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Preview: Bloom County: Best Read on the Throne

Bloom County: Best Read on the Throne

Berkeley Breathed (w & a & c)

Collecting year three of the Bloom County relaunch begun in 2015! The stakes are higher, the punchlines are sharper, and the laughter is more desperate! When Brand Spanking New Day came out, we said we needed Opus, Bill the Cat, and all their friends more than ever before. Well, what was true then is even more true now, and Bloom County: Best Read On The Throne picks up right where the previous volume left off!

TPB • FC • $19.99 • 144 pages • 9-4/5” x 11-4/5” • ISBN: 978-1-68405-314-8

Berkeley Breathed’s Bloom County: Shenaniganary Coming in 2018

Picking up right where the previous volume left off, Bloom County: Shenaniganary collects year three of Berkeley Breathed’s newest Bloom County strips.

The residents of Bloom County are back to put their trademark tragi-comic spin on the horrors of the previous year, so lock all your worries in the anxiety closet for a bit. Who knows? When you come back they may be just the tiniest bit funnier. The stakes are higher, the punchlines are sharper, and the laughter is more desperate!

This marks the third volume in an ongoing series collecting the Bloom County series relaunched in 2015 and fans of political satire will not want to miss it as we need Opus, Bill the Cat, and all their friends more than ever before to make sense of today’s increasingly nonsensical world!

Bloom County: Shenaniganary will be available for $19.99 in comic shops and book stores on September 2018 and is now available for pre-order with ISBN: 978-1-68405-314-8

IDW Publishing and Humble Bundle Team Up for a Bloom County Bundle to Support Charity

IDW Publishing and Humble Bundle have teamed up with a brand new bundle to support Traveling Stories. The new comics bundle features Bloom County and runs through May 10. Humble Bundle allows customers to pay what they want and then split that towards the platform, publisher, and charity in any way they choose.

Customers can pay just $1 or more for:

  • Bloom County Digital Library Vol. 1
  • Bloom County Digital Library Vol. 2
  • Bloom County Digital Library Vol. 3
  • Bloom County Digital Library Vol. 4

Customers who pay $8 or more will also get:

  • Bloom County Digital Library Vol. 5
  • Bloom County Digital Library Vol. 6
  • Bloom County Digital Library Vol. 7
  • Bloom County Digital Library Vol. 8
  • Bloom County Digital Library Vol. 9
Those who pay $15 or more will receive all of that plus:
  • Bloom County Episode XI: A New Hope (Collected new strips from 2015 & 2016!)
  • Berkeley Breathed’s Academia Waltz & Other Transgressions (New release!)
  • OPUS by Berkeley Breathed: The Complete Digital Sunday Strips from 2003-2008
  • Berkeley Breathed’s Outland: The Complete Digital Collection

Traveling Stories helps provide underprivileged youth with reading material and help them become literate by falling in love with reading.

Click here to check out this bundle now.

Preview: Bloom County Episode XI: A New Hope

Bloom County Episode XI: A New Hope

Berkeley Breathed (w & a & c)

OPUS AWAKENS!

In 2015, Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Berkeley Breathed began (without warning!) producing ALL-NEW Bloom County strips—for the first time in more than 25 years! Breathed released the new Bloom County strips exclusively through his Facebook page, to the cheers of devoted and delighted fans everywhere. These brand new strips have NEVER before been available in print—until now! All the wit, charm, and biting satire that are trademarks of Bloom County and Berkeley Breathed are clearly on display and evident in this handsome new volume. Featuring all your favorite characters: Opus, Milo, Bill the Cat, Steve Dallas, Cutter John, and many more. Bloom County has come home… and it’s about time!

TPB • PC • $17.99 • 144 pages • 11.6” x 9.7” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-699-7

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NYCC 2015: Bloom County Gets Printed courtesy of IDW

For the first time since 1989, Berkeley Breathed is producing new Bloom County comic strips. Featuring all of his beloved characters—Opus, Bill the Cat, Milo, Steve Dallas, and more—the world has never been more ready for Breathed’s biting satire and skewering humor to make a return—and, more importantly, on his own terms, free of the editorial constraints of corporately owned newspaper syndicates. In that spirit, IDW has announced the publication of the first in a new series of Bloom County Collections, debuting in the Summer of 2016.

Bloom County

Around the Tubes

The Graphic Policy team is descending on New York Comic Con, so make sure you head to our Twitter account for live updates from the show! Until we kick that off, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

ICv2 – Tricia Helfer Joins “Power” Cast for Season 2 – Cool.

