Little Nemo in Slumberland

Published On July 6, 2006 | By Joe Gordon | Comics, Reviews

My colleague Kenny can’t help sharing his enthusiasm for a newly-arrived book. And since it is a quite gorgeous collection of the great Winsor McCay, he’s quite right to get so excited:

This book has been out for a little time now but only just arrived with us and it is simply one of the most incredible books on comic art ever. I’ve written about Winsor McCay before and how wonderful his art was and, for many, Little Nemo was the pinnacle of his achievement. Much of the work has been reprinted before – notably by Fantagraphics – but that was many moons ago and those books are long out of print.

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No-one has ever presented it like this though – the book is GIGANTIC – the size of an original US broadsheet newspaper from 1905; that means it is over 21″ tall and around 16″ wide. Little Nemo was always the most inventive of strips and the huge size allows you to see the artwork as never before – the colour printing mimics that of the original newspapers and transports you back 100 years.

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The strange thing is that the sophistication and style of the art leaves most modern cartoonists in the shade – it almost seems more modern than now. I guess great art is timeless. We have limited quantities of the first printing available – they probably won’t last long. If you are looking for a gift for a discerning, long-time comics fan or just want to treat yourself to some of the best comics art ever don’t pass this by.

If the price seems to heady for you there will be a significantly smaller book published by Taschen later in the year we believe – details on that when we have them; in the meantime Checker Publishing continue their excellent Early Works series, while Fantagraphics has the lovely Daydreams and Nightmares. If you are looking for more info on McCay don’t miss John Canemaker’s biography Winsor McCay – His Life and Art.

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Joe Gordon
Joe Gordon is ForbiddenPlanet.co.uk's chief blogger, which he set up in 2005. Previously, he was professional bookseller for over 12 years as well as a lifelong reader and reviewer, especially of comics and science fiction works.

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