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George Herriman
Birth: Aug. 22, 1880
New Orleans
Orleans Parish
Louisiana, USA
Death: Apr. 26, 1944
Los Angeles
Los Angeles County
California, USA

Cartoonist. He is best remembered for his comic strip "Krazy Kat," that was syndicated in newspapers nationwide from 1913 until 1944. Born George Joseph Herriman to mulatto Creole parents in New Orleans, Louisiana, his family moved to Los Angeles, California when he was 10 years old. After graduating from high school in 1897, he obtained a job at the Los Angeles Herald a newspaper illustrator and engraver, before moving on to cartooning and comic strips. At the age of 20, he traveled to New York City, New York to advance his career as an artist, working as a barker and billboard painter at Coney Island until drawing a variety of strips until one of the leading humor magazines of the day, Judge, accepted some of his cartoons. In September 1901 his first real comic strips were published, one in the Pulitzer chain of newspapers and another in the Philadelphia North American Syndicate. The following February he began his first strip with a continuing character, "Musical Mose" that featured an African-American musician who impersonated other ethnicities. Other strips soon followed, including "Professor Otto and his Auto," "Acrobatic Archie," "Two Jolly Jackies," and "Lariat Pete." In June 1903 he began working for the New York World and the following January he moved to the New York Daily News where he had a short-lived continuing character comic strip about domestic life called "Home Sweet Home." In April 1904 he began working for the New York American, drawing sports cartoons and the following year he returned to Los Angeles to work for the Los Angeles Times. In 1910 he returned to New York City to work for the New York Evening Journal where he introduced his most famous character 'Krazy Kat' in his strip "The Dingbat Family." An exclusive "Krazy Kat" daily strip began in 1913, and from 1916 it also appeared on Sundays. The strip was noted for its poetic, dialect-heavy dialogue as well as its fantastic, shifting backgrounds and bold, experimental page layouts. Newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst was an admirer of "Krazy Kat" and gave him a lifetime contract with King Features Syndicate. In 1922 he returned to Hollywood, California and introduced his daily strip "Stumble Inn" which was short-lived, but the Sunday version lasted three years. In 1928 he took over the strip "Embarrassing Moments" that evolved into "Bernie Burns" and after it ended in 1932, he focused his energy solely on "Krazy Kat." In the early 1930s its popularity began to wane and he offered to take a pay cut which Hearst refused, and in 1935 it began to appear in color. He died in his sleep in Los Angeles, California following a lengthy illness of non-alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver at the age of 63. His final "Krazy Kat" strip, a full-page Sunday edition, was printed exactly two months following his death. (bio by: William Bjornstad) 
 
Burial:
Cremated, Ashes scattered.
Specifically: Ashes scattered by airplane over Monument Valley, Arizona
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Kenneth McNeil
Record added: Oct 09, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7966756
George Herriman
Added by: Ron Moody
 
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-Anonymous
 Added: Apr. 26, 2016
Thank you for your artistic talents.. May your soul be at peace.
- William Bjornstad
 Added: Nov. 3, 2015

- Robert David Miller
 Added: Oct. 5, 2015
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