Newsarama – Lex Luthor to Provide Free WiFi at New York Comic Con – Mhmmm, this is how digital nerd flu begins.

ArtsBeat – New ‘Bloom County’ Online Comic Strips to Be Collected and Published – Woohoo!

CBLDF – Zunar Trial to Proceed After Malaysian Court Rules on Sedition Act – Grumble. Grumble. Grumble.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Comic Vine – The Amazing Spider-Man #1

The Outhousers – Axcend #1

CBR – Batman and Robin Eternal #1

Comic Vine – Batman and Robin Eternal #1

CBR – Doctor Strange #1

CBR – Invincible Iron Man #1

The Outhousers – Jughead #1

Comic Vine – Paper Girls #1

CBR – Rowan’s Ruin #1

IDW Publishing Previews – 6/13/12

Cobra #14

Mike Costa (w) • Antonio Fuso (a) • Antonio Fuso, David Williams (c)

G.I. JOE UNDERGROUND! Armed with secret knowledge of Cobra’s inner workings, a rag-tag force of ex-villains and damaged heroes takes the fight to the darkest corners of the world, under the vigilant eye of Flint!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99


Bloom County, Vol. 5 Signed/Numbered Ltd Ed.

Berkeley Breathed (w & a & c)

IDW Publishing is proud to present the final signed and numbered limited edition of Bloom County: The Complete Library. Strictly limited to 500 copies, each with a special signature plate bound into the book, and signed by Bloom County creator Berkeley Breathed.

HC · FC · $50.00 · 272 pages · 11” x 8.5”  · ISBN 978-1-61377-128-0


Dungeons & Dragons Classics, Vol. 3

Dan Mishkin, Jeff Grubb, Ben Schwartz, Dan Raspler & Don Kraar (w) • Jan Duursema, Ken Penders, Bob Downs, Tom Mandrake, & Fernado daSilva (a) • Jan Duursema (c)

Contains Advanced Dungeons & Dragons issues #19-26 and the 1990 Annual #1. Includes the four part “Phases of the Moon,” the one issue “Lawyers,”and the three part “Scavangers” storylines.

TPB • FC • $24.99 • 260 pages • ISBN 978-1-61377-219-5

G.I. JOE: A Real American Treasury Edition

Larry Hama (w) • Herb Trimpe, Marshall Rogers, Don Hudson, Phil Gosier  (a) • J. Scott Campbell (c)

Celebrate America’s independence with this special 4th of July Treasury Edition of G.I. JOE! JOE scholar Mark Bellomo scoured the run of ARAH for the most patriotic stories for your Independence Day reading enjoyment, and decided on: Issue #1, “Operation Lady Doomsday “; #82, “Weeding Out”; and finally issue #155, “A Letter from SNAKE EYES.” From the very first introduction of the JOE team to the final issue filled with SNAKE EYES’ response to a teenager thinking of enlisting, this commemorative collection is designed for real American heroes.

FC • Cardstock •  $9.99 • 72 pages • 9.25” x 14.25”

KISS #1

Chris Ryall (w) • Jamal Igle (a) • Nick Runge, Igle (c)

You Wanted the Best, You Got the Best! KISS is back in an all-new comic series that will appeal to longtime fans and new readers alike! Four ordinary humans in 1920s Chicago find themselves caught up in a battle of epic proportions that will reverberate across time and space in “Dressed to Kill,” part 1!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Lovecraft Library, Vol. 2: The Call of Cthulhu and Other Mythos Tales

H.P. Lovecraft (w) • Sam “Mister-Sam” Shearon (a & c)

“That is not dead which can eternal lie, and with strange eons even death may die,” declared H.P. Lovecraft describing the truth hidden beneath the surface of his most nightmarish stories. In this collection of six short stories and novellas, Lovecraft explores the boundaries of modern horror, ranging from the cosmic dread of demonic creatures from the stars in “The Call of Cthulhu,” to “The Haunter of the Dark,” and the hidden horrors lurking within “The Shunned House” and “The Diary of Alonzo Typer.” Also includes “The Shadow Over Innsmouth” and “The Festival.” With color art by Sam “Mister-Sam” Shearon and a new introduction by Lovecraft scholar Robert Weinberg.

