London: Google is celebrating 107th anniversary of American cartoonist and animator Winsor Zenic McCay’s “Little Nemo in Slumberland” with an interactive doodle across the world.
McCay, born September 26, 1869 was best known for the comic strip “Little Nemo” that started in 1905, and the animated cartoon “Gertie the Dinosaur” in 1914.
He was the son of Robert McKay (later changed to McCay) and Janet Murray McKay; Robert at various times worked as a teamster, a grocer, and a real estate agent.
Winsor’s exact place and year of birth are uncertain — he claimed to have been born in Spring Lake, Michigan in 1871, but his gravestone says 1869, and census reports state that he was born in Canada in 1867.
He was originally named Zenas Winsor McKay, in honor of his father’s employer, Zenas G. Winsor. He later dropped the name Zenas.
His comic strip work is credited for influencing generations of artists, including William Joyce, André LeBlanc, Moebius, Maurice Sendak, Chris Ware and Bill Watterson.
He died on July 26, 1934.
However, not all visitors will get to experience the Doodle: StateofSearch.com said only modern browsers will show it.
“The logo only works in modern browsers like Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera, Internet Explorer 9 and 10 but not in Internet Explorer versions 7 and 8,” it said.
About today’s doodle:
Visitors to Google’s homepage were treated to a scrolling animated narration of the story dubbed “Little Nemo in Google-land” – though not all visitors may be able to experience it this time.
The interactive comic strip provides a small tab at the lower right area for visitors to click to see the continuation of the story.
Clicking on the tab at the end of the story will take the visitor to a Search Results page for Winsor Zenic McCay.