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Cartoonist Bill Watterson’s comments about Kelly during a celebration of what would have been his 75th birthday are reprinted in Vol. 1. He said, “There have been a fine few and imaginative strips since ‘Pogo,’ of course, but none has taken such complete advantage of the cartoon medium. ‘Pogo’ shows what a comic strip can really be.” The “Calvin and Hobbes” creator makes some excellent points. “Pogo” was intellectual, thought-provoking, cynical, controversial and downright brilliant. It broke barriers and didn’t fit into societal norms. You didn’t even have to agree with Kelly’s politics to respect his genius as an artist and a commentator.

Who knows? After reading Fantagraphics’ two wonderful volumes, “I Go Pogo” might just change to “We Go Pogo.”

Michael Taube, a regular contributor to The Washington Times, is a former speechwriter for Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.