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Will Cartoonist Berkeley Breathed Kill off Opus the Penguin?

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Will Cartoonist Berkeley Breathed Kill off Opus the Penguin?

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Is death on the horizon for Opus, the "Bloom County" penguin who now stars in the "Opus" comic strip?

Cartoonist Berkeley Breathed discussed (joked about?) that possibility in a Texas Monthly magazine interview just posted online. Here's the relevant Q&A:

TM: What interesting projects are on your horizon?

Breathed: A novel; two of my books are in development at Disney; and Opus' death, which approaches.

TM: Has Opus, the penguin, been a fixture in all of your strips? I don't recall, and I've been in Austin since your "Academia Waltz" days. And, assuming you mean the death of Opus, the strip, will that be the last we see of B. Breathed, newspaper cartoonist?

Breathed: Opus has been in all my cartooning post-"Academia Waltz." I mean the death of Opus literally, as told in the comic, which means the suspension of the feature (no dates set as of yet). Newspapers may indeed fade from our lives, but children's books may yet have a future. …

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