Little Nemo in Slumberland, Part Two
More Nemo, because Nemo is awesome. Eventually Nemo plucks the turkey’s feathers, and it comes back for revenge: Nemo on stilts with storks. Nemo and the creepy clown man on the moon. The strip was quite influential. From wiki: The Sandman series occasionally references Little Nemo as well. Examples include The Sandman: The Doll’s House, where an abused child escapes into...
Little Nemo in Slumberland, Part One
If you remember Nemo at all at this point, it’s likely you remember the Japanese animated version. The video game (which was fun, iirc) and movie were based on a turn of the century comic strip by an early illustrator named Winsor McKay. Although a comic strip, it was far from a simple children’s fantasy; it was often dark, surreal, threatening, and even violent. The strip related...
My First Picture Book by Joseph Martin Kronheim
I love how creepy this one is. It’s from sometime in the mid-1800’s. It’s free on Gutenberg. There’s a version of Bo Peep. When Little Bo-Peep awoke she found her sheep gone, and hardly knowing what she did, she walked on and on, far into the wood. At last she came to a stile, on which an old Raven was perched. He looked so wise that Little Bo-Peep asked him...
The Water Babies
Apparently, The Water Babies was hugely popular in it’s day. It was published in 1863, and it stayed a staple until the 1920’s. The story is about a boy named Tom that is basically beaten and worked to death, who runs away from a chimney-sweep-related misunderstanding, then dies on a creekbed. He wakes up a “water baby.” The author was a minister, so there’s...