“Your strange interest in my efforts sure has me in a quandary – yes sir I can’t add it up at all – It must be something you give to it.”

-George Herriman


Krazy Kat was a surrealist comic strip by New Orleans artist George Herriman.  In 1916, Krazy Kat appeared weekly, printed in black and white in the art and drama sections of The William Randolph Hearst papers. 

George Herriman's strip contains a sense of wonder and simplicity, constructed around an endless love/hate triangle between cat, mouse, and dog.  Krazy Kat believes that Ignatz mouse is in love with him/her.  Ignatz’s main goal in life is to throw bricks at Krazy’s head.  Krazy believes this is proof of his love.  The dog, Offissa Pupp, lives to protect Krazy, whom he loves, and incarcerate Ignatz for his brick throwing. Within this frame, Herriman explores the large questions of identity and existence in a complex society.  He achieves this with great economy by combining word and image in what was a relatively new art form, the comic strip.


You can construct a Krazy Kat discourse between the Krazy Kat strip and other literary works from before and after the time of Krazy Kat’s publication.  The strip is removed from its original bibliographic space in the Hearst newspaper, and now floats in the hypertext atmosphere where hyperlinks extend the sequence of each strip, thickening and informing their meaning.

Find a current in the stream of consciousness.