill who the voice for OPUS was, he said that they have no clue. In fact he was hoping I had a really great idea for a voice for OPUS. Well, I have to say, that personally in my mental interior monologue, David Niven always provided the voice for the world's greatest Penguin. However, due to mortality, I think that's a bad suggestion. Personally, I think I'd love to see Ewan MacGregor be the voice of OPUS - in DOWN WITH LOVE, his voice play work was great, and I'm convinced he can provide a voice for Opus that could range from all of the penguin's multiple personality shifts. For you apes that haven't seen DOWN WITH LOVE, consider Ewan's voice in BLACKHAWK DOWN... in both films he didn't sound an itsy bitsy bit British. SO -- Who do you think would rule as the voice of OPUS?

I tried to reach Berkeley Breathed to confirm all of this stuff I learned from his Cartoon Cat, and he said in a very loud and clear voice... "No COMMENT! ahem," then he started screaming at an assistant to get Bill front and center. But by that time Berkeley got to Bill, all he got out of him was "THPPFFT!" My bet, is we'll have all of this confirmed in a couple of weeks when Berkeley tired of the hot lights gives a full confession to having killed Laura Hunt or... or he'll cough up all the above information in a nice and tiddy press release that begins with, "Harry Knowles was right God Dammit!" Ok, I doubt he'll give me the satisfaction, but he can't escape the truth... this will come back to haunt him, and he'll never trust that cat again!

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  • Sept. 1, 2003, 7:59 a.m. CST

    not first :(

    by DavidCamp

  • Sept. 1, 2003, 8:02 a.m. CST

    Sally Forth was great until the art changed. Oh.. and 132nd!!

    by LargoJr

    And no-one cares about your childhood memories, just stick with the facts that don't make our eyes roll up in our heads like a good tranquilizer dart, or our stomachs rebel when you pull an Ann Rice and try to write about sex ok?

  • The only reason why i EVER liked John Byrne was beacuse during his run on Fantastic Four he used every possible opertunity to draw Susan Storm (AKA: Mrs. Reed Richards) butt nekid, usually having been kidnapped, and being chased by an ominous or threatening male figure who didnt usually talk much.. 'nuff said.. he sucks... EVERYONE looks the same, like his dog ugly self. Anyone ever see his 'Norman Rockwell' rip-off? What a shit, would love to kick him right in the fucking balls.

  • Sept. 1, 2003, 8:27 a.m. CST

    let's run lionel richie over with a tank

    by aboutthezote

    This is fabulous news. I agree I never imagined Opus being English either, but then he was from the Falklands (if I remember correctly). I read all the Bloom County and Outland stuff in the collected books, and as a young Brit never entirely understood all the references, but I still adored it, can't wait to see these guys again. Bill must be palyed by Bobcat Goldthwait!

  • Sept. 1, 2003, 8:30 a.m. CST

    SHPADOINKLE!

    by RenoNevada2000

    This is the best news I've heard in a looooong time! Please cue the dancing and free love in the streets.

  • Sept. 1, 2003, 8:40 a.m. CST

    Bill and Opus in '04: This time why not the worst?

    by lurk3001

    Yeah. I gotta agree Jon Lovitz might be the right voice for Opus. Hm. How about Mark Hamil? Nah. Anyways. Can't wait to see Opus... What about Milo and Steve Dallas?

  • Sept. 1, 2003, 8:48 a.m. CST

    For the love of god, I hope they bring back Steve Dallas

    by the G-man

    The real one, the obnoxious, conservative, womanizing, bourbon swilling, lawyer. That man is my hero.

  • Sept. 1, 2003, 8:50 a.m. CST

    D'OH! I just thought of...

    by lurk3001

    maybe Trace Beaulieu or Bill Corbett for the voice of Opus. They both potrayed Crow T. Robot from MST3K. They could be both manic/over-the-top and wistful as well.

  • Sept. 1, 2003, 9:24 a.m. CST

    Peanuts

    by Pardon_My_Zinger

    Excuse me, but aren't some of you people who are accusing Berkely Breathed and Bill Watterson of "abandoning" us the same ones who routinely went off half-cocked about how "Peanuts" had stopped being funny by the end of the 1970's and how Schulz should've retired about that time? Not Harry, obviously, who puts Schulz's death in the same context as those other cartoonists who discontinued their strips by choice. However... I still maintain "Peanuts" retained more than enough of its warmth, humor and relevance as it approached the twenty-first century. (Besides everything else, Snoopy's brother Spike - used prominently in the 80's and 90's - is one of my favorite characters.) The day the final "Peanuts" strip ran was also the last time I paid money for a newspaper.

  • Sept. 1, 2003, 9:25 a.m. CST

    what's with the porn link?

    by ZTR421

    ?

