Monday, October 15, 2012

Little Nemo redux: biggest Google doodle ever honors Winsor McCay, comics genius and pioneer

Google did an "interactive doodle" tribute to Winsor McCay's Little Nemo comic strip today! I'm so thrilled. Click "Popular Posts" at right to see a write-up I did on McCay a while back. For psychedelic plots and panel designs bursting with color and inventiveness, there's truly nothing like Little Nemo. Above and below, a detail of one panel and a full view showing the strip's oversize format.

You can get an idea of what a mind-boggling creation each strip was in its totality if you download these two high-res images and magnify them on your desktop to get the full effect.

Pretty wild, eh? At the end of each strip Nemo (who was modeled on McCay's handsome son, Bob) came back to reality with a bang—sometimes literally.

6 comments:

  1. LOVE THIS!!! THE LAST STRIP WITH ALL OF THE GIANT ANIMALS, SUPER CUTE!!!

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  2. I'm glad you pointed out how magnificent today's Google banner was or else I would have never known!

    But I do love the last strip with the giant animals, as well. Wish some of those who have been included in today's Google dedication.

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  3. I loved Little Nemo the movie the movie when I was a kid. All but the super scary part at the end with the weird monster thing. I had no clue that it was a comic strip. Life is all about new knowledge I suppose.

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    1. i have never seen the movie ... will have to mosey over and see if it's on youtube.

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  4. An absolute master at comic panel layout, truly brilliant. That being said, I LOVE the special Google Banners!!

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  5. One of the best children's stories of all time. Nemo was a true masterpiece of wonder and imagination.

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