Wonderful. I was just reading about McCay earlier today...
His hometown held a "Winsor McCay Day" yesterday...and in honor of that I thought I'd share another one of the hallmark works he was known for pioneering: Animation. (Each one of these 4,000+ panels, keep in mind, were drawn by him and hand-colored by him.)
Yep--I keep my collections of Little Nemo and Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend close by. And I just recently browsed through YouTube's collection of early film and animation, and was impressed by just how much early animation McCay actually did. Truly a man ahead of his time.
Never saw this before! To think he drew such complicated images by hand thousands of times is mind boggling.
You think THIS One is complicated, check out McCay's "Sinking of Lusitania" that one is my favorite and it boggles my mind how the heck he did it. Plus McCay actually more or less invented the modern animation cel, by using the celluloid that was then used to stiffen shirt collars. This man was a complete and utter genius! Oh he also did an animated little movie of a man that finds a way to turn his house into a flying machine... sound familiar... maybe like a certain Pixar movie out now? (The Flying House 1921).