  • Sept. 1, 2003, 9:29 a.m. CST

    OPUS

    by dylanflannelcat

    I guess Harry really meant OPUSSY when he was posting this article.

  • Sept. 1, 2003, 9:38 a.m. CST

    This just makes me mad

    by liquidlen

    Calvin & Hobbes, Bloom County, & The Far Side - All gone. Family Circus - still going strong.

  • Sept. 1, 2003, 9:58 a.m. CST

    DEATHTONGUE

    by Parallax

    I don't know how to type an O with an umlaut over it! By reading his toons and trying to mimic their style, Breathed taught me how to draw, and now I'm a professional freelance illustrator. He taught me a lot of comedy also, which I use in my writing. I owe him everything, and am very glad to hear of his return. Ewan? Opus? Fuck that....he wouldn't have a british accent. He's not that refined. He eats anchovy livers and ding-dongs fer chrissakes. How about Woody Allen?

  • Sept. 1, 2003, 10:08 a.m. CST

    BLOOM COUNTY did one of the funniest riffs on the drug war that

    by Stephen Dedalus

    Does anyone remember that storyline BLOOM COUNTY did sometime in the mid-1980's? The one where Opus starts manufacturing some kind of hair tonic and the U.S. government declares it illegal? God, it was fucking hilarious.

  • Sept. 1, 2003, 10:09 a.m. CST

    I hope they bring back Milo Bloom...

    by Stephen Dedalus

    The only problem I had with OUTLAND was that the writer didn't bring back Milo. I hope he does that with OPUS.

  • Sept. 1, 2003, 10:37 a.m. CST

    Berkeley Breathed is a Golden God

    by robogeek.com

    Ack! Congrats! I can't wait.

  • Sept. 1, 2003, 10:59 a.m. CST

    Gary Busey for Bill the Cat.....Ack!!!!!

    by Monkey_King

    Now that would be great.

  • Sept. 1, 2003, 11:01 a.m. CST

    Ack! Great news...oh yeah, cool too!

    by morGoth

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  • Sept. 1, 2003, 11:07 a.m. CST

    The comics page was barren for so long.

    by Smeg For Brains

    Now there are at least a few good strips, like Mutts (every time I read it I feel like I'm reading a classic old series from the 20's or something), Pearls before swine, or Get Fuzzy, and even The Boon Docks at least for having the guts to take fearless pokes at our troubles, namely our great dictator G.W., but we need more to combat crap like... well almost anything else out there, ESPECIALLY Mallard Fillmore, the most idiotic hyper right-wing piece of ridiculous shit out there. The artist even rips off Berkeley Breathed's drawing style, as much as the artist for Martin used to rip off Jim Davis. Mallard Fillmore is horrible, unfunny propaganda that fits right in their with Fox News, Rush Limbaugh and all the other right wing shit being forced upon us as the norm, or middle. And this is from someone who can't stand the Democrats either. I wouldn't care a bit if it wasn't so blatant, and horribly done. You could at least respect it if showed the slightest bit of creativity, or cleverness, but it is neither. It is only funny to those who are mindless ditto heads, with no sense of humor.

  • Sept. 1, 2003, 11:09 a.m. CST

    Fucking-A!

    by Captain Decker

    The world needs the irreverent, venomous satire of Berkeley Breathed more than ever, and I, too, wish to see Steve Dallas return to sue McDonald's for making Opus obese. Good news, bring it on.

  • Sept. 1, 2003, 11:11 a.m. CST

    Jon Benjamin for voice of Opus!

    by carouselambra

    [Ben Katz, if you don't know.]

  • Sept. 1, 2003, 11:24 a.m. CST

    Tony Randall IS Opus

    by ed_wood_jr

    At least, he was in my mind when I read "Outland", which I didn't love as much as "Bloom County", but was still better than most of the crap on the comics page. Not sure who I'd heard in my head for Opus during the "County" days. Glad to see Breathed back; I've missed his work for a long time now.

  • Sept. 1, 2003, 11:26 a.m. CST

    THANK YOU GOD !!!

    by Darth Opus

    This is the best news I have heard in a looong time. Opus and Bill are the greatest !!! to quote an old strip "A boy and his penquin, a penguin and his boy... Two dips and a dad" Can't wait for Deathtongue tour... Aaack... ooop... thththtpt...

  • Sept. 1, 2003, 11:36 a.m. CST

    macauley culkin as a young opus...

    by readyoufool

    and a mix of bennifer's voice as bill the cat! that's the only way i'm seeing this dammit!

