The Winsor McCay Project
by Mark Christopher Thompson
Dayton, OH Comics
The Masterpiece works of Winsor McCay LITTLE NEMO IN SLUMBERLAND collected in two affordable editions.
Winsor McCay was an unparalleled genius who spawned an entire sub-culture that grew into something that now pervades the worldwide culture of comic books and cartoons.
What began as a labor of love for me as a comic fan and originally published in a limited edition hardcover collection of the entire run of Little Nemo in Slumberland. This new set of softcover editions A collection never equalled before or since in its comprehensiveness.
Two large format soft covers which encompass the entire run of Little Nemo in the first part of the 20th century including the short lived return of the strip in the late teens and twenties.
Included here is every known episode from October 13th, 1905, the very first, until August 15, 1909, never before published in complete collected form. in addition, another first: All forty-three episodes of McCay's first color Sunday feature, Tales of the Jungle Imps, As published in the Cincinnati Enquirer in 1903. Bonus promotional material includes playbills, posters, Little Nemo merchandise and more.
Softcover : 290 pages Publisher: Checker Book Publishing Group; Limited edition (July 4, 2007) Language: English Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 9.2 x 0.6 inches Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
The second volume of a two volume set which collects the groundbreaking comic strip series from the genius illustrator Winsor McCay. Features full color and black and white collection of adventures of Nemo in Slumberland from 1910-1915, and never re-published 1926 strips when McCay briefly returned to his signature masterpiece. The two volumes provide the most comprehensive collection of the series ever produced. Presented in a wonderful limited edition hardcover format.
Both editions represent the most comprehensive collection of the seminal project that McCay ever undertook propelling him to a career that is recognized by the Oscar for animation being named after him.
Little Nemo in Slumberland (Book 2) Softcover: 350 pages Publisher: Checker Book Publishing Group; Limited edition (May 29, 2007) Language: English Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 9.4 x 12.7 inches Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
From Booklist: Conceptually rich, gorgeously executed, Little Nemo was the first artistic triumph of the newspaper comic strip. Its very first weekly installment, in 1905, set its modus operandi. The child hero dreams fantastic adventures, only to abruptly awaken in the last panel. Within each installment, McCay displayed his daunting graphic skills and vast imagination. It took decades for other comics artists to approach Nemo's visual élan and formal brilliance, and in many ways the strip remains unmatched to this day. Tales of the Jungle Imps, an earlier McCay feature that ran nearly a year in 1903, rounds out this volume; it is notable largely for demonstrating the development of McCay's style but also, unfortunately, for its racially stereotypical depiction of African "natives," which also mars Nemo, though to a lesser extent. These strips have been reprinted by various publishers over the years, but this volume and its forthcoming companion, which collect Nemo's entire eight-year run, represent an affordable opportunity for libraries to own an indispensable landmark of comics history complete. Flagg, Gordon Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved Review Readers for whom this very highly recommended collection will be their first exposure to McCay's legendary newspaper comic strip, will also be interested in reading the Daily strips collected in the Checker series Winsor McCay: The Early Works (along with other material from the period). James Cox --Midwest Book Review
Included in this collection are over 180 strips by Winsor that exhibit and provoke thought and imagination in readers. Lance Eaton --Bookloons
Looking at Nemo, I see a similarity to Maurice Sendak's delightful illustrations. There is a sense of wonder and the fantastic that echoes early animated cartoons. McCay's work is far more complex and crowded than Sendak's but both have a cinematic feel in their use of varying views and perspective. Sara Pearce --Cincinnati Enquirer
The risks are that this is material which is over 100 years old.
Having been in publishing for over twenty years I feel that the project is guaranteed to come to print.
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