Fantagraphics rocked everyone’s world yesterday by announcing that they’re going to release volumes of Walt Kelly’s classic strop, Pogo!
Fantagraphics Books is pleased to announce that it has acquired the rights to publish a comprehensive series comprising Walt Kelly’s classic POGO comic strip. The first volume of Fantagraphics’ POGO will appear in October, 2007, and the series will run approximately 12 volumes, reproducing roughly two years of dailies and Sundays per volume.
This is excellent news for me, as I have only ever read Pogo in drips and drabs, whenever I was able to get my hands on small quantities of it. I will most certainly be getting these.
Recently I read a book about Herriman’s Krazy Kat, and what struck me there (as well as with Pogo) is how much these early strips play with language and dialect. (Include Popeye in there, also being collected by Fantagraphics.) Add that to the artistic experimentation of Winsor McCay’s Little Nemo and you get a level of sophistication and creativity that has barely been seen since.
This is quality stuff, and it’s so nice for it to be collected and in print. I can’t wait.