  • Sept. 1, 2003, 11:45 a.m. CST

    Christ Largo,

    by Kid Z

    I hope Byrne doesn't read your post or he might drop by and publicly excoriate you like he used to do to just about everyone who ever posted a message on his old DC Comics message board years ago. I swear that guy's as brittle as a picture window in an old weat saloon. "Hi John! Loved your work on Superman!" "How would YOU know, you mouth-breathing Philistine!" Sheesh... it's almost nice seeing his work deteriorate to sloppily-rendered, unread DC miniseries with plots ripped off from his own sloppily-rendered, unread Marvel miniseries.

  • Sept. 1, 2003, 11:55 a.m. CST

    Peanuts...

    by Kid Z

    Schulz was a fuckin' once-in a generation, GENIUS, guys. Those strips are almost Zen-like in their elegance. Get the book, "The Art of Peanuts" and stand in awe at his creativity. No one matches him, not even Watterson (though he came close). And "warm and fuzzy"? Peanuts was anything but! Charley Brown was a complete loser, but a loser who always found the wherewithal to give life one more try. Those melon-headed Family Circus mutants are mere pabulum for the mindless suburban hordes, but Peanuts was ART!

  • When Berkley won the Pulitzer he appeared on Good Morning America, and yes Kathleen was filling in and THEY SHOWED THAT PANEL. It was hysterical. Glad to here my favorite cartoonist is getting back in the game. Billy and the Boingers will soon be appearing at a convention near you.-----later-----m

  • Sept. 1, 2003, noon CST

    Ewan McGregor is great in "Down with Love", but his accent sound

    by Rollo Tomassi

    Are you delusional, Harry? Kevin Costner's British accent is every bit as convincing as Ewan McGregor's American. I think Ewan is a great actor, and I thought he was great in "Down with Love". He might even make a good Opus. But to say he "didn't even sound an eensy bit British" in "Down with Love" is one of the most laughably absurd statements in the history of mankind. It took me 20 minutes to stop laughing long enough to past this.

  • Sept. 1, 2003, 12:02 p.m. CST

    The wind doth taste so bitter sweet...

    by SmutGirl

    ...like jaspar wine and sugar. It must have blown through someone's feet, Like those of Caspar Weinberger. //poetic genius

  • Sept. 1, 2003, 12:05 p.m. CST

    hodepodge and portnoy

    by hodge podge

    please say that these two will be in the strip. Portnoys Larouche Toad Frog massacre was the stuff of genius. And will Oliver Wendell Jones be in?

  • Sept. 1, 2003, 12:18 p.m. CST

    YEAAAAAAAAAAAAA!

    by The Merk

  • Sept. 1, 2003, 12:58 p.m. CST

    Bloom County Cast

    by joehumphrey

    personally I'd love to have David Hyde Peirce as the voice of Opus. Charlie Sheen as Steve Dallas would work just fine for me as well.

  • Sept. 1, 2003, 1:14 p.m. CST

    the voice

    by Renata

    Opus's voice has to be someone who's done comedy all his life. Not necessarily standup, but someone who's craft is comedy. Recent animated characters has shown that's the best way of making it work, as opposed to using an all star A list cast. Remember SINBAD? Someone like Albert Brooks, or Bill Murray. But that's just off the top of my head.

  • Sept. 1, 2003, 1:22 p.m. CST

    Spider, Schulz was already ill, but he retired Peanuts voluntari

    by Recognizer

    Peanuts was absolute genius, and the fact that they're re-running it is very fortunate. Though Schulz was already ill, he did make a conscious choice to discontinue the strip before actually dying. However, I disagree with anyone who suggests that Peanuts had lost its bite. His strips from the 1970s and 1980s are still surprisingly relevant, poignant, and (most importantly) funny. That said, I respect creators' decisions to stop strips when they feel they're done. *That* said, however, I believe that Opus' time has come again. At least I hope it has. The irony is that Breathed could, for the current Bush administration, reuse all of his jokes from the Reagan administration, like Doonesbury does.

  • Sept. 1, 2003, 1:23 p.m. CST

    "Let's offend them all: Jesse & Jesse in '84"

    by alexnivek

    I don't know about this. Bloom County had gone downhill by the end, and I never cared much for Outland. Also, this strip really, really needs Milo and Binkley.

  • Sept. 1, 2003, 1:26 p.m. CST

    YESSSSSSSSSSS!

    by gigaloff

    'nuff said. Now can somebody wake up Gary Larson? Right now I have the same feeling I got watching Fellowship of the Ring for the first time: "To think I'd live to see this..."

  • Sept. 1, 2003, 1:36 p.m. CST

    I read Bloom County and Doonesbury with a passion, now I find my

    by Terry_1978

    Rudy Park for its take on technology reliance, and Boondocks for its take on...everything else. If anyone caught Aaron McGruder's lecture at some high school on C-Span last month, it was freakin' hilarious...he tore into everything and everyone in the current media as of late.

