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on December 14, 2011
I have to assume that if you're reading this you know who George Herriman was, why Krazy Kat is so important, etc. So I'll cut to the chase and talk about the book itself.

There are two things right off the bat that let you know this is a quality product. 1) It's from Abrams, a publisher known for their high-end art books, excellent printing and binding, and fine reproduction. This is published under the Abrams Comicarts imprint, a new line dedicated to the best in cartooning and comics. 2) The author/editor is Craig Yoe, who in a very short time has established himself as one of the premiere creators of books about comics. Yoe's passion for the subject and attention to detail result in a highly enjoyable book - a work of art unto itself.

Here Craig has done a terrific job of collecting impossibly rare art by Herriman, much of it having never been printed before anywhere. Not just original artwork for Krazy Kat strips but beautifully hand-colored pieces that Herriman did for friends, including one-of-a-kind birthday cards, framed artworks, and illustrated thank-you notes. Plus historic photos, posters, book covers and memorabilia.

Not quite in the category of traditional "The Art Of..." books, this volume lives up to its subtitle "A Celebration." In addition to the art are many enlightening essays by writers including Bill Watterson, Gilbert Seldes, Tad Dorgan, e. e. cummings, and Yoe himself. Each of them gives a personal perspective on Herriman's work that puts the art in a context. Plenty to read as well as look at.

Highly recommended for the Krazy Kat fan, and it makes a wonderful gift.
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on May 7, 2017
First off, the quality of the book was top notch...beautiful! George Herriman did beautiful work and he deserves a book like this to showcase it.I had already read Krazy: A life in black and white, and this book was a nice compliment to that one. I love the strip Krazy Kat and I thoroughly enjoyed this book!
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on March 29, 2016
In George Herriman's lifetime, "Krazy Kat" was only printed in about fifty newspapers. The readership was small, but very enthusiastic, and the strip inspired scores of great cartoonists. Reading these strips today, it is easy to see why. The surreal universe where Krazy lives manages to convey both a childlike innocence and great profundity, and do both with sly humor. If anything, time has improved these strips. Highly recommended.
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on February 17, 2017
What can one say about the comic strip KRAZY KAT? There has never been another comic strip like it. George Harriman was a genius and found full expression of his talents in this comic strip. Any Krazy Kat collection, including this one, is well worth the money. Buy it and enjoy!
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on October 31, 2014
Absolutely first rate. I think Craig Yoe is one of those Krazy people that actually spends a lot of time (a LOT of time) producing very, very good things. I certainly enjoyed reading his book.
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on August 31, 2016
For fans of Krazy Kat...one for the collection.
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on March 25, 2015
My only regret is that, being so large originally, the details are small even in a book this large. But the wonderfulness of the work overweighs it.
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on November 13, 2014
Herriman's genius in an affordable package.
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on September 26, 2016
I was disappointed in that, as long-time Krazy Kat fan, I found little that was new to me (everyone seems to use the e.e. cummings review). Better to use your money to buy the different volumes in the Fantagraphics editions.
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on February 15, 2013
Just what I expected with lots of facts I never knew before. Excelent illustrations
Krazy Kat -- fun to read for older folks
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