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Monday, November 2, 2009

Mike Russell Talks to Scott Dunbier About Berkeley Breathed.

Posted by Erik Henriksen on Mon, Nov 2, 2009 at 7:50 PM

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One of my favorite Portland film critics (and cartoonists!) is Mike Russell, who reviews movies for the Oregonian and blogs at Culture Pulp. Over at at Ain't It Cool News, Russell has an in-depth interview up with comics editor Scott Dunbier (Promethea, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Danger Girl, The Hunter), wherein they largely talk about Dunbier's latest project—a massive collection of Berkeley Breathed's "Bloom County" strips.

RUSSELL: You've described elsewhere the scavenger hunt required to track down and in some cases literally reconstruct these early strips. What was involved there, precisely?

DUNBIER: It really was one of those situations where "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times."

RUSSELL: Was there kind of a "Yay, I got the gig! Oh, shit!" moment?

DUNBIER: We got really lucky on a couple of fronts. Breathed very kindly lent us a lot of his original art—pretty much everything he had. Of course, there were some good-sized gaps in there—he'd sold a number of his originals over the years, he's given away a number of originals. Probably lost some. [laughs]

RUSSELL: Didn't I read somewhere that they were in a box under his guest bed or something?

DUNBIER: Oh, no—that's completely inaccurate. Completely inaccurate. They were in five of those big 2-by-3-foot Tupperware containers that you put coats in to store under your bed. But they weren't under his bed. They were actually in his garage. [laughs]

It's well worth a read. The whole thing is here.

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