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Little Nemo in Slumberland: So Many Splendid Sundays! Hardcover – September 1, 2005

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  • Hardcover: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Sunday Press Books (September 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976888505
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976888505
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 16.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #332,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Gilbert Klein on October 7, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book is the one. I was made aware of Winsor McKay's Little Nemo in the late 1970's, and have been a fan ever since. I've been amazed at how far ahead of the curve McKay was, and how much of an influence he was on so much art so much after his demise.

The adventures of Little Nemo were wonderful- by that I mean full of wonder. The colors were bold- way bolder for his day than anyone else. The panels blew off the limitations of convention as McKay left the restrictions of flat panels behind, letting the story demand its own, unique and innovative visual perspectives. Uh-oh- I'm sounding like an academic here, and I'm not. I'm a Little Nemo enthusiast and I'll let the experts explain in laborious detail what I cannot.

What I can explain is that Nemo was a startling experiment in his time, and if you want a definitive book that will allow you access to his adventures in Slumberland, then this is the one. If you want a more comprehensive overview, I guess Canemaker is your man. Canemaker's is a great book, too, and has the biographical details. This book has enough text for you to understand the strip in the context of its time, but lets the art speak for itself. This is the best book I've ever seen for the sheer joy of Little Nemo.

This is the only book that reproduces the comics in full size, and the editor swears that he has taken all the necessary pains to get the colors right. I will take his word for it, as I have only seen Nemo in other books and in preserved strips of the day, and who knows what the original colors were? Mr. Maresca has sworn that he took the time to get the colors right, and they are fantastic. And seeing it in its original size is a revelation. Nemo was magical, the Harry Potter of his day.
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47 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Michael C. Browning on December 3, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Beautiful dreamer: Winsor McCay's 'Little Nemo in Slumberland'

By Michael Browning

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Friday, December 02, 2005

Winsor McCay dreamed in rainbows, rainbows almost measurelessly

large and lovely, shapes outswept in perfect perspective across

spacious pages of newsprint in a Sunday comic strip that is still

regarded as a sustained pinnacle of fantastic design and

imagination: Little Nemo in Slumberland.

He did it a hundred years ago, from 1905 to 1912, before TV, almost

before movies, when the comic strip itself was only eight years old,

and was regarded as just a gag and a novelty. He worked modestly and

dutifully all his life, drawing, drawing, drawing, riding the El

train from Sheepshead Bay to Manhattan every day, laboring in a

shabby office, always wearing his hat, even indoors, even while


He was silently working wonders. Practically plotless as a dream

itself, Little Nemo is today regarded as the most beautiful work of

graphic art ever to appear in a newspaper.

The mechanics of it were simple. It would begin with a fanciful

frame, exquisitely drawn. Then McCay would go to town, building the

fancy to impossible heights, ever-more-marvelous reaches of visual

imagery, until at last the whole thing collapses and, in a tiny

frame at the lower right-hand corner, Little Nemo wakes up and

realizes it was all a dream.

It was visually astounding. It still is. Yet people wrapped fish in

McCay's masterpieces; they lit stoves with his pages.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Nemo Fan on October 19, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I had read about the size of this book, but I was truly surprised by just how large it was in my hands. It's essentially the size of entire front page of a paper like the New York Times (length-wise and width-wise). It really has to be seen (or held) to be believed. Aside from being difficult to carry on the subway and having difficulty figuring out where to put it on my shelf, the size is much appreciated.

As for the inside, the images have been reproduced and cleaned-up with such loving care, it is truly amazing. While there is little information on the life of Winsor McCay, other books out there have thoroughly discussed it (the Canemaker McCay book with Sendak introduction is worth getting for those interested). Around 100 of Maresca's favourites have been chosen to represent Nemo, some of them being the most complex of McCay's Little Nemo series.

My only regret is that there is not more. The editor has indicated that he will not release another volume, but I wish he would reconsider. A few years back, Fantagraphics released six books of all of Little Nemo's exploits, but those books, while nicely done, reproduce Nemo in smaller format, and they have long since gone out of print (as will this book soon I'm sure). Further, as Maresca chose 100 of the best pages, what little continuity exists in Little Nemo is somewhat lost. Granted, each Sunday's adventure was often independent of the previous Sunday's, but not always.

Regardless, Maresca has done an incredible job and should be commended for helping preserve some of the most incredible work by an underappreciated American artist. Surprisingly, Maresca could not get a publisher to take on this project, such that it was self-published. Hopefully this edition will do well, and there will be more to come either from Maresca or a publisher who realizes that a full-sized complete reproduction of McCay's work would be a worthwhile and profitable task to undertake.
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