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Puffy Treat
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Formerly scheduled for a fall 2008 release, the upcoming high quality hardcover reprinting of every Pogo strip in chronological order has been moved to spring of 2009.

Pogo is a strip I didn't discover until coming across the old book collections back in the 1980s. It's Walt Kelly's comedic masterpiece. There's never been another comic strip that's quite captured his particular brand of pointed whimsy, quirky word play, and gorgeous art.

Pogo was an important inspiration for later comics like Bloom County, Calvin & Hobbes, and graphic novels like Jeff Smith's Bone.

I am so totally ready to begin collecting the entire series in hardcover.

PLEASE let this be the last delay. [Grumble]

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To see what I'm talking about, the official strip website has posted this sampling from one of the older Pogo books.

I still crack up every time I read about "Uncle Merv" getting measured. [Big Grin]

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I think that I have the full run of Pogo collected in a number of old, falling-apart-from-years-of-rereading collections, but it'd be nice to have them all together in a nice hardcover collection printed on high quality paper. I still haven't gotten the complete Calvin and Hobbes collection, though, so it's actually fairly unlikely that I'll get around to getting this one any time soon.
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I just realized where Snoop Dogg came up with his lingo.
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Fo' shizzle.

Vote for Pogo.

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Hee!

Oooh, just read that Jim Henson considered Pogo to be an important influence for the brand of humor seen in The Muppet Show. [Cool]

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quote:
Originally posted by Noemon:
I think that I have the full run of Pogo collected in a number of old, falling-apart-from-years-of-rereading collections, but it'd be nice to have them all together in a nice hardcover collection printed on high quality paper. I still haven't gotten the complete Calvin and Hobbes collection, though, so it's actually fairly unlikely that I'll get around to getting this one any time soon.

Well, this'll be more like the Peanuts collections...a hardcover chronological reprinting released twice a year. Pogo had a run of almost 30 years, so a C&H style edition might be a bit...massive. [Big Grin]
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Walt Kelley is one of my favorite poets:

H2O is H. to Pay

By Walt Kelley


Beneath the surface
Pure and all
Lies a discarded
Urinal,

Nine kitchen stoves,
A reticule,
Six circus tents,
A bicycule,

A hundred tons
of paving cobble,
Two trucks, a bus,
Automobobble.

All mixed up
With Third Class mail
And remnants of
A Tenth Class sale.

Left-overs from
a disrupt home,
The daily garbage,
Lugs of loam.

Here is water you
cannot drink;
Swim in it and
you've got to sink.

Slow,
The thought
Gets through
Your bonnet:

Don't drink!
Don't swim!
Walk
Upon it.

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Here is a tiny, tiny video of They Might Be Giants singing my favorite Walt Kelly poem.
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quote:
Originally posted by Puffy Treat:
quote:
Originally posted by Noemon:
I think that I have the full run of Pogo collected in a number of old, falling-apart-from-years-of-rereading collections, but it'd be nice to have them all together in a nice hardcover collection printed on high quality paper. I still haven't gotten the complete Calvin and Hobbes collection, though, so it's actually fairly unlikely that I'll get around to getting this one any time soon.

Well, this'll be more like the Peanuts collections...a hardcover chronological reprinting released twice a year. Pogo had a run of almost 30 years, so a C&H style edition might be a bit...massive. [Big Grin]
They could do like Doonesbury or The New Yorker and release a large collection with the remainder on attached CDs... I would certainly consider buying such a thing!
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Wow! Never read Pogo before that link, but now I gotta get that . . .
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From chapter 2 in the link, why does a bat look like a vagrant man? I'm sure there's a joke I'm missing there.
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It's not really a joke per se. The bat is one of a group of brothers who were generally portrayed as being a bit seedier than the already homespun and (proudly) low class denizens of the swamp.
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But why doesn't he look like a bat? The other characters look like animals.
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Do they? Real possums and alligators don't have noses like Pogo and Albert.

That's just how Kelly drew bats. Call it artistic license. [Smile]

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