The ‘Oscars of the comic book industry’ - named for the pioneering comics creator and graphic novelist Will Eisner - are traditionally celebrated during the annual San Diego Comic-Con. On July 24th, 2020, the winners of the 32nd Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards were announced virtually, and George Herriman’s “Krazy Kat”, The Complete Color Sundays 1935–1944 took home the prize for “Best Archival Collection/Project—Strips”.
One of the first comics to be considered a work of art, George Herriman’s Krazy Kat was published from 1913 until his death in 1944, and delights with its detailed characterization and visual-verbal creativity alongside the slapstick shenanigans between Krazy and Ignatz the mouse. TASCHEN’s color facsimile of the legendary newspaper strip presents all Krazy Kat color stories from 1935–1944 and a detailed introduction by art historian and comic expert Alexander Braun, who illuminates Herriman’s multi-ethnic background and reveals what makes this timeless work of art about a queer cat so extraordinary.
This is Braun’s second Eisner win following his award for Winsor McCay. The Complete Little Nemo 1910–1927 in 2015. Congratulations!