Winsor McCay Releases from Checker!

Fri, April 6th, 2007 at 12:00am PDT

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CBR News Team, Editor

target="PopUp">Official Press Release

Checker Book Publishing Group, the Graphic Novel

Specialists, announces the release of two seminal

works by groundbreaking early 20th Century comics

artist, Winsor McCay.

The Complete Little Nemo in Slumberland, Volume One,

arrives in May 2007, as the first part of a two

edition set that collects the entire run of McCay?s

most famous work, in full-color and printed to their

original size and a new softcover edition of Dream of

the Rarebit Fiend: The Saturdays is released in June


Checker?s edition of Little Nemo begins with McCay?s

early strip, Tales of the Jungle Imps, that

foreshadowed Nemo, and featured many of his recurring

characters. These strips have hardly been seen since

their publication in the Cincinnati Enquirer from

1903-1905, and have never been collected in their

entirety. Their popularity caught the attention of

newspaper publisher James Gordon Bennett, who hired

McCay to work for his New York papers, the Herald and

the Evening-Telegram, where he began Dream of the

Rarebit Fiend and Little Nemo in Slumberland.

The Complete Little Nemo in Slumberland, Volume One

collects the world-famous strip, Little Nemo in

Slumberland from 1905 -1909, about a boy who

experiences vivid dreams, in addition to Tales of the

Jungle Imps, in full-color and printed in an oversized

hardcover edition. Also included is rare McCay

promotional material for the Nemo strip.

target="PopUp">Dream of the Rarebit Fiend: The Saturdays collects in

a softcover edition for the first time, McCay?s

groundbreaking Saturday strips from March 1904-October

1911. These were wild, imaginative fantasy strips,

with no recurring characters, which featured the

protagonists having a dream caused by eating

?rarebit?. Each cartoon was self-contained and ended

as the dreamer awoke from his or her nightmare.

Checker?s new softcover edition of Dream of the

Rarebit Fiend makes this collection available to the

book trade and collectors since the very limited

edition hardcover edition was released only to comic

book stores, and just as quickly sold out, in 2006.

The Checker Book Publishing Group, in Dayton, Ohio, is

committed to publishing dormant, unpublished, and

under-published serial comics and cartooning in

affordable editions.

The Complete Little Nemo in Slumberland, Volume One by

Winsor McCay

$49.95, ISBN 1-933160-21-7, 280 pages, full color,

Humor. May 2007

Dream of the Rarebit Fiend: The Saturdays by Winsor


$19.95, ISBN 1-922160-65-9, 200 pages, full color,

Humor. June 2007

(Checker also publishes eight volumes in the Winsor

McCay Early Works series.)

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