Wednesday, October 1, 2008

The Cartoonist as Celebrity: Winsor McCay

Winsor McCay (born 1867, died 1934)

-In 1898 he was a cartoonist/reporter for various Cincinnati newspapers.

-In NYC, he became a celebrity comic strip artist with his popular Dreams of a Rarebit Fiend and Little Nemo in Slumberland strips for the New York Herald.

-McCay used the laborious nature of animation as a selling point for his films. He also made use of his fame as a comic artist.

-He had the unique ability to translate his graphic style from the printed page to the silver screen.

-He had the ability to infuse his characters with distinct personalities.

Little Nemo in Slumberland (1911)

How a Mosquito Operates (1912)

Gertie the Dinosaur (1914)

The Sinking of the Lusitania (1918)

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