Berkeley Breathed

Born Jun 21, 1957

Guy Berkeley "Berke" Breathed is an American cartoonist, children's book author/illustrator, director and screenwriter, best known for Bloom County, a 1980s cartoon-comic strip that dealt with sociopolitical issues as understood by fanciful characters and through humorous analogies. Bloom County earned Breathed the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning in 1987.… Read More

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1957 Birth Born on June 21, 1957.


1978 21 Years Old His first comic strip published regularly was The Academia Waltz, which appeared in the Daily Texan, in 1978 while he was a student at the University of Texas. … Read More
1980 23 Years Old On December 8, 1980, Bloom County made its debut and featured some of the characters from Academia Waltz, including former frat-boy Steve Dallas and the paraplegic Vietnam war veteran Cutter John. … Read More
1986 29 Years Old 1 More Event
Breathed is a fan of outdoor activities such as powerboating and motorcycling. In 1986, he broke his back in an ultralight-plane crash, later incorporated into a Bloom County storyline in which Steve Dallas breaks his back after being attacked by an angry Sean Penn. … Read More


1987 30 Years Old Bloom County earned Breathed the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning during 1987.
1989 32 Years Old 1 More Event
The strip eventually appeared in over 1,200 newspapers around the world until Breathed retired the daily strip in 1989, stating that he wanted to terminate the strip while it was still popular. … Read More
1995 38 Years Old He ended Outland in 1995.


2003 46 Years Old In 2003, Breathed began the comic strip Opus, a Sunday-only strip featuring Opus the Penguin, who was one of the main characters of Bloom County. … Read More


2008 51 Years Old 1 More Event
On May 18, 2008, in his comic strip Opus, he announced he was suffering from a condition known as spasmodic torticollis.
2012 55 Years Old Breathed divorced in 2012 and remarried in the summer of 2015.
2015 58 Years Old 1 More Event
In July 2015 Breathed hinted at a return to the strip when he posted a photo to Facebook of him at his computer, starting a cartoon entitled "Bloom County 2015". … Read More
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