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June 6, 2006

Jungle Imps Show Launches at OSU

imageI enjoyed reading the following copy about Ohio State's display of six Winsor McCay originals more than I think I should have. The story of found, original strips under the title The Tale of the Jungle Imps by Felix Fiddle still maintains a lot of charm for those of us who dream about such treasures still exisiting out there in the attics and garages of mid-America. The thought that McCay was handpainting his strips and the reason OSU gives instead of the more common "He painted them to enhance their value as a gift" intrigues me. The subject matter, form and even the period's tendency towards ugly racial caricature are all fascinating subjects as well.

I can't emphasize enough that if you have the chance to see early American comic strips, take the opportunity. Original cartoon art from people like McCay fascinates on a lot of levels. If nothing esle, to see how few mistakes are made, and how those mistakes are handled (from the ones I've seen, by rubbing them out or redrawing right on top, is worth the trip.
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