Sunday, May 13, 2007
Reasons to Admire The People of the United States of America
The American people have much to be proud of - not least George Herriman the creator of Krazy kat, the single most extraordinary strip cartoon character ever inked. Making every other cartoon cat look insipid, Krazy lived in a world that was as confused and confusing as that of any European surrealists over-intellectualised phantasy. Krazy was and remains both more complex and simpler than the elitist art of galleries and museums. He was and remains popular in a fashion that the self-conscious art vanguard which flourished in his life never were nor could be. More important he was funnier by far.
Krazy Kat was a great artistic statement in that most popular of media; print. The later animations which bear his name are shallow even by comparison with Hanna-Barbera toons. Despite not immediately finding his audience, he was protected by that great patron of the arts and all round bandit, William Randolph Hearst, so proving that even a capitalist got soul.
My own discovery of Krazy came by accident through a friend and it was only later that i came to know of the secondary literature concerning Krazy that went ito detail as to how subversive of gender roles and suchlike the toons were. Bullshit in my view it really doesn't matter whether or not Krazy was 'gay' he's a cartoon! The only thing genuinely subversive about Krazy was that the strips were and are very funny. The authoritarian personalities that yearn to dominate and rule over others simply cannot abide that.