Windsor McCay: The Complete Little Nemo 1905–1927, edited by Alexander Braun
“Meet Little Nemo, a diminutive hero of comic narrative, but one of the greatest dream voyagers of the 20th century. The master creation of Winsor McCay (1869–1934), restless sleeper Nemo inspired generations of artists to come in his weekly adventures from bed to Slumberland, a realm of colorful companions, psychedelic scenery and thrilling escapades.
Nemo’s author Winsor McCay was a founding figure in the modern American entertainment industry, above all with his revolutionary comic creations which set standards for panel layout and storytelling technique, timing and pacing, and architectural and other detail that held an inestimable influence on subsequent artists, including Robert Crumb and Federico Fellini.
TASCHEN’s sumptuous Winsor McCay: The Complete Little Nemo 1905–1927 collects, for the very first time, and in full, glorious color, all 549 episodes of Little Nemo. In the illustrated accompanying volume, art historian and comics expert Alexander Braun places Winsor McCay’s life and work within the cultural history of the U.S. media and entertainment industry, and explores the immense art historical value of McCay’s dream narrative. At once an adventure story, visual delight, and piece of cultural history, this publication is a tremendous monument to one of the most innovative pioneers—and one of the most intrepid explorers—of comic history.”
Cover artwork by Chris Ware for The New Yorker, for the September 17, 2012 and January 7, 2013 issues, titled “Back to School” and “Treshold.”
From an article by Chris Ware on the New Yorker website:
In September, I pictured, more or less, my daughter’s teacher and her class on a “back to school” cover […] that jokingly pointed to the free time that parents would have now that their kids were back in class; it was something I saw every morning, and I thought it would make a sort of funny picture. In the wake of Newtown, it didn’t seem so funny anymore. As parents and citizens, we entrust our children not only to the safety of schools but also to the nurturing and cultivated environment of schools and teachers. Education is the very foundation of civilization and cannot be undermined or undersold. That we now have to somehow consider an unchecked population of firearms as part of this equation seems absolutely ludicrous and terrifying.
Oak Park Magazine - Affection (False New Yorker Cover) by Chris Ware
Ink, blue colored pencil on paper, 2012. 29” x 20.25”
From the exhibition Chris Ware: Building Stories, presenting 126 original drawings by Chris Ware to coincide with the release of his new book Building Stories — a graphic novel, over ten years in the making, published by Pantheon in the form of 14 booklets collected in box.
The exhibition runs from September 8 to October 27 at Adam Baumgold Gallery in New York.