Saturday, September 26, 2015

Happy 143rd birthday Winsor McCay!

Winsor McCay
 born September 26, 1871, was a pioneer of the comic strip. 
He was one of the first comic creators and one of the greatest ever to work in the medium.

Winsor McCay started out doing various strips and political cartoons for various newspapers. One of his earliest strips was illustrating George Randolph Chester's poems titled A Tale of the Jungle Imps by Felix Fiddle (1903),

McCay's first solo strip was Little Sammy Sneeze (1904), in the tradition of the mischiefsome boy about a boy and the trouble caused by his sneezes.

Then he started exploring the somnial world of dreams with his longest running strip Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend (1904).

But his most popular strip was Little Nemo in Slumberland.

Little Nemo in Slumberland was a lushly illustrated strip about a boy's  journeys into the world of dreams. There would often be a distortion of reality as seen here by the girl who turns into a monkey.  
McCay was a master at depicting architecture as you can see here.

At the end of every strip Nemo would wake up in his bed, or sometimes in a heap on the floor. 

Winsor McCay would often draw his lush strips in an Art Nouveau style  as seen here in his architecture and  Jack Frost.

You can see some of McCay's Tales of Jungle Imps by Felix Fiddle here.

To see more of McCay's Dream of the Rarebit Fiend you can check out the Comic Strip Libraries archive of them..

To see more of McCay's Little Nemo in Slumberland you can check out the Comic Strip Libraries archive of them.  

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