  • Sept. 1, 2003, 1:44 p.m. CST

    Calvin? Opus? Far Side? Pshaw...

    by Harrys Man Boobs

    I can't believe all of you guys are gushing over crap like "Bloom County", "Calvin & Hobbs" and "The Far Side" and yet no one has mentioned the sheer genius that is "The Lockhorns"!!! How does the creator make jokes about burned meatloaf new and fresh every week? Make you feel the aching lonliness of a middle aged couple that never have sex anymore? The pathos of a bald loser flirting with a young chippie while his overweight wife looks on in disgust? Truly, when you read "The Lockhorns" you are looking into the eyes of God himself.

  • Sept. 1, 2003, 1:48 p.m. CST

    I can't decide if it's too good to be true, or just selling out

    by MyNameDoesn'tFit

    And you forgot to mention The Far Side, Harry, the best comic strip (well, box) ever.

  • Sept. 1, 2003, 2:04 p.m. CST

    Steve Dallas RULES. A guy that parks his 'vette in the handica

    by darth jobu

    Harry's fat liberal politics explained: He grew up eating burgers with the art 'tard crowd of UT-Austin reading "The Daily Toxin". Yep, even with liberal leaning politics Bloom County has the most piercing satire exceeded only by Trudeau. Speaking of Trudeau,didnt he retire Doonesbury and bring it back with an older cast?

  • Sept. 1, 2003, 2:18 p.m. CST

    I just hope he doesn't start ripping off LIBERTY MEADOWS

    by bent4toons

    I'd hate to see what Frank Cho would be like with that kind of validation. as everyone here must be comics fans of some sort, i encourage you to come see me and my minis, and about 300 other artists at SPX in Bethesda Md, this weekend!

  • Sept. 1, 2003, 2:27 p.m. CST

    John Turturro must be Opus!

    by Howlinmadmurdock

    'nuf said...

  • Sept. 1, 2003, 2:31 p.m. CST

    More Peanuts

    by Pardon_My_Zinger

    Well, I hate to come off like I'm arguing with people who actually agree with me, but... Kid Z, I did NOT post that Peanuts was - ever - "warm and fuzzy." I said it maintained it's "warmth." "Warm" and "Warm and fuzzy" are two completely different things. "Warm" - at least to me - implies that a property generates such a positive feeling in us that we feel a bond with the characters. "Fuzzy," on the other hand, to me implies simply "cute," and perhaps sickeningly so, which "Peanuts" certainly never was. I also, btw recommend "The Art of Charles Schulz" book to any fan. And Recognizer, I WAS aware that Schulz retired only after he finally decided he was too sick to carry on. The decision to carry "rerun" strips in the papers, btw, had been made while he was still alive. I, too, thought the strip was still amazing on virtually a daily basis well into the 1980s and beyond. My one and only complaint may lie in Schulz having had to abandon the strip's trademark four-panel format in 1988 (and this was NOT his decision - he was forced to due to dwindling comic page space in the papers). Still, he managed, for the most part, to make even this limitation work for him. And one more thing... by the very definition of the fact that Charlie Brown would NEVER refuse to give everything another go no matter how miserably he failed shows that he was NOT, in fact, a "loser." As Blues Traveler said, "There's no such thing as a loser who keeps trying." That was our Charlie Brown.

  • Sept. 1, 2003, 2:55 p.m. CST

    Breathed didn't kill OUTLAND. One newspaper after another droppe

    by FrankDrebin

    ...because: 1. It was too surreal for the masses (with those Dr. Suess landscapes), so it lost readers; 2. Breathed demanded that it run front page (papers started it at the top, then moved it to the bottom when it didn't catch on); 3. Breathed demanded that it run full-size (papers were starting to downsize strips to squeeze more in); 4. A Sunday-only strip meant no continuous storyline for readers to get into; 5. A Sunday-only stip took space away from some other popular 7-day strip that the papers could have run; 6. Breathed insisted that no Bloom County character would appear (which he later relented on by adding Opus, Bill and Dallas, but by then it was too late). And, speaking of broken promises, didn't Watterson's farewell say that C&H would return in some form? I guess he was just softening our pain.

  • Sept. 1, 2003, 3:01 p.m. CST

    Chris Ware also got his start in the Texan, too

    by Merkin Muffley

    How about "Jimmy Corrigan the smartest kid on Earth - the movie." Hey, robert rodriguez used to have a strip in the Texan, too called Los Hooligans. What does any of this mean? Nothing. Only that I too can spout Austin memories. Personally, I prefered the fifty cent tacos you could buy from the cart in front of the Scientology building on the drag, but that's just me. Didn't Bloom county morph into a sundays only strip with a different title at one point?

