Winsor McCay: His Life and Art

Winsor McCay: His Life and Art

by John Canemaker
     
 

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This volume is the only existing biography of one of America's greatest and most influential cartoonists. Winsor McCay (1867-1934) is universally acknowledged as the first master of both the comic strip and the animated cartoon. Although invented by others, both genres were developed into enduring popular art of the highest imagination through McCay's innovative… See more details below

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This volume is the only existing biography of one of America's greatest and most influential cartoonists. Winsor McCay (1867-1934) is universally acknowledged as the first master of both the comic strip and the animated cartoon. Although invented by others, both genres were developed into enduring popular art of the highest imagination through McCay's innovative genius. Originally published in 1987, it is now back in print in a newly expanded and revised edition on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Little Nemo in Slumberland. Included are new materials found since the previous publication of the book such as new comic strips of Little Nemo in Slumberland, and new sketches of Gertie the Dinosaur.

In the book the author reviews and fully analyzes McCay's achievements in print and film while examining his work in relation to his life, family, and to American culture and values of the period. This painstakingly thorough biography begins with McCay's childhood in Michigan to his seat as one of the greatest of the early animators.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
McCay's Little Nemo in Slumberland, introduced in the New York Herald in 1905, has been called the most beautiful comic strip ever drawn. A pioneer film animator (Gertie the Dinosaur and cartoonist whose works border on surrealist dream fantasies, McCay profoundly influenced artists ranging from Walt Disney to Maurice Sendak. At every turn, Little Nemo confronts irrational taboos and forbidden places; his Slumberland is a Freudian landscape. Another eerie strip, Dream of the Rarebit Fiend, cheerfully portrays the irrationality and instability of everyday life. Sendak, in his introduction, rightly calls McCay ``one of America's great fantasists.'' That this strange, elfin man (18671934) was also a political cartoonist who, at his best, rivaled Daumier is clear from animator-film historian Canemaker's authoritative, richly illustrated, oversize biography. A rare treat. (May)
Library Journal - Library Journal
American fantasist Winsor McKay is credited with pioneering the comic-strip form and the art of film animation. The release of this revised and expanded edition of a 1990 book-the only full-scale biography of McCay-coincides with the centenary of the debut of Little Nemo in Slumberland, considered his masterpiece by many. The book boasts almost 50 pages of new content and never-before-published photos. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Adult/High School-McCay has been aptly described by Maurice Sendak as "one of America's rare, great fantasists." Few artists have been as influential in the field of comic strips and animation as he has. To commemorate the 100th anniversary of his surreal, groundbreaking fantasy strip, Little Nemo in Slumberland, Abrams has released a newly revised and expanded edition of the original 1987 biography. Canemaker's lucid account of the artist's life provides a comprehensive overview of his contribution to American popular culture and his achievements in comics, animation, theater, and advertising. The superb layout and design of this oversize edition are complemented by the copious illustrations (230 black-and-white and 40 full-color). The use of high-quality paper results in crisp, clear reproductions that are faithfully and accurately rendered. Overall, this is one of the most beautifully designed and well-written biographies of a cartoonist ever published. A pleasure to look at and read.-Philip Charles Crawford, Essex High School, Essex Junction, VT Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810959415
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
11/01/2005
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
10.37(w) x 12.37(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
13 - 18 Years

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