From Publishers Weekly
McCay's Little Nemo in Slumberland, introduced in the New York Herald in 1905, has been called the most beautiful comic strip ever drawn. A pioneer film animator (Gertie the Dinosaur and cartoonist whose works border on surrealist dream fantasies, McCay profoundly influenced artists ranging from Walt Disney to Maurice Sendak. At every turn, Little Nemo confronts irrational taboos and forbidden places; his Slumberland is a Freudian landscape. Another eerie strip, Dream of the Rarebit Fiend, cheerfully portrays the irrationality and instability of everyday life. Sendak, in his introduction, rightly calls McCay "one of America's great fantasists." That this strange, elfin man (18671934) was also a political cartoonist who, at his best, rivaled Daumier is clear from animator-film historian Canemaker's authoritative, richly illustrated, oversize biography. A rare treat.
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From School Library Journal
Adult/High School McCay has been aptly described by Maurice Sendak as one of America's rare, great fantasists. Few artists have been as influential in the field of comic strips and animation as he has. To commemorate the 100th anniversary of his surreal, groundbreaking fantasy strip, Little Nemo in Slumberland, Abrams has released a newly revised and expanded edition of the original 1987 biography. Canemaker's lucid account of the artist's life provides a comprehensive overview of his contribution to American popular culture and his achievements in comics, animation, theater, and advertising. The superb layout and design of this oversize edition are complemented by the copious illustrations (230 black-and-white and 40 full-color). The use of high-quality paper results in crisp, clear reproductions that are faithfully and accurately rendered. Overall, this is one of the most beautifully designed and well-written biographies of a cartoonist ever published. A pleasure to look at and read. Philip Charles Crawford, Essex High School, Essex Junction, VT
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