  • Sept. 1, 2003, 3:32 p.m. CST

    Opus

    by mascan

    When Doonesbury went on its 4-year hiatus and the spot was filled with Opus, I remember thinking, "What the fuck is this?!?!" (Well, maybe not exactly that, I was only 11.) The surreal humor and drawing style was completely different from anything in the comics pages and I was immediately hooked.

  • Sept. 1, 2003, 3:56 p.m. CST

    Kyle and Efram and Opus

    by FloydGandoli

    I heard Kyle and Efram from Project Greenlight were in talks with Dimension to direct this. Just kidding. Kyle and Efram couldn't direct a high school production of "Godspell."

  • Sept. 1, 2003, 4:02 p.m. CST

    How I plan on proposing to my girlfriend...

    by DarthSnoogans

    "In my dreams, you're all I sees, boobs, butt, and knees, you're my main squeeze." Genius, and she's young enough not to know where the reference comes from. The comics page took a shot in the stomach when Breathed hung it up, decapitated when Watterson and Larson called it, and cremated when Schulz died. Now it's just an empty, repetetive shell, like if they stuffed Charles Schulz and hooked him up to electrodes. The only life is from the bitter, angry liberal rantings from "Doonesbury" and "The Boondocks".

  • Sept. 1, 2003, 4:21 p.m. CST

    Gary Coleman with a putty nose...

    by Uga

    Well, that's who was playing Opus in "Naked Came I," right? Anyway, this is truly cool news - once I waded through Harry's bumblefuck intro... OK, well I didn't make it through the intro - I assume I'll read the real meat from a credible news source soon. But still, freakin' cool.

  • Sept. 1, 2003, 5:09 p.m. CST

    maybe there is a god after all

    by beamish13

    how's Berkeley's Opus/Bill movie coming along?

  • Sept. 1, 2003, 5:15 p.m. CST

    Opus Christmas Special

    by Roger O Thornhil

    There's been no mention of Opus and Bill's earlier screen appearance in "A Wish for Wings that Work". It was shown once or twice on CBS and may be the only Christmas special with group therapy for cross-dressers, Elvis impersonators and fresh hairballs. ("Don't touch that!") Very few of my video tapes still come out, but that one is played pretty often. It is filled with surprises that are not in the storybook and the voices are perfect (especially Bill the Cat's coughs and wheezes.

  • Sept. 1, 2003, 5:22 p.m. CST

    ack! phfft!

    by newc0253

    just had to say that.

  • Sept. 1, 2003, 5:54 p.m. CST

    Get Fuzzy is the best!

    by R-MAN

  • Sept. 1, 2003, 6:33 p.m. CST

    who did the voicework for "a wish for wings..."?

    by imageburn13

    was that Lovitz? I remember that airing for the first time, I was like, huh? really? neat! but my memory is real shotty, was there any celeb work in that? Lovitz is a good choice becuase he embodies Opus in every department...but good news all around,

  • Sept. 1, 2003, 7:06 p.m. CST

    YES!

    by qualopec

    This is very, very good news. Welcome back, Mr. Breathed.

  • Sept. 1, 2003, 7:10 p.m. CST

    John Byner was Bill? LOL!

    by Captain Decker

    http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0103272/ God, that "Bizarre" show was a riot. Good choice for Bill's "AAAACK"s, etc. BTW, is this the most positive talkback ever, or what? Nice fucking change.

  • Sept. 1, 2003, 7:44 p.m. CST

    Berkeley Breathed is a weird name!

    by R-MAN

  • Sept. 1, 2003, 8:36 p.m. CST

    DAVID SEDARIS as Opus!!!!!!!

    by TodayzSpecial

    Listen to the man! When i first saw a wish for wings that work, I thought they actually got David Sedaris. He has the loser vulnerability and comic timing that Opus needs. Listen to "Me Talk Pretty One Day" and all will be clear!!!!!

  • Sept. 1, 2003, 9:23 p.m. CST

    Let's see...

    by KazamaSmokers

    Sean Astin as Milo. Lipnicki as Binkley. Don S. Davis as Rosebud. Steve Buscemi as Portnoy. Billy West as Billy DeWolfe as Hodgepodge. Christopher Plummer as The Major. Michael Pare as Steve Dallas. Shatner as Opus.

  • Sept. 1, 2003, 9:23 p.m. CST

    remember the CALVIN AND HOBBES movie that Bill Waterson was supp

    by beamish13

    Wonder what's happening. I like CH, but Waterson is kind of a prick. I can't believe that a comic strip artist has the nerve to call all comic books "incredibly stupid" (check out the 10th anniversary CH book for the exact quote)

  • Sept. 1, 2003, 10:12 p.m. CST

    Charles Schulz

    by Pardon_My_Zinger

    Sometime around 1995 I believe, Charles Schulz was a guest on the Charlie Rose show. Rose brought up something which a syndicated columnist had recently written, about how "Peanuts" was no longer funny and Schulz should retire. Schulz said that he HAD read the column in question, and then basically said that the columnist who wrote that could go lick himself. Way to go, Sparky. (btw let's not forget that Schulz was name-dropped in "Chasing Amy," which totally proves he still had it in the 90's)

  • Sept. 1, 2003, 10:32 p.m. CST

    And as Steve Dallas...

    by Gislef_crow

    ...Bruce Campbell. Because no casting list is complete without him being tossed in.

