- Adaptation Displacement: Most people today know about Little Nemo because of the NES Game Little Nemo the Dream Master, which was based on the animated movie (not the other way around). You'll even be hard pressed to find anyone who has heard of the animated movie, and even fewer people know that the movie was based on a comic strip. So the comic strip of Little Nemo in Slumberland suffers from two degrees of adaptation displacement. Not to mention that whenever anyone talks about Little Nemo these days, people assume they mean that Pixar movie with the fish.
- Archive Panic: So the strip ran from 1905 to 1923. At roughly 52 pages a year. Wow. You have some reading to do.
- Awesome Art: Windsor McCay, despite being self-taught, was an exceptional draftsman. The early 20th century newspaper layouts, which allowed for comics to take up full pages (as opposed to now, when they're made small enough to fit in as many ads as possible), meant that his drawings could be properly appreciated.
- Cult Classic: This applies to the film also, and by extension, the video game.
- Fair for Its Day:
- The extreme racial caricatures of the natives of Candy Island. Standard fare for 1907.
- What's more, a group of the Princess's very African-looking slaves show up to march in a parade in Slumberland.
- Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Nemo is quite popular in Japan which explains the animated movie and the video game based on it.
- Idiot Plot: Nemo's parents keep letting him feed himself before bedtime and when the Acid Reflux Nightmare kicks in, all they do is either warn him to stop eating or threaten to beat him.
- Values Dissonance:
- In the comic, one strip has Nemo going around giving animals the ability to talk to humans. One male hippopotamus begs him not to let a female hippopotamus talk because "she'll talk to you deaf, dumb and blind about women's suffrage!" In 1910, the time of publication, this was a joke that could be taken a few ways; a hundred years later, it'd just make the hippo (and the author) look like a jerk.
- The Abusive Parents issue. It was normal at the time. It is still normal in some places around the world, and considered the only way to be good parents. Ouch.note
- What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?
YMMV / Little Nemo