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    • CommentTimeDec 6th 2008
    I was looking for something else and well... found this-

    Lucy and Sophie Say Goodbye:

    There are more bizarre comics from a century ago here, at Barnacle Press.
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    Interesting how that's funnier than most webcomics I come across a century later. Nice find.
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    I really like the detail in the art, and I'd love to see this in higher quality. Somehow I'm thinking the originals may be lost to time, though, what with the intervening 103(!!!) years since they were drawn.

    While best in small doses, there's something lovely and pure about these really old comics and their reliance on one joke told over and over again. Plus, that reminds me I need to complete my Krazy Kat collection some day.
    • CommentAuthorpoor_boy
    • CommentTimeDec 7th 2008
    That's oddly touching somehow.
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    • CommentTimeDec 7th 2008
    Very nice.

    I have a book of comical sketches called Opie Read In Kansas (and What He Found There) pub. 1895. It's prose but there are scandalously racist illustrations throughout. Had I a scanner, I'd share it with y'all but I am poor in tech and suchlike wisdom.
    • CommentAuthorJigsy Q
    • CommentTimeDec 7th 2008 edited
    Along the same lines here's a site that features lots of cover scans from old penny dreadfuls of the late 19th and early 20th century.
    • CommentTimeDec 7th 2008
    I've really been fond of Little Nemo. I've just been getting back in to him recently.

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    Man, that Lucy & Sophie sure is aping McCay's DREAMS OF A RAREBIT FIEND. I half-want to think it is his, but the squiggles of the lines don't fit his style, and the figures are posed a little too stiffly. Also the letters are better.

    God, I love Little Nemo.
    • CommentTimeJan 1st 2009
    That Little Nemo looks like something out of Superjail.
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    The kiss goodbye in the original comic doesn't look very platonic.
    • CommentTimeJan 2nd 2009
    Little Nemo is the one Neil Gaiman did an homage to in Sandman, right? it's gotta be.
    • CommentAuthormlpeters
    • CommentTimeJan 2nd 2009
    Yeah. Somewhere (maybe Niel's blog) I read Little Nemo referred to as incredibly well drawn, but horribly lettered. I think the awkward lettering lends a naive charm, but... maybe I simply haven't read enough of it, for the lettering to get on my nerves.

    Is there an affordable soft cover collection?
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    • CommentTimeJan 3rd 2009
    Oh, man, I love Windsor McKay! My pal has a old (70's) copy of Rarebit Fiends.

    @mIpeters - Fantagraphics used to put them out, I believe. Or was it Kitchen Sink? I'd think they'd still be available and well worth it. And the lettering is annoying after awhile but you get used to it and even begin to like it.