One of those double posted, which means I'm still missing one.

The astounding thing about all this is that Krazy Kat was a newspaper strip.

This was just in newspapers in the teens and twenties.

Can you imagine a full broadsheet spread of this gorgeous artwork and bizarre storytelling as pack in with your newspaper?

Hell, I'd buy a newspaper now if they did reprints.

The daily strip was no less beautiful, and was frequently hilarious, and utterly bizarre.

These panels would have been in newspapers the 26th - 29th of February 1936.

They aren't especially groundbreaking by modern standards, but the concept of a brick attractor/reflector is wonderfully fun.

The illustrations are also still wonderfully beautiful.

(I'm working on a collected/curated volume of Krazy Kat comics. I dunno if I'll ever do anything with it, but if I do I'll tell y'all about it.)

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I think it's take up the space of like three strips with the size they run them at now (exaggerating but not much). But the colors would probably look much better in a modern paper.

@ajroach42 Krazy Kat, and McCay’s Little Nemo in Slumberland, were a huge part of my childhood. We had big omnibus books of each comic, which I still have in my possession today. The surreality and artwork of both strips is astounding.

@ajroach42@retro.social that was like reading something from an alternate universe

@purple The whole strip is like that. The premise is that the kat is in love with the mouse, and thinks that the mouse loves them as well.

The cat is some kind of genderqueer pixie?

The mouse throws bricks at the cat. The cat interprets this as a sign of affection.

The dog is a cop, and is in love with the cat, and tries to punish the mouse?

And, again, Krazy Kat is some kind of mischievous fairey, living in a world of their own machinations.

@ajroach42 @purple e. e. cummings's foreword in this collection is a very poetic essay on their dynamic as well: archive.org/details/krazykat00

(this is the collection of strips that I'm currently reading)

@68km @purple that essay was republished in the book I just finished, too.

@ajroach42 Wow, that's a wonderful find - really bizarre ideas. Damn, I've just lost a while reading the Wikipedia page on it which is fascinating; it was kept in at William Randolph Hearst's direct demand; and now I'm going to have to look for the T-shirt in Pulp Fiction.
Still, now I know of 'Yat'.

@ajroach42 it’s public domain by now, anyone could do a reprint

@zens It was originally published by King Features Syndicate, and they usually which means that even the strips from the 30s and 40s are likely in the public domain.

The trick, though, is finding or making high quality digital files from which to do reprints.

@ajroach42 and if they’re not high res enough, waifu2x would probably donan excellent job with them

@zens hadn't thought about that, but it's a good suggestion.

@zens some of them are, yeah. And a fair number on comic book plus.

I've been reading through some, making notes for a curated collection.

@ajroach42 the door mouse one has always been one of my favorites

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