October 15, 2012

Little Nemo Comic strip - Google's Biggest Doodle So Far

Today’s (October 15) interactive Google Doodle commemorates Little Nemo, the main character in the comics strips of Winsor McCay, published in the New York Herald and the New York American from 1905 to 1914.

The strip was debuted on October 15, 1905 — exactly 107 years ago. While not a big success in its time, the strip was later adapted for the theater and influenced many artists, including comic book writer Alan Moore and children’s book author Maurice Sendak. The Doodle itself is animated and interactive, gradually expanding into the biggest Doodle we’ve seen.

The interactive and animated Google Doodle celebrating the nightly dreams of the little boy called Nemo begins with Nemo dreaming about falling from his bed into a hole and being rescued by Princess Camille. After a series of little adventures, Nemo, falls out of his bed. In the different panels of the Winsor McCay Little Nemo Google Doodle the letters of the Google logo G-O-O-G-L-E appear in a chronological order.

The logo only works in modern browsers like Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera, Internet Explorer 9 and 10 but not in Internet Explorer versions 7 and 8.

His first major comic strip series was A Tale of the Jungle Imps by Felix Fiddle, which appeared in the Cincinnati Enquirer over more than 40 instalments.

McCay's comic strip work is credited for influencing generations of future artists.

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