Long before a movie about a certain cartoon clownfish hit theaters, pop culture’s most famous kid named Nemo was the protagonist of Little Nemo in Slumberland. Winsor McCay’s whimsical comic strip delighted early 20th-century newspaper readers for nine years, transcending its humble setting and influencing a generation of artists – including Maurice Sendak and Alan Moore. Though Little Nemo has inspired operas, films, and even a video game, none of its adaptations have been as celebrated as the original comic.
The strip premiered in the New York Herald on Oct. 15, 1905. In honor of its 107th birthday, Google has posted a special interactive doodle that takes viewers on a journey to Slumberland, courtesy of Nemo himself and his playmate, Princess Camille. (She’s the daughter of Morpheus, Slumberland’s king.) It’s one of the search giant’s most visually captivating doodles ever, which is really saying something.
If you find yourself thirsting for more Nemo after clicking all the way through the doodle, just try a Google image search – the Internet holds more panels of McCay’s masterpiece than you could ever dream of.