This is the best example of art reproduction i own. My collection includes many 'luxury hardbacks' - the Russ Cochran EC Horror sets to name a few, but So Many Splendid Sundays goes way beyond the norm in quality. The broad sheet pages have been cleaned-up but not altered in any way and the printing is done with subtlety and care. The whole book has the feel of a labour of love. If you are a Little Nemo fan you will definitely not regret purchasing this book!
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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful
So Many Splendid Delights7 Oct. 2005
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This book is the one. I was made aware of Winsor McKay's Little Nemo in the late 1970's, and have been a fan ever since. I've been amazed at how far ahead of the curve McKay was, and how much of an influence he was on so much art so much after his demise.
The adventures of Little Nemo were wonderful- by that I mean full of wonder. The colors were bold- way bolder for his day than anyone else. The panels blew off the limitations of convention as McKay left the restrictions of flat panels behind, letting the story demand its own, unique and innovative visual perspectives. Uh-oh- I'm sounding like an academic here, and I'm not. I'm a Little Nemo enthusiast and I'll let the experts explain in laborious detail what I cannot.
What I can explain is that Nemo was a startling experiment in his time, and if you want a definitive book that will allow you access to his adventures in Slumberland, then this is the one. If you want a more comprehensive overview, I guess Canemaker is your man. Canemaker's is a great book, too, and has the biographical details. This book has enough text for you to understand the strip in the context of its time, but lets the art speak for itself. This is the best book I've ever seen for the sheer joy of Little Nemo.
This is the only book that reproduces the comics in full size, and the editor swears that he has taken all the necessary pains to get the colors right. I will take his word for it, as I have only seen Nemo in other books and in preserved strips of the day, and who knows what the original colors were? Mr. Maresca has sworn that he took the time to get the colors right, and they are fantastic. And seeing it in its original size is a revelation. Nemo was magical, the Harry Potter of his day.
I have collected Nemo books and emphemera, and this is the one that is the most...exciting. Another bonus for me is that it has strips that I've never seen before. And the strips are reproduced in sequence when sequence is important, so a story can play out over several weekly installments. This is a big, oversized delight, and if you can't enjoy Nemo, you can't enjoy Shrek or The Incredibles. Says me.
47 of 52 people found the following review helpful
Review from The Palm Beach Post3 Dec. 2005
Michael C. Browning
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Beautiful dreamer: Winsor McCay's 'Little Nemo in Slumberland'
By Michael Browning
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Friday, December 02, 2005
Winsor McCay dreamed in rainbows, rainbows almost measurelessly
large and lovely, shapes outswept in perfect perspective across
spacious pages of newsprint in a Sunday comic strip that is still
regarded as a sustained pinnacle of fantastic design and
imagination: Little Nemo in Slumberland.
He did it a hundred years ago, from 1905 to 1912, before TV, almost
before movies, when the comic strip itself was only eight years old,
and was regarded as just a gag and a novelty. He worked modestly and
dutifully all his life, drawing, drawing, drawing, riding the El
train from Sheepshead Bay to Manhattan every day, laboring in a
shabby office, always wearing his hat, even indoors, even while
He was silently working wonders. Practically plotless as a dream
itself, Little Nemo is today regarded as the most beautiful work of
graphic art ever to appear in a newspaper.
The mechanics of it were simple. It would begin with a fanciful
frame, exquisitely drawn. Then McCay would go to town, building the
fancy to impossible heights, ever-more-marvelous reaches of visual
imagery, until at last the whole thing collapses and, in a tiny
frame at the lower right-hand corner, Little Nemo wakes up and
realizes it was all a dream.
It was visually astounding. It still is. Yet people wrapped fish in
McCay's masterpieces; they lit stoves with his pages. Little Nemo
was never much appreciated at the time it appeared, though today
original printed pages go for $30,000 or more.
Now, thanks to an extraordinary new book, it is possible to
appreciate what McCay had in mind, what he wrought. A selection of
the best of his work, actual size, has come out at last. Nemo hasn't
looked this glorious in a hundred years.
Peter Maresca, a former Apple computer designer who idolizes McCay,
has published at his own expense a huge handsome book, Little Nemo
in Slumberland: So Many Splendid Sundays!, which costs $120.
