Google’s Little Nemo Tribute: Maybe the Best Google Doodle Ever

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Winsor McCay (1869-1934) was one of the first important creators of both comic strips and animation, and a pretty fair political cartoonist to boot. His masterwork was the Sunday comic Little Nemo in Slumberland, about a little kid whose dreams took him to an Oz-like fantasy world. It turns 107 today, and the artwork and imagination of every installment are as amazing as ever. Just thinking about the fact that it once appeared weekly leaves me slightly agog, and depressed about the current state of newspaper comic strips.

Someone at Google is a McCay fan too, it seems: The Google homepage┬áis celebrating Nemo’s birthday with a wonderful, wonderfully ambitious interactive Google Doodle which captures much of the spirit of McCay’s print and film cartooning. Whoever created this can’t match McCay’s draftsmanship, but that’s O.K.: Almost 80 years after this death, nobody else has, either.

(Side note: When I checked out the Doodle on my iPad, I got only a simple, static Nemo tribute. I had to visit it on my laptop to see the version that’s so delightful.)

Wilson Williams Jr
Wilson Williams Jr

Does Google archive these if we want to revisit. So sad if they only go up once and can never be seen again.



Try Nemo in Slumberland on MAME to celebrate!

Even better.


Very awesome! I follow GooGle doodles and I must say, this has to be one of the best. Good work! Scary depiction though after I studied it.