Herriman color illustration of bald man with mustache holding baseball bat with black text on white background.
George Herriman (August 22, 1880 – April 25, 1944) was an American cartoonist best known for the comic strip Krazy Kat (1913–1944). In 1910, he created The Dingbat Family, later renamed The Family Upstairs, for The New York Evening Journal. The comic strip featured the adventures of an ordinary family dealing with their annoying upstairs neighbors. Herriman was the first to use the word "dingbat" to indicate a silly, empty-headed person.