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Krazy & Ignatz: The Kat Who Walked in Beauty
     

Krazy & Ignatz: The Kat Who Walked in Beauty

by George Herriman, Derya Ataker (Editor)
 

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A unique, stand-alone collection of some of the most graphic and brilliantly conceived daily strips ever created, along with many other gems, including the very first stand-alone Krazy & Ignatz strips and more rarities.
Presenting a unique, stand-alone companion to our Krazy & Ignatz series, The Kat Who Walked In Beauty collects many rare and unique dailies from

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A unique, stand-alone collection of some of the most graphic and brilliantly conceived daily strips ever created, along with many other gems, including the very first stand-alone Krazy & Ignatz strips and more rarities.
Presenting a unique, stand-alone companion to our Krazy & Ignatz series, The Kat Who Walked In Beauty collects many rare and unique dailies from the 1910s and 1920s. Though many readers are aware of Herriman's dynamic Sunday pages, few know that during 1920, in what must have been an editorially unrestrictive period for Herriman, he drew some of the most graphic and brilliantly conceived daily strips ever created; they look like "mini-Sunday" strips. This nine-month stretch of dailies, never-before-reprinted, is among the treasures included in this collection. The collection includes many other Herriman gems, including the very first stand-alone Krazy & Ignatz strips from 1911, and the illustrations from Herriman"s Krazy Kat Jazz pantomime/ballet, performed to captivated New York audiences in 1922. This book fills in several gaps in the daily strip history, reproduced at close to their original size.

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Library Journal

Herriman's inventive and influential Krazy KatSunday strips are widely regarded as comics masterpieces and have been extensively reprinted. The strip's daily installments are far less known, but this nicely designed, oversized (15" x 11") hardcover should begin to change that. Krazy Kat and Ignatz Mouse first appeared in a small strip included at the bottom of Herriman's daily feature The Family Upstairs, and this volume includes some of the first Family Upstairsstrips focusing on them, from 1911 to 1912, along with some of the first stand-alone Krazy Katstrips from 1914 and a long run of strips from 1920 to 1921. It's clear from the beginning that Herriman is a master of wordplay, and he quickly establishes his trademark mutable backgrounds, Krazy's uniquely accented (and spelled) dialog, and the running gag of Ignatz punctuating every strip by flinging a brick at Krazy's head. Only later does it emerge that Krazy mistakenly regards these missiles as messages of love. Also included are Herriman's program illustrations for the 1922 Krazy Kat jazz pantomime ballet written by John Alden Carpenter. No library should be without some Krazy Kat; the Sunday strip collections are top priority, but libraries collecting those should not overlook this volume.
—Steve Raiteri

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781560978541
Publisher:
Fantagraphics Books
Publication date:
09/17/2007
Series:
Krazy and Ignatz Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
15.30(w) x 11.30(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

George Herriman (1880-1944), the creator of Krazy Kat, was born in New Orleans and lived most of his life in Los Angeles, California. He is considered by many to be the greatest strip cartoonist of all time.

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