Krazy and Ignatz, 1943-1944: "He Nods in Quiescent Siesta" (Krazy Kat)

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The final volume covers the last two years of Herriman’s masterpiece. In addition to the full-color, full-page Sundays, we present scores of late daily strips and more rare artwork, and a concluding essay by editor Bill Blackbeard.

Krazy and Ignatz, 1943-1944 covers the last two years of Herriman's masterpiece. With this volume, Fantagraphics and its precursor Eclipse will have reprinted the entire 29-year run of the Krazy Kat Sundays! Like Charles Schulz, George Herriman was a cartoonist to the very end. Aside from collecting the last masterful year and a half of "Krazy Kat," this new volume will offer a retrospective look at Herriman's life at the drawing table, offering many never before seen samples of his original art (which the cartoonist often lovingly hand-colored for friends). Gathered from many scattered collections, these pages testify to Herriman's inveterate passion for drawing. Rounding out the volume are scores of Krazy Kat daily strips also from Herriman's last years, further testament to the cartoonists vitality. Series editor and veteran comics historian, Bill Blackbeard, also provides a concluding, wide-ranging essay on the life and art of Herriman. More than a simple reprint collection, Krazy and Ignatz, 1943-1944 portrays the full range of a cartoonist who remained an artist all his life.

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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.

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“The exquisite design and clever wordplay remain sharp as ever.”
- Gordon Flagg, Booklist

“Endlessly perplexing, energetic, deep, and playful.”
- Sarah Boxer, New York Review of Books

“A testament to the creative power of the comic book form.”
- Tony Brownfield, Newsarama

“This beautifully produced series is a must for any reader interested in great art.”
- Publishers Weekly

“Language, as deployed by Krazy, is a fluid and fantastic thing, a patois from a people of one...it has a poetical allure and a cadence all its own. The art, rendered in scratchy quill and ink, was endearingly personal...many of his arrangements retain their innovative delight until today...Thus the world is set for a world of fantasy and elastic language. And despite its unvarying central theme, Krazy Kat has a freshness of cartooning and language to it, one that was held to for the entirety of its thirty-year run. This, as any storyteller will readily admit, is nothing short of miraculous.”
- David Mathews, The New Indian Express

“One of the very great artists, in any medium, of the 20th century.”
- Michael Chabon, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

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