Day #443: Little Nemo Rings Out 1924 and Rings In 1925

"Little Nemo in Slumberland" dated December 28, 1924:


Transcript of Tweets by @LittleNemo1905 (SEPTEMBER 8, 2021):


Another strip that follows a strict and unvarying panel structure (I'm tempted to begin calling this the McCaydian Grid), this holiday strip is all about ushering out the old and seeing in the new. - 1/10

There are some verbal jabs in here that I'm not sure how to take… for instance, in panel 3, Flip says "he's been better than a lot of years we've had recently". - 2/10

Is this in reference to their 10-year hiatus? And the editorial commands from Hearst/Brisbane that led to their absence? Or was there something in 1924 that shook McCay? - 3/10

McCay's unpleasant departure from the NY American might have something to do with it… but #LittleNemo's revival at the NY Herald Tribune was a pretty positive thing (for McCay at the time AND us). - 4/10

Another strange comment comes from Father Time in panel 7. He says, "Stand close so that you can get a good look at the worst year you'll ever have but the best year you ever had." - 5/10

I'm totally unsure how to interpret this comment… it's entirely contradictory… anyone have any ideas here? - 6/10

It's narratively simplistic and very much like other New Years strips that we've seen: Father Time arrives to take away old 1924 and bring the new 1925. Flip and Impie's tears are new though. They seem genuinely sad to see 1924 go! - 7/10

This makes sense though. This was the year that saw their return, so I'm not surprised that they're a little emotional. - 8/10

It's a nice celebratory holiday strip (that sees the return of a trope mostly ignored at the NY American, i.e. Father Time and the new years) and I really enjoyed the return here! - 9/10

This is my reading of "Little Nemo in Slumberland" #443. What's yours? - 10/10