Kevin Jackson

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Krazy: George Herriman – A Life in Black and White

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Writing for Esquire in September 1935, the American critic Gilbert Seldes declared, ‘I can only say that those who have once fallen under his spell can never forget him, and form a sort of secret society, bound together by their love of a gentle little monster, the first character in our popular mythology.’ The spellbinder in question was the cartoonist George Herriman (born in 1880); the ‘gentle little monster’ was the lead character in Herriman’s most famous creation, Krazy Kat; and the ‘secret society’ of ardent admirers, though its numbers today are smaller than they were, persists into our own century.


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