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The creator of the greatest comic strip in history finally gets his due-in an eye-opening biography that lays bare the truth about his art, his heritage, and his life on America's color line. A native of nineteenth-century New Orleans, George Herriman came of age as an illustrator, journalist, and cartoonist in the boomtown of Los Angeles and the wild metropolis of New York, and Herriman's Krazy Kat cartoons quickly propelled him to fame. Yet underlying his own lifewas a very private secret: known as "the Greek" for his swarthy complexion and curly hair, Herriman was actually African American. Michael Tisserand brings this little-understood figure to vivid life, paying homage to a visionary artist who helped shape modern culture.