Skidmore, Martin: "Krazy Kat: Modernism and Influence." In: FA (1. Jan. 2011)(<http://comiczine-fa.com ... modernism-and-influence>).
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Keywords: "Krazy Kat", Comic strip, Herriman. George, Modernity, USA
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There is arguably no comic work as canonical as Krazy Kat. But unlike other revered classic newspaper strips, it was never terribly popular; indeed, a lot of the public disliked it. It’s also far harder to see Krazy Kat’s impact on the medium. One could argue that it is the least influential canonical work in comics, and perhaps that is even true for all artforms. In this essay I want to look at some of the reasons for the lack of popularity and subsequent influence, which I think come from a few sources, particularly Herriman’s inimitable genius and the strangely indeterminate nature of much of the strip, which I think makes it a Modernist or even Postmodernist work worth serious consideration alongside the usual array of classic Modernist literature from the first half of the 20th Century.
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