Notes concerning spectatorship and framing:
- Herriman accents the illogic of the disappearing road by keeping the background more consistent than he does in most of his strips. The structure in the background appears in every frame, lending the backdrop a very solid feel. When the road disappears as the backdrop is raised, we assume that the road is part of of the backdrop.
- But when the background slams back down, its poof marks show that the road is clearly below the edge of the false scene. The backdrop makes no sense in physical terms; Ignatz is playing with the fabric of the strip's fictive reality.
George Herriman,Krazy Kat, 14 Sept. 1940; rpt. in Patrick McDonnell, KarenO'Connell, Georgia riley de Havenon, Krazy Kat: The Comic Artof George Herriman (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1986), 101.