So great. Plucked from an old Pogo comic book, here’s Walt Kelly’s Albert Alligator reciting Lewis Carroll’s Jabberwocky.
In preparation for the publication of the upcoming Complete Pogo collections from Fantagraphics, Craig Yoe has graciously posted a high-res scan of the original artwork for the very first Pogo strip. It’s a real treat to see those gorgeous inks up close, along with the yellowing paper and the cut-out lettering. I’m also incredibly jealous that Craig has such a gem in his collection. What do I have to do to be written into your will, Yoe?
On the heels of Ape Lad’s wonderful hobo portrait project, another hobo artist, Len of Jawbone Radio is finding a unique way to defer costs of healthcare for their baby due this fall.
Give him an adjective, and he’ll draw a monster based on it. Then he’ll send you the original drawing in the mail. Not only that, but you’ll be able to watch a video of your monster being created at fast speed, like the Canadian monster I chose to show here. Canadian monster, eh? The thing looks nothing like Ogopogo!
Podcast-listeners might want to add this to their playlists. Inkstuds is a podcast/radio show out of Vancouver, hosted by Robin McConnell, devoted to comic books and comics creators. The guest list so far is already impressive, including Sean Esty and Joseph Bergin III, Dan Nadel, Ivan Brunetti, Jaime Hernandez, Chester Brown, Joe Sacco, Ralph Steadman, and the list goes on… I’ve got a lot of listening to do!
In the most recent show Robin talks to Jeff Smith about his take on Shazam, and the recently-announced complete Pogo collection by Fantagraphics that will be designed by Smith, who with his Walt Kelly-inspired drawing style, is the perfect choice for the job.