Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Krazy & Ignatz 1937-1938

Shifting Sands Dusts its Cheeks in Powdered Beauty

George Herriman

The classic comic strip gets its second color treatment thanks to Fantagraphics Books. The Sundays featuring a group of crazy characters from Coconino County is really just very endearing and charming. When I picked up my first Krazy & Ignatz volume, I didn't expect to get much out of it, particularly with the disorienting way the characters talk within, but you kind of fall into a rhythm and it's a really rewarding experience by its conclusion. You'd think there could only be so many situations that come about from a strip that basically circles around Ignatz Mouse throwing a brick at Krazy Kat, who loves him, before getting thrown into jail, but Herriman manages to keep things fresh with another fantastic volume in a beautiful presentation, courtesy of Chris Ware's design. This is a real treat and a strong contender for any best-of list, even seven volumes (and fourteen years worth of Sunday strips) into the project. A

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