Polly is Everyone’s Pal

The rave reviews continue coming in for our first volume of Cliff Sterrett’s Polly and Her Pals. It’s also the first book in our gigantic “champagne edition” size—a glorious 12″ x 16″ that allows the art to truly shine, and caused J. Caleb Mozzocco at newsarama to note that it’s “a perfect coffee table book—not one that you would put on your coffee table…but one big enough to be used as a coffee table.”

You also gotta like a review that begins, “This extraordinary volume…”, and that’s exactly how Johanna Draper Carlson’s review starts on Comics Worth Reading.

 

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Greg Barbrick at blogcritics calls it “the most gorgeous book I’ve ever seen.” Not to be outdone, Scott Katz at ustownhall.com writes, “Reading Polly and Her Pals gives one the same thrill that an archeologist must feel as he or she dusts off an antiquity: the thrill of discovery—the sense of origin—the knowledge that one is witnessing the birth of new artistic techniques rather than the tenth generation knockoffs of those techniques.”

One of the most rewarding reviews comes from Gordon Flagg at Booklist, who writes, “The early years of newspaper comics produced a handful of widely acknowledged masterworks, such asLittle Nemo and Krazy Kat; this impressive [Polly and Her Pals] collection makes a convincing case that Sterrett’s creation should be added to that honor roll.”

THIS is why we do what we do, why we spent 12-14 hours a day, seven days a week researching and restoring classic newspaper strips—so the unique visions of such incredible cartoonists as Cliff Sterrett and Jack Kent can be rescued from obscurity and preserved in long-lasting archival editions.

 

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