1944: Last Krazy Kat Comic to Appear in Newspapers
Though far from the fame of Peanuts, Archie or even Garfield, Krazy Kat was a popular comic strip in its’ own right. However, many people are unaware that the strip ever existed. Created by George Herriman in 1913, Krazy Kat was a spin-off of Herriman’s earlier comic, The Dingbat Family. The strip never completely identified Krazy Kat as a male or female, (it was referred to as both “he” and “she”) and the feline received its name from a mouse that referred to it as a “Krazy Kat.” The strip focused on three characters, Kat, Ignatz Mouse and Offissa Bull Pupp. Kat had a crush on the mouse but Ignatz would rather through bricks at it. Offissa Pup would try to keep law and order by condemning the throwing of bricks. Pretty simple stuff and yet the strip was hailed by many as an example of “serious” art. The comic printed its last strip on this day in 1944 – two months after Herriman had passed away. (Image: Wikimedia)
Happy Leon Day
According to National Calendar Day, today is known and Leon Day. Since today marks the six month mark from Christmas Day, it is the unofficial start date for crafters wanting to make art in time for the winter holidays. “Leon” is “Noel” spelled backwards.
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- 1927: Chuck Smith (founder of Calvary Chapel)
- 1928: Peyo (creator of The Smurfs)
- 1945: Carly Simon (singer)
- 1961: Ricky Gervais (actor)
- 1979: Busy Philipps (actress)
- 1984: Lauren Bush (fashion designer)
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