The Locust Moon Top 40: June 2014 – Nemo Edition

This is the space where we usually spotlight 40 amazing things from the last month — adorable cat videos, cheesy songs we can’t stop listening to, and COMICS COMICS COMICS. For the month of June, we’ve decided to do something a little bit different.

If you’ve been anywhere in our general vicinity or exist within nine degrees of separation from us on Twitter, you are probably by now aware of the epic Kickstarter campaign we’ve launched for our insane, Quixotic, 16″ x 21″ hardcover Winsor McCay tribute LITTLE NEMO: DREAM ANOTHER DREAM. This is one star-studded anthology — maybe the most star-studded comics anthology of all time — and there’s been a lot of press and attention on the big names who’ve come together to pay tribute to our favorite Sunday strip: the Paul Popes, John Cassadays, Michael Allreds, J.H. Williamses (and Yuko Shimizus and Bill Sienkiewiczes and Dean Haspiels and yada genius yada).

So we wanted to use this space to draw attention to 40 artists in DREAM ANOTHER DREAM whose names you may not know yet — cartoonists and illustrators whose work is stunning, beautiful, restlessly inventive, original and bold, but who haven’t yet achieved the name recognition of the people mentioned above. One of the things we love most about LITTLE NEMO: DREAM ANOTHER DREAM is that it combines the biggest artists of its day with the biggest artists of tomorrow. Here, in no particular order, are forty folks you should be hearing a lot about in the next few years.

Note: click on any artist’s name to get to his or her website and see more.

40. RAUL GONZALEZ. Raw and refined. Sweeter than sugar, harder than real deal moonshine.
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39. BODIE CHEWNING is, quite simply, one of the most talented people out there. If only we could get him to draw more than six pages a year…
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38. Master of puppets JENNA TROST charms and creeps in equal measure.
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37. DAVE CHISHOLM slings a pen and a trumpet the exact same way — like he invented the thing, and he’s gonna show you what it can do.
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36. With a precise cartoonist’s eye, KATIE MOODY turns stories upside-down, inside-out and back again.
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35. BISHAKH SOM‘s mind-bending architecture, gentle characters, and inviting colors can keep us staring for hours.
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Tuesday Tease

With the announcement of three new contributors to LITTLE NEMO: DREAM ANOTHER DREAM, the least we could do was share a panel from one of these guys’ pages for the book.

So here’s how DAVE CHISHOLM‘s loving (and in this case, wonderfully destructive) marriage of comics and music kicks off:

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And it’s all downhill — for Nemo, but certainly not for us — from there…

– Andrew Carl

By the way, we’re keeping this list of Nemo names updated with most of the contributors we have publicly announced – so check it out if you’re wondering who else has signed up! And our first revealed pages from the book can be found here.

LITTLE NEMO: DREAM ANOTHER DREAM update

Proudly announcing three new contributors to LITTLE NEMO: DREAM ANOTHER DREAM…

STEPHEN R. BISSETTE

Legendary creator Steve Bissette is rightfully adored for kicking off Alan Moore’s groundbreaking SWAMP THING run and creating S.R. BISSETTE’S TYRANT®, the same fascinatingly realized tyrannosaurus rex who’ll be starring in his own monstrous strip for DREAM ANOTHER DREAM.

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TROY NIXEY

A top-notch cartoonist who turned our heads back in the ONI DOUBLE FEATURE, Troy continued to wow us in books like JENNY FINN and BATMAN: THE DOOM THAT CAME TO GOTHAM with Mike Mignola. Lately he’s been spending a lot of time directing films like DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK, but luckily he’s decided to make room for Nemo…

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DAVE CHISHOLM

We met this guy last fall at the Society of Illustrators, where he showed us his soon-to-be-published graphic novel, INSTRUMENTAL. Dave appears equally enamored with making music as he is with making comics…and if he’s half as good at playing that trumpet as he is at laying down a page of comics…well…life just wouldn’t be terribly fair for the rest of us.

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Curious to see what Dave’s bringing to the NEMO table? We’ve got a peek for you right here.

– Andrew Carl

We’re keeping this list of Nemo names updated with most of the contributors we have publicly announced – so check it out if you’re wondering who else has signed up! And our first revealed pages from the book can be found here.