'Bloom County' returns after 25-year absence

NEW YORK (AP) — Is Opus the Penguin back after a quarter-century?

In any case, the popular cartoon character from "Bloom County" has made an unexpected comeback in a comic strip posted Monday on Facebook by creator Berkeley Breathed. In the strip, Opus awakens after what he discovers was a 25-year nap.

Separately, a posted photo of Breathed shows him at his computer with the caption "A return after 25 years. Feels like going home."

Left unsaid: Whether the revival is a one-off, or, instead, "Bloom County" is back for an indefinite stay.

The whimsical strip, which viewed politics and culture through the lens of a small town in Middle America, began in 1980, appearing in newspapers daily. But in 1989, Breathed called a halt until now — at least, for one day.

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