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Google Doodle Celebrates Winsor McCay’s Little Nemo in Slumberland

Samyak Lalit | October 15, 2012 (Last update: September 23, 2017)

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On 15 October 2012, Google displayed a doodle on its search engine home page to honor Winsor McCay. McCay was an American cartoonist most famous for his comic strip titled Little Nemo in Slumberland. The center theme of the comic revolves around a little boy named Nemo who would dream every night in an attempt to reach ‘Slumberland’, the realm of King Morpheus, who wanted him as a playmate for his daughter, the Princess. This comic strip was first published in New York Herald on 15 October 1905.

This is perhaps for the first time that Google has come up with a doodle with an interactive story telling. When you visit the Google home page, you see the usual keyword box. In place of Google logo, you see the first part of the comic strip. A tab is found hanging in the bottom right corner of the strip. When you click on the tab, next part of the strip appears below the first one –pushing keyword box down. You can click on the hanging tab to reveal the next part of the story. When the story ends, you click on the tab –it takes you to the search result page for keywords “Winsor McCay”

Image of Google Doodle on 15 October 2012

Google Doodle on 15 October 2012

The illustrated story tells how Nemo falls asleep and in dream goes down a hole to reach Slumberland. There he meets the Princess and finally go in a free fall into a water body. Then he wakes up.

McCay also worked on Dream of the Rarebit Fiend, another popular comic strip under the name Silas for legal reasons.


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