Winsor McCay

Cartoonist, Comic Strip Creator

1869 – 1934

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Who was Winsor McCay?

Zenas Winsor McCay was an American cartoonist and animator. He is best known for the comic strip Little Nemo and the animated film Gertie the Dinosaur. For contractual reasons, he worked under the pen name Silas on the comic strip Dream of the Rarebit Fiend.

From a young age, McCay was a quick, prolific, and technically dextrous artist. He started his professional career making posters and performing for dime museums, and began illustrating newspapers and magazines in 1898. He joined the New York Herald in 1903, where he created popular comic strips such as Little Sammy Sneeze and Dream of the Rarebit Fiend. In 1905, his signature strip Little Nemo in Slumberland debuted, a fantasy strip in an Art Nouveau style, about a young boy and his adventurous dreams. The strip demonstrated McCay's strong graphic sense and mastery of color and linear perspective. McCay experimented with the formal elements of the comic strip page, arranging and sizing panels to increase impact and enhance elements of the narrative. McCay also produced numerous detailed editorial cartoons and was a popular performer of chalk talks on the vaudeville circuit.

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Born
Sep 26, 1869
Spring Lake
Also known as
  • Zenas Winsor McKay
  • Winsor McKay
  • Winsor Z. McCay
  • Winsor MacCay
  • Winsor Zenic McCay
  • Silas
Parents
Spouses
Children
Ethnicity
  • White American
Nationality
  • United States of America
  • Canada
Profession
Education
  • Cleary University
    (1886 - )
  • Eastern Michigan University
Lived in
  • Ypsilanti
  • Cincinnati
  • Chicago
Died
Jul 26, 1934
Brooklyn
Resting place
Cemetery of the Evergreens

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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