This essay discusses the work of Winsor McCay, what kind of work he produced to what his work was like at an early age right up until his later works. McCay’s first forms of art will be discussed using the books; Before Mickey by Donald Crafton and Winsor McCay by John Canemaker. McCay’s comic strips and how successful they became will be analysed with the use of the book; Masters of American Comics by John Carlin. The websites; www.digitalmediafx.com and www.bpib.com have been used to describe McCay’s later productions and their influences on modern day cartoons. This essay starts by introducing Winsor McCay and what kind of work he did, followed by his early forms of work though to his later projects. Why his work was important as well as its influences will then be explained.