Krazy: George Herriman, a Life in Black and White. MIchael Tisserand.

Krazy: George Herriman, a Life in Black and White

New York: Harper Perennial, 2016. First Edition. Hardcover. 545pp. Octavo [23.5 cm] 1/4 light gray paper over dark gray boards. Title stamped in black on spine. Illustrated dust jacket. New / New. Item #61994
ISBN: 9780061732997

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Born and raised in the ethnic maelstrom of nineteenth-century New Orleans, George Herriman, the creator of the seminal comic strip Krazy Kat came of age as an illustrator, journalist, and cartoon artist in the boom town of Los Angeles and the wild metropolis of New York. Rocketing to early fame in the newspapers of the early 20th century—including the media empire of William Randolph Hearst—Herriman's work was both hugely popular and widely acknowledged as the cartoon that elevated cartoons from daily diversions to an anarchic art form. Herriman's work was a modernist fantasia, drawing on the landscapes he discovered in his travels (chaotic urban life, the Beckett-like desert landscapes of the Southwest) to explore the human condition. Yet underlying his whole life—and often sneaking into the contours of his very public art—was a very private fact: known as 'the Greek' for his swarthy complexion and curly hair, Herriman was in fact an African-American, born to a Creole family that had been prominent in antebellum New Orleans before hiding its racial identity in the threatening era after Reconstruction.

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