Day #450: Little Nemo and the Approaching Spring

"Little Nemo in Slumberland" dated February 15, 1925:


Transcript of Tweets by @LittleNemo1905 (SEPTEMBER 15, 2021):


Ok… please… someone tell me what the heck is going on here? There are so many strange things happening that I barely even know where to start…- 1/13

First, does Nemo seem… off to anyone else in the first two panels? I mean… he seems very dismissive of Flip in the first and a bit preachy in the second… it just didn't read like Nemo to me. - 2/13

Panel 4 is really beautiful (and reminiscent of a 1907 classic), but the leap in closure from that panel content to arriving at the iceberg in the distance is quite massive. - 3/13

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Next, the polar bears come to investigate and are chased away by stereotyped Inuit peoples. - 4/13

Somehow, they and Impie speak a language they both understand (*sigh*)… of course, since Impie's ability to speak English was retconned YEARS ago, as the Princess points out, this doesn't help the group. - 5/13

As an aside, that reveals such a Eurocentric attitude… who cares if it helps you? Impie is able to communicate with another person meaningfully for the first time in… well, a very long time. - 6/13

That said, it doesn't excuse the homogenization of otherness that the "shared language" creates… - 7/13

Panel 6 made my jaw drop… what in the world is happening? Slivvers is holding the Princess and basically swearing that he'd defend her to his death… WHAT?! - 8/13

Where did this come from? Has Slivvers always been interested in the Princess? Is he harbouring a secret affection for her? - 9/13

This is, at least to my recollection, the first time this was even remotely hinted at… what do others think? - 10/13

Finally, Jack Frost's inclusion in this strip comes out of NOWHERE… so, are we to assume that the iceberg is the remnants of Jack's palace? Well, the second one anyway… - 11/13

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How do people read this final panel? I'm really interested to hear your thoughts. - 12/13

This is my reading of "Little Nemo in Slumberland" #450. What's yours? - 13/13