- Series: Evergreen
- Hardcover: 432 pages
- Publisher: Taschen (April 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 3822863009
- ISBN-13: 978-3822863008
- Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 1.2 x 12.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,124,148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Little Nemo: 1905-1914 (Evergreen) Hardcover – April 1, 2000
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McCay worked on an epic scale. Each strip ran to dozens of dialog baloons and hundreds of clearly rendered people and things, and often involved a half dozen characters or more. The most notable denizen of Slumberland other than Nemo is Flip, Nemo's arch-nemesis, who is set on nothing more than casting Nemo out of Slumberland by tricking him into waking up. The stories are scary in the amorphous manner of dreams -- characters grow large and walk over cities, or so small they are dwarfed by raspberries, inducing a dreamlike sence of vertigo and plasticity. Another recurring dream-like theme is flight, effected by baloons, stars, giant dragonflies or even Nemo's own out-of-control bed.
The strips, originally filling a 15x23 inch newspaper page, are perhaps the most intricate and well rendered comics ever to be produced. At just over 12 inches tall, these reproductions are disappointingly small. And although the text is clear, it is tiny. Each panel is exquisitely composed and could stand on its own as a compelling work of graphic art, drawn with a beautiful art nouveau line and a rainbow pastel palette that makes one wonder what they knew about printing comics in 1905 that's been since forgotten.Read more ›
The strips are presented on a higher-quality white gloss paper. Colors, for the most part, are bright and clear. It's true some strips look a bit faded but I have no idea if it is just due to natural aging or production cost-cutting. However, these are thankfully relatively few in number, and even the worst of them is far from unreadable. The binding seems a tad fragile. Bill Blackbeard's introduction, although insightful, is very brief and provides little info on Windsor McKay.
Still, to have all of the Little Nemo strips in an more economical and user-friendly format is a revelation. With few exceptions, McKay's imagination is consistently fresh and inventive. He also includes some unfortunate portrayals of racial sterotypes -- but given the period in which these strips originally appeared, this was hardly unique to Windsor McKay.
Still, to be able to hold all of McKay's Little Nemo strips in your lap and browse through them at your leisure makes you realize he does deserve the reputation of being a master of the graphic story form. Like all of the great comic strip artists, he really does take you into another world. Breathtakingly rendered, these strips represent a level of execution that we may never see in the "Sunday Funnies" again.
Buy it before it goes out of print!
What is it about Little Nemo that was so special? First and foremost, we have the pure draftsmanship of Winsor McCay. The man could (and with his imagination, often did) draw anything. Where a great deal of comic art from the time was somewhat static and stiff, McCay's figures had fluidity. His characters seemed to be caught in motion, captured in very difficult angles and postures to draw. McCay handled it all with incredible ease. When McCay drew Little Nemo climbing over a wall, it captured perfectly the struggle of a nine-year-old boy, fighting both his own small size and his pajamas. The man had a sense of perspective and composition that was nearly superhuman. He could portray an entire make-believe city, with shimmering towers and distant castles, in a single panel and give it a quality of detail and depth that barely seems possible.
Secondly, of course, was the breadth of McCay's imagination. Sometimes little Nemo dreamt beautiful fantasies, sometimes disturbing nightmares (Nemo's journey toward Slumberland at times resembled Dante's journey through the nine circles). Suffice to say that the details of these dreams are simply mind expanding. One can only imagine the impression they made on a 1905 comic strip reader.
Lastly, and for me most importantly, was the character of Nemo.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
this was light years ahead of its time. each page is a feast for the eyes. i have to say i was a little surprised by the racism in the book. Read morePublished on May 21, 2013 by paolo
Many Winsor Macay's fans complain about the reduction of the original pages an lack of quality of the colors. Read morePublished on September 16, 2012 by André Araújo
I've had the pleasure of owning the Fantagraphics Books six volume set (since lost to a house fire), the Evergreen/Taschen "complete" volume and now the Checker volume two since... Read morePublished on March 31, 2011 by xxgrendelxx
This is a nice "Little Nemo" piece of Americana to add to your collection, but be aware that this is a reproduction of the original music score for the Little Nemo stage musical... Read morePublished on August 4, 2009 by Mojo Sam
This collection of Little Nemo comics contains every Little Nemo in Slumberland and In the Land of Wonderful Dreams strip in a nice hardcover book. Read morePublished on February 10, 2009 by Uthor
After having only had the opportunity to read a handful of Little Nemo strips in the Smithsonian Collection of Newspaper Comics (another great book), I was happy to find that this... Read morePublished on May 27, 2008 by Vanessa L. Strickland
I discovered Winsor McCay only 2-3 months ago when reading the Sunday book review supplement in the San Francisco Chronicle. Read morePublished on February 16, 2008 by D. Musicant
This book is the quintessential collection of Winsor McCay's "Little Nemo" Sunday strips. Every single page is lovingly reproduced herein, guaranteed to delight the devotee and... Read morePublished on January 14, 2008 by C. Atkins
This is an excellent collection to own.
The visuals in Little Nemo are excellent, leaps and bounds above what most filmmakers can do, even with technology and... Read more