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Badass Artist Winsor McCay

5 Comments 15 October 2012

Today’s Google Doodle is dedicated to artist Winsor McCay, best known for his comic strip Little Nemo. If you don’t know McCay by name or the Little Nemo strip, you probably know one of his (almost entirely hand-drawn by him) animated pieces, Gertie the Dinosaur from 1914. And if you don’t know that, maybe you remember the Capcom game Little Nemo: Dream Master on the NES. In any event, Winsor McCay wasn’t just stunningly creative, he had the skills to go with it. His line work is gorgeous. He’s one of those artists whose influence you start seeing everyone once you know them. Check out some of his stuff below.


Fifth Element, anyone?

See more of Winsor McCay’s social satire comics here. They are incredible.

After they pull it down, here’s the non-animated version of the Google Doodle:

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  1. Jjak says:

    Great post- the guy was like an early Walt Disney prototype, except he could draw anything and mostly worked alone.

    Here’s an odd story- I’ve been a huge fan since my 20’s. While walking thru the Monterey cemetery one day, amazingly I stumbled on to the grave of Robert Winsor McCay, the only son of Winsor. Robert was the young model and image that Little Nemo was based on. He even toured with McCay as Nemo on promo tours when he was a boy. Later, he became a cartoonist and carried on his father’s work a bit but never achieved his greatness.

    And now you know, Little Nemo’s final Slumberland, is in Monterey.

    • Brian says:

      That’s crazy. I swear Monterey has more odd trivia…
      Before your Facebook post I would have bet you were a Nemo fan. Do you like Chris Ware? He’s so accomplished as an illustrator and designer but his writing is SO depressing.

      • Jjak says:

        I’ve got a ton of early Chris Ware stuff- little books and big giant pieces. I think McCays’s definitely an inspiration for him. Depressing- yeah and confusing because his timelines jump all over the place in some of his strips. And that one character- Jimmy Corrigan? – looks like Stewie Griffins bi-polar brother.

  2. Rusty Curry says:

    Within five years of arriving in New York, McCay had become one of the top artists and performers in the city. Both his comic strips and his vaudeville act were based on pacing and movement. He was about to combine all of these elements into one new art – the animated cartoon.

  3. Maisson says:

    Awwwww man. Akira is one of my top five of all time…too bad the show will be over next month. I might have flown out to see it!*To add to the list, the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco sometimes has some great shows.


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