Today we start a new feature called Winsor McCay Wednesday!!! Every Wednesday (or most) we will be showcasing the talents of the incredible Winsor McCay (September 26, 1869 – July 26, 1934). His pioneering early animated films outdid the work of others of his day, and set a standard followed by Walt Disney and others in the decades to come. Thanks to his expressive graphic art style, his comic strips gained a wide fan following, despite an early lack of popularity, inspiring countless artists such as William Joyce and Bill Waterson. His best-known creations are the comic strip Little Nemo in Slumberland, and the subject of our first Winsor McCay Wednesday, the first animated cartoon character, Gertie the Dinosaur.