HC • FC • $16.99 • 232 pages • 6” x 9” • ISBN 978-1-61377-208-9

Night of 1,000 Wolves #2 (of 3)

Bobby Curnow (w) • Dave Wachter (a & c)

One man’s desperate trial to save his family’s life from unstoppable suppernatural onslaught continues! With hordes of wolves, not to mention zombie werewolves, on their heels, Harrick and his family take sanctuary at Cragen’s Keep. The respite is short lived though, as the malevolent force behind the maddness makes itself known! A beatifully illustrated new horror classic in the making!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Color Classics #2

Kevin Eastman, Peter Laird (w) • Eastman, Laird (a & c)

This tale of the original TMNT expands the Turtles universe, detailing the origin of many familiar faces, such ass April O’Neil,  Baxter Stockman, and of course the mechanized Mousers!

FC • 38 pages • $3.99

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Micro-Series, Vol. 1

Brian Lynch (w) • Franco Urru, Andy Kuhn, Valerio Schiti, & Ross Campbell (a) • David Petersen (c)

Following in the tradition of the original TMNT micro-series comes four stand-alone tales centering on each Turtle brought to you by writer Brian Lynch and artists Franco Urru, Andy Kuhn, Ross Campbell, and Valerio Schiti.

TPB • FC • $17.99 • 104 pages • ISBN 978-1-61377-232-4


Transformers: More than Meets the Eye Vol. 1

James Roberts (w) • Nick Roche & Alex Milne (a) Alex Milne (c)

The ultimate Transformers saga begins here! More Than Meets The Eye reunites the fan-favorite creative team behind Last Stand of the Wreckers and sends the Transformers on an epic quest to the farthest reaches of the Transformers Universe and beyond! Also includes the one-shot Death of Optimus Prime.

TPB • FC • $19.99 • 128 pages • ISBN 978-1-61377-235-5

Transformers: Robots in Disguise Ongoing #6

John Barber (w) • Livio Ramondelli (a) • Ramondelli, Casey Coller (c)

ONCE HE WAS: OPTIMUS PRIME! The Autobot gave up his title—returned to his role as ORION PAX! But that doesn’t mean the fight’s over! A shattered planet leads Pax and a squad of fan favorite characters on the trail of the deadliest Decepticon of all… SHOCKWAVE!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Berkeley Breathed’s Bloom County Series Continues in October

Official Press Release

Berkeley Breathed’s Bloom County Series Continues in October

Volume five of IDW’s award-winning Complete Library now available for pre-order

Best-selling chronological collection will expand to include Outland, Opus

[Bloom County Volume 5 Cover]San Diego, CA (September 12, 2011)—The wildly successful return of Opus, Binkley, Bill the Cat and the entire cast of Bloom County continues in October with BLOOM COUNTY: THE COMPLETE LIBRARY, VOLUME FIVE, now available for pre-order. After weeks on The New York Times Best Seller list, multiple awards and nominations, and a museum retrospective, VOLUME FIVE brings readers the final chapter of Berkeley Breathed’s incredibly popular and Pulitzer Prize-winning series. And just as Breathed was drawn back to Bloom County, so will IDW finish the Complete Breathed Strip Library with the first full color, chronological reprints of both Outland and Opus, starting in 2012.

“The really funny thing about many of these past strips… is how utterly inappropriate they would be for today’s newspapers,” said Breathed. “I’m thankful there’ll be a complete record of inappropriateness now.”

BLOOM COUNTY: THE COMPLETE LIBRARY, VOLUME FIVE offers every daily and Sunday strip from November 30, 1987 through August 6, 1989, the day that Breathed, at the top of his game both critically and commercially, walked away from Bloom County. This ultimate volume features an introduction by Breathed and is also full of the annotations and behind-the-scenes antidotes from him, a hallmark for which the series has become known.

As with the first five volumes, OUTLAND and OPUS will also offer engaging comments and insights from Breathed about the strips. Each volume will contain the full run of Sunday-only strips, offering fans the first and only complete, full color, chronological collections, and featuring many of the characters from Bloom County.

“This is sort of a ‘the king is dead, long live the king’ moment for me,” said series editor Scott Dunbier, “While I’m happy the Bloom County Series is now collected, I’ll be sad to not be working on it anymore… but elated to have both Outland and Opus on the horizon!”

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 a unique amalgam of contemporary politics and fantasy, all told with hilarious wit and humor. At its height, Bloom County was published in an astonishing 1200 newspapers, and the first collection, Loose Tails, sold more than one million copies.

