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During San Diego Comic Con this year it was announced that Little Nemo, the influential comic strip that ran from 1905 until 1926 (under a variety of different publishers) would be revived through IDW courtesy of Eric Shanower and Gabriel Rodriguez.

Shanowar has been hard at work with his Oz graphic novels and Age of Bronze (the former having been published by IDW/Marvel) but Little Nemo is a series that is near and dear to his heart. During the IDW panel at SDCC, he explained a little bit of what we’re going to see in this new iteration of the character:

Little Nemo is going to be a new child from modern day, but Slumberland is going to be the same as it was back then. King Morpheus of Slumberland is going to send the Candy Kid to get Nemo to come and be the princess’s new playmate just like the original Little Nemo was sent to become.. But unlike back then, this Little Nemo doesn’t really think becoming a playmate for the princess is such a hot idea and conflict ensues.”

Rodriguez on the other hand is in the process of winding down Locke & Key but he’s hoping that people will enjoy his take on the character as well:

“I don’t think we’re going to be able to match the original ‘Little Nemo’ by Winsor McCay. It’s a classic strip and I don’t think it’s been matched much in 110 years of comics history. We’re not trying to redo ‘Little Nemo’ exactly as it was and beat Winsor McCay. I think that’s a losing proposition.”

That’s not the only Little Nemo we’re going to be seeing this year though. Locust Moon Press is planning on releasing Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream, an anthology book that will feature a wide variety of comic talents giving their spin on the character.

Slated to take part in this anthology are Dean Haspiel (American Splendor), Geof Darrow (Hard Boiled), Paul Pope (THB), Bill Sienkiewicz (New Mutants), Neal Adams (Batman), Peter Bagge (Neat Stuff), Farel Dalrymple (Pop Gun War), Brandon Graham (King City), Jeremy Bastian (Cursed Pirate Girl), John Cassaday (Astonishing X-Men), Jim Rugg (Street Angel), Becky Cloonan (Fabulous Killjoys), Scott Morse (Soulwind), Camilla d’Errico (Make 5 Wishes), David Petersen (Mouse Guard), J.G. Jones (Wanted), Chrissie Zullo (Cinderella: From Fabletown With Love), and Mark Buckingham (Fables).

What are your thoughts on the Little Nemo revival? We’re you a fan of the original? Which series are you looking forward to the most? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

4 Responses

  1. Bob Reyer

    As a fan of Winsor McCay and “Little Nemo”, I’m of mixed feelings. There are very few, if any, comic strips in the history of the medium that would be more dependent on the vision of its creator than this one, so despite the roster of talented folks, I’m not sure that I want