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But the other half thinks it's gorgeous!

We've seen some odd sequels over the past few years, perhaps most notably someone else writing "Peanuts" comics, but even that pales next to the chutzpah it takes to relaunch the classic, groundbreaking, 114 year old. "Little Nemo in Slumberland"

But darn me if this isn't a lovely looking take on it )
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I wanted to post something for today and am embarrassed it took me so long to realise the perfect choice, one of the most genuinely groundbreaking, and visually arresting graphic format stories of all time

I mean, of course

Little Nemo in Slumberland.

Be warned LARGE images (gathered from hither and yon on the interwebs)  under the cut....

Neil Gaiman should be so esoteric )
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An example of Winsor McCay's IN THE LAND OF WONDERFUL DREAMS from 1912. I don't know why it doesn't take up a full Sunday page, maybe a new strip was starting that week.

There's something endearing about the way McCay drew big animals like elephants and dinosaurs. They really move like they have weight.
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Newspaper strips today, with their truncated size and editorial limitations, are but a sad echo of their former glory. So I should not let too many days go by without a sample of the classics. KRAZY KAT. THIMBLE THEATRE. POGO. PRINCE VALIANT. TERRY AND THE PIRATES. MAD. You know, the good stuff.

From 1911, another of Nemo's perplexing dreams. Did that kid eat Welsh rarebit EVERY night or what? He had some imagination. And, as much as I love Winsor McCay's work, I wouldn't mind if he had let an assistant letter the dialogue balloons, they go beyond disorganized.
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Getting near the end of the strip's run, this page is from October 12, 1913 (seems like only yesterday). When he switched newspaper syndicates, Winsor McCay strip changed title from LITTLE NEMO IN SLUMBERLAND to IN THE LAND OF WONDERFUL DREAMS.

It's too bad about the way the denizens are drawn (but it gives us the delightful line "Isn't it funny? You can tell a stranger in a city a mile away," as if Nemo's party doesn't stand out). You just have to have some perspective or little from more than a decade or so in the past will be enjoyable. I love the idea of dinosaurs used as elevators, and there is a certain resemblance to McCay's charming Gertie. What I can't figure out is why these guys let Impie tag along them. That child is like the spirit of mischief, he can't go more than a panel or two without stirring up some sort of trouble.
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Every now and then, we need to refresh ourselves with a sample from a few of the masterpieces of comics art gone by. POGO is always good, KRAZY KAT too. THIMBLE THEATRE, THE SPIRIT, a few others. A moment with Winsor Mcay is always worth taking. Here's a strip from Sunday, February 9, 1913.


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