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Winsor McCay: His Life and Art

4.21 of 5 stars 4.21  ·  rating details  ·  56 ratings  ·  8 reviews
John Canemaker reviews and fully analyzes McCay's achievements in print and film, examining his work in relation to his life, his family, and to American culture and values of the period. Original art from all the McCay's endeavors and rare personal photographs provide a visual counterpart to Canemaker's fascinating text. Begining with McCay's childhood in pioneer-era Mich ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published November 1st 2005 by Harry N. Abrams
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Mike Schwartz
An excellent biography of Winsor McCay with full reproductions of his work throughout. The book covers every phase of McCay’s career: it turns out there’s more to appreciate than The Dream of the Rarebit Fiend and Little Nemo in Slumberland. Those two strips remain his ultimate creations and the peak of the comic strip, especially Little Nemo which is to my mind, the single best comic strip ever created. Still, I was interested in his political cartoons, his propaganda work, his short lived stri ...more
Todd Glaeser
I knew about Little Nemo and Gertie the Dinosaur, but this book exposed me to so much more!
This book is absolutely one of the most enthralling reads I've recently come across. McCay's life story is the stuff of legend. Truly an inspirational figure in American history.
David Monroe
Jul 03, 2011 David Monroe rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone and Any One
I believe John Canemaker's book is probably the best biography of a cartoonist ever written, and remains one of the best books on comic/sequential art ever written.
Winsor McCay was one of the first masters of the comic genre. He exploded possibilities of what could be done with the page, graphically.
Alexandra Infante
Aug 11, 2007 Alexandra Infante rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who love comics
Shelves: artbooks
This is a great book about the history of the comic from the early part of the 20th century. Extensive.
Art was wonderful, writing a bit too lengthy.
Wonderfully written book on my favorite animator.
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John Canemaker (born 1943) is an Academy Award-winning independent animator, animation historian, teacher, lecturer, and author perhaps best known for his many books about the Disney studio, including Walt Disney's Nine Old Men and the Art of Animation.In 1980, he began teaching and developing the animation program at New York University, Tisch School of the Arts', Kanbar Institute of Film and Tel ...more
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