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Berkeley Breathed (Born 1957) is an American cartoonist, children's book creator, director and screenwriter, best known for his comic strips Bloom County, Outland, and Opus. Bloom County earned Breathed the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning in 1987.

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    • BERKELEY "BERKE" BREATHED, AMERICAN 1957-, BLOOM COUNTRY ORIGINAL, Marker on paper, Sheet: 6 3/4 x 17 1/4 in. (17.1 x 43.8 cm.), Frame: 10 3/4 x 20 3/4 in. (27.3 x 52.7 cm.)
      Apr. 23, 2024

      BERKELEY "BERKE" BREATHED, AMERICAN 1957-, BLOOM COUNTRY ORIGINAL, Marker on paper, Sheet: 6 3/4 x 17 1/4 in. (17.1 x 43.8 cm.), Frame: 10 3/4 x 20 3/4 in. (27.3 x 52.7 cm.)

      Est: $1,500 - $3,000

      BERKELEY "BERKE" BREATHED AMERICAN, 1957- BLOOM COUNTRY ORIGINAL Marker on paper Lower right initialed: BB Catalogue note: Bloom Country originally ran from 1980 until 1989. In 1987, Berke Breathed won the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning, the second comic strip artist to win a Pulitzer.

      Potomack Company
    • BERKE BREATHED A man, his dog, and his Macintosh.
      Dec. 14, 2023

      BERKE BREATHED A man, his dog, and his Macintosh.

      Est: $2,000 - $2,500

      BERKE BREATHED A man, his dog, and his Macintosh. Book cover proposal for Macintosh guidebook published by Addison Wesley Publishing Company, 1992. Watercolor and ink on paper. 232x241 mm; 9 1/8x9 1/2 inches. Framed and matted to 15x14 1/2 inches. Framed and matted to 16 3/4x16 3/4 inches. Signed "B. Breathed in lower margin. Provenance: Acquired from the Boston-area estate of an art director who worked for Addison-Wesley.

      Swann Auction Galleries
    • BERKE BREATHED Macintosh Power User.
      Dec. 14, 2023

      BERKE BREATHED Macintosh Power User.

      Est: $2,000 - $2,500

      BERKE BREATHED Macintosh Power User. Book cover illustration for Dr. Macintosh: How to Become a Macintosh Power User by Bob LeVitus (New York: Addison-Wesley Publishing, 1992). Watercolor and ink on paper. 203x191 mm; 8x7 1/2 inches. Signed "B. Breathed" in lower margin. Provenance: Acquired from the Boston-area estate of an art director who worked for Addison-Wesley.

      Swann Auction Galleries
    • Berkeley Breathed, Ackphft - Bill the Cat Sericel
      Jun. 16, 2023

      Berkeley Breathed, Ackphft - Bill the Cat Sericel

      Est: $50 - $150

      Berkeley Breathed, Ackphft - Bill the Cat Sericel Origin: American Medium: Serigraph Cel Dimensions: Art is 7 x 10 inches; the frame is 12.5 x 16 inches. Condition: Excellent Additional Information: Depicts Bill the Cat at a podium, comically exclaiming, Ackphft.

      Blue Box Auction Gallery
    • Berke Breathed (CA,b 1957) mixed media painting
      Dec. 18, 2022

