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George Herriman
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Artist
    (August 22, 1880-April 25, 1944)
    Best known for creating comic strip 'Krazy Kat'
    He denied his black and Native American heritage and passed as a white man; his co-workers assumed that he was of Greek descent.
    To keep up this charade, he always wore a hat to hide his slightly curly hair.
    He had at least a dozen comic strips that failed before he had success with 'Krazy Kat.'
    Critics of 'Krazy Kat' claimed that it didn't make sense; some newspapers refused to carry it.
    The strip had more of a cult following than true mainstream success.
    The strip could sometimes be violent and homophobic.
    He owned over a dozen cats and dogs.
    'Krazy Kat' had ran nationwide for almost thirty years.
    Many consider the strip a sublimely brilliant social commentary on race and gender.
    It was one of William Randolph Hearst's favorite comic strips.
    Herriman also did the illustrations for the 'Archy and Mehitabel' books by writer Don Marquis.
    He lost his wife and youngest daughter within a five-year span.
    His parents moved their family from New Orleans to Los Angeles to escape the South's racist laws.
    He passed for white in defiance of the racist and lame 'one-drop' rules of the United States.

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