Cartoonist Berkeley Breathed Injured in Boating Accident
NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ Berkeley Breathed, the Pulitzer Prize-winning creator of the ″Bloom County″ and ″Outland″ comic strips, severely injured his right arm in a boating accident, the distributor of his strips said Friday.
Breathed, who draws with his left hand, was thrown from a power boat in Louisiana on Monday, said Alan Shearer, general manager of the Washington Post Writers Group, which distributes the ″Outland″ comic strip to newspapers.
Breathed’s right arm was nearly severed when the boat’s propeller hit it, Shearer said, but he added that the cartoonist was expected to make a full recovery.
″He thinks he’ll be back drawing within a week,″ Shearer said. ″He’s already talking about his next project.″
He refused to say where the accident occurred or what hospital Breathed was taken to. He said doctors expected to release him Saturday.
The U.S. Coast Guard, Louisiana State Police, and state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said Friday they had no reports of a Monday boating accident involving Breathed.
Shearer said Breathed, who was a passenger in the boat, was doing research for an article for a national boating magazine.
It was the second serious accident involving Breathed, who lives near Seattle. He suffered a broken back in 1986 when an ultra-light airplane he was piloting crashed in New Mexico.
Breathed was sidelined for several weeks by that accident, but Shearer said he expected to miss only one week’s strip because of the boat crash.
Breathed, who won a Pulitzer Prize for the whimiscal ″Bloom County,″ discontinued the daily strip in the 1980s, replacing it with ″Outland.″
The latter strip only appears on Sundays.