LITTLE NEMO: DREAM ANOTHER DREAM update

We’re starting to wonder whether it’s even physically possible to fit all of this awesome in one book. New members of this Dream Team include…

SAM KIETH

The author of THE MAXX, ZERO GIRL, MY INNER BIMBO and a slew of other brilliantly off-beat creations, Sam is one of our very favorite cartoonists. Like McCay, he marries truly remarkable cartooning techniques and a sophisticated sensibility to a sense of childlike creativity and wonder. We can’t imagine a more fitting artist for a LITTLE NEMO tribute.

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ZANDER CANNON

Known for his work with Alan Moore on TOP 10 and his terrifically original Image book THE REPLACEMENT GOD, Zander Cannon recently published the rich and compulsively readable graphic novel HECK, which was among our forty favorite books of 2013. We couldn’t be more pleased to welcome him to Slumberland.

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MATT HUYNH

In addition to producing gorgeous calligraphic illustrations for THE NEW YORK TIMES, ROLLING STONE and ESQUIRE, Matt Huynh has published a number of beautiful comics including MA and HARRI. His Nemo strip is an ink-washed nightmare, and we’re proud to present it to you.

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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.

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The Locust Moon Top 40: June 2013

40. This Killing Joker Statue

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Say cheese.

39. Our July 4th Drink & Draw & BBQ

To celebrate our great nation we will draw in only red, white, and blue. However, as usual, we will be drawing only penises.

38. Lady Thanos

Our favorite costume of a lot of great efforts at Heroescon.

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37. Master Month

Every day this month we will be spotlighting a creator whose name alliterates with a day of the week. Wally Wood and Winsor McCay will be duking it out for control of Wednesday.

36. HOW TO SPEAK POETRY

Are you trying to suggest that you love butterflies more perfectly than anyone else?

35. ADVENTURE TIME vol. 3

Because everyone should get the chance to choose their own Adventure Time.

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HECK, by Zander Cannon

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Zander Cannon’s HECK is a devilish little slice of comics. Just published by Top Shelf in its original strip format, the deadpan fantasy tells the story of Hector “Heck” Hammerskold, a fallen high school football star who slinks back home after the death of his father, and inherits his family’s spooky old Victorian mansion, which just happens to house a portal to Hell. So Heck and his little buddy Elliot, the obsequious waterboy who still sees the faded idol as a star, set up a business running messages between the living and the damned.

Cannon’s book has all the trappings of a rip-roaring yarn, complete with terrifying creatures, rousing derring-do, a femme fatale and a stolen-treasure mystery, a square-jawed hero, and an astonishingly rich & fully developed metaphysics. But underneath its fun and familiar trappings, HECK has a ragged, disappointedly mortal core. It’s a story of regret and loss, of the inevitability of sin and temptation. It asks hard questions about the value of friendship and the nature of love, and doesn’t come up with any easy answers. It’s a skewering of the Hero myth and a celebration of the heroic heart.

HECK’s Hell is a place you come to find out who you really are. When you wind up there, you realize you’ve already been there all along. The story tears its characters to pieces, cutting and condemning until it finds something that refuses to be damned.

good this week

saga volume #2 : to know this book is to love it. this second volume ratchets up the tension while deepening our understanding of the characters at the same time. fine, fine comicbook making from brian vaughan and fiona staples. highest recommendation.

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brother lono #1 : azzarello & risso jump back into the dirty waters of 100 BULLETS with this 8 issue series featuring the nastiest of all the minutemen. there will be blood.

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sweet tooth volume #6 : the final volume in jeff lemire’s bittersweet quest story. lemire & colorist jose villarubia, along with guests like matt kindt and nate powell, crafted one of the most visually consistent series in recent memory, and the single-minded nature of the story propels the reader through a cruel world brightened by the developing love of one man for a deformed little boy. it all started with a chocolate bar.

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