the 107th anniversary of Winsor McCay's comic strip series Little Nemo in Slumberland

With the view to celebrate the 107th anniversary of Winsor McCay's comic strip series Small Nemo in Slumberland, Google posted an animated, fascinating doodle on its homepage. The doodle is the first of its kind to feature an interactive, film comic strip. But, who was Winsor MacCay?

Born on September 26, 1869, Winsor Zenic McCay was an American cartoonist and animator. They was known for the comic strip Small Nemo, which began in 1905. Regarded as a comic-strip art masterpiece, the every week strip first appeared on October 15, 1905 in the New York Herald as Small Nemo in Slumberland and later in New York American as In the Land of Amazing Dreams.

They was also known for the animated cartoon Gertie the Dinosaur (1914). Due to definite legal reasons, Winsor worked under the pen name Silas on the comic strip Dream of the Rarebit Fiend.
Who was Winsor McCay?

Winsor McCay was originally named Zenas Winsor McKay, in honour of his father's employer, Zenas G. Winsor. However, they later dropped the name Zenas.

Winsor McCay's first major comic strip series was A Story of the Jungle Imps by Felix Fiddle, and 43 installments published from January to November 1903 in the Cincinnati Enquirer.

In 1889, McCay went to Chicago to study at the Art Institute of Chicago. But but due to lack of money, they had to discover a job. After working for years, Winsor moved to Ohio and began working as an artist for Kohl and Middleton's Vine Street Dime Museum. While in Ohio they married Maude Leonore Dufour.

But, Windors's strips Small Nemo and Dream of the Rarebit Fiend, which was published under the pseudonym Silas, were both set in the dreams of their characters. McCay's cartoons were never highly popular, but his cartoons always had a powerful following because of his expressive graphic style.

In the different panels of the Winsor McCay Small Nemo Google doodle the letters of the Google logo - G-O-O-G-L-E - appear in a chronological order. Winsor McCay was not only a newspaper cartoonist, but and a pioneer of animated films. They started off as a poster and hoardings artist and later moved to newspaper cartooning.

The interactive and animated Google doodle celebrating the nightly dreams of the small boy called Nemo begins with Nemo dreaming about falling from his bed in to a hole and being rescued by Princess Camille. After a series of small adventures, through Google-land (the interactive doodle strip is titled Small Nemo in Google Land) Nemo, as in the actual comic strip, falls out of his bed.

Winsor McCay died on July 26, 1934 of a cerebral embolism.

from : http://ibnlive.in.com