Inspired by a recent post at Weblogsky on the re-publication of Winsor McKay’s original Little Nemo in Slumberland comic, which ran from around 1902-1911. For nearly a century, virtually no one has seen these dreamy, highly detailed, deco/surreal strips at the full “broadsheet” (newspaper) size in which they originally ran. Checked out the book at Cody’s today and was floored — these are so gorgeous, so unlike anything you’ve ever seen, coming from another time and seeming to come from another people… Suddenly you’re seeing what your grandparents or great grandparents were reading in the Sunday comic pages a century ago, and realizing there was some pretty avant-garde stuff going down back then.
Reproducing the strips at their original size results in a book so large it presents a real storage problem — but one well worth overcoming. Couldn’t help getting a copy for Amy’s 40th birthday. She’s swimming in it now.