was a cartoon strip, appearing in both weekday and sunday US newspapers
, created by George Herriman
. It grew from an earlier comic strip Herriman wrote, The Dingbat Family
. Herriman would complete the cartoons about the Dingbats, and finding himself with time left over from his 8-hour day, filled the bottom of the cartoon with the slapstick actions of a cat and a mouse. This space-filler grew into something much larger than the original cartoon, and became a Sunday-only cartoon on April 23, 1916
, and before long also a daily strip. Herriman continued to draw this cartoon up to his death in 1944
Krazy Kat focussed on the relational triangle of its title character, Krazy Kat a cat of indeterminate gender, Krazy's antagonist and love interest Ignatz Mouse, and Krazy's lover and authority figure, Offica Pupp. Most of the strips revolved around the formula of Ignatz throwing a brick at Krazy Kat, which while endearing Krazy to Ignatz, would inevitably result with Offica Pupp putting Ignatz behind bars -- yet not all. Portrayed against a dreamlike portrayal of northern Arizona landscape, the world of Krazy Kat is something that was never seen before its creation -- and rarely since.
Bill Watterson has mentioned Krazy Kat as one of his inspirations for his own cartoon series, Calvin and Hobbes.
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