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Berkeley Breathed

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Hey Doc, Try this Cartoon Trivia1. 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.

  • True or False?

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.

  • True or False?

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 the newspaper?

  • Washington Post
  • New York Times
  • Wall Street Journal

6. On December 8, 1980, what cartoon made its debut?

  • Bloom County
  • Opus
  • Doonesbury

7. Opus earned Breathed the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning in 1987.

  • True or False?

8. What was the Sunday-only cartoon strip he introduced in 1989?

  • Outland
  • Sugarland
  • 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?

  • Opus
  • 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?

  • Universal
  • TCN
  • Disney

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