If you've never heard of Winsor McCay (1869-1934) before, you can get a taste of the cartoonist and animator's work by visiting the Google homepage today. Google's amazing animated doodle -- one of the best Google doodles I've ever seen, with dreamy clickable panels that seem to go on forever -- celebrates the 107th anniversary of Little Nemo, one of McCay's most famous creations.
Even if you're not a big comics fan, you should definitely check out the doodle just to revel in the fact that this is the sort of beautiful, surrealist artwork that used to appear in the Sunday comics. I mean, seriously, when did stuff like this get replaced with Luann and Garfield?
Titled Little Nemo in Google-Land, today's doodle re-creates the adventures of the character from McCay's comic strips. You click your way through panels as a sleeping Nemo falls from his bed into Slumberland, gets rescued by Princess Camille, and eventually tumbles back out of his dreamworld and into his bed.
It's an astoundingly well-created doodle, with lush artwork and lots of sly nods to Google itself (note the typography incorporated into the scenes). As far as brief but rewarding Internet rabbit-holes go, it doesn't get much better than this.
The thing I love about Google doodles is that they often draw attention to relatively unknown dates or people. The 79th anniversary of the first drive-in movie, for instance. Robert Moog, inventor of the electronic synthesizer. Martha Graham, influential modern dancer and choreographer. Based on today's effort and the overwhelmingly positive reaction to it, it'll be interesting to see what ambitious, interactive artwork Google comes up with next.
What do you think of today's Google tribute to Winsor McCay?
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