  • Sept. 1, 2003, 10:36 p.m. CST

    bill the cat

    by bonzi43

    Remember when Bill the Cat died? Remember the huge retrospective on his downfall? I really do believe it was the inspiration for "Behind the Music." Oh, Harry, by the way. Those Longhorns play great against outmanned teams. But just remember, in October they play a team that owns them. The OU Sooners will once again make Mack Brown look outclassed and confused.

  • Sept. 1, 2003, 11:20 p.m. CST

    A Jimmy Corrigan movie would be possible, but HIGHLY fuck-upable

    by Smeg For Brains

    It would have to be animation, and it would have to completely emulate Wares style, in both drawing, and storytelling. No music, except what was happening in the actual environment. Lots of silence, and long shots of the same setting, from the same angle, with natural realtime movement of characters, or whatever other object. I guess if handled the same way, but with live action it could still be brilliant, but it would be totally pointless to try to jazz it up at all, and make it like a regular movie. It should be long, static, slow, and absolutely beautifully shot. And as emotionally building as the book. But it would be hated by almost anyone who wasnt a huge fan of the book already. The story gets it's power from how it is told, and presented. It is the most brilliant graphic novel ever (sorry Maus, but i really love you too). In effect Jimmy Corrigan is doable as a film, but not by any standards that anyone with the money would be willing to accept. I guess that means it would never get done right unless someone with the money had the cahones to let someone with the talent do whatever it took to do it right.

  • Sept. 1, 2003, 11:43 p.m. CST

    John Lovitz would be the perfect Opus, but so would Rowan Adkins

    by TimBenzedrine

    I only wish this was being done in traditional hand drawn animation instead of 3-D. A lot of animators out there could sure use the work.

  • Sept. 2, 2003, 12:30 a.m. CST

    The comics page has become a stale hunk of dogshit since we lost

    by TallScott

    Doonsbury does not count beacuse they dont have it on the comics page on most papers but in the editoral or style section..But the comics page have become in a creative gutter since the big ones lost the fight for any kind of brakthru art and humor..If I see Beetle Baily or the unfunny cathy one more time i may yak.. Non Suquter is about the only fresh toon out there

  • Sept. 2, 2003, 12:48 a.m. CST

    Andy Richter is Opus! He IS! ANDY RICHTER!!!

    by Sherlock_Holmes_

    Steve Buscemi is Bill! Jeremy Piven as Steve Dallas, John Lovitz as Portnoy, Jon Stewart as Milquetoast the Cockroach... AND ANDY FUCKING RICHTER AS OPUS!!!

  • Sept. 2, 2003, 12:50 a.m. CST

    Let me Say It Again: ANDY RICHTER MUST BE OPUS!!!

    by Sherlock_Holmes_

    eom

  • Sept. 2, 2003, 3:31 a.m. CST

    L.H.Puttgrass... Pundit for the People... will Publicly Ponder

    by L.H.Puttgrass

    Proud, Yes, Proud I am that the "Apex" of the comic arts has desided to put pen to paper once again for the common man! I never thought that I would see the day that everyday schleps like me would be able to pick up the latest edition of the Daily Picayune and lay an eyeball on the chaotic scribblings of the master!! I feel like dancing in a meadow somewhere, trampling dandelions underfoot at my own discretion!! But I won't, instead I will wait for the confirmation of Harry's facts. Hoping against hope that it is true and not a cruel mocking rumor. Oh and by the way... "Shoot the lawyers!! More skin on HBO!! L.H.Puttgrass signing off and heading for the bed!!"

  • Sept. 2, 2003, 4:22 a.m. CST

    Whoa whoa WHOA!

    by patient37

    Back the trolley up here, folks. Have we forgotten how friggin excellent Michael Bell was as Opus in "A Wish For Wings That Work"? GET 'IM BACK!

  • Sept. 2, 2003, 6:24 a.m. CST

    Mallard Fillmore can be accused of many sins

    by the G-man

    but being an artistic rip off of Bloom County is not one of them. Other than the fact that both strips feature a cartoon bird as a protagonist, the artists' styles are NOTHING alike. Now, if you want to talk about ripping off Breathed's art style to a "T" let's talk Rudy Park.

