Krazy & Ignatz, 1941-1942: "A Ragout of Raspberries" (Krazy Kat)

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Sunday Krazy Kat strips from all of 1941 and 1942 and a bounty of extras, including an essay by Jeet Heer about the history and precedents of Herriman's unique use of language.

George Herriman integrated full, spectacular color into Krazy Kat in June, 1935. The gorgeous evolution continues in Fantagraphics's fourth color volume (subtitled "A Ragout of Raspberries"), which includes the Sunday strips from all of 1941 and 1942. The color format opens the floodgates for a massive amount of spectacular, rare color art from series editor Bill Blackbeard and designer Chris Ware's files. Most of these strips in this volume have not seen print since originally running in Hearst newspapers over 60 years ago.

For this volume, critic Jeet Heer contributes an essay about the history and precedents of Herriman's unique use of language, exploring his characters' loquacious lexicography.

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About the Author:

George Herriman (1880-1944), the creator of Krazy Kat, was born in New Orleans and lived most of his life in Los Angeles, California. He is considered by many to be the greatest strip cartoonist of all time.

Bill Blackbeard, the founder-director of the San Francisco Cartoon Art Museum, is the world's foremost authority on early 20th Century American comic strips. As a freelance writer, Blackbeard wrote, edited or contributed to more than 200 books on cartoons and comic strips, including The Smithsonian Collection of Newspaper Comics, 100 Years of Comic Strips, and the Krazy & Ignatz series.

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These 1941–42 Krazy Kat Sunday newspaper pages, reprinted in full color, prove that the acclaimed strip remained fresh and inventive nearly three decades after its inception, and Herriman’s skill and imagination showed no signs of flagging. The throwaway gags tacked onto the bottom of each page contain more wit, charm, and ingenuity than anything in the comics section today. The world Herriman created in Coconino County is so self-contained that it’s jolting here when its inhabitants experience a wartime blackout and rationing prevents Ignatz from purchasing a brick to bean Krazy with. --Gordon Flagg

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