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Krazy Kat and a worm
Krazy Kat encounters a worm. I love it. Simple and surreal. The original was black and white. I’ve added colour to the sky. Krazy Kat is an invention of American cartoonist George Herriman – many subsequent cartoonists have listed him as an influence. This strip was drawn about 100 years ago – it’s a century old!
The two characters are the rather stupid Krazy Kat and his much brighter mouse friend Ignatz, who secretly despises him although Krazy never realises this even though he’s always having bricks lobbed at his head.
The strip ran from 1913 to 1944. It first appeared in the New York Evening Journal owned by William Randolph Hearst who was a great fan of the artist – he is reputed to have given Herriman carte blanche to draw whatever he liked. And, as a result of being bullet-proof, he could explore the wackier routes his imagination led him along without worrying that the strip was popular with the public, or even comprehensible.
I struggled understanding the storylines sometimes until I realised this fact – that they were always obscure. And now I’m free to enjoy the draughtsmanship and imagination of a comic strip genius.
Handmade, limited edition screen print on cotton paper, mould-made at the St Cuthbert Mill in Wells, Somerset. 25cm x 19cm.
Signed by the printer, John Patrick Reynolds