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Truly, a Celebration
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.