Necromancy by the Blue Bean Bush
Krazy & Ignatz 1933-1934: "Necromancy by the Blue Bean Bush" is the fifth in a series reprinting George Herriman's early 20th Century comic strip masterpiece. Most of these strips have not seen print since originally running in Hearst newspapers over 70 years ago. Each volume is edited by the San Francisco Cartoon Art Museum's Bill Blackbeard. Krazy & Ignatz 1933-1934 is a hot-baked brickbat of a volume, adance with nearly two full years of the Sunday Krazy Kat (Herriman did not use color until 1935), snug between multiple pages of Herriman extras, not the least of which include an introduction by Blackbeard, a new "DeBaffler" page, and a stunning layout front and back and throughout by the inimitable Chris Ware!
"The Krazy & Ignatz books have been a godsend to comics fans... Each book is bizarre, sweetly amusing, and blissfully continuity-free." – "The Best Comics of the '00s: The Archives," The A.V. Club
"After all these decades, Krazy Kat remains a joyous, life-enhancing reading experience. To this reprint, Fantagraphics has added a few marvelous twists... Krazy Kat remains as good a comic as there ever was, and this beautifully produced book is a must for any reader interested in great art." – Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"One could argue the claim, confidently, persuasively, and with an all-but-inexhaustible store of ever-fresh evidence, that George Herriman was one of the very great artists, in any medium, of the 20th century." – Michael Chabon
"In truth, nothing less needs to be propped up on the ivory stilts of 'fine art' than Krazy Kat. On a daily basis, in a medium designed to provide simple diversion, Herriman went about his business unpretentiously, seemingly effortlessly, leaving an American masterpiece in his wake." – San Francisco Chronicle Book Review
"Simultaneously simple and profound." – Booklist
"Does the strip deserve its high reputation? Frankly, yes." – The Observer (London)