Winsor McCay

I was quite pleased to see that today’s Google Doodle was of Little Nemo by Winsor McCay.  The interactive animated comic strip marks the 107th anniversary of Winsor McCay’s Little Nemo in Slumberland. As a child, my taste in comic books gravitated towards Marvel characters and D.C. saga including one of the death of Superman in 1992.  Later as I immersed myself in the amazing world of Bill Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes, I began to learn more about the history of the comic strip and the early geniuses like McCay.  It was only last year when I was visiting the Picture Book Musuem in Troisdorf, Germany that I came across a comprehensive exhibition of McCay’s work.  I cannot imagine what it was like for young readers to be swept up in the surreal dreamscapes of his comicstrips in the early 1900’s.  Seeing the original inkings of Dream of a Rarebit Fiend and Little Nemo was very impressive as was viewing some of his propaganda animations from before WWI.  At the Internet Archive, one can download and experience many years worth of the wonderful comics as well as many impressive animated films.  Do yourself a favor and get acquainted with this legend.

~Kyle

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