Celebrating the cultural impact of this remarkable comic strip, IDW Publishing has teamed up with Breathed for the first complete and chronological collection of Bloom County. Each volume features the many quirky citizens of Bloom County—such as Opus, Bill the Cat, and Milo Bloom—while projecting Breathed’s uncanny ability to be both cynical and naïve, often at the same time. The first four volumes of BLOOM COUNTY: THE COMPLTE LIBRARY are currently available at fine bookstores everywhere, with Volume Five launching in October. The single volume of Outland will be released in April of 2012.

In addition to the print books, IDW has also released a BLOOM COUNTY application for Apple’s iPad, starting with the inaugural year, 1980-81, with more years soon to follow. BLOOM COUNTY will also launch in iBooks, shortly. Each digital edition is specially formatted, with one day’s strip per page for optimal viewing on the iPad or iPhone.

Bloom County: The Complete Library Volume Two is published by IDW under its imprint Eisner award-winning imprint, the Library of American Comics. Bloom County: The Complete Library series is edited by Dunbier and designed by Dean Mullaney.

BLOOM COUNTY: THE COMPLETE LIBRARY VOLUME FIVE ($39.99, 272 pages, hard cover, partial color) will be available in stores in October 2011. ISBN 978-1-61377-061-0. Diamond order code AUG11 0382.

BLOOM COUNTY: THE COMPLTE LIBRARY VOLUME ONE (iPad only, $7.99, December 8 1980 – December 31, 1981, partial color) is now available through iTunes [http://bit.ly/bloom-county-ipad].

Visit IDWPublishing.com to learn more about the company and its top-selling books.

About IDW Publishing
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The Transformers and G.I. JOE, Paramount’s Star Trek; HBO’s True Blood; the BBC’s Doctor Who; Toho’s Godzilla; Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; and comics and trade collections based on novels by worldwide bestselling author, James Patterson. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints; Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio.

IDW’s original horror series, 30 Days of Night, was launched as a major motion picture in October 2007 by Sony Pictures and was the #1 film in its first week of release. More information about the company can be found at IDWPublishing.com.

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Bloom County Vol 2 Debuts on NY Times Best Seller List

Official Press Release

Bloom County Vol 2 Debuts on
NY Times Best Seller List

Second installment of acclaimed series features Ted Koppel introduction

[Bloom County Vol 2  cover]San Diego, CA (May 21, 2010) – The wildly successful return of Opus, Binkley, Bill the Cat and the entire cast of Bloom County continues with the debut of Bloom County: The Complete Library, Volume Two at fourth on the New York Times Best Seller list. In Volume Two, creator Berkeley Breathed offers even more funny and insightful commentary than in the first volume, while context pages help fans recapture the glory of the 1980s.

“Ha, fooled them again!” exclaimed Breathed. “Seriously, I’m happy people still enjoy this stuff. Surprised, but happy.”

Beginning with September 27, 1982, Bloom County: The Complete Library, Volume Two offers every daily and Sunday through July 1, 1984, most reproduced from Breathed’s personal archives of original art. Kicking off this second installment, renowned journalist Ted Koppel takes readers on a brief journey back to the Reagan years and reflects on the strips he shared with Opus in his introduction.

“What’s really astounding to me is the freshness of this material after so many years” said editor Scott Dunbier. “The events in these pages are right out of today’s headlines—the economy, politics, even Michael Jackson! But, most importantly, we see them all through Breathed’s own unique perspective, which is the true joy of Bloom County.”

Bloom County: The Complete Library Volume Two features the introduction of Binkley’s anxiety closet and boy genius Oliver Wendell Jones, as well as the fondly remembered death of the Bill the Cat storyline.

Bloom County: The Complete Library Volume Two is published by IDW under its imprint Eisner award-winning imprint, the Library of American Comics. Bloom County: The Complete Library series is edited by Dunbier and designed by Dean Mullaney.

[Bloom County, February 7,  1983]
Bloom County: The Complete Library Volume Two ($39.99; 304 pages; hardcover) is now available in stores. Diamond order code FEB10 1005; ISBN 978-160010-583-8.

Visit IDWPublishing.com to sign up for updates and learn more about the company and its top-selling books.

About IDW Publishing
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The Transformers and G.I. JOE, Paramount’s Star Trek; Fox’s Angel; the BBC’s Doctor Who; and comics and trade collections based on novels by worldwide bestselling author, James Patterson. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints; Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studios; and is the print publisher for EA Comics and ComicMix.

