Jungle Bunnies!

Imps

I’m lookin’ to borrow $42,500.00 anyone…..anyone….anyone?

While looking for a cheaper version of this book that will soon be replacing the headboard of my bed, (the book is fucking huge) Ebay teased my fragile heart with this original hand painted 18×22 1903 Jungle Imps print by Windsor McCay. 

“Who are the Jungle Imps?” you may ask.

Let me enlighten you!

little_nemo_perugiaWindsor McCay is best known for his series of Little Nemo comics that ran  mainly between 1905 and 1914. From there, his fame flourished and he kind of became the Darwin of animation. But previous to all of this, in 1903, he drew a series of 43  strips called “Tales of the Jungle Imps by Felix Fiddle.” They was only published for the Cincinnati Enquirer to illustrate the poems of Enquirers editor George Randolph Chester. 

He used these illustrations as a prototype for his brightly colored art nouveau-ish comic strip styling that was later made famous though Little Nemo. 

The Imps themselves, are three main jungle uh…creatures….that pester and annoy animals. In this particular one, they kicked and teased and hung a snake for its ascetic differences. Things go full circle, I guess.

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2 Responses to “Jungle Bunnies!”

  1. :: smo :: Says:

    aaaand you just solidified my theory that you’re really really awesome.

    that print is intense! so amazing. i really want to go back and read these again.

    i used to religiously check out a “smithsonian comic strip collection” book from my library when i was growing up to read the dreamland comics. and i already rambled to you about how i learned about animation mostly by reading about mccay when i was a youngin.

    strand has a windsor mccay book up in the rare books methinks, worth peering at. and desert island on metropolitan and union[ish] has some collections. i’m lookin to start buyin em up after i move. maybe a good place to find that new headboard? we saw the owner at mocca today, he said the shop is closed monday, but tuesday they should be open again.

  2. elly Says:

    i want that book too! i looked at it in a store and have been lusting after it ever since. totally amazing.

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