I just got back from a marathon session at the library working through the Los Angeles Examiner for 1906. As you may know, George Herriman worked there from 1906 to 1909 in between stints in New York.
All the stars lined up just right for me today. The microfilm was in beautiful shape, the microfilm printer wasn’t being balky, and best of all, someone at the library screwed up and set the copying price on the machine to a dime instead of the usual quarter. With the light of providence shining brightly upon me, I took on the task of making copies of all the Herriman cartoons I found, a task that took all day because ol’ Garge was a very productive little worker bee at the Examiner.
So here I sit this evening with a cornucopia of 1906 Herriman cartoons. They run the gamut from editorial and sports cartoons to a previously undocumented comic strip series. It was initially my plan to start a Saturday blog posting series that would share with you folks all the treasures I had found. The series would run for months, posting cartoons at the rate of two or three each Saturday.
But then I got to wondering if you readers of this blog are fans enough of Herriman that you want to see all this material. For instance, today’s cartoons (Herriman’s first for the Examiner, printed on 8/18 and 8/21/06) are all but incomprehensible because they deal with local politics of a century ago. They’re good cartoons, but it would take a degree in California history to fully understand them. Many of the cartoons will fit into this category — delightful art but impenetrable subjects.
So here’s the deal. I’ve asked you to vote before on things and I usually get just a few responses. But I know you’re out there, doggone it, and I need to know where you want to go with this thing. Here’s your options:
1. Post ’em all. I love Herriman and I can’t get enough.
2. Post just the highlights. I like Herriman but this material is of minimal interest.
3. Go on to something else. I don’t get Herriman at all, or don’t care about his early work.
4. Hell, take Saturdays off from now on. I really couldn’t care less if you post anything. I thought this site would have pictures of strippers on it.
If I don’t get a reasonable number of responses in the next week (hey, I do know how many visits the blog gets every day, you know) I’m going to assume the vote is for #4. So post a comment or, if you prefer, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to cast your vote. Voters, thank you for your interest and support!