Krazy & Ignatz by George Herriman
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.
"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 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 humanitys future. (Does that seem like an overstatement? It obviously is. But read more Krazy Kat and get back to me.)" — The Comics Journal
"One of the first comprehensive comic strip reprint projects of the current era, and arguably the most important..." — Bill Kartalopoulos, Print