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Krazy & Ignatz In Tiger Tea [Hardcover]

George Herriman , Craig Yoe
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30 Mar 2010 Krazy & Ignatz
Krazy Kat's most surreal adventures were the famed "Tiger Tea" sequence where Krazy Kat imbibed of the psychedelia-inducing substance. This is George Herriman at his best in the only full-length Krazy Kat adventure story of his career presented in the same era as Terry and the Pirates and Captain Easy. Krazy & Ignatz: Tiger Tea is printed on hemp paper and showcases a rare photo of Herriman sporting a Mexican sombrero and smoking a funny-looking cigarette. A special bookmark in the shape of a tea label and string will make the readers high with happiness. As with the entire line of Yoe Books, the reproduction techniques employed strive to preserve the look and feel of expensive vintage comics. Painstakingly remastered, enjoy the closest possible recreation of reading these comics when first released. -The Library of American Comics is the world's #1 publisher of classic newspaper comic strips, with 14 Eisner Award nominations and three wins for best book. LOAC has become "the gold standard for archival comic strip reprints... The research and articles provide insight and context, and most importantly the glorious reproduction of the material has preserved these strips for those who knew them and offers a new gateway to adventure for those discovering them for the first time." - Scoop

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  • Hardcover: 122 pages
  • Publisher: IDW Publishing (30 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600106455
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600106453
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 20.2 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 849,671 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Intellectual insanity 26 Jan 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
If you don't understand Herriman's crazy, but beautiful view of the world, look away now.
For those who do, "tunda in a teapotz oy, oy!" is a joy you'll sink into; the first time Herriman's longest storyline has been collected together.
For those who've never heard of him: please enter; be prepared to be delighted, but also to have to do some work yourself &, at first, be confused. This is a world (effectively, Monument Valley), where the characters don't necessarily move, but the landscape does around them: a tree in a plant pot replaced, in the next frame by a mountain, mesa, geometric design in the air or just whatever came into Herriman's mind; heavily influenced by Navajo Indian art.
Open your mind to joy, and enter...
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4.0 out of 5 stars A "selection", not the entire series 4 April 2010
By Salenia - Published on Amazon.com
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A wonderful little book containing about 90 daily strips of Krazy Kat's mystical quest for "Tiger Tea" inevitably leading to the unanswerable question: Was Tiger Tea alcohol, marijuana, or something even more powerful? The strips are reproduced one per page of about 8 by 7 inches, perhaps the largest reproductions of these daily cartoons, enabling the reader to appreciate the details of Herriman's exquisite drawing style.

The book itself is beautifully designed and manufactured, with a printed hardcover, and with enlarged single panels on the endpapers and on several preliminary pages, some of which have added color highlights or backgrounds. There also is a wonderful photograph of Herriman wearing a Mexican sombrero, holding a hand rolled cigarette, with a look that is purely enigmatic. The book will make a wonderful gift, especially for those new to the world of Krazy Kat, and at a list price of $12.99 (even less on line), is a true bargain. (How can they make any money at that price?)

The primary criticism I have is that the book does not expressly inform the reader that it contains only a portion of all the daily strips comprising Krazy Kat's Tiger Tea adventure. According to the printed text, Krazy was on his quest for TT from May 15, 1936 through March 17, 1937, so there should be about 255-260 daily strips (excluding Sundays which were independent and did not follow the daily story line). From this one can deduce that the strips reproduced are only a "selection", yet there is no statement on the title page or cover of this fact. There is absolutely nothing wrong with reproducing a sample of the strips (which will whet the desire of readers for the complete series), but the fact that the book is not complete should be made clear to the reader. I mistakenly assumed it contained the entire series.

A few other minor points: Paul Krassner's (an odd choice here) introduction includes a gratuitious swipe at Obama, something completely irrelevant to Herriman's inscrutable work of timeless beauty and jarringly out of place here. Both printed introductions are double spaced and reproduce a little image of Krazy above the text each time he is mentioned, an unnecessary affectation that interferes with readability. Also, although a number of Sunday cartoons involving catnip are included, it is not explained that those originate from other decades and are not part of the Tiger Tea saga.

Finally, the book is printed on a fancy stock resembling hand made paper and containing irregular inclusions in the paper. This makes the book a lovely object, but it also results in a dusty or dirty background for the cartoons, to which purists might with some justification object. It does detract a little from any photocopies one might make to post on one's wall.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Tiger Tease 13 April 2010
By 2.0 - Published on Amazon.com
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If you're still thirsty for Tea after finishing this book, it's because it is not complete. Containing 91 days worth of the Tiger Tea storyline, there is a great deal of work left to be desired. This book also contains two introductions, one by Craig Yoe and one by Paul Krassner. Both introductions contain no information that has not been printed many times before in other Krazy collections or on wikipedia for that matter. Yes, it's better than nothing, but not much more than nothing (over half the story is absent, sometimes entire months worth).

