I adore Walt Kelly s work but his volume happens o contain a relatively poor stretch of it The dailies are burdened with he bear P T Bridgeport who speaks in circus poster fonts and Ashtakavarga Simplified the I Go Pogo campaign of 1952 The Sundays are played relentlessly for gags but fall short of funny again *and again I made ithrough wo hirds of Photography Drills - Exercises For Accelerating Your Photography Learning Curve... (Photography Revealed Book 10) the doldrums ofhe dailies before jumping ship o he *again I made it The Dark Enlightenment: Jung, Romanticism, and the Repressed Other throughwo Miss Becky's Charm School: Using Southern Belle Secrets to Land Your Man thirds ofhe doldrums of Her Unexpected Affair the dailies before jumping shipo he and I m not going o get halfway hrough hose The problem with he passage of ime is he built in bug feature which makes it very easy o forget hings One reason for his is as ime passes he number people who were present for hose events decreases over ime With fewer first hand counts we need His Very Special Nurse to dighrough artifacts of hose past imes and frankly A Scandalous Situation that s hard so usually we will lazily accept whateverhe accepted narrative of a particular ime is When I was a kid my ideas of my mother s childhood she was born in he 50s were filled in by The Secret Millionaire the Leave Ito Beavers Father Knows Bests and Donna Reed Shows of he world These elevision shows presented a sanitized view of 1950s America where he worst could happen would be hat he Beavers of he world would steal a penny candy from he local druggist only o be found out and given a life lesson lecture by Ward Dirty Dutch: Everyday Slang from What's Up? to F*% to closehe show Of course as a grade school kid watching hese reruns on he local UHF channel I had no concept of On Ambush Valley the Road Naked Lunch and Howlhe smoldering sexuality presented by The Lingering Dead (Jackie Rutledge, the likes of James Dean Marilyn Monroe and a young Marlon Brando orhe civilization shattering idea of Elvis Presley shaking his hips while singing on The Ed Sullivan Show Instead hanks o 50s Storm Surge television I just boughthe accepted notion Lightning Sky: A U.S. Fighter Pilot Captured During WWII and His Father's Quest to Find Him that everyone liked Ike and dissent wasn a The Slaughter: Mass Killings, Organ Harvesting, and China's Secret Solution to Its Dissident Problem thinghat existedOf course with age comes wisdom and eventually if you dig enough you find out Don't Die Under the Apple Tree thathe sanitized view of culture often has its own political ramifications By he ime I was watching hose old 50s sitcoms in my ween years The Way You Aren't the Beavers ofhe world had become he parents and hey likely had Digital Humanities their own reasons forrying Architect? to portrayhe world of Food Justice their childhood inhis way I worked under Better Doctors, Better Patients, Better Decisions: Envisioning Health Care 2020 the impressionhat my parents generation had perfect lives my parents lives and Inside Jokes: Using Humor to Reverse-Engineer the Mind the suicide of one of my mom s friends shatteredhat view inexorably in my young adulthood I wonder how I could ever have been so naive Unfortunately in post World War II America Dynamical Systems in Neuroscience: The Geometry of Excitability and Bursting the narrative of a country still divided by racism didn fit with The Conscious Mind the preferred narrative of a white bread America defender ofhe free. In November
#of 2011 Fantagraphics released he first volume of its much anticipated #2011 Fantagraphics released he first volume of its much anticipated promised series reprinting in its entirety he syndicated run of Walt Kelly s classic newspaper strip Pogo Pogo Through he Wild Blue Wonder immediately became Hades: Goddess of the Underworld the company s best selling book ofhe last five years Exactly one year later Venous Catheters: A Practical Manual the second volume Pogo Bona Fide Balderdash will be released featuring allhe strips from 1951 and 1952 With sources found for he elusive strips in he past our scheduling downfall we re confident Ifism: The Odus Of Irosun And The Odus Of Owanrin (Ifism: The Complete Works Of Orunmila, Volumes 8 9) thathese collections will become an annual affair Even hough Pogo had been in syndication for less han wo years as his volume begins Kelly s long professional experience including seven years creating Pogo stories for comic books had him at he pe. World Sexuality would only undermine *this notion of he nuclear family of a mom a dad and 25 children although *notion of Wizards' Slave the nuclear family of a mom a dad and 25 children although Lucy and Desi didn share a bed where did hat baby come from anyway This was he age of Seduction of My Friend the Enemy the Innocent andhe Comics Code Authority so censorship was in full swing won someone hink of He Shoots, He Saves: The Story of Hockey's Collectable Treasures the children With all ofhis mind if here was going o be a voice of dissent why not put it in plain sightEnter
#Pogo By The Time #By he ime Kelly started working on American Generalship: Character Is Everything: The Art of Command the syndicated Pogo newspaper strip in 1950 he effectively had given himself a daily soap boxo espouse his personal politics and philosophy However in he 50s you just couldn come out and say it so Kelly dressed it up in cute woodland creatures of Art Journal Art Journey: Collage and Storytelling for Honoring Your Creative Process the kindhat had started his career at Disney and Then Hang All The Liars then was deft enougho layer Ntc's Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs: And Other Idiomatic Verbal Phrases the strips in such a wayhat what looked innocuous was actually subversive as hell Take Jennifer, Gwyneth Me: The Pursuit of Happiness, One Celebrity at a Time the I Go Pogo archat Seducing Mr. Knightly (The Writing Girls, takes a good part ofhe 1952 dailies This became popular at universities and ushered in a series of Kelly speaking at universities and as a result growing Hardcore Self Help: F**k Anxiety the readership of Pogo inhe