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So, a few weeks back, Berkeley Breathed decided it was time to say goodbye to Opus. It can certainly be argued he should have left all of Bloom County, Opus included, some time ago - but, still, it's a poignant and beautiful moment.

 
 
 
 
 
 
Interesting interview with him on Salon.com.

Excerpt:

"I'll be on my couch Sunday mornings screaming at Brokaw and Stephanopoulos to call out the blathering bastards on their stupid fucking talking points and pin the dancing, lying, spinning Tasmanian Weasels down about something, ANYTHING for Christ Bloody Sake THE COUNTRY IS GETTING STEERED INTO CHAOS AND INSOLVENCY AND WAR BY ITS UNREAD UNINFORMED DULLARD SHEEP CONSTITUENCIES AND YOU JUST LET THE CANDIDATE SAY ONE MORE TIME WITHOUT OBJECTION THAT HE'S GOING TO CUT TAXES WHILE HE CALLS FOR FREE 24 KARAT GOLD FRANKFURTERS TO BE INSERTED INTO EVERY AMERICAN'S ASS JUST BECAUSE BUTT BULLION POLLS WELL.

You see right there why I can't have Opus involved with this anymore."
Hee! Oh, that's priceless. =:D

Mind, that would've also made for quite a memorable farewell.. ^_^

(Snag some of BBC1's Question Time or Newsnight (especially if Jeremy Paxman's involved) sometime, and see how the style of interview differs.. =:)

Was a far more stirring moment than I'd expected it to be; I've no real emotional association with Opus, but it hit me really hard. Emotional sap, I am.

Of course, my flatmate simply started bawling; her late father used to read Goodnight Moon to her as a small child.

Oh well. Fare thee well, flightless bird of enormous nose, and thank you for making sure tha t the past 28 years or so were quite unpredictable.
It did get me all teary-eyed.. such a superbly.. peaceful moment, following all that's happened since Bloom County first appeared - ye gods, 28 years ago? (Though, I admit, I onnly really discovered the strip fairly late on, as it was coming to its (first?) end, back in my incarnation as a Minneapolis part-time resident, where I discovered the wonders of Dreamhaven Books, one of the very best comic emporia in the US, and Edwardo's, purveyors of exquisite Chicago-style stuffed pizza. Though, I have to say, Zachary's over in yon Berkeley might even be better)

I wonder if Opus would've liked the pepperoni & kipper pizza I made the other week.. actually rather good, but I held back on the spices, so it wasn't nearly as fun a creation as it might've been.

It's a testament to Berkeley Breathed's talent that, even now, he can inspire such poignant emotion, amidst the jesting. He's earned a rest. As has Opus. ^_^