Created by George Herriman [1880-1944]. Ignatz was a character in the comic strip Krazy Kat which ran from 1913 to 1944. He is an angry little mouse whom Krazy Kat has an obsessive, irrational crush on. This love is unrequited and Ignatz schemes to throw bricks at Krazy’s head, an act that’s interpreted as affection.
I like Ignatz for the way he is drawn. I can remember being fascinated by the way he looked as a kid when an animated version used to appear sporadicly on Australian TV. In form he’s a kind of bubble with skinny stick limbs that improbably propel heavy bricks through the air. The other thing that is amazing in Herriman’s work is his surreal, inventive, dramatically lit desert landscapes.
Herriman’s off-beat surrealism and the innocent, playful and poetic language have made his creations a favourite of comics aficionados and art critics up to the present day. His graphic style has been an influence on many cartoonists and artists. Ignatz predates Micky Mouse by more than ten years and although these two characters are opposite in nature there are physical similarities. The artist Phillip Guston sites Herriman’s style as an inspiration in the way he approached the scathing, figurative paintings of his late career and a working of the landscape and architecture that is reminiscent of Herriman’s can be seen in the WarnerBros. cartoons, [Loony Tunes and Merry Melodies].
Created by Matt Groening. The Simpsons first appeared on television in 1987. The Simpsons sandwiched between News and Current Affairs every weeknight helped keep us a little bit saner for a couple of decades. The only real people on television.
Foghorn Leghorn was created by Robert McKimson and appears in twenty-eight Loony Tunes and Merry Melodies cartoons from 1946. The character was inspired by a radio character from the 1940s,the blustering, southern politician Senator Claghorn. Leghorn is a breed of chicken and foghorn refers to the character’s loud overbearing voice. The gags in Foghorn Leghorn revolve around the pranks he plays on his nemesis Barnyard Dawg. He usually ends up on the losing end of these pranks though Dawg sometimes is the instigator and sometimes is on the receiving end.
I really like the classic line he says while sicking a naive baby chicken hawk onto Dawg. He points to the word dog written on the kennel and says, “That says Chicken! See D.O.G. Chicken!” Dunno why?
Cleaver Green [played by Richard Roxburgh], is the pivotal character in the Australian television series Rake. He is a brilliant but self destructive criminal defence barrister who creates mayhem with everything he does, wether intentionally or unintentionally. It’s usually the latter because of his impulsive nature or because of his sense of justice that doesn’t always align with the justice system of the powers that be.
The character is loosely based on Sydney’s most colourful barrister and author Charles Waterstreet.
Cleaver is a favourite rascal because no matter how chaotic, seedy or even sad his life becomes he manages to maintain a sense of compassion and humour that gets him through the bullshit and the consequences of his very human failings.