'Bloom County' Cartoonist Retires Again

After 30 years, Breathed will turn focus to children's books
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 6, 2008 4:42 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Berkeley Breathed, the genius behind “Bloom County,” will retire his current strip, "Opus," on Nov. 2, the Washington Post reports. "With the crisis in Wall Street and Washington, I'm suspending my comic strip to assist the nation,” Breathed joked in a statement. "I call on John McCain to join me." The artist has penned syndicated comics for 30 years and will concentrate on writing children's books.