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The Pursuit of Pokey

Pokey the Penguin is a charming surrealist webcomic that celebrated its 10th year anniversary this past February.  Pokey wanders around the ARTIC CIRCLE (and not the Antarctic with the rest of his penguin bretheren) with his buddies: Little Girl, Headcheese the Hippo and Mr. Nutty the Snowman.

Justin Pierce reviewed the comic for ComixTalk back in 2003, summarizing things with this pithy statement:

Yes, it's true. I AM POKEY, too. How 'bout you?

All of which got me to thinking, what the world needs now is an interview with Steve Havelka, the alleged creator of Pokey the Penguin.   But since the only way I found to contact someone connected with Pokey was the pokey@yellow5.com email address and I got a response from the PENGUIN himself, I figured why not go with that?

Without further ado, here's the unfiltered, UNCENSORED(and pretty much unedited) email correspondence with Pokey:

AUGUST 14th

from Xaviar Xerexes
to POKEY THE PENGUIN

Pokey!

Would you be interested in doing a short interview with ComixTalk.com

-Xaviar

 

AUGUST 19th

from POKEY THE PENGUIN
to
Xaviar Xerexes

HELLO FRIEND,

YOU GET GUN!!!!

ALSO, INTERVIEW!!!

PLEASE TO SEND QUESTIONS, THANK YOU,

 

SEPTEMBER 2nd

from Xaviar Xerexes
to POKEY THE PENGUIN

AWESOME!!!  Here go some questions Pokey:

1.  Has it really been 10 years of Pokey the Penguin comics on the web? How do you deal with Internet fame?

2.  What do you plan to do for your 500th webcomic?

3.  How is Mr. Nutty doing these days with the rise in global temperatures and the shrinking of the artic ice cap?

4.  Where can I get some Arctic Circle-Candy?  Are there any health issues with regular use?

5.  Can you teach me to use Microsoft Paint? 

6.  How is the undead Steve Havelka doing these days?

7.  People often say "I AM POKEY" -- what does it mean to follow in your flippersteps?

 

SEPTEMBER 16th

from POKEY THE PENGUIN
to
Xaviar Xerexes

HELLO FRIEND,

I AM ANSWERING YOUR QUESTIONS IN SEQUENTIAL ORDER!!!!

POKEY HAS BEEN HAVING ADVENTURES SINCE ONE FATEFUL DAY IN FEBRUARY OF
1998 WHEN GLOBAL COMMUNICATIONS MADE POSSIBLE, FOR ALL TO BE FRIEND OF
POKEY, AS ARE YOU TODAY!!!!  THAT IS THE FACT!!  I AM A VERY HANDSOME
MAN, AND AS SUCH WILL HAVE A VERY HANDSOME FIVE HUNDREDTH ADVENTURE!!!!!
MR NUTTY IS IMPERVIOUS TO RAIN, TO SLEET, TO COLD WEATHER OF ALL SORTS,
THEREFORE, AND ENJOYS A SNIFTER OF BRANDY.  VIS-A-VIS ARCTIC CIRCLE
CANDY, YOUR NEAREST MORTAL EQUIVALENT IS THE DISTILLED MASH OF CORN,
WHICH ALL MAY ENJOY TO DRINK AT LENGTH WITHOUT CONCERN FOR HEALTH OR
SAFE OPERATION OF VEHICLE!  ANOTHER TRUE FACT IS:  WITH RESPECT TO
PAINTBRUSH, IT IS NOT PAINT!!!!  PAY CLOSE NOTE TO THIS TEACHING!  TO
THOSE WHO FOLLOW IN MY GRAND AND IMPRESSIVE FOOTSTEPS, I COMMEND YOU,
FOR YOURS IS THE KINGDOM OF FUN AND LEARNING!!!!!  ALL ARE WELCOME TO
TAKE PART IN THE HAPPY FUN OF ARCTIC CIRCLE LIFE!

I INVITE ALL!!!!!!

THANK YOU FOR WRITING TO POKEY,
THANK YOU FOR WRITING TO

Re: The Pursuit of Pokey

El Santo's picture

Best interview ever.