      Berke Breathed (CA,b 1957) mixed media painting

      Est: $525 - $675

      ARTIST: Guy Berkeley "Berke" Breathed (California, born 1957) NAME: Bill the Cat MEDIUM: mixed media on canvas. Canvas applied to board. CONDITION: Overall good. SIGHT SIZE: 28 x 20 inches / 71 x 50 cm FRAME SIZE: unframed (In-House framing available) SIGNATURE: lower right CATEGORY: old antique vintage painting for auction sale online AD: ART CONSIGNMENTS WANTED. CONTACT US SKU#: 122750 US Shipping $75 + insurance. BIOGRAPHY: Guy Berkeley "Berke" Breathed is an American cartoonist, children's book author, director, and screenwriter, known for his comic strips Bloom County, Outland, and Opus. Bloom County earned Breathed the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning in 1987.Born in Encino, California, but raised in Houston, Texas, Breathed attended Westchester High School in Houston.Breathed was first published when he was hired part-time by the Austin American-Statesman to draw editorial cartoons for the newspaper. This job was short-lived; he was dismissed shortly after one of his cartoons caused outrage. His first comic strip published regularly was The Academia Waltz, which appeared in the Daily Texan, in 1978 while he was a student at the University of Texas. During his time at the University of Texas, Breathed self-published two collections of The Academia Waltz, using the profits to pay his tuition. The comic strip attracted the notice of the editors of The Washington Post, who recruited him to do a nationally syndicated strip.On December 8, 1980, Bloom County made its debut. It featured some of the characters from Academia Waltz, including former frat-boy Steve Dallas and the paraplegic Vietnam war veteran Cutter John. At its start, the strip's style was so similar to that of another popular strip, Doonesbury, that Doonesbury's creator Garry Trudeau wrote to Breathed several times to indicate their similarities. Breathed has acknowledged that he borrowed liberally from Doonesbury during his early career. In the Outland collection One Last Little Peek, Breathed even put an early Bloom County side by side with the Doonesbury comic strip from which it obviously took its idea.Bloom County earned Breathed the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning during 1987. The strip eventually appeared in over 1,200 newspapers around the world until Breathed retired the daily strip in 1989, stating that he wanted to terminate the strip while it was still popular. At that time, he said, "A good comic strip is no more eternal than a ripe melon. The ugly truth is that in most cases, comics age less gracefully than their creators".Breathed replaced the strip with the surreal Sunday-only cartoon Outland in 1989, which reused some of the Bloom County characters, including Opus the Penguin and Bill the Cat. He ended Outland in 1995.In 2003, Breathed began the comic strip Opus, a Sunday-only strip featuring Opus the Penguin, who was one of the main characters of Bloom County.Several newspapers chose not to run the August 26, 2007, Opus cartoon because it might offend Muslims.On October 6, 2008, Breathed announced plans to discontinue all work on comic strips with the final Opus strip to run on November 2, 2008. Breathed planned to focus on writing children's books. Breathed explained that he felt that the United States was going to face "tough times", and that he wanted to end the saga of his most memorable character "on a lighter note".The last Opus comic strip appeared on schedule, but in what may be a comic first, the final panel required an online link. The final panel of the strip showed Opus sleeping peacefully in the bed depicted in the classic children's book, Goodnight Moon. This panel was available only online, and the Humane Society of the United States page that displayed it was later removed.Breathed said that he had no regrets in leaving political cartooning, as he believed the atmosphere became too bitter for him to make quality cartoons.In July 2015 Breathed hinted at a return to the strip when he posted a photo to Facebook of him at his computer, starting a cartoon entitled "Bloom County 2015". He added: "A return after 25 years. Feels like going home." The strip was later posted to Facebook. He has subsequently been posting new Bloom County strips via Facebook on an almost-daily basis, as of January 2018.In 2021, Breathed penned a series of strips featuring characters from Bill Watterson's Calvin and Hobbes. Panels featured Watterson's Calvin as Spaceman Spiff and Hobbes the Tiger.Breathed's syndicated and Facebook cartoon work has produced at least thirteen cartoon anthology books, as of January 2018. Starting in 1992, he designed a greeting card and gift ensemble collection for American Greetings, featuring the "Bloom County" characters Opus, Bill the Cat, and Milquetoast the Cockroach.As of January 2018, Breathed has produced ten children's picture books. Two were made into the animated films: A Wish for Wings That Work (Amblin Television/Universal Cartoon Studios, 1991) and Edwurd Fudwupper Fibbed Big (Nickelodeon Movies, 2000); one was made into the motion-capture film Mars Needs Moms (Disney, 2011). Another animated film; Hitpig, which Breathed himself loosely adapted from his book Pete and Pickles is currently in production at Aniventure for a 2022 release.Breathed's writing has also been featured in numerous publications, including Life, Boating, and Travel and Leisure. He produced the cartoon art for the closing credits of the Texas-based 2003 film Secondhand Lions, which featured a strip called Walter and Jasmine. The panels that Breathed drew for Secondhand Lions appear in his cartoon anthology book Opus: 25 Years of His Sunday Best, in which Breathed terms them "the comic strip that never was".Breathed has been a supporter of the animal rights group PETA and illustrated the cover of earlier printings of PETA's cookbook The Compassionate Cook, or, "Please Don't Eat the Animals!", T-shirts, and other merchandise.Breathed cameos as himself in the 2004 short film Tim Warner: A Life in the Clouds, a fictional tale about an unhappy cartoonist and his unfunny strip, The Silver Lining.

