We are pleased to celebrate the first full biography of George Herriman, creator of Krazy Kat, (considered by many to be the greatest comic strip in history) with a conversation between biographer Michael Tisserand and Patrick McDonnell, creator of the beloved strip Mutts.
Drawing on exhaustive original research into Herriman’s family history, interviews with surviving friends and family, and deep analysis of the artist’s work and surviving written records, Michael Tisserand brings this little-understood figure to vivid life, paying homage to a visionary artist, an African American, born to a prominent Creole family that hid its racial identity in the dangerous days of Reconstruction.
Michael Tisserand is the author of The Kingdom of Zydeco, which won the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award for music writing, and the Hurricane Katrina memoir Sugarcane Academy. He served as editor of Gambit Weekly, New Orleans’ alternative newsweekly. In 1994, Patrick McDonnell created the comic strip Mutts, which Charles Schulz, in turn, called “One of the best comics strips of all time.” He has written four children’s books featuring the Mutts characters, Wag, South, Hug Time, and Just Like Heaven. His other books are Art, the Caldecott Honor winner Me…Jane, A Perfectly Messed-Up Story, and most recently Tek: The Modern Cave Boy.