Monday, October 15, 2012

Coded Candy | Today Google celebrates 107th anniversary of Winsor McCay’s “Little Nemo in Slumberland”

It is nice to be educated, ever so subtly, to rise above one’s ignorance of one culture’s markers – or, in reality, to add to one’s upbringing conducted elsewhere with other bits and pieces to draw upon. 

Today Google did that for me, and no doubt countless others. “Little Nemo in Slumberland” anniversary. The title has a nice ring to it. Let’s see. Winsor McCay was a cartoonist from early 20th century – born in Michigan, U.S. according to his claim, born in Canada according to his gravestone and census reports – North American either way – inclined to depict the landscapes of dreams, both in Little Nemo (yes, the Slumberland) and Dream of the Rarebit Fiend cartoons. Pure fantasy like that is good for the soul, and it’s a pity I did not stumble onto McCay’s work sooner, although the style of the pictures seems vaguely familiar. Better late than never, though. 

Let’s feast our eyes together. Thanks Google team for the pointer and the animated sequence.

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