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Exhibition Comic Art: 120 Years of Panels and Pages

Winsor McKay (1869–1934). Little Nemo in Slumberland. “Hey, What’s Goin’ On Here?” November 22, 1908. India ink over pencil and blue pencil, with opaque white. Gift and bequest from Erwin and Caroline Swann, 1974. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (003.00.00) LC-DIG-ppmsca-59752

An Alarming Dream

Winsor McCay shows Little Nemo, his signature character, caught in the beak of a giant Thanksgiving turkey bent on eating Nemo for dinner. In an attempt to escape, he inches down the turkey’s back despite its repeated threats. The turkey then begins spinning rapidly, making Nemo dizzy before waking up from his dream to find himself on the floor. McCay’s imaginative flair for creating and drawing adventures for his characters, especially Nemo, continues to inspire artists today.