This piece appeared in Comic ArtÂ in 2004. Â As the magazine is now (sadly) defunct, I’m posting the article here. Â Until The Purple Crayon and a Hole to Dig: The Lives of Crockett Johnson and Ruth KraussÂ appears in 2012, this essay is the most thorough account of Johnson’s life available. Â Enjoy!
- Philip Nel, “Crockett Johnson and the Purple Crayon: A Life in Art,” Comic ArtÂ 5 (Winter 2004)Â (pdf)
For those who prefer ’em, jpegs are below. Click to enlarge.
The above article represents the state of my research in 2004. Â While the essay is accurate, I’ve learned a great deal since then – so, if interested in learning more, please check out the book (due from the University Press of Mississippi in mid 2012). Â Thank you.