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Guy Berkeley "Berke" Breathed (born June 21, 1957) is
an American cartoonist, children's book author/illustrator, director,
and screenwriter, best known for Bloom County, a 1980s
cartoon-comic strip which dealt with socio-political issues as seen
through the eyes of highly exaggerated characters (e.g. Bill the Cat and
Opus the Penguin) and humorous analogies.
2. A native of Houston, what high school did Breathed attend?
- Lumberport High School
- Upper Moreland High School
- Westchester High School
3. Breathed became published when he was hired part-time by the Austin
American-Statesman to draw editorial cartoons for the paper. This job
was short-lived due to one of his cartoons causing outrage, and he was
fired shortly thereafter.
4. While he was a student at the University of Texas, what was his
first regularly published strip, which appeared in the Daily
Texan, in 1978?
- The Academia Waltz
- The Opus Waltz
- Texas Country
5. The strip attracted the notice of the editors of a large metro
newspaper, who recruited him to do a nationally syndicated strip. What was
- Washington Post
- New York Times
- Wall Street Journal
6. On December 8, 1980, what cartoon made its debut?
- Bloom County
7. Opus earned Breathed the Pulitzer Prize for editorial
cartooning in 1987.
8. What was the Sunday-only cartoon strip he introduced in 1989?
- Fun Times
9. Since 1992, he has designed a greeting card and gift ensemble
collection for American Greetings, featuring the "Bloom County"
characters. Who is NOT a character in the cards?
- Bill the Cat
- Mr. Rogers
Breathed adapted his children's book "Edwurd Fudwupper Fibbed
Big" into a short film. Originally intended to be released as a bonus
with a theatrically released animated film, the movie has yet to be
commercially exhibited in any format. Who is the film company?