Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Ancient Comics Delight Us Still

First two panels from "The Naps of Polly Sleepyhead"

Peter Newell, author/illustrator of the "Slant Book" (1910), one of my all-time favorite children's books, apparently also created a surreal comic strip in 1906-1907 called "The Naps of Polly Sleepyhead". Like "Little Nemo in Slumberland" it draws us into the wacky dreamworld of a girl named Polly. This strange little girl drifts off to sleep in the middle of doing the most commonplace activities. Here is an excerpt from the first strip where her cat named Spider turns into a scary hybrid cat-spider, weaving her ball of yarn into a big spider web. The second strip has Polly sitting down with a big plate of ice cream, but deciding instead to use it as a hat (!) for her doggy and proceed to take him for a (sleep)walk outside where the hat melts. She then wakes up in a puddly mess. Read more about Polly and other classic and obscure ancient comics at this fascinating website:
Barnacle Press
Thanks to STWALLSKULL (fez lovers) for the GREAT link!
The Art of Amy Crehore

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