There's an award named after one of his characters.

George Herriman was a cartoonist who worked from the 1900s to around 1945 or so. He made a very esoteric comic strip only few people liked and even fewer people understood. Newspaper publisher/tycoon William Randolph Hearst loved his creation: Krazy Kat, and so it ran in syndication in all the papers he controlled.

What was Krazy Kat?

Set in a mythical desert landscape called Coconino County the backgrounds would continually change shape and morph into weird abstract shapes. It was as if you had a crazed stage hand constantly wheeling in and out different backgrounds while the play was in progress.

The main characters:

Starting with a (most of the time) female cat named Krazy. She was in love with a little mouse,,,

... named Ignatz. Ignatz hated Krazy intensely, so much so he would throw bricks at her!

Officer Pup, a dog police officer would routinely arrest Ignatz on charges of disturbing the peace.

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Zap- POW!

Whenever Krazy's noggin would receive a blow from a brick she'd regard it as a sign of love returned from Ignatz. A good portion of Krazy Kat's storylines involve Ignatz trying to spring himself from prison, or defeat Officer Pup's clever traps to defeat him. Other strips involved groan-worthy puns or mistaken identities. George Herriman worked in a medium so constraining yet his simple style and direct almost blunt choice of rhetoric made it seem Krazy Kat's universe was boundless.


Buy the book.

I do miss the old days of cartoons about a century ago. The rules were still being worked out. A lot more experimentation went into it. Krazy Kat can be viewed online for free in many places, and there's a few books out there too. I would recommend buying the 223 page perfect-bound book put together in 1986 by Patrick McDonnell on Amazon HERE.

The award?

THE IGNATZ. Given out to the best Inkers each year by the Small Press Expo since 1997.

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