November 10, 2008
In 1913, the cartoonist George Herriman created Krazy Kat, a comic strip that first appeared in William Randolph Hearst's New York Evening Journal. The cartoon was published in the United States until 1944, offering American and international readers constant companionship in its characters: Krazy Kat, an innocent cat of indeterminate gender; Ignatz Mouse, Krazy's antagonist; Offissa Pupp, the protective police dog; and others. This evening's program reconsiders Herriman's stories through the lens of comics and poetry. Poet Monica Youn reads her own collection of works about Ignatz, first published in The Paris Review in the summer of 2007; and J. Hoberman, senior film critic, The Village Voice, speaks about the impact of Krazy Kat on the comics medium. Meghan O'Rourke, poet, critic, and co–poetry editor, The Paris Review, moderates a discussion. This program is a collaboration between The Museum of Modern Art and The Paris Review.
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