black and blue

color the iceGeorge Karn played some hockey in his day, for minor-league Jerseys and Millers and Saints, in Minnesota, in the 1950s. As a commercial cartoonist, he’s claimed by history for having created what the Vintage Minnesota Hockey Hall of Fame (where he’s a member) calls cereal icons: the Trix rabbit, the Lucky Charms leprechaun, and Count Chocula. When the Minnesota North Stars joined the NHL in 1967, Karn was the one who designed both the starred N logo they wore and the uniforms it adorned. In 1969, he added a wry pamphlet to his oeuvre, My Very Own Hockey Colouring Book, that was handed out for free to prospective Minnesota ticket-buyers. “If you do not understand the game of ice hockey,” Karn wrote on the title page, “you will not understand this book. If you do understand the game of ice hockey, you will not understand this book. If you do understand this book … you need help!”