George Herriman (Author of Krazy Kat)George 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 Kats lengthy tenure owed much to Hearsts personal love of the strip. Acceptance by the cultural mainstream grew after Herrimans 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.
THIS is how good a comic strip can be. High praise, especially from the hyperbole-resistant Watterson, a sharp-eyed critic of his art form and perceiver of its unrealized potential. The "self-consciously baroque narrations and monologues" show that "words can be funny in themselves"; "the sky turns from black to white to zigzags and plaids simply because, in a comic strip, it CAN"; its surreal Arizona desert setting "is a character in the story, and the strip is 'about' that landscape as much as it is about the animals who populate it," Ignatz Mouse, Offissa Pupp, and the titular Krazy Kat. Ignatz Mouse "demonstrates his contempt for Krazy by throwing bricks at her" though their genders, so modern observers note, were never quite stable , "Krazy reinterprets the bricks as signs of love," and Offissa Pupp, the desert's lone lawman, is "obliged by duty and regard for Krazy to thwart and punish Ignatz's 'sin,' thereby interfering with a process that's satisfying to everyone for all the wrong reasons. But read enough of Herriman's masterwork, and that strangeness takes on a strong meaning that nevertheless differs from reader to reader. Explore digitized scans at Franusic's web site.
From the beginning, though, it found fans among writers and artists. The strip ran from until , the year that Herriman died. The structure of the strip was built on reversals: a cat loves a mouse, a dog protects a feline, and, at a time when anti-miscegenation laws held sway in most of the United States, a black animal yearns for a white one. In adulthood, Herriman frequently covered his tight curls with a hat, and invented fanciful origin stories that attributed his light brown skin to years living under the sun of Greece. Sometimes he claimed that his ancestors were French or Irish—anything that might sow confusion.
It first appeared in the New York Evening Journal , whose owner, William Randolph Hearst , was a major booster for the strip throughout its run. The characters had been introduced previously in a side strip with Herriman's earlier creation, The Dingbat Family., Mouse Blanche There have not yet been any votes for " Mouse Blanche ".
George Herriman was born in New Orleans, of mixed Creole parentage, in Like many people of Black ancestry living in the southern part of the US, his family moved to California to escape the oppression of Jim Crow laws. Herriman began his career as a cartoonist while living in Los Angeles, but he soon moved to New York, where he also painted carnival billboards and sometimes worked as an amusement barker at Coney Island. His first repeating comic character appeared Even though Herriman kept his racial heritage under wraps literally, some say, by wearing a hat to cover his hair during his life, Creole culture and language played an enormous role in his work, and racial identity and experience informed many of the stories he told in comics over the years. By , Ignatz and Krazy would leave the Dingbats behind for their own strip, which would become one of the most influential and beloved comics of all time, Krazy Kat. George Herriman would pass away in April of that year, leaving us with one of the richest legacies in comics history.
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Krazy Kat is a comic strip created by George Herriman that appeared in U. Set in a dreamlike portrayal of Herriman's vacation home of Coconino County, Arizona, Krazy Kat 's mixture of surrealism, innocent playfulness, and poetic language have made it a favorite of comics aficionados and art critics for more than eighty years. The strip focuses on the curious "love" triangle between its title character, a carefree and innocent cat of indeterminate gender referred to as both male and female ; the cat's antagonist, Ignatz Mouse; and the protective police dog, Officer Bull Pupp. Krazy nurses an unrequited love for the mouse; however, Ignatz despises Krazy and constantly schemes to throw a brick at Krazy's head, which Krazy takes as a sign of affection. Officer Pupp, as Coconino County's administrator of law and order, makes it his unwavering mission to interfere with Ignatz's brick-tossing plans and lock the mouse in the county jail. Despite the slapstick simplicity of the general premise, it was the detailed characterization, combined with Herriman's visual and verbal creativity, that made Krazy Kat one of the first comics to be widely praised by intellectuals and treated as serious art.