George Joseph Herriman (1880-1944)
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Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, George Joseph Herriman was an African American cartoonist. After he graduated from high school in 1897, he was employed by the newspaper industry as an illustrator. From 1902-1944, Herriman drew more than 20 series of comic strips. One of his most well known comic strips is “Krazy Kat”, which was published from 1913-1944. The Comics Journal placed the strip first on its list of the greatest comics of the 20th century. His work has been an important influence on well known illustrators such as Patrick McDonnell, Robert Crumb, Will Eisner, Charles Schulz, Bill Watterson, Art Spiegelman and Chris Ware.