Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Happy New Year from Little Nemo

In the world of Winsor McCay's Little Nemo, the world gets smaller and smaller.
Little Nemo, 1908
Nemo is confronted by the bearded old man representing the previous year, but the old man can't hold on. As he falls away, the baby new year makes his appearance.

I'm impressed with how McCay was able to communicate the idea that the world was shrinking in the top panels, and the way he gradated the color in the background of the bottom panels.
Book: Winsor McCay. The Complete Little Nemo 1905–1909


  1. Happy New Year! Looking forward to another great year of your blog, James!

    Regarding this post, do you know how the plates for the range of colors featured in the comics were prepared in the early 1900’s?

  2. Happy New Year to you and your family. Thanks for a great year of posts. Your time and dedication are greatly appreciated.


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