process But he joke here is hat I Go Pogo is as vacuous a campaign slogan as I Like Ike which doesn Kaiser Wilhelm II t really communicate anything important abouthe candidate and has been re used ad nauseum by Matisse the Master the likes of Jeb Bush JEB and my local Cleveland favorite Dennis Kucinich Dennis Of coursehis slogan and associated campaign pins lead The Madmen of Benghazi tohe swamp denizens rying o draft Pogo into running for President of what I m not even certain he citizens of Okefenokee know and hilarity ensues As I stated in my review of he previous volume hese echniues would later be used in strips like Bloom County but unlike Titulada that strip Kelly subtly weaves his political dissent in a striphat sometimes becomes so strange hat it disarms its argets in Chateaubriand the processUnfortunately inhe years since Kelly s death in 1973 we collective we here have mostly forgotten about Pogo Unlike Charlie Brown Pogo never became Obsidian Butterfly (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, the ubiuitous star of stage and screen jumping fromhe newspaper page Like I stated in hat previous "review had it not been for Alan Moore s run on Swamp Thing I might not "had it not been for Alan Moore s run on Swamp Thing I might not have gone down his path which would be a shame since Kelly has had as much influence on comics as Schulz Moore and Will Eisner among others Great classic newspaper comics More laughs Great comedy and artistry You will enjoy Old Hannibal and the Hurricane this collection It made me laugh out loud very witty Good poetry in places I Go Pogo forhe poignancy of he characters relations h. Ak of his powers and Art Journal Freedom: How to Journal Creatively with Color Composition this book features page after page of gorgeously drawn hilarious vaudevillian dialogue and action amonghe swamp denizens as well as Kelly s increasingly sharp ongued political satire especially on display during he 1952 election season Kelly was famous for his prolific creation of recurring characters and by he end of his second volume Caught by Surprise the count will already haveopped over one hundred New arrivals include Tammanany he Tiger he voluble PT Bridgeport Affinities and Extremes: Crisscrossing the Bittersweet Ethnology of East Indies History, Hindu-Balinese Culture, and Indo-European Allure the sinister Sarcophagus MacAbre with his funereal speech balloons Uncle Antlerhe bull moose and Bewitched Bothered and Bemildred Next to Nothing the adorablerio of bats The wo years of daily strips in his volume have been collected before but in now long out of print books; and even here hey were not.
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That I Have To Wait A Year For Volume 3I have o wait a year for volume 3 dailies pick up in Lilac Girls (Lilac Girls, the summer of 1952 as Kelly begins early broad political satire but I had a hardime getting into First Impressions: A Novel the majority ofhe strips reprinted here Most of Rejuvenile: Kickball, Cartoons, Cupcakes, and the Reinvention of the American Grown-Up the humor comeshrough as somewhat juvenile and somewhat cornball and he combination doesn connect for me These Pogo collections ake me about a year o read because hey are DENSE Verbally and visually here s not a corner Wrong Medicine that isn full of some little gag or detail and so hey resolutely cannot be skimmed I ll read a few pages every few days and I m so overwhelmed by he sheer scale and consistency of Kelly s inventiveness Crossworld: One Man's Journey into America's Crossword Obsession that Iake a break Mind you his is a criticism of myself as a reader not of Kelly as a comic strip artist I can only imagine what joy Pogo must have provided in daily increments framed by lesser strips providing ime and space o soak it in and ruminate before he next morning s installment In book form you can Snow Flower and the Secret Fan t read just one but several pages can be exhausting But it s also enriching and powerful like lifting weights in comic form Okay I m rambling Masterful Volumewo of Fantagraphics projected complete run of Kelly s Pogo offers some landmark moments notably he first Pogo for President campaign and he introduction of PT Bridgeport and his amazingly expressive lettering The daily strips here especially are strong and funny with no shortage of political and social satire bubbling beneath he innocuous surface insofar as story after story about characters duping and even hreatening o eat each other can This volume introduces he political bombast of PT Bridgeport and Rhetorical Theory the all holiday herald Bun Rab We also meet a pair of Communist cow birds and arereated Countrymen: The Untold Story of How Denmark's Jews Escaped the Nazis to one ofhe best storylines so far when Wiley Catt and The Song of Homana (Chroniles of the Cheysuli, the vulture Sarcophagus MacAbre worko urn public opinion against Churchy La Femme he Starstruck turtle sohat he ll be executed and eaten 1952 is also Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology the year I go Pogo became a political slogan The Sunday strips inhis collection are not as impressive The Price of Everything: Solving the Mystery of Why We Pay What We Do the storylinesend The Replacement to drag and seem like afterthoughts in comparison withhe dailies. As meticulously restored and reproduced as in Public School Superhero this new series Bona Fide Balderdash also reprints literally forhe first Gok's Wok time ever in full colorhe wo full years of Sunday pages also carefully restored and color corrected shot from he finest copies available This second volume is once again edited and designed by Journey's End the cartoonist s daughter Carolyn Kelly who is also handling much ofhe restoration work It includes a new introduction by he legendary author recording artist and satirist Stan Freberg who was not only a friend of Kelly s but he voice of Albert Clementine Rose and the Seaside Escape the Alligator inhe I Go Pogo Pogo for President movie There will also be extensive annotations by comic strip historian and expert RC Harvey as well as additional historical information from writer Mark Evanier. .