In an interview with Melissa Block on NPR’s All Things Considered yesterday, Berkeley Breathed talked about ending his current Sunday-only strip:
Breathed says that he’s not usually sentimental about his characters. Still, he found himself “unrealistically emotional” about drawing the final strip, taking pains to make sure the penguin’s last pose was perfect.
Creating Opus for the last time, says Breathed, was like experiencing the passing of his kids’ childhood: “As I drew him finally at the very end, I knew that that was the end — [Opus'] childhood was gone. … It took me a few minutes. I had to pull myself back together again and face the fire.”
Breathed also talks about his upcoming children’s book, Pete & Pickles, which is about a lonely pig who befriends a circus elephant.