Panel by Panel: Little Nemo and the Mosquito Dream

Panel by Panel goes back in time further than it ever has before - to 1910 and a panel from Winsor McCay's seminal Little Nemo in Slumberland strip! - and though it's a random affair, who better than the learned Martin Gray to help us discover this image from the pre-Golden Age? Dreams, surrealism, and the dawn of new art forms... check it out.

A clean look at the image in the Panel by Panel Supplemental.

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6 responses to “Panel by Panel: Little Nemo and the Mosquito Dream

  1. Fun discussion! I think I learned about Little Nemo through osmosis, mostly. There were references I caught before I knew what they were referencing, like Tom Petty’s “Running Down A Dream” video, the cover of Batman #377, etc. Then, somewhere, I learned of Winsor McCay, his strip, and his place in animation history, and those odd references made sense. But my exposure to his work has been minimal at best, so I appreciate the shot in the arm. Just beautiful, lyrical work we’re seeing here, even if it is nightmarish.

    The Boy Scouts were founded in Britain in 1908, so this very well could be a scout uniform Nemo has on.

    Always a pleasure to hear Martin’s voice and interesting insights as well!


  2. Great discussion! Not every podcast I learn about comic history and google search a Dali painting!

    In one issue of DC’s Beowulf, he meets Little Omen, from Nightmare land, a nice homage.

    Always love these. Let me know if you need a slot filled!

    1. I’m transitioning towards a new thing (stay tuned!) but PbP remains a good avenue for 1) short podcasts when time has run away from me, and 2) for people who have never podcasted before and want a little try-out (which is true of a future episode, for example).

  3. Big Little Nemo fan, but McCay sure could have used a letterer. Maybe some scripting help, too; all his speech patterns seem a little awkward. But I’m sure the word were secondary to him. I’ve only ever seen one page I would call dialog-driven.

    Hey! I recognize the elephant in that Dali painting! He was in another Dali painting helping St Anthony cosplay Parson Nathaniel from Jeff Wayne’s musical War of the Worlds!

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