was a Sunday-only comic strip
written and illustrated by Berkeley Breathed
. It was a spin-off
of Breathed's strip Bloom County
, featuring many of the same characters.
On September 3, 1989, a month after retiring Bloom County
, Breathed began his second syndicated strip with a minor character from the previous strip. Ronald-Ann Smith
, a little girl from the "wrong side of the tracks" in Bloom County, entered a magic doorway in a grimy alley that looked down into a cheery world of "cotton-candy trees" known as the Outland (the ground of her world did not align with that of Outland, so the door originally appears to be hovering in the sky above it).
In its earliest form, Outland
had been intended to be an experimental strip for Breathed, featuring a channel for creativity in the forms of new characters (such as Mortimer Mouse
, based on the rejected name for Disney
's Mickey Mouse
) and bizarre backgrounds (many of which initially resembled those seen in Krazy Kat
). However, Opus the Penguin
returned in the strip's third installment, and Bill the Cat
appeared months after that. Before long, the premise of another world beyond a magic door had been lost completely.
Breathed wrote that the strip became "Bloom County without the continuing narrative that a daily appearance allows" in the first Outland book collection. Other characters from Bloom County
, such as Milquetoast the Cockroach
, Steve Dallas
, Oliver Wendell......