Thursday, August 31, 2017

Winsor McCay's Beginning

$8.95 over-sized paperback collector's edition

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37 years before illustrator Winsor McCay created the Sinking of The Lusitania animated film, he drew a picture of another vessel, The Alpena, on his classroom blackboard. The Alpena had gone down in a storm on Lake Michigan on October 15, 1880, taking all 80 aboard to their watery graves. 13-year-old Winsor McCay, attending Spring Lake (Michigan) Union School, was given permission by his teacher to draw the ship in its struggle. A photographer came in an took a photograph of the illustration and prints were made available for sale, with young McCay receiving a royalty. The Sinking of The Alpena became Winsor McCay's first commercial illustration.

This book presents scans of the original photos and tells the story behind the illustration, and his the boy's namesake, Zena G. Winsor, was connected to the tragedy and drawing. Also, the book resolves the issue of McCay's birth year with a forensic examination of the 1870 Spring Lake census and presents photos of McCay's boyhood home and school. In addition, was an influence in the creation of Little Nemo a classmate of McCay's who became famous nationally for a sleepwalk nighttime adventure?

Don't miss this historical book. See McCay's first illustration created in 1880 for the first time since it was originally released that year. 

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