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Opus opts out

Posted by Dan Wasserman  October 18, 2008 06:31 PM

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I can't say I'm a huge Opus fan, but I know many will miss the pudgy penguin and his inner life when the strip ends on Nov. 2.

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In an interview with Salon, creator Berkeley Breathed explains the impulses that drove his decision to retire the Opus cast and turn his attentions to other projects. Apparently he feels the strip couldn't thrive in the toxic atmosphere of contemporary political discourse.

"We're not a movie. In most aspects, there's no arc to the human story." he explains. "Only a line heading upward. For nearly everything. In this case, the coarsening of the National Discourse. We aren't returning someday to any sort of golden era of political civility."

See if you find his explanation convincing or just weird.

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Dan Wasserman has been cartooning for the Globe editorial page since 1985. He has published two collections of drawings, "We've Been Framed" (Faber & Faber, 1987) and "Paper Cuts" (Ivan R. Dee, 1995). His cartoons are widely reprinted and are syndicated internationally by Tribune Media Services. He draws more quickly than he types.
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