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Book Title: Krazy Kat|
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The author of the book: George Herriman
Edition: Harry N. Abrams
Date of issue: April 1st 1999
ISBN 13: 9780810981522
Format files: PDF
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This book is great, especially for the student of comics history, interested in comics origins. Herriman is one of the greats, one you have to know, who did a lot of comics over the years, but is best known for Krazy Kat, begun as a strip in 1913, and championed and funded by no less a comics sugar daddy than William Randolph Hearst (yes, the tyrant loved comics and insisted on them in all his syndicated newspapers, so a few comics artists and cartoonists made a living with his support for decades), got a life time contract from him to continue the strip until his death in 1941. Strips/cartoons about cats and mice and dogs were and are in many ways the stuff of comics, or central to the enterprise, a way to make people laugh and a way to comment on the human condition and social issues. But this animal schtick began back then, more than a hundred years ago with him and others. But this is a narrative that depends on something bizarre (and funny--strange but funny)--a masochistic mouse and a cat--beaned strip after strip by bricks the mouse throws--who sees the mouse's attentions as love. There are plenty more bizarre things, too, and more bizarre, to our sensibilities, which I like.
Herriman loved the southwest and sets his strips often in the desert. They are not conventionally drawn, sometimes very sketchy, with idiosyncratic and linguistically complex dialogue--Herriman liked dialects of all kinds--and are at times goofy, and at other times just surreal. Sometimes hard to read, decipher. Sometimes the humor, decades later, is lost on me.
This edition is 1999, the text having been written in 1986, a loving scholarly and archival tribute by Patrick McDonnell, Karen O'Connell and George Riley de Havemon, who write biographical essays, and essays about his art, not just Krazy Kat. And lots of strips that would otherwise be lost. So we have them to thank.
Black Rat and Little Tommy Lost by Clyde Closser, among others, pay tribute to Herriman in their comics. Worth checking out, comics history fans.
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Read information about the authorGeorge Herriman was born August 2nd, 1880. He was an African-American cartoonist whose comic strip Krazy Kat has been said by many to be America’s greatest cartoon.
Herriman was born in New Orleans, but his Creole family soon moved to California. As a teenager, he contributed drawings to local newspapers. In his early 20s, he moved to New York City and freelanced until newspaper mogul William Randolph Hearst hired him for the New York Evening Journal. During the first decade of the 20th century, Herriman’s first success was called The Family Upstairs. Krazy Kat gained independence on October 28, 1913 as a cartoon character of his own, and ran until George Herriman died in 1944.
Krazy Kat never achieved wide popularity among newspaper readers, though it attracted a highbrow following. Fans included Pablo Picasso, Charlie Chaplin, Walt Disney, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Frank Capra, H. L. Mencken, and Ernest Hemingway. Krazy Kat's lengthy tenure owed much to Hearst's personal love of the strip. Acceptance by the cultural mainstream grew after Herriman's death, as Krazy Kat appeared in an animated series by Paramount Studios and even in a novel.
Throughout the 20th century, cartoonists have considered Krazy Kat the founding father (or mother) of sophisticated comic strips.
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