Winsor McCay’s Little Nemo in Slumberland vol. 1

Last night I ran into a cool store on my way back to the subway (I had tried to go to Academy Records on 10th St but, alas, it was closed) – Forbidden Planet. Pretty cool in it’s own sweltering, non-ac endowed way. Had it not been so hot, I probably would have stayed longer…

Anyway, found this great compilation of Little Nemo comics… I have always (since I was very little) loved Winsor McKay’s drawing style and the dialogues always crack me up. An example:

“[frame 2 - some characters are loading a giant red polka-dotted ball/capsule with Nemo in it into a cannon]

per 1: Come! You fellows! Put that ball in that muzzle and be quick about it!

per 2: You are too high boys. Low er down!

per 3: Now it’s all right

per 4: Get a move on you. Low er it a little

[next frame - the cannon fires]

per 2: Ooh!Umm!

per 1: My! I put an awful big charge in that cannon!

per 3: Ooooof! My ears are busted!

per 4: Wow! That’s a roarer! Oowow!

Nemo (from inside the capsule): I don’t like this, one little tiny bit not one tiny weeney bit.

Princess (also in capsule):Oh! My!Don’t you? I do! I think it’s fine!”

I suppose a lot of the dialogue comes from the times (early 20th C) but it seems to be different than I can remember hearing anywhere else representing that era…

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