Berkeley Breathed is putting his penguin pal to rest for the final time after a couple of resurrections after "Bloom County"(1981 - 1989) with "Outland"(1989 - 1995) and "Opus"(2003 - 2008).
A snappy response from Breathed as posted in the linked article:
“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.”