Simply amazing.

For those who don’t know (and you should- so shame on you if you don’t) Winsor McCay is one of the most important names in the history of the American comic strip, and the field of animation. He’s best known for his cartoon short “Gertie”…

…and for his comic strip, “Little Nemo in Slumberland”.

Little Nemo may not be “PC” by our current standards, yet few can deny it is the most beautiful strip ever. It was published at a time when reproduction methods could never recreate the brilliance of McCay’s art work, but even thru the off registration of colors, and faded inks, one can still see the genius.

Nowadays there aren’t as many people who know his name, or how amazing his art was, but Google has dedicated their current “Doodle” to honor the 107th anniversary of the “Little Nemo” comic strip. Even without the animation it would be impressive, but I’m glad they took the time to put it together. To truly experience it, you need to go to Google.com and pull on the bell-ringer strip to the right. I’ve pieced together the entire sequence so you can at least get a sense of how it appears.

If you read this after they’ve pulled the “Doodle”, you can see the animation on youtube— here.

Eventually, I’m sure you’ll find it in the Doodle archive, which is fun to visit from time to time.