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Krazy & Ignatz

Krazy Kat is a love story, focusing on the relationship of its three main characters. Krazy Kat adored Ignatz Mouse. Ignatz Mouse just tolerated Krazy Kat, except for recurrent onsets of targeting tumescence, which found expression in the fast delivery of bricks to Krazy's cranium. Offisa Pup loved Krazy and sought to protect "her" (Herriman always maintained that Krazy was genderless), mostly by throwing Ignatz in jail. Each of the characters was ignorant of the other's true motivations. This simple structure allowed Herriman (1881-1944) to build entire worlds of meaning into the actions, building thematic depth that led critics like Gilbert Seldes and e.e. cummings to recognize Herriman's genius almost immediately.

The Fantagraphics Krazy & Ignatz is designed by Chris Ware, creator of the wildly successful graphic novel Jimmy Corrigan (Pantheon Books, 2000), and each volume features an introduction by the editor of the series, comics historian and critic Bill Blackbeard.

In 1999, The Comics Journal named Krazy Kat the greatest example of the artform in the history of the medium. "Krazy Kat has been the acknowledged greatest comic for so long, by so many esteemed critics, that it becomes tempting to knock it from its perch," then-editor Tom Spurgeon wrote in 1999. "At a casual glance, George Herriman's long-running strip seems quaint and antiquated. But to immerse yourself in Krazy Kat, to yield to Herriman's looping verbal rhythms and lovingly-depicted desert backgrounds, to experience his perfectly-realized triptych of unspoken and unconsummated love, yields a very, very different result. Herriman's creation is not only great comics, with a wonderful command of the medium's possibilities and strengths, but is also great art — an affecting exploration of some of life's most basic issues in a way that enlightens and thrills. Every cartoonist who turns to comics as a medium of personal expression follows in Herriman's path, and that is why his is the greatest comic of the 20th Century." In 2011, Spurgeon added "Krazy Kat is so good that if you don't get it, it's better for you in the long run that you do whatever is necessary to change yourself until you do get it."

"The surreal high jinks of Krazy, Ignatz Mouse, Offisa Pup (and enough bricks to build a small city) are as entrancing today as when George Herriman wrote and drew them." – The New York Times

"The Krazy & Ignatz books have been a godsend to comics fans... Each book is bizarre, sweetly amusing, and blissfully continuity-free." – "The Best Comics of the '00s: The Archives," The A.V. Club

"...[T]he complete Krazy Kat [is] a genuinely amazing thing to exist, and almost a reason all by itself to to have irrational hope for humanity’s future. (Does that seem like an overstatement? It obviously is. But read more Krazy Kat and get back to me.)" – Tim Hodler, The Comics Journal

"One of the first comprehensive comic strip reprint projects of the current era, and arguably the most important..." – Bill Kartalopoulos, Print

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Krazy & Ignatz 1916-1918 + 1919-1921

George Herriman Two softcover volumes containing the complete first 6 years of Krazy Kat Sunday strips, with beautiful covers designed by Chris Ware, together for a great discounted price.  Product Details...
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Krazy & Ignatz 1916-1918: Love in a Kestle or Love in a Hut

George Herriman Back to the beginning! The first three years of Herriman’s masterpiece, finally back in print with modern production standards. All the full-page Sundays, plus the original articles and special features from the first edition.  Product Details...
$24.99



Krazy & Ignatz 1919-1921: A Kind, Benevolent and Amiable Brick

George Herriman The second volume is also the second-to-last. Over 150 little masterpieces by the greatest cartoonist of all time. Each page is a hilarious, poetic masterpiece crackling with verbal wit and graphic brilliance. Those were the days…!  Product Details...
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Krazy & Ignatz 1922-1924: At Last My Drim of Love Has Come True

George Herriman Completing the series! Included along with 3 years of Sunday strips is a rare sequence of color strips, rare photographs of Herriman and more of the bonus extras and goodies the series is known for, all inside covers by Chris Ware.  Product Details...
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Krazy & Ignatz 1925-1926: There Is a Heppy Lend Fur Fur A-Waay

George Herriman This debut volume reprints what many consider to be Herriman's prime: his Sunday strips from 1925 and 1926, two full years of strips printed full-page in their original black and white, plus material never collected before.  Product Details...
$19.95



Krazy & Ignatz 1927-1928: Love Letters in Ancient Brick

George Herriman In addition to 104 full-page black-and-white Sunday strips, this volume includes introductions, annotations, and rare Herriman ephemera from Bill Blackbeard and Chris Ware, and an essay by vaudeville historian Ben Schwartz.  Product Details...
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Krazy & Ignatz 1929-1930: A Mice, a Brick, a Lovely Night

George Herriman This third softcover volume finds Herriman flowering into the peak of his inventiveness, liberated at last from the constraints of his syndicate's chosen format. Gorgeous cartoons are augmented by rare bonus materials.  Product Details...
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Krazy & Ignatz 1931-1932: A Kat Alilt with Song

George Herriman This is a hot-baked brickbat of a volume, adance with nearly two years of the Sunday Krazy Kat, with multiple pages of Herriman extras and rarities, a new Debaffler page, more kommentary and a stunning design by Chris Ware!  Product Details...
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Krazy & Ignatz 1933-1934: Necromancy by the Blue Bean Bush

George Herriman This is the fifth in a series reprinting George Herriman's early 20th Century masterpiece, much for the first time anywhere. With an introduction by Bill Blackbeard, a new "DeBaffler" page and stunning layout by Chris Ware!  Product Details...
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Krazy & Ignatz 1935-1936: A Wild Warmth of Chromatic Gravy

George Herriman The heretofore black-and-white Sunday Krazy Kat returned in full spectacular color in June 1935, collected here from then through 1936, with a flood of rare color extras and a revelatory essay by Jeet Heer.  Product Details...
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Krazy & Ignatz 1937-1938: Shifting Sands Dusts Its Cheeks in Powdered Beauty

George Herriman Our second color volume includes the Sunday strips from all of 1937 and 1938, plus more rare color art and never-before-seen Herriman memorabilia from series editor Bill Blackbeard and designer Chris Ware's files.  Product Details...
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Krazy & Ignatz 1939-1940: A Brick Stuffed with Moom-bims [Sold Out]

George Herriman The gorgeous color evolution of Krazy Kat continues in this volume, which includes the Sunday strips from all of 1939 and 1940. The color format opens the floodgates for a massive amount of spectacular, rare art.  Product Details...
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Krazy & Ignatz 1941-1942: A Ragout of Raspberries

George Herriman Our fourth color volume includes the Sunday 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.  Product Details...
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Krazy & Ignatz 1943-1944: He Nods in Quiescent Siesta

George Herriman 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.  Product Details...
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Krazy & Ignatz: The Complete Sunday Strips 1916-1924

George Herriman Finally! This limited-edition hardcover compiles the final three Fantagraphics Krazy & Ignatz books, collecting the years 1916-1924, in a single beautifully-designed hardcover.  Product Details...
$95.00



The Kat Who Walked in Beauty [2nd Printing]

George Herriman A unique, stand-alone collection of some of the most graphic and brilliantly conceived daily strips ever created, along with many other gems, including the very first stand-alone Krazy & Ignatz strips and more rarities.  Product Details...
$29.95






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