Little Nemo may be a diminutive hero of comic narrative, but he stands tall as one of the greatest voyagers of the 20th century. The master creation of Winsor McCay (1869–1934), this small and restless sleeper inspired generations of artists with his weekly adventures from bed to Slumberland, a dream realm of colourful companions, elaborate architecture, psychedelic scenery, and thrilling adventures.
This second volume collects, in glorious full colour and XXL resolution, all 329 of Nemo’s nocturnal escapades from 1910 to 1927. Through them, we delight not only in the splendour of Slumberland, a surreal benchmark for Robert Crumb and Federico Fellini, but also McCay’s pioneering panel layout and storytelling techniques, his timing and pacing, and extraordinary architectural detail.
At once an adventure story, visual delight and a piece of cultural history, this publication is a monument to one of the most innovative pioneers – and one of the most intrepid explorers – of comic history.
The XXL clothbound volume features all episodes from The New York Herald years (1910–1911, “Little Nemo in Slumberland”) including the legendary Airship Adventures; the William Randolph Hearst years (1911–1914, “In the Land of Wonderful Dreams”); and The New York Herald Tribune years (1924–1927, “Little Nemo in Slumberland”).
The book is the work of visual artist Alexander Braun, who’s received numerous accolades and scholarships. His work has appeared in several exhibitions. Alongside his independent artistic activities, he studied art history in Bochum and Berlin (his 1998 doctorate thesis was on the work of the American installation artist Robert Gober).
Over the past two decades, Braun has compiled one of the most extensive collections on the history of comics. Since 2008, he has curated several museum exhibits on this topic, including a comprehensive retrospective on the work of Winsor McCay in 2012/2013. In 2011, he founded the German Academy of Comic Art.
Winsor McCay. The Complete Little Nemo 1910–1927
Clothbound, 34.4 x 44 cm, 344 pages
Multilingual Edition: English, French, German
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