Krazy & Ignatz: The Kat Who Walked in Beauty

Even ardent experts in the cartoon science of Herrimanology will find revelations to amaze and astonish in The Kat Who Walked in Beauty. Did you know, for instance, that Krazy’s daily beaning was karmic repayment for the wanton slaughter waged by feline ancestors? Under the intelligent aegis of editor Derya Ataker, this luxe volume collects for the first time the “panoramic” Krazy Kat strips from 1920 and 1921. Bookending these gems are, up front, the earliest 1911 appearances of Krazy and his/her brick-tossing nemesis, Ignatz; and, at rear, the program book from the 1922 jazz ballet inspired by K&I.

Herriman’s nimble and surreal vaudeville show plays as brightly today as it did a century ago, influencing such artists as Patrick McDonnell, Tony Millionaire, Bill Watterson, Robert Crumb, and Jim Woodring. To quote Krazy: “I could look on thou forever in reptcha.”