This page goes into detail on how I used Machine Learning to find hundreds of Krazy Kat comics that are now in the public domain. As a result of this project, several hundred high resolution scans of Krazy Kat comics are now easily available online, including a comic that I couldn't find in any published book! What follows is a detailed description of what I did to find these comics in online newspaper archives.
THIS is how good a comic strip can be. High praise, especially from the hyperbole-resistant Watterson, a sharp-eyed critic of his art form and perceiver of its unrealized potential. The "self-consciously baroque narrations and monologues" show that "words can be funny in themselves"; "the sky turns from black to white to zigzags and plaids simply because, in a comic strip, it CAN"; its surreal Arizona desert setting "is a character in the story, and the strip is 'about' that landscape as much as it is about the animals who populate it," Ignatz Mouse, Offissa Pupp, and the titular Krazy Kat.
Thanks to Krazy Kat aficionado Joel Franusic, you can enjoy the images enlarged and in high resolution — fitting for strips originally published in full and half pages on broadsheets. Says Joel :. How good is Krazy Kat?
It first appeared in the New York Evening Journalwhose owner, William Randolph Hearstwas a major booster for the strip throughout its run. The characters had been introduced previously in a side strip with Herriman's earlier creation, The Dingbat Family. Set in a dreamlike portrayal of Herriman's vacation home of Coconino County, ArizonaKrazy Kat 's mixture of offbeat surrealisminnocent playfulness and poetic, idiosyncratic language has made it a favorite of comics aficionados and art critics for more than 80 years.
In the late s, Marco Frascari, the architecture critic and teacher, introduced to architecture audiences the art of George Herriman, the long-lived cartoonist famous for 'Krazy Kat', syndicated cartoon for the Hearst newspapers. Abrams, Inc. Krazy Kat, of indeterminate gender and age, was, because of a 'racial memory' of a foiled love affair in ancient Egypt between a noble cat and a slave mouse, perpetually fascinated by her contemporary mouse, 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.
The curmudgeonly mouse Ignatz hurls bricks at the cat. The cat takes them as signs of affection. Sometimes the local cop Offisa Pup tries to protect the oblivious cat.
One of the klassic newspaper komics of the early 20th century, Krazy Kat was published in the New York Evening Journal from to It was written and drawn by George Herriman and exhibited surreal, American Southwest-themed artwork, often focusing on aesthetics over humor. This caused the strip to alienate much of its audience; it only remained in the newspaper as long as it did because it was a favorite of Journal publisher William Randolph Hearst.