Originally Posted by perchance
"We have met the enemy and he is us". A quote from the comic strip Pogo which you may or may not be familiar with.
i like it,see below, and with reference to bash's difficulty in understanding british satire and humor
,un-less you were beaten as a child,preyed upon by peadofiles in positions of authority,have a stiff upper lip,a chip on your shoulder and come from a lower middle class background,suffered rationing till 54' , dillusions of granduer and you have been,as a 7 year old at boarding school
, forced to spend hours outside on a muddy rugby field in the rain chasing a ball round by sadistic house masters,it is something you will never understand!
bash you have our sympathy!,
Kelly's characters are a sardonic reflection of human nature—venal, greedy, confrontational, selfish and stupid—but portrayed good-naturedly and rendered harmless by their own bumbling ineptitude and overall innocence. Most characters were nominally male, but a few female characters also appeared regularly. Kelly has been quoted as saying that all the characters reflected different aspects of his own personality. Kelly's characters were also self-aware of their comic strip surroundings. He frequently had them leaning up against or striking matches on the panel borders, breaking the fourth wall, or making tongue-in-cheek, "inside" comments about the nature of comic strips in general.
It's difficult to compile a definitive list of every character that appeared in Pogo over the strip's 27 years, but the best estimates put the total cast at well over 1,000. Kelly created characters as he needed them, and discarded them after they served their purpose. Occasionally he reintroduced characters under different names (such as Mole or Curtis) and other inconsistencies, reflecting the fluid quality of the strip. Kelly continually tinkered with his creation to suit either his whims or the current
storyline. Even though most characters have full names, some are more often referred to only by their species. For example, Howland Owl is almost always called "Owl" or "ol' Owl," Beauregard is often called "Houn' Dog," Churchy LaFemme is sometimes called "Turtle" or "Turkle" (see Dialogue and "swamp-speak"), etc. The following list is necessarily incomplete, but should serve as a rough beginner's guide: