Showing posts with label Mouse. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mouse. Show all posts

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

How Human Mice Are

I think Mouse is my favorite Okefenokee character, after Albert. Over many years of the dailies, Mouse has been the most worldly of the characters, having traveled beyond Ft Mudge, and relying on his wits and charisma to survive in a harsh world. This drawing of him by Kelly is superb in its delicacy (what wonderful whiskers) and his impassioned expression. 


Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Heigh ho! says Anthony Rowley

A Pogo-ish rendition, an absolute delight of art.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Grab your hat

Grab your hats and get ready to hit the comic and book stores. I just received an email from Kim Thompson of Fantagraphics Books, which included this phrase:

The first POGO volume ships tomorrow from our distributor, believe it or not.

Quote, unquote.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy 1951, 1952, and 1953

Yes, I posted this first image last year, but it's too beauty to not pull up again.

Further below are New Year's Day strips from 1951, 1952, and 1953 — my three favorite years of Kelly art and story, not that all the other years weren't great. I know you've seen these before, so sue me (actually don't, I've got too much on my calendar as it is).

Above, yes, at that time Kelly was signing some funny little names — a different one per strip.

Stay 'tooned—cool stuff coming up in 2011.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Eleflamp Removal

This may be where Humbert gets his Peanie Brickle nickname, in some Kellyesque way.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

The City Rat & the Country Rat

I think it's rather fascinating to see Kelly's early renderings take on a feeling of dimensionality. And in this case, hinting at character development for the Pogo strip, as the City Rat looks an awful lot like Ol' Mouse will end up looking like, all resourceful and independent.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Christmas 1964

This is the first Pogo daily that I clipped from the paper and saved, in '64, even though I'd been saving Pogo Sundays since sometime in '63. I guess this really caught my eye, being so different from boring strips on the rest of the page. The message didn't escape my attention either.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Let Nothing You Dismay

Christmas Day, 1969

Nobody celebrated Christmas, graphically, the way Kelly did, with total abandoned glee and musical joy. The black backgrounds always added punch on a page and had the atmosphere of deep winter. It was a pictorial gift to his fans, most every year.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Trick Dacey, Famous Detective

Kelly had fun in every panel, never taking a single one for granite.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Goryopsis, Daddy

This is one of the cute Sundays, what with all these firemice, colorful colors, 'Hap Hazard', and spoofing Dick Tracy and Li'l Orphan Annie.

A Billion Times a Dime

John Kennedy had been killed two days before this strip was published. Everyone I knew seemed numb or dazed. As an 11 year old, I took comfort that Kelly's world still whirled on.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

My Own Cosa Nostra

So we've already skipped the strip that I'm missing, just prior to this one. Yet for story continuity it doesn't seem to harm us.

I'm not sure of the significance of Deacon's head being hidden by balloons and Sam peeking out from under one, other than to show us that Kelly is fully aware of how wordy the strip is.

Cosa Nostra, of course, refers to the Mafia, a Sicilian criminal society.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

The Light Fantastic

These are some swell panels from the Cinderola story in Pogo Sunday Brunch. I know a lot of you have all the Pogo books, but maybe some of you don't. Would some of you like to see full stories like these? Please, let me know.

I spent much time as a kid trying to decipher Kelly's verse and unverse: