George Herriman (1880-1944), the creator of Krazy Kat, was born in New Orleans and lived most of his life in Los Angeles, California. He is considered by many to be the greatest strip cartoonist of all time.
"Behold the comic strip's proudest achievement: Brickism!" -- Art
"Herriman's panels convey an irrepressible sense of movement and incorporate distinctly surreal touches, such as the thronged mushrooms that 'rise to feast in florid fungushood, ' blooming like umbrellas under a cheese-slice moon."
"One of the very great artists, in any medium, of the 20th century." -- Michael Chabon