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We Go PogoWalt Kelly, Politics, and American Satire$
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Kerry D. Soper

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781617032844

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617032844.001.0001

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The Aesthetics of Pogo

The Aesthetics of Pogo

(p.168) Chapter 5 The Aesthetics of Pogo
We Go Pogo

Kerry D. Soper

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter discusses how Pogo’s aesthetic qualities pushed it to be considered by comics scholars as one of the best works of art to ever appear on the funnies page. The codependence between the visual and verbal elements of Kelly’s work often has the quality of a sweet-and-sour counterpoint. On the one hand, the verbal satire in Pogo can often be aggressively pointed in its topicality, or melancholic in its view of incorrigible human nature; on the other hand, the visuals in the strip are cutely dynamic, full of entertaining and strategically distracting dynamism. In more simplistic terms, the visuals in Pogo are sometimes the sugar that helps the medicine of social commentary go down easy.

Keywords:   aesthetic qualities, funnies page, sweet-and-sour counterpoint, verbal satire, incorrigible human nature, strategically distracting dynamism

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