Every year during the Spring Lake Heritage Festival, we spend a day celebrating animation pioneer and Spring Lake’s most famous son, Winsor McCay. This year, Winsor McCay Day is Thursday, June 14, and we have some great programs scheduled at the library to honor him. Winsor McCay first rose to national prominence when his chalk drawing of the sinking of the Alpena was photographed and sold on postcards. He was only 11 at the time!
First up at 10am is How to Be an Artist Like McCay. Local author and illustrator Aaron Zenz will teach kids about Winsor McCay, his art, and show some of his cartoons including his most famous creation Gertie the Dinosaur. He even invites them to draw along as he demonstrates some characters from his own book Monsters Go Night-Night.
For our aspiring artists entering 3rd grade or older, local artist Kevin Collier is teaching a Cartooning Workshop at 2pm. Will the next Winsor McCay attend and learn about cartooning and the animation business? We’ll have to wait to see.
Have you ever seen Gertie the Dinosaur? You can watch her now on YouTube or check out one of the DVDs available at the library. We also have a section of our website dedicated to Winsor McCay for online browsing. We invite you to further explore his life, newspaper comics, and animated works.