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Puck
August 30, 2007, 05:38 AM
listening to bbc radio 4 at present, and in particular a programme about krazy kat! it brought back many memories or art class..

here is the blurb from wikipedia -
Krazy Kat is a comic strip created by George Herriman that appeared in U.S. newspapers between 1913 and 1944. It was first published in William Randolph Hearst's New York Evening Journal, and Hearst was a major booster for the strip throughout its run.

Set in a dreamlike portrayal of Herriman's vacation home of Coconino County, Arizona, Krazy Kat's mixture of surrealism, innocent playfulness, and poetic language have made it a favorite of comics aficionados and art critics for more than eighty years.[1][2][3]

The strip focuses on the curious "love" triangle between its title character, a carefree and innocent cat of indeterminate gender (referred to as both male and female); the cat's antagonist, Ignatz Mouse; and the protective police dog, Officer Bull Pupp. Krazy nurses an unrequited love for the mouse; however, Ignatz despises Krazy and constantly schemes to throw a brick at Krazy's head, which Krazy takes as a sign of affection. Officer Pupp, as Coconino County's administrator of law and order, makes it his unwavering mission to interfere with Ignatz's brick-tossing plans and lock the mouse in the county jail.

Despite the slapstick simplicity of the general premise, it was the detailed characterization, combined with Herriman's visual and verbal creativity, that made Krazy Kat one of the first comics to be widely praised by intellectuals and treated as serious art.[1] Gilbert Seldes, a noted art critic of the time, wrote a lengthy panegyric to the strip in 1924, calling it "the most amusing and fantastic and satisfactory work of art produced in America today."[4] Famed poet E. E. Cummings, as another Herriman admirer, wrote the introduction to the first collection of the strip in book form. Though only a modest success during its initial run, in more recent years, many modern cartoonists have cited Krazy Kat as a major influence.

http://www.lambiek.net/artists/h/herriman/herriman_krazykat1.jpg

Puck
August 30, 2007, 05:40 AM
the official website is below -
http://www.coconino-world.com/sites_auteurs/herriman/mng_herriman.htm

Puck
August 30, 2007, 05:57 AM
http://bedazzled.blogs.com/bedazzled/images/gif_krazy.GIF

Sohel
August 31, 2007, 12:03 PM
Good stuff Puck. One of my college friends actually wrote an interesting and convoluted pop culture thesis comparing Krazy Kat to Calvin and Hobbs. Here's a thumbnail, click to enlarge and read: -

http://img2.freeimagehosting.net/uploads/th.b8395fb8cb.jpg (http://img2.freeimagehosting.net/image.php?b8395fb8cb.jpg)

Alien
September 2, 2007, 07:54 AM
Never heard of Krazy Kat. I always thought it was TMNT.

Puck
September 2, 2007, 08:25 AM
what is tmnt alien?

Puck
September 2, 2007, 08:34 AM
Good stuff Puck. One of my college friends actually wrote an interesting and convoluted pop culture thesis comparing Krazy Kat to Calvin and Hobbs. Here's a thumbnail, click to enlarge and read: -

http://img2.freeimagehosting.net/uploads/th.b8395fb8cb.jpg (http://img2.freeimagehosting.net/image.php?b8395fb8cb.jpg)


calvin and hobbes were hot talking points when i was doing my first degree! hobbes was just such a miserable human being and for that matter, a pessimistic philosopher that in the hobbes seminars, we ended up talking about the cartoon.

this hobbesian idea of humanity being in constant state of aggressive flux, and needing a strong leader to keep it in its place, is not too alien to us today. although, he wasn't really a parliamentarian!

for a basic introduction to hobbes please feel free to look below -
http://www.iep.utm.edu/h/hobmoral.htm

the following is quoted from the introductory part of the link above -

The English philosopher Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679) is best known for his political thought, and deservedly so. His vision of the world is strikingly original and still relevant to contemporary politics. His main concern is the problem of social and political order: how human beings can live together in peace and avoid the danger and fear of civil conflict. He poses stark alternatives: we should give our obedience to an unaccountable sovereign (a person or group empowered to decide every social and political issue). Otherwise what awaits us is a ‘state of nature’ that closely resembles civil war – a situation of universal insecurity, where all have reason to fear violent death and where rewarding human cooperation is all but impossible. One controversy has dominated interpretations of Hobbes. Does he see human beings as purely self-interested? Several passages support such a reading, leading some to think that his political conclusions can be avoided if we adopt a more realistic picture of human nature. However, most scholars now accept that Hobbes himself had a much more complex view of human motivation. A major theme below will be why the problems he poses cannot be avoided simply by taking a less ‘selfish’ view of human nature.

Bancan
September 2, 2007, 02:27 PM
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