Winsor McCay was perhaps the greatest cartoonist of all time, and the Sunday newspaper strip Little Nemo in Slumberland is his most enduring creation. Detailing the adventures of its titular character in The Land of Wonderful Dreams, the early twentieth century opus is one of the most inventive and visually stunning works of American art. A century later, the comic medium is still racing to keep up with the richness, draftsmanship, imagination, and wonder of McCay’s fantastic storytelling and wild Slumberland universe.
In Locust Moon Press’ anthology LITTLE NEMO: DREAM ANOTHER DREAM, many of the world’s finest cartoonists pay tribute to the master and his masterpiece by creating 118 new Little Nemo strips, following their own voices down paths lit by McCay. Contributors include Paul Pope, J.H. Williams III, Bill Sienkiewicz, David Mack, Carla Speed McNeil, Charles Vess, Peter Bagge, Dean Haspiel, Farel Dalrymple, Marc Hempel, Nate Powell, P. Craig Russell, Jeremy Bastian, Jim Rugg, Ron Wimberly, Scott Morse, David Petersen, J.G. Jones, Mike Allred, Dean Motter, Yuko Shimizu, Roger Langridge, Craig Thompson, and Mark Buckingham, among many others.
Released in the fall of 2014 as a 144-page hardcover (designed by Jim Rugg) at the full size of the original Little Nemo broadsheet pages (16″ x 21″), this book celebrates McCay’s endless legacy, charts his influence on generations of modern cartoonists, and most of all shines a light back on an artist who has given his art form so much, and whose work should be more widely known.
This is a love song for Winsor McCay, Little Nemo, and the limitless possibilities of comics.
Here’s a list of our artistic contributors:
Stephen R. Bissette
P. Craig Russell
Carla Speed McNeil
J.H. Williams III
And here are some reactions to the book so far:
Publishers Weekly – Comic Books Review – Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream
More than just a book, this is a treasure—the stuff that dreams are made of.
Winsor McCay might blush to see the awe-inspiring tribute his successors have assembled…these comics, like McCay’s, are more enjoyable than the sweetest slumber.
Whimsical, witty, and absolutely wonderful, this collection of modern interpretations of Little Nemo in Slumberland by today’s master creators is the perfect introduction to one of the most innovative storytellers in the history of the medium.
LITTLE NEMO: DREAM ANOTHER DREAM might just be the best anthology to come out in years.
The New York Times ArtsBeat- A Return to Slumberland and a Psychedelic Rediscovery
These loving and lovely tributes…end up being an essential companion to McCay’s strips themselves.
Paste Magazine – Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream Review
The result is undeniably magical…DREAM ANOTHER DREAM affirms Winsor McCay’s transcendental legacy over generations of talent, inspiring hope more than a century later and proving that dreams truly never die.
Sequart – Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream Review
It’s comic book jazz…a book busting with artistic treasure.
All of the contributors bring their own distinctive vibe and style to McCay, resulting in more than simple pastiche and conveying how indebted modern comics still are to his wondrous, magnificent imagination.
LITTLE NEMO: DREAM ANOTHER DREAM is an anthology about the infinite potential of the comic-book medium, an inspiring work that shows what can be done with a few pages and a lot of creativity. It’s a true triumph and a wonderful tribute to McCay’s legacy, establishing Locust Moon Press as a major new force in the comics industry.
The New York Times Sunday Book Review – Adventures in Slumberland
The stylistic breadth of the book’s contributors — mainstream comics stars, old-school underground artists, young experimentalists — suggests how deeply McCay’s vision embedded itself in the entire medium.
Spudd 64 / Matt Kish – Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream from Locust Moon Comics
With LITTLE NEMO: DREAM ANOTHER DREAM there is an almost impossible richness and splendor to the artist’s offerings and, as happens so very rarely, the whole of this book is actually greater than the sum of its parts. Every one of the artists responds to the powerful legacy of Little Nemo in wildly different, deeply personal, and utterly unique ways and every strip is a treasure.
And while the stories run the gamut from the surreal to the terrifying to the fantastic to the bleak to the poignant, the art and the techniques employed by each artist follow suit. The sheer variety of the imagery on display is so breathtaking that looking through this book feels, quite literally, like a cherished dream finally come true…
…this is a rare book, the perfect synthesis of loving adoration, sincere tribute, and brilliantly original creativity.
Comic Book Daily – Review – Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream
With a credo of one-and-done from such a multitude of creators at this size it’s a sensory overload when admiring and meandering over every page.
This Is Infamous – Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream Comic Review: A Loving And Gorgeous Tribute
So many talented, hardworking, and accomplished cartoonists producing top-notch work.
Comic Book Resources – Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream Review
The virtual who’s-who-in-comics list of creators have risen to the occasion here…it’s a worthy homage to McCay and Little Nemo himself.
Splice Today – Dream a Dream of Public Domain
Nobody owns Nemo. He doesn’t belong to a corporation; he belongs to everyone. And since he belongs to them, the artists in this anthology treat him as if he’s in their care.
Library Journal – Graphic Novels Reviews, January 2015
Wow…this is essential for art libraries and McCay’s most avid fans.
Bleeding Cool – The Success Story Of 2014…Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream
With LITTLE NEMO: DREAM ANOTHER DREAM, Locust Moon Comics has to be put into the conversation of comics’ best, most important independent publishers.
The fact that this project exists is something of a miracle to me. I think a massive oversized collection of “Little Nemo in Slumberland” strips by all of the greatest living cartoonists might be the best idea in comics that I have ever heard.
No One is Innocent – Think About the Future, Eckhart.
My favourite comics related project of 2014…Seriously, if you have a comic fan in your life, either they want Locust Moon’s LITTLE NEMO: DREAM ANOTHER DREAM or they don’t know it exists and they will love you for getting it for them.
Panel Patter – Panel Patter’s September Small Press Previews Picks
DREAM ANOTHER DREAM looks to be a loving tribute from dozens of talented artists to Winsor McCay’s classic strip. I am very excited to see how these creators interpret McCay’s world, and the oversized nature of the book (designed to be the same size as the original Sunday newspaper pages) along with the sheer quality of the previews I’ve seen look to make the rather high price point totally worth it. I cannot wait to read this book.
Publishers Weekly – Baltimore Comic Con Grows But Stays Friendly
Perhaps the book of the show was the lone copy of LITTLE NEMO: DREAM ANOTHER DREAM…The crowdfunded book is in the vein of Peter Maresca’s oversized comic strip collections, and features a giddy array of variant visions by contemporary illustrators and cartoonists for Winsor McCay’s fanciful dreamer. The final effort is breathtaking.
Broken Frontier – SPX 2014…Hot Books at the 20th Small Press Expo
Among all these books, one deserves a particular note: LITTLE NEMO: DREAM ANOTHER DREAM…literally a giant tribute to Winsor McCay, and browsing its big pages…was a pleasure for the eyes.
Mental Floss – The Most Interesting Comics of the Week — SPX 2014 Edition
It boasts one of the most amazing lineups of artists ever seen in one book…
Comics&Cola – Back this: Locus Moon’s Little Nemo tribute anthology
It’s the kind of book that just couldn’t be replicated anywhere near as equally in a digital version, one that reminds you of the unique physicality of print…it took my breath away on screen, [and] I can’t image what it will look like in print, in that gorgeous large format.
Locust Moon are a Philadelphia comic shop pulling off one of the books of the year in LITTLE NEMO: DREAM ANOTHER DREAM.