<!-- Image with unknown copyright status removed: -->Ronald-Ann Smith
was a character in Berkeley Breathed
's comic strips Bloom County
Named after Ronald Reagan
, Ronald-Ann was a young African American
girl "from the wrong side of the trax" in Bloom County
. Appearing late in the strip's run, Ronald-Ann was presented as a polar opposite of the kind of greedy materialism that the 1980s represented. During a conversation with Donald Trump
in Bill the Cat
's body, it was revealed that Ronald-Ann's family lived in a single broken-down room with nine beds. Her best friend was her doll Reynelda, who had no head as a result of being "caught in the crossfire during the Christmas drug turf battles".
After Bloom County
ended in 1989, Ronald-Ann became the protagonist in Breathed's next syndicated strip, Outland
. She is seen traveling to this realm through portals in her big city neighborhood.
Her existence in the Outland was clearly more laid-back than it had been in her Bloom County
Before long, though, she was overshadowed by her Bloom County
compadres, such as Opus the penguin
and Bill the Cat
, among others. She faded away from Outland
just months before it ended in 1995, leaving no clue as to her current whereabouts in Breathed's cartoon universe.