Done to honor McCay on the centenary of Little Nemo's first
appearance in print, the mega-volume measures 21 inches by 16 inches
and weighs more than 8 pounds. It was printed in Malaysia, on paper
laboriously sought out from Japan. It is so big it had to be
hand-bound. It exceeded the capacity of commercial bindery machines.
It reproduces faithfully, and in their original size, McCay's
astounding visions in color and reproduces them "down to the last
pixel," the publisher says.
"This shows you the insanity of my mind," Maresca said. "I wanted to
get the exact look of the newsprint. I didn't want pristine white
borders, and I didn't want the yellowed Scotch-taped effect. So we
took five background pages and blended them to get the right visual
texture, the grays and greens that real newsprint has, and then we
had to blow it up twice to get the exact grain. I wanted a very
Even after a century, the splendor of McCay's work has the power to
take your breath away. His huge, columned, sapphire-domed,
night-clad cityscapes, his fantastic beasts, sparkling ice-caves,
"This beautifully done book... " ù cartoonists Art Spiegelman, Garry
Trudeau and Patrick McDonnell have raved over the new, gigantic
There is a sense of justice at work here. At long last, thanks to
modern computer technology and Maresca's own personal collection of
McCay pages, it is possible to time-travel back to those splendid
Sundays when you could buy a masterpiece for a few cents.
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Amazing - wish there was more19 Oct. 2005
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I had read about the size of this book, but I was truly surprised by just how large it was in my hands. It's essentially the size of entire front page of a paper like the New York Times (length-wise and width-wise). It really has to be seen (or held) to be believed. Aside from being difficult to carry on the subway and having difficulty figuring out where to put it on my shelf, the size is much appreciated.
As for the inside, the images have been reproduced and cleaned-up with such loving care, it is truly amazing. While there is little information on the life of Winsor McCay, other books out there have thoroughly discussed it (the Canemaker McCay book with Sendak introduction is worth getting for those interested). Around 100 of Maresca's favourites have been chosen to represent Nemo, some of them being the most complex of McCay's Little Nemo series.
My only regret is that there is not more. The editor has indicated that he will not release another volume, but I wish he would reconsider. A few years back, Fantagraphics released six books of all of Little Nemo's exploits, but those books, while nicely done, reproduce Nemo in smaller format, and they have long since gone out of print (as will this book soon I'm sure). Further, as Maresca chose 100 of the best pages, what little continuity exists in Little Nemo is somewhat lost. Granted, each Sunday's adventure was often independent of the previous Sunday's, but not always.
Regardless, Maresca has done an incredible job and should be commended for helping preserve some of the most incredible work by an underappreciated American artist. Surprisingly, Maresca could not get a publisher to take on this project, such that it was self-published. Hopefully this edition will do well, and there will be more to come either from Maresca or a publisher who realizes that a full-sized complete reproduction of McCay's work would be a worthwhile and profitable task to undertake.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Reprinted as it should be.7 Oct. 2005
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These are the best reprints of Little Nemo I have ever seen. The paper is off-white, the colors are bright - there is no need to buy the original sheets from hundred years ago any longer. But don't expect lesser known pages, they have all been reprinted by Remco and Fantagraphics before. We should all thank Peter Maresca for this labour of love. And McCay deserves it: between 1905 and 1910 he invented the grammar of the comic strip. His panels are not crowded with figures as in later years, the lay out is imaginative, and some early pages are really scary and subversive.
By the way, there's more underway: a German collector is preparing a large Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend book for all those people who think that the Checker reprints are a bit to small.
21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Very good but it's more an art book than the story of Little Nemo2 Dec. 2005
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Very good - and impressive - edition of Little Nemo in Slumberland. Beware however of the fact that the edition is not complete. It covers a subset (120) of the pages produced by Mc Cay between 1905 and 1910, and therefore does not sport the complete story of Little Nemo over this period. So if you want to buy the book as an art book, do not hesitate. It's gorgeous. If you want to buy the book to read the story of Little Nemo or to offer to a children, than you'd better look at other, older - and probably less visually appalling - editions of this classic.