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Google Celebrates Winsor McCay

Google celebrates the 107th anniversary of Winsor McCay’s “Little Nemo in Slumberland” with a Google Doodle that borrows from the artist’s work.

Google broke our hearts today – in a good way – with this incredible homage to Winsor McCay’s classic comic strip, Little Nemo in Slumberland, which celebrates its 107th birthday today.

McCay's Nemo strips dive into the dreams of the young boy, Nemo, who journeys to the fantastic world of Slumberland, where he often adventures with Princess Camille, the daughter of the realm's King Morpheus. At the end of his romps through the dreamworld, Nemo jolts awake to find himself back in his bed.

The strip originally ran in newspapers between 1905 and 1914. It has been adapted for the stage and the screen, and it even inspired a video game release, titled "Little Nemo: The Dream Master."

The imaginative Google logo commemorating McCay is cleverly titled "Little Nemo in Google-Land." The colorful doodle is set up like a comic strip and borrows many images from McCay's work. The user is invited to click from panel to panel as the story unfolds.

The first panel features a sleeping Nemo tumbling from his bed into Slumberland. He's rescued by Princess Camille, who joins him on a brief adventure before he falls back out of the dreamworld and into his bed. Judging by the last panel in the doodle, Nemo's entire dream seems to have taken place as he was falling out of his bed.

If you haven’t already seen it, head over to Google to check it out.

Source: The A.V. Club

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Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.