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Krazy & Ignatz 1925-1926: "There Is a Heppy Lend Fur Fur Awa-a-ay" (Krazy & Ignatz) Paperback – April 17, 2002
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Top Customer Reviews
I love this strip and I respect George Herriman as an artist. If you already have a taste for Krazy Kat--and are longing for more material to be continuously reprinted (as I am)--this is a purchase you should be making without me telling you. Otherwise, you had better get a taste for this particular work before you delve into this chapter of its development. Or try back in a book or two.
More good news is Fantagraphic's pledge (near the end of this book) that once they complete the Krazy Kat cycle (kompleat with the kompleat Kolor Komiks in full Kolor), they will go back and republish the years covered by the Eclipse volumes! I was never able to find all 9 volumes, and those that appear on E-bay tend to get VERY pricey ...
This is good news for all of the Kat's devoted followers. May Fantagraphics march on.
For those who are not familiar with Krazy Kat--a larger group, alas--there isn't room here for the superlatives that this strip inspires, let alone for an explanation of the many facets of the work. When you first read it, you may be puzzled at all the praise heaped on this thing--this is because so much of the effect of KK is cumulative. In my experience, it is the richest example of variations-on-a-theme in all of art, regardless of medium. (And there are hundreds of Krazy Kat strips that I've never seen!)
The best introduction to Herriman remains the the bio by McDonnell, et al, which samples the breadth of his work. But there's much to be said for reading a group of strips sequentially.
The 1925-26 Sunday strips collected here show Herriman in fine form, even though his inventive page design is straightjacked much of the time. Herriman's publisher W.R. Hearst imposed a strict format on Herriman from mid-1925-29, in an effort to promote the strip (this is explained in the book). But Herriman manages to make the best of the restrictions, and Herriman's best is fine indeed.
It is scandalous that this material has remained unavailable for so long. Kudos to Fantagraphics, and lucky for all of us that Herriman's glorious work is again becoming available.
If there's anything I could add that would make my recommendation more emphatic, consider it said.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
it is required for my English class. I find the story kinda interesting, but I might not choose this book if it is not required for my class.Published on July 29, 2013 by YKSUN
The fantastical adventures of Krazy Kat, Ignatz Mouse & Offisa Pup - for a great price! George Herriman was a master of the comic strip - here's your chance to see his... Read morePublished on March 11, 2013 by Richard Rogers
Herriman finds his metier. Krazy waxes eloquent. Ignatz waxes his brick.
Offica Pup keeps the peace.
I came upon Krazy Kat recently while doing research on early comic strips.My intent was to follow the older strips to see how they have progressed into what they are today. Read morePublished on August 14, 2005 by D. Carlisle
I'm absolutely blown away every time I pick up this book. I'd heard it referred to by everyone from Max Speigelman to Bill Watterson himself, artist of Calvin & Hobbes, but hadn't... Read morePublished on September 12, 2004 by David Blair
Every man, woman, and child should own a complete set of George Herriman's Krazy Kat, but that's currently impossible cos so much of it is out of print (or has never been... Read morePublished on June 23, 2003 by bhangonoveloctresidom