Just as I was getting ready to post this strip, the timing was fortuitous that I received an email package from Michel Francois. It contained original art scans, found on the internet, for this particular strip. This is a sweet strip and to see the original blue pencils is very informative, such as making the little guy littler, not needing to ink another ear, etc.
I adore seeing Kelly original art. Thank you Michel Francois.
In the midst of the splendor of Pandemonia, Kelly kept slipping back to Miggle's store. I'm trying to figure out just why he would do that. It certainly wasn't to take it easy on the art or writing chores. In my mind, this was just 4 fewer panels to explore Pandemonia.
One hypothesis might be that Kelly did these Okefenokee-bound strips much earlier and could slip them in to allow a little more deadline breathing room to produce the more complex Pandemonian strips.
Or maybe it just didn't make any difference to him. He could produce fun in any locale. Maybe he underestimated how much Pandemonia would mean to fans, then, and 40 years later.
Of course this was published in an era when the young were having their say in the world, and seemingly didn't think they would or could live to be over thirty. And HOW old is Paul McCartney now? OMG--67 as of a week and a half ago!
Another extra panel, below, with thanks to Ger Apeldoorn.
It's interesting to note that the panel could have been perfectly fine without that little critter cavorting across, but Kelly took the time to give us more dimension, even though not everyone would see this panel.
Another lovely menagerie of Kelly Kritters. Several of the beasts are reminiscent of, and are a tribute to T.S. Sullivant, the pioneering cartoonist of the late 19th and early 20th century. Throughout Pandemonia are other animals (and humans) that hearken back to Sullivant's influence on Kelly. Kelly had several influences in his artistic vision, and he actually talked to me a bit about that. I will have more to say about that in a couple of weeks on Sunday, Kelly Sunday over on The Pictorial Arts.
Sorry to interrupt the continuity, but if you liked the last Sunday strip and you would like to see an example of the 3 tier format with the extra panel in place, please clickhere, taking you over to The Pictorial Arts for a moment. Sorry, thanks, go about your business. Pretend I wasn't here. Shh. Sorry.
This is one of my favorite Sunday strips of all time with a unicorn, flying horse, dinosaurs of all sorts, a mammoth & baby, swine, a hippo, a monkey & cavemen, a hyena, bear, chicken, and an embibing bird. And of course our boys and ol' Doc Noah. The colors are nice and the tone is sweet. Who knew you needed an anchor for a unicorn?
I've made the size on this one a little larger so you can get in there to see the wonderful details.
I'm convinced that this strip, at this time, is the finest achievement in the history of comix, right up there with the best of Nemo, Valiant and Krazy. What say you?
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