Keep in mind, Kim Thompson of Fantagraphics said on the company blog:
"We have all of these strips ourselves (scanned, ready for the eventual complete KRAZY KAT dailies books we'll get to after we finish the Sundays) and a spot check from our resident scanmaster/organizer Paul Baresh confirms that most or all of the ones missing from the Yoe book are in fact part of the 'Tiger Tea' continuity..."

Just wait for the Fantagraphics collection to come out. This is a half empty cup of tea...literally.

If you can't wait, then buy my copy used.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 15 May 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Incomplete. Laid out on a hideous flecked background. Terrible introductory essays (with ridiculously wide line spaces).

All in all, it does nothing to complement the majesty of the original strip. Yoe owes me ten English pounds...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A valuable, if quirky, addition to the Herriman reprint literature 5 April 2010
By Christopher Barat - Published on Amazon.com
The most notable things that have been said about "Tiger Tea" -- by far, George Herriman's most notable "experiment" in the KRAZY KAT daily strip -- are either demonstrably false or completely unprovable. It is not "Herriman's great adventure story," as some folks would have it; it's more like a running theme that recurred at intervals for almost a year (May 1936 to March 1937), probably because Herriman was able to mine more gags out of it than he had expected at the beginning. I also rather doubt that it was Herriman's surreptitious lobby for legalizing marijuana or celebrating its use, as some of the great cartoonist's "artsy-fartsier" fans would no doubt LIKE to believe. Herriman was probably aware of the existence of hallucinogenic substances, thanks to his friendship with the Navajos of Monument Valley, but, as Michael Tisserand (the author of an upcoming Herriman biography) admits in Craig Yoe's introduction, there is no evidence that Herriman ever "indulged" in any way, and that he simply took the idea of an elixir that caused individuals to act out of character as a convenient excuse to have some fun with his cast. I'm nonetheless happy to have the entire (I think...) collection of "Tiger Tea" strips between hard covers at long last. It doesn't measure up to the spectacular work Herriman did in his Sunday pages, but, as a window into Herriman's thoughts on the whole subject of continuity, it is a valuable piece of work.

"Tiger Tea" begins with katnip (yep, that's how it's spelled) magnate Mr. Meeyowl going bust. Feeling sorry for Meeyowl, Krazy follows his/her nose through several days' worth of desert perils (this is the closest the sequence gets to true "adventure," with Herriman generally eschewing dialogue in favor of letting pictures tell the story) and ultimately returns to Coconico County inside a bag of Tiger Tea (don't ask). Tiger Tea is the ultimate katnip, capable of giving a docile worm the attitude of a "King Kobra" or, more to the point, giving Herriman an excuse to allow the perpetually passive Krazy to "act up." "That I should have lived to see this!" groans Offissa Pupp upon seeing Krazy tippling like Foster Brooks on a particularly bad day. I think that Herriman intended this one scene as the real payoff, but that ideas just kept popping into his head, and he ran with them. This was, after all, an artist who mined 30 years' worth of strips out of a conceit (bricks, jail... you may know the drill) that is surely the slenderest reed upon which a comics masterpiece was ever draped, so you know he would have been sensitive to any promising new riff on his well-worn theme. We get subsequent strips of Krazy attempting to hide his/her stash of Tea, using some magic pollen to help unmask individuals who have stolen from his/her Tea sack, and, finally, Ignatz, Pupp, and other characters swearing off the brew. The whole sequence resembles one of those lazy, meandering POGO storylines more than a tightly controlled narrative of the kind favored by the likes of Harold Gray -- and even Walt Kelly didn't wander off the reservation the way Herriman did before ceasing his "Tea Bagging" for good. Ultimately, Herriman's interests simply didn't lie in the direction of telling a continuing story, even while his competitors were rushing to introduce long narratives into their strips. Perhaps this is one of the reasons why KRAZY KAT's popularity gradually waned in the 1930s. If Herriman had followed the crowd, though, he wouldn't have been Herriman.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars more adventures of Kat and Mouse 10 April 2014
By Richard Rogers - Published on Amazon.com
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Krazy Kat by George Herriman was the greatest American comic strip ever. A collection of these stories is a trip into a strange fun fantasy world you'll enjoy.
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