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Exhibition Comic Art: 120 Years of Panels and Pages

Winsor McKay (1869–1934). Little Nemo in Slumberland. “Well, I Suppose We Might As Well Not Worry and Just Take It Easy!” September 5, 1909. India ink over graphite and blue pencil, with opaque white. Bequest and gift, 1974. Caroline and Erwin Swann Collection of Caricature and Cartoon. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (003.01.00) LC-DIG-ppmsca-13285.

Fantasy Stories

An innovative creator of seven comic features, editorial cartoons, and animations, Winsor McCay is perhaps best known for his strip that transported readers into the dreams of Little Nemo, his signature character. Running intermittently from 1905–1927, this comic chronicles Nemo’s adventures in “slumberland,” which can be beautiful, or disturbing, or surreal, or any combination thereof. Here an ape turns the tables on Nemo, ordering him and fellow captives to jump through hoops.