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    "Winsor McCay: His Life and Art" Hard Cover Book, First Edition (Abbeville Press, 1987). This indispensable biography on one of America's most influential comic artists and animators, features a forward by noted children's book illustrator, Maurice Sendak. Written by John Canemaker, an award winning animator and historian, the book showcases the three phases of McCay's exceptional career and is illustrated with many color and black and white photos and images of the master's work. Beginning with McCay's childhood in pioneer-era Michigan, circa 1870, this biography moves on through his earliest attempts to find an artistic voice in Chicago and turn-of-the-century Cincinnati, his work with circus posters, as a quick-sketch newspaper reporter, as a headliner chalk-talk artist in vaudeville, as crown jewel in William Randolph Hearst's grand line-up of newspaper cartoonists, and as the greatest of the early animators. McCay's masterpiece is the epic Little Nemo in Slumberland, a beautiful and surreal fantasy rendered in stunning art nouveau line and subtle yet daring color, and designed with layouts that anticipate cinematic storytelling techniques. McCay's ten animated films, among them "How a Mosquito Operates" and "Gertie the Dinosaur," remain landmarks in the history of this art and were unmatched in the fluid movement and personality of the characters until the mature films of Walt Disney came along two decades later. A coffee table-sized tome with 223 pages and an original retail price of $75.00. In Excellent condition.

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