  • Sept. 2, 2003, 7:20 a.m. CST

    Wow!

    by radio1_mike

    Anyone who slights Schulz at all is a jerk. Schulz was a cartooning god (I won't capitalize, out of respect for his faith); and the mere fact that he really did not know it, think it or act like it is why he was so special. I am glad to get some Opus action, because I loved Bloom County, who did not? I was teen when it was out and it was an 80's Doonesbury. But, is it me, or can anyone else not personally stand Breathed? I mean (to me) the guy is a pompous a-hole. Now if only Gary and Bill would spark up their pens we'd be fine.

  • Sept. 2, 2003, 7:45 a.m. CST

    About F'n Time

    by Da'Moose

    When Bloom County went the way of the dodo and folded up shop a gaping hole was left in the american cultural landsccape. Ironicaly enough I have been re-reading most of the strips and have turned my son on to Cn'H too. Hes 7 now and in a few more years I plan on introducing him to Bloom County as well. Whenever I pick up one of the collections I'm amazed at how relavant they still are, and how side-splittingly funny.... So much so that my son has often knocked on the door of my "reading room" and asked me "what the heck" was I laughing about. What better way to enter the age of Lil Bush, and Ahhhhhnold, then with a guy who with a wink and a nod effectively skewered both the right and the left. I just wish Opus and crew were around for Clinton, now that would have been funny.

  • Sept. 2, 2003, 7:47 a.m. CST

    Harry, t.u. is gay

    by ChapaJ

    Harry continually confirms his homosexuality everytime he praises that little school in Austin, t.u. Everyone knows straight men go to Texas A&M. GIG 'EM AGGIES. BEAT THE HELL OUTTA T.U. SAW VARSITY'S HORNS OFF!

  • Sept. 2, 2003, 8:19 a.m. CST

    "Dan Quayle leader of the free world!"

    by OswaldWasAPussy

    "I did it Bill's sweating." "Bill's sweating? I'm sweating!" I'm a conservative and that is still the funniest thing I've ever read in the comics.

  • Sept. 2, 2003, 9:24 a.m. CST

    Opus Krokus

    by jamawalk

    opus is basically an innocent dude, and quite small, so the voice of an Elija Wood or a Jake Glygenthall (sp?) would be clutch. the real question is, who's gonna play the penquin's erstwhile lawyer, ladies man and international superstar, steve dallas? will ferrel doesn't really have the look for it, but he's got dallas' style down cold. either that or get johnny depp to do his Hunter S. Thompson at about 50% and you're all set.

  • Sept. 2, 2003, 9:36 a.m. CST

    this time, how about the WRONG STUFF?....piffoo blaboo

    by exador

    best news i've heard in ages...Berekly is a genious, and while i totally respect him for dropping the strip, i'll be the first to admit i've missed those characters.... Milo, Binkely Steve Dallas.. and beloved Cutter John....

  • Sept. 2, 2003, 9:49 a.m. CST

    Boondocks, Bloom County, Outland and Peanuts

    by Lost Skeleton

    are the only comics I have ever read, or in the case of Boondocks, are reading. This is great news. We need that shit right now! My beloved USA is going straight to hell and we need to all laugh while we are on this slow road to the HE double hockey sticks!

  • Sept. 2, 2003, 10:24 a.m. CST

    Berkeley needs funds

    by devil0509

    So much for the cynical take.

  • Sept. 2, 2003, 10:57 a.m. CST

    In a Wish for Wings that Work..

    by m2298

    Opus was voiced by Michael Bell http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0068407/

  • Sept. 2, 2003, 11:18 a.m. CST

    The voice of Opus is-

    by RenoNevada2000

    Kevin Murphy from MST3K. Or at least it should be.

  • Sept. 2, 2003, 1:47 p.m. CST

    Texas doesn't have colleges...

    by KazamaSmokers

    I mean... come on folks.

  • Sept. 2, 2003, 4:21 p.m. CST

    I always heard

    by Cap'n Chaos!

    the voice they used for him in A Wish For Wings That Work. "Some women PREFER small wings!" I actually do like a couple comics out there. Zits and Pickles continually amuse. Liberty Meadows was the last of the era, though. At least as far as I'm concerned. It's so sad that the editorial process finally wore Frank down so much he quit the daily syndication game. I love his uncensored Cow story ending, though. "Don't tell Harry!" (Thud)

  • Sept. 2, 2003, 4:27 p.m. CST

    I'm not too fond of that many current comic strips...

    by beamish13

    but MAAKIES and LIFE IN HELL are great. the L.A. Times' comic selection went to hell after Feiffer and Breathed called it quits. Bloom County/Outland was ALWAYS superior to Doonesbury.

