Sunday, February 6, 2011

feat. Geo Herriman

The famous Goerge "Geo" Herriman is one of the best comic book cartoonist/illustrators of all time.  Creator of Krazy Kat and Ignatz has inspired me to emerge as an artist through laughter while giving me a great insight on politics during his time and pure art.  Not too many people of my generation know who he is and its such a shame, a man who raised alot of racial debate because he was African American but no one knew for he looked Caucasian (yup even his death certificate said so when he wasn't...crazy, huh?)  The language within itself is genius.  Herriman mixed almost 5-6 different languages to create this comic's dialogue.  I sometimes find myself reading them out loud, imitating then laughing because of how it sounds.  This cartoon was a pure vision nurtured from the ground up and was probably the first cartoon to die with its creator instead of someone continuing it.  He caught the attention of artists like Andy Warhol and has become an idol to many.  I have all his Krazy Kat and Ignatz comic books...i love reading them over and over again.  If you have never read one look him up..get a comic of his, you wont regret it...find out more about Herriman here: Geo Herriman