      Broward Auction Gallery LLC
    • BERKELEY BREATHED (1957-) "'Fly,' Opus whispered to himself just before falling asleep. 'I'll be flying by Christmas morning."
      Dec. 15, 2022

      BERKELEY BREATHED (1957-) "'Fly,' Opus whispered to himself just before falling asleep. 'I'll be flying by Christmas morning."

      Est: $3,000 - $4,000

      BERKELEY BREATHED (1957-) "'Fly,' Opus whispered to himself just before falling asleep. 'I'll be flying by Christmas morning." Illustration for A Wish for Wings that Work: An Opus Christmas Story (Boston: Little Brown, 1991). Watercolor and ink on paper. 305x336 mm; 12x13 1/4 inches, on a 14x15 3/4-inch sheet. Signed and inscribed in lower right margin: "For Esther who knows the true value of Christmas...exactly $501,000. Love, Berkeley." Illustration previously mounted to board but shaved, preserving board; tipped to window matte.

      Swann Auction Galleries
    • Stephen Hawking in Bloom County Berkeley Breathed. 30 June 1988
      Jul. 16, 2020

      Stephen Hawking in Bloom County Berkeley Breathed. 30 June 1988

      Est: £1,000 - £1,500

      Stephen Hawking in Bloom County Berkeley Breathed. 30 June 1988 Berkeley Breathed (b. 1957). Berke Breathed ‘Bloom County’ original comic strip artwork, 30 June 1988, signed and inscribed to Stephen Hawking. 164 x 431mm. Ink, fibre-tip pen, correction fluid and blue pencil on paperboard part-printed with guide- and Washington Post copyright-lines, two textual emendations on pasted-on slips. Protective paper cover pasted onto the blank verso. Provenance: inscribed to Stephen Hawking by Berkeley Breathed: ‘For Stephen Hawking, who is probably somewhat smarter than Gomer Pyle. Best, Berke Breathed’ – the estate of Professor Stephen Hawking Stephen Hawking in Bloom County. The comic-strip author Berke Breathed engineered a race to develop the theory of everything between Stephen Hawking and his child-genius character Oliver Wendell Jones – precocious star of The Washington Post’s ‘Bloom County’ strip – that was much to Hawking’s amusement. As Oliver says in the final panel: ‘We scientists always love a little competitive give n’ take’. Please note this lot is the property of a private individual.

      Christie's
    • Berke Breathed Bloom County Daily Comic Strip Original
      Nov. 19, 2010

      Berke Breathed Bloom County Daily Comic Strip Original

      Est: -

      Berke Breathed Bloom County Daily Comic Strip Original Art dated 2-18-81 and Personal Letter (Washington Post Co., 1987). Look, it's very simple: Milo loves Betty Crocker. Not the food, the woman herself. Why is that so hard for people to understand? This outstanding Bloom County daily shows Breathed at the height of his popularity and artistry. As an added bonus, a personal letter written from Breathed to a fan named Rose is included, noting that the "price" of this original art gift was for her to send a letter to her local paper saying how much she enjoys Bloom County. Such a deal! The Craftint strip has been cut into two sections (probably for mailing to the syndicate) but is otherwise in Excellent condition with some minor staining in the top margin. It has an overall image area of 16" x 5.25".

      Heritage Auctions
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