  • Sept. 2, 2003, 4:41 p.m. CST

    "McNope! But McMaybe McLater!"

    by DocPazuzu

    Funniest episodes were when Steve Dallas was going to quit smoking and the one where Bill the Cat was exposed to the subliminal satanic messages in Barry Manilow's ouvre. "Aaaaggghh! Kiss the devil! Kiss the devil!"

  • Sept. 2, 2003, 5:44 p.m. CST

    The Norm

    by Reedus

    one of the best strips currently running. CHRIS THE WOOKIEE PWNS!!!11@ and whoever said that john torturro would make a good opus is right.

  • Sept. 2, 2003, 6:54 p.m. CST

    Breathed, Austin, and Stuff

    by supercollider

    I have been a huge Bloom County/Outland fan ever since i could read the comics page. I was in the exact same boat as Harry, never truly understanding the strip until i was older. I own all the books, several posters (America's Ill but so is Bill! Bill the cat for president!)a stuffed BtC doll (and several small opusi), and a vhs copy of a wish for wings that work. There has not and probably will not ever be a strip that can hold its own with Bloom County. None of the current ones have all the pieces - may be funny, but unoriginal. may be touching, but not engrossing. May be irreverent, but distances itself. Sure, many comics are still funny. Pearls before swine is weirdly funny, and dilbert still gives those of us who work cool new phrases to use to de-monotonize the workplace. But none were like Bloom County. I don't care if the strip is horrible (which it wont be) - i am a fan. Also, apparently reversing the initials of UT is apparently a dis/slam/crack. Or calling us t-sips. Most of the aggies insults are insulting in reality only to them, who show their incredible unoriginality with such 'traditions'. Honestly, that which is funny 80 or 90 years ago doesn't hold up well today. Real men may go to A&M, but if the current crop of recently graduated high school girls are any indication, you faggies can have your manly men - and your crappy city, ugly school, horrible fucking traditions, and ultra-shitty football team. Enjoy your stay in 2nd place.

  • Sept. 2, 2003, 7:31 p.m. CST

    Get Fuzzy

    by TempusFugitive

    For years, Bloom County was my favorite comic. I've still got all the strip-collection books somewhere in the bowels of my office closet. I can still picture the stuffed bear with Ted Kennedy's face yelling "'84!" in the corner of many strips. For commentary on the sheer absurdity of current events, it was great. Calvin & Hobbes was a remarkable take on a child perspective of reality. But you've GOT to check out "Get Fuzzy" if you haven't already. If you've ever had a cat or dog, you'll recognize THAT strip is a much more likely representation of what animals would say if they could talk than the crap that's been pushed out by Jim Davis. Garfield is some of the LEAST funny shit in the funny papers.

  • Sept. 3, 2003, 12:22 a.m. CST

    AAACK!!!

    by Redbeard_NV

  • Sept. 3, 2003, 1:04 a.m. CST

    Far Side movie

    by BenTheCartoon

    There IS Far Side videos, 2 in fact. Tales From The Far Side, I and II. Go to www.thefarside.com to order them. I have them both. Hilarious! -Ben

  • Sept. 3, 2003, 10:30 a.m. CST

    STAIRCHAIR ENTERPOOP!!!!

    by jpinks

    AHEAD WARP FACTOR 5 MR SCHLOCK

  • Sept. 3, 2003, 4:13 p.m. CST

    yay!!

    by JetAlone

  • Sept. 3, 2003, 8:31 p.m. CST

    I too thought Opus' voice from "Wish for Wings..." was spot on.

    by JasonDkEldar

    Read the list of guest appearances and regular voice work on animated series, as well as guest spots on animated series and one fact is inescapable. The guy has RANGE. Michael Bell should indeed return to the role of OPUS, and I think there are many actors to take on BTK, but definitely not Billy West or Bobcat Goldthwait. Bobcat is suffering from early Adam Sandler disease but continues to be stuck in one "Funny" voice 20 years on. Billy West can change his voice somewhat, but doing permutations of Laary fine gets a little old. So glad Howard Stern chased him off. Who would be my pick for this role?? Steve Buscemi, dudes. PS nice to be able to get back to the site and post. Virus slammed me hard and it took days and my wife's diligence on the forums of varied sites to get our puter working right. Good to see many of you here.

  • Sept. 4, 2003, 10:34 a.m. CST

    woo-hoo

    by TechnoMage30

    BB is bringing back our beloved penguin!!!!!! This is truly a great thing! I've loved BB's work since Bloom County. This is really exciting news... Now if only Waterson would un-retire Calvin & Hobbes, everything would be right with the world agian. MORE SPACEMAN SPIFF!!!!!! TechnoMage30

  • Oct. 1, 2003, 7:15 p.m. CST

    why cant we have a fox trot bloomcounty orgy

    by OGREISHERE

    WHY