Opus the Penguin

Berkeley Breathed. Dist. By The Washington Post Writers Group

This penguin is about to be iced.

Berkeley Breathed has announced he is killing off his Opus and retiring from comic-strip writing effective Nov. 2.

The 51-year-old Pulitzer Prize-winning Bloom County creator, who has spun off his beloved bird into cartoons and books, released the following statement: "30 years of cartooning to end. I'm destroying the village to save it. Opus would inevitably become a ranting mouthpiece in the coming wicked days, and I respect the other parts of him too much to see that happen. The Michael Moore part of me would kill the part of him that was important to his fans.

"With the crisis in Wall Street and Washington, I'm suspending my comic strip to assist the nation. The best way I can help is to leave politics permanently and write funny stories for America's kids. I call on John McCain to join me."

Rest in peace, little fellow.

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