Interview: with BERKE BREATHED: A Hooligan Who Wields a Pen

Cartoonist BERKE BREATHED thinks reporters are "bloodsucking geckos." But then again, he says even his relatives believe his brain went out with last week's meat loaf

Q. Why did you discontinue Bloom County?

A. I'm 32. That's too young to coast. I could draw Bloom County with my nose and pay my cleaning lady to write it, and I'd bet I wouldn't lose 10% of my papers over the next 20 years. Such is the nature of comic strips. Once established, their half-life is usually more than nuclear waste. Typically, the end result is lazy, rich cartoonists. There are worse things to be, I suppose . . . lazy and poor comes to mind.

Q. What is your new strip, Outland, about?

A. Silliness. Friendship. Escape. Doorways...

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