George Herriman: A Life in Black and White

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Date(s) - 31/03/2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Point Park University Library


Join us for this special event as The ToonSeum presents acclaimed author Michael Tisserand who will discusses his new and acclaimed biography of legendary Krazy Kat cartoonist George Herriman, A Life in Black and White.

The event will take place on March 31st at 7:00 PM at Point Park University Library, 414 Wood St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. There will also be screening of several rare Krazy Kat cartoons, which date back to 1916 and are among the very earliest examples carttoning cinema.

Drawing on exhaustive original research into George 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 who helped shape modern culture.

The creator of the greatest comic strip in history finally gets his due—in an eye-opening biography that lays bare the truth about his art, his heritage, and his life on America’s color line. A native of nineteenth-century New Orleans, George Herriman came of age as an illustrator, journalist, and cartoonist in the boomtown of Los Angeles and the wild metropolis of New York. Appearing in the biggest newspapers of the early twentieth century—including those owned by William Randolph Hearst—Herriman’s Krazy Kat cartoons quickly propelled him to fame. Although fitfully popular with readers of the period, his work has been widely credited with elevating cartoons from daily amusements to anarchic art.

Tisserand’s talk is co-sponsored by Point Park’s Department of Cinema Arts. It is free and open to the public.

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