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Winsor McCay John Canemaker reviews and fully analyzes McCay's achievements in print and film examining his work in relation to his life his family and to American culture and values of the period Original art from all the McCay's endeavors and rare personal photographs provide a visual counterpart to Canemaker's fascinating text Begining with McCay's childhood in pioneer era Michigan circa 1870 this biography moves on through his earliest attempts to find an artistic voice in Chicago and turn of the century Cincinnati his work with circus posters as a uick sketch newspaper reporter as a headliner chalk talk artist in vaudeville as crown jewel in William Randolph Hearst's grand line up of newspaper cartoonists and as the greatest of the early animators McCay's masterpiece is the epic Little Nemo in Slumberland 1905 a beautiful and surreal fantasy rendered in stunning art nouveau line and subtle yet daring colour and designed with layouts that anticipate cinematic storytelling techniues Gertie the Dinosaur 1914 remain landmarks in the history of this art and were unmatched in the fluid movement and personality of the characters until the mature films of Walt Disney came along two decades later

  • Hardcover
  • 272 pages
  • Winsor McCay
  • John Canemaker
  • English
  • 12 December 2015
  • 9780810959415

About the Author: John Canemaker

John Canemaker born 1943 is an Academy Award winning independent animator animation historian teacher lecturer and author perhaps best known for his many books about the Disney studio including Walt Disney's Nine Old Men and the Art of AnimationIn 1980 he began teaching and developing the animation program at New York University Tisch School of the Arts' Kanbar Institute of Film and Tel

8 thoughts on “Winsor McCay

  1. Mike Schwartz Mike Schwartz says:

    An excellent biography of Winsor McCay with full reproductions of his work throughout The book covers every phase of McCay’s career it turns out there’s to appreciate than The Dream of the Rarebit Fiend and Little Nemo in Slumberland Those two strips remain his ultimate creations and the peak of the comic strip especially Little Nemo which is to my mind the single best comic strip ever created Still I was interested in his political cartoons his propaganda work his short lived strips like Sammy Sneeze and Hungry Henrietta and Pilgrim’s Progress with Mister Bunion and especially his role as an animation innovator Includes many fulsome tributes from the many famous artists and animators who were influenced by him count Walt Disney Maurice Sendak and Art Spiegelman among them Many of the nightmarish Rarebit Fiend strips are displayed here including one of a woman experiencing prenuptial anxiety with some shocking sexual symbolism and a Twilight Zone ish strip showing the perspective of a dying man being laid to rest as everyone discusses what a terrible person he was The bulk of the book is taken up by Little Nemo in Slumberland for good reason What can I say about this groundbreaking comic than what has already been said? Only that nothing beats reading these beautifully drawn amazingly detailed hand colored strips in their original 3 ½ foot tall newsprint sized editions in the collection “So Many Sundays” that came out several years ago

  2. David Monroe David Monroe says:

    I believe John Canemaker's book is probably the best biography of a cartoonist ever written and remains one of the best books on comicseuential art ever written

  3. Alexandra Infante Alexandra Infante says:

    This is a great book about the history of the comic from the early part of the 20th century Extensive

  4. Dan Dan says:

    Winsor McCay was one of the first masters of the comic genre He exploded possibilities of what could be done with the page graphically

  5. Kathy Kathy says:

    Wonderfully written book on my favorite animator

  6. Brian Brian says:

    This book is absolutely one of the most enthralling reads I've recently come across McCay's life story is the stuff of legend Truly an inspirational figure in American history

  7. Todd Glaeser Todd Glaeser says:

    I knew about Little Nemo and Gertie the Dinosaur but this book exposed me to so much

  8. Catherine Catherine says:

    Art was wonderful writing a bit too lengthy

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