Sunday, April 20, 2014

Sunday comics

We actually have a couple of links to real comic strips today.

First, The Academia Waltz by Berkeley Breathed, the guy who wrote Bloom County.  I've read it for a few days and, to be honest, the strip isn't that funny especially given the level of absurdity that we experience every day at your jobs.

Something Positive has some good comics about teaching evals this week.  Start here and move forward.

Have a relaxing Sunday!


6 comments:

  1. Ah, Berke Breathed and Bloom County! That takes me back. I loved those strips.

    The Academia Waltz was his early work, published as a student in 1978-79. In today's strip (via your link), we can see the early version of Steve Dallas as an obnoxious frat boy. Naturally, these strips focussed on the lives of college students.

    I had no idea they were online.

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    1. I didn't realize that Academic Waltz was before Bloom County. Now I see them differently (and makes the strip's reference to the Ayatollah more understandable). Yes, it is an early Steve Dallas. I was always an Uncle Duke fan myself.

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  2. Uncle Duke was from Doonesbury, not Bloom County.
    Actually, going through a few weeks' worth of this, its reads very much like early Doonesbury.

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    1. Yes, Breathed acknowledged that he was borrowing liberally from Trudeau during his early years. http://herocomplex.latimes.com/movies/berkeley-breathed-drawn-back-to-bloom-county-but-looking-forward/

      NB: I am a HUGE fan of both, and I have all of Breathed's books, including the children's books--which my own kids require me to read regularly.

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    2. Likewise - my brother has every Breathed book, and it took me several years of perusing weekend garage sales and used book stores (this was before the internet, and Amazon, etc) to get every single early paperback of Doonesbury.

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    3. I took delight in reading both as well and still do through their on-line archives on the gocomics.com website.

      I discovered "Doonesbury" nearly 40 years ago while I was an undergrad and started reading about "Bloom County" in the mid-1980s. I liked the latter strip so much that I bought a stuffed Opus when they were sold in stores. I still have him and keep him as a mascot. I mean, what's not to like about a talking penguin?

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