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  •  Ah, Pogo. I was always a big fan. But... (5+ / 0-)

    ...years after Kelly's death, when I was at the Los Angeles Times, it was almost ruined for me. You see, the Kelly family decided to resurrect it. They would work with an artist and a writer and pre-approve each strip. And they would syndicate to all the hundreds of newspapers the original had been in.

    You can probably see the problem here. Pogo was the creation of Kelly, unique in its drawing, its philosophy, its humor. It was also created in a different era.

    The new folks could only be imitators with censors. Moreover, the strip was being proposed right when (early '90s) comic strips were taking big hits as newspapers cut back the numbers of pages devoted to comics, reduced comic sizes when they narrowed their pages to save paper, and (in ever more cases) went out of business entirely.

    I warned my boss. This will never fly, I said. He agreed. But HIS boss thought he'd found a goldmine when he looked at the stats for the original strip. So we syndicated.

    Utter disaster. And, moreover, an administrative nightmare with too many cooks stirring and seasoning. It lasted one year and never appeared in more than 50 newspapers.

    Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

    by Meteor Blades on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 08:04:21 PM PST

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