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.
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committed to publishing dormant, unpublished, and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
The Complete Little Nemo in Slumberland, Volume One by
$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.)
Visit www.checkerbpg.com for more information.
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