Monday, December 27, 2010
This drawing made no sense to me when I made it under the heavy Sterrett influence until I remembered the first time I saw his work: 40 Christmases ago when my mom gave me the book CHARLIE BROWN & CHARLES SCHULZ, based on a lengthy TV profile of Schulz the same year. Early in the book he mentioned his childhood favorites, offering examples of POLLY and also KRAZY KAT, the first time I saw either. I've been a rabid fan of both ever since and perhaps I always subconsciously nod to Schulz for bringing them to my attention in the first place.
The new POLLY book, (like the 2 volume series in the early 1990's) focuses on the mind-blowing Sunday strips of the mid 1920's: jumbo excursions into Art Deco Surrealism that the strip is known for. There's a lot of previously un re-printed stuff here and the gigantic format is even more expansive than ever. I hope somebody gets around to re-printing some of the classic dailies at some point, I have seen a few years' worth of them and while the dailies don't afford the epic compositions and color of the Sundays, I find his posing and expressions every bit as enjoyable without them.
Hats off to Cliff Sterrett, and the makers of this wonderful book...!
at 8:46 PM