George Herriman (1880 - 1944)
Lately I resumed my tease with graphics, and have posted some poli-toons ... I wondered myself 'Why now; why this genre?' Then I ran across this article from the LA Times last Sunday. Could I be semi-channeling Dead Cartoonists? ... although not in league, nor class, of those passed; no, no.
" ... [A]pparently the shy cartoonist was working under the delusion that he was appealing to children as well. Editors knew better, often complaining to Hearst: "they don't get it." ... "
The L A Times reports this weekend on the work of " ... George Joseph Herriman [who] was born in 1880 in New Orleans but grew up in a neighborhood south of downtown Los Angeles near Washington Boulevard and Main Street.
... It was Hearst alone who ensured Herriman's livelihood. The Chief, as he was called, had a good eye, and he liked what he liked. From 1913 to 1944, the strip appeared in a select handful of Hearst newspapers, often running in the arts and culture section."
Entire Article HERE] -- it is a study in the art form least understood by the public. Herriman's toon captured the eye of heavy weights in an era that saw two world wars and a Depression. The article concludes:
"Be not harsh with 'Krazy,' " Herriman once wrote. "He is but a shadow himself, caught in the web of this mortal skein." And almost a hundred years later, his equally mortal patron, "Citizen Hearst," will be remembered for protecting a bizarre comic strip that almost no one liked: burlesques of a lovesick cat, unknowingly tormented by a disagreeable, tiny, stick-legged mouse.