Krazy Kat and Comics Storytelling
with Austin English
Wednesday, October 6, 2021
4:30 p.m. – 5:45p.m. EDT
Registration is closed.
Deadline: October 5.
George Herriman, the creator of Krazy Kat, is considered to be one of the most influential comics artists—his reach can be seen in the works of Charles M. Schulz, Bill Watterson, Will Eisner, and Art Spiegelman, to name just a few. But Herriman had kept a secret: it wasn’t until twenty-seven years after his passing that Herriman’s mixed-race background was discovered. Reading Krazy Kat with this context in mind brings a new lens in which to view the comic. It also raises essential questions: which artists and artistic experiences are included or excluded from the medium? Who is drawn to make comics, and why? In his discussion, Austin English, a comics artist and professor at Parsons and The School of Visual Arts, will explore the legacy of Herriman’s work, focusing on how early comics were meant to be visual experiences, with less emphasis on extended storytelling.
Austin English is a Brooklyn-based cartoonist, educator, and publisher. His book, Gulag Casual, published by 2dcloud, was placed on “Best Comic of 2016” lists by multiple publications, including BOMB Magazine and The Comics Journal. His forthcoming book, Meskin and Umezo, will be released in November 2021. He teaches comics and drawing at The School of Visual Arts and Parsons School of Design in New York, and he also runs the Ignatz Award–nominated publishing house, Domino Books.