Saturday, May 31, 2008
My admiration was further multiplied when, years later, I came across amazing Little Nemo themed art supplies, and upon checking the manufacturer, saw the Eeboo brand once again. Yes, they have great taste.
Check out these amazing products! They're just a sampling. Be sure to hunt around Eeboo's site... they've got even more McCay product there.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Winsor McCay seems the only American today interested in exploring this medium. Animations are particularly suited for the young.... However, after the amusements of Flip and Gertie, with his re-enactment of the Lusitania offense McCay turns pointedly away from the little ones, and assaults us with horror.... It is visually powerful in its intermingling of direct facts and outraged sentiment.... There is something at once momentous and audacious when an animated cartoon asks me to weep and rage.... But it's safe to say that McCay has engendered yet another shift in the history of this flickering art form. The animated cartoon, for better or worse, now has aspirations.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
So just for the record... It's Winsor, not Windsor. And it's McCay, not McKay or Mackay. You see his name spelled wrong almost as often as you see it right. Not that I blame anyone - they're both tricky. Imagine if he had continued going by his actual given first name too: Zenas!
I think the most ironic misspelling is on the Juried Awards section of the Annie Awards site. As they talk about the accomplishments that led to Canemaker winning the Winsor McCay Award, they mention that his tome on "Windsor McCay" is an essential reference!
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Friday, May 23, 2008
Famed animator and illustrator Winsor McCay will finally get his very own day in his hometown of Spring Lake Village.You can read the whole article here: Spring Lake Heritage Festival to honor animation pioneer Winsor McCay
As part of next month's Spring Lake Heritage Festival, The Spring Lake District Library will host the first Winsor McCay DayMcCay Day events kick off at 10:30 a.m. with a special pre-school story time. Pre-school age children will be able to make a brontosaurus-shaped stuffed reading buddy based on images of Gertie the Dinosaur, one of McCay's most famous cartoons, then bring it to the story time.
July 17at the library, a day that will include events for all age groups. [Correction! The article has it wrong... the Festival is in June, McCay Day is June 17]
At 2 p.m. local artist and illustrator Kevin Collier will host "I'm OK with McCay," which will include an introduction to McCay and his work, as well a a cartooning and comics class. The program is designed for adults and children starting in third grade.
The day also will include a Winsor McCay Film Festival starting at 7 p.m. McCay's animated films, "How a Mosquito Operates" and "The Sinking of the Lusitania" will be shown along with the documentary, "Remembering Winsor McCay" by film historian John Canemaker.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
"Winsor McCay, Inventor of Animated Drawing"
It appears McCay himself thought he was first. I wonder if he was even aware of Blackton??? McCay's work looks nothing like the few fiddlings that preceded it. Perhaps he was working from complete originality - unaware of anything prior to build from... Or maybe he knew of Blackton, but considered his process so different as to be a different art form...
(Later Update: Okay - I just recently discovered that McCay actually worked WITH Blackton when creating his (McCay's) animated films. In my mind, this just confuses things all the more... Did Blackton ALSO see McCay's work as significantly different than his own, as a brand new art form? Odd...)