IDW’s original horror series, 30 Days of Night, was launched as a major motion picture in October 2007 by Sony Pictures and was the #1 film in its first week of release. More information about the company can be found at IDWPublishing.com.

About The Library of American Comics
The Library of American Comics, an imprint of IDW Publishing, was established in 2007 to preserve the long and jubilantly creative history of the American newspaper comic strip in archival, hardcover editions. To date, every LoAC release has been nominated for an Eisner or Harvey Award and the imprint’s inaugural series, Terry and the Pirates, won the Eisner in 2008. Creative and Editorial Director Dean Mullaney has been an influential force in the comics field since 1978, when he published the first graphic novel for the comics specialty market (Sabre by Don McGregor and Paul Gulacy). His pioneering efforts, as founder and publisher of Eclipse Comics, brought about many milestones to the field, including creator copyright ownership, the first line of Japanese manga in English translation in 1988, and the first digitally-colored comic book. More information about The Library of American Comics can be found on IDW’s website— www.idwpublishing.com—and that of the imprint itself—www.libraryofamericancomics.com.

*Comic strip for February 2, 1983.

Bloom County Continues in April

Official Press Release

Volume Two of New York Times best-selling series
by Berkeley Breathed features Ted Koppel introduction

[Bloom County Volume 2 cover]San Diego, CA (February 3, 2010) – The wildly successful return of Opus, Binkley, Bill the Cat and the entire cast of Bloom County continues in April with Bloom County: The Complete Library, Volume Two. Creator Berkeley Breathed offers even more funny and insightful commentary than in the first volume, while context pages help fans recapture the glory of the 1980’s. IDW is also expanding the series to include a limited edition of the first volume, featuring a tipped-in bookplate signed by Breathed himself.

“In the spirit of humiliating self-disclosure that has become so trendy of late, I stuffed this volume with more embarrassing background stories behind the cartoons. Drugs, sex and gunplay, it’s all there,” added Breathed.

Beginning with September 27, 1982, Bloom County: The Complete Library, Volume Two offers every daily and Sunday through July 1, 1984, most reproduced from Breathed’s personal archives of original art. Kicking off this second installment, renowned journalist Ted Koppel takes readers on a brief journey back to the Reagan years and reflects on the strips he shared with Opus in his introduction: “It’s come to this. I’m the opening act for a penguin.”

“Berkeley just turned in his margin comments for Volume Two,” said editor Scott Dunbier, “and they are hysterically funny. One of the many things I love about my job is that I get to read things like this—before any of you—and I get PAID to do it!”

Bloom County: The Complete Library Volume Two features the introduction of Binkley’s anxiety closet and boy genius Oliver Wendell Jones, as well as the fondly remembered death of the Bill the Cat storyline.

Bloom County: The Complete Library Volume Two is published by IDW under its Eisner award-winning imprint, the Library of American Comics. Bloom County: The Complete Library series is edited by Dunbier and designed by Dean Mullaney.

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.

Visit IDWPublishing.com to learn more about the company and its top-selling books.

About IDW Publishing
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The Transformers and G.I. JOE, Paramount’s Star Trek; Fox’s Angel; the BBC’s Doctor Who; and television’s #1 prime time series CBS’ CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints; Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studios; and is the print publisher for ComicMix.

IDW’s original horror series, 30 Days of Night, was launched as a major motion picture in October 2007 by Sony Pictures and was the #1 film in its first week of release. More information about the company can be found at IDWPublishing.com.

About The Library of American Comics
The Library of American Comics, an imprint of IDW Publishing, was established in 2007 to preserve the long and jubilantly creative history of the American newspaper comic strip in archival, hardcover editions. To date, every LoAC release has been nominated for an Eisner or Harvey Award and the imprint’s inaugural series, Terry and the Pirates, won the Eisner in 2008. Creative and Editorial Director Dean Mullaney has been an influential force in the comics field since 1978, when he published the first graphic novel for the comics specialty market (Sabre by Don McGregor and Paul Gulacy). His pioneering efforts, as founder and publisher of Eclipse Comics, brought about many milestones to the field, including creator copyright ownership, the first line of Japanese manga in English translation in 1988, and the first digitally-colored comic book. More information about The Library of American Comics can be found on IDW’s website and that of the imprint itself—www.libraryofamericancomics.com.