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Winsor McCay

Winsor McCay was the original genius of the comic strip (Dream of the Rarebit FiendLittle Nemo in Slumberland) and a founding father of movie animation (Gertie the DinosaurThe Sinking of the Lusitania). His work remains enormously influential in both comics and animation, and he directly inspired Walt Disney, Max and Dave Fleischer, Chuck Jones, Federico Fellini, Art Spiegelman, Carl Barks, Maurice Sendak, and Robert Crumb, to name just a few.