Well, decades, anyway.
I’ve been reading Bloom County lately, and frankly I can’t imagine anything more appropriate to soak up during this election season. The face of American politics, it seems, has changed very little in the nearly 30 years since the comic above was published. Sure, the Democratic incumbent isn’t as laughably doomed as Mondale was in 1984, but the overall spirit of things has only grown more horrible, more satire-worthy since Berkeley Breathed occupied the comics page.
A few weeks ago, I embarked upon my Bloom Country re-experience with the “Complete Bloom County” collections I’d been grabbing as they published. I set aside the first volume one day with the intent to read it, but didn’t actually pick it up until the next day. The “picking up” part came about half an hour after I returned home from the grocery store, where I saw a clerk whose nametag read, “HAIG.”
“Wasn’t there some famous guy named Haig? Al Haig?” I wondered. I couldn’t place the name beyond something maybe political. So imagine my surprise when I was thumbing through Bloom County and one of the early comics made a joke about… Al Haig, with a footnote explaining who exactly he was.
Yesterday, I read a footnote in which Breathed mentioned writing the script for last year’s box-office bomb Mars Needs Moms, which I hadn’t thought about since… well, since it bombed at the box office. Imagine my surprise this morning when I walked past a coworker’s desk only to notice he was reading the Wikipedia entry about… Mars Needs Moms.
Basically, what I’m saying is that Bloom County is forever a part of our lives, even 25 years after its cancellation. Open your heart and let it in.