Nobody is sure what Krazy's gender is and the cat himself or herself? Soon, a white mouse joined the cat. Your tax-deductible donation made to LARB by Both 'Krazy Kat' and 'Little Nemo' went down in history as the first true examples that comics could have artistic depth. Anti-marijuana legislation was being enacted. Luckily for Herriman, that was enough: Herriman never claimed New Orleans as his place of birth or gave any hint publicly about his heritage.
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Please enter a valid email address. Debbie Hardy added it Jun 16, In it was discovered that his birth certificate listed him as "col. Given the one-joke format and the surfeit of puns, Krazy Kat should have had the life span of a mayfly. In Musical Mose , an early gag strip about an African-American musician, Herriman offers a February 16, , strip in which Mose poses as a bagpipe playing Scotsman for two Scottish ladies. Although he took advantage of his ethnic ambiguity to pass as white in Jim Crow America contemporaries believed him to be Greek , Herriman is now widely considered by scholars to be one of comics' first major cartoonists of color.
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He had Jimmy Swinnerton daily originals for sale — very early ones — which I now kick myself I only had scored one back then. From age 10 through high school, Herriman attended St. Few comic strips ever maintained an introspective, self-consciously poetic feel the way Krazy Kat did. Contact Send a question or comment using the form below. But I admit to capitalizing the "S" to elevate it to being a literary movement. There is much more documentation about his later romance with Louise Scher Swinnerton.
Supposedly Herriman stood in as an extra when needed, but I never could find him a crowd shot. November 13, Auction Closed. The bizarre love triangle between a cat, mouse and a dog is one of the most touching love stories in the history of comics. George Herriman was one of the best and brightest of his time. Although he took advantage of his ethnic ambiguity to pass as white in Jim Crow America contemporaries believed him to be Greek , Herriman is now widely considered by scholars to be one of comics' first major cartoonists of color. Eventually those contradictions led him to create Coconino, the surreal and ever-shifting setting of "Krazy Kat," where the landscape changes radically from panel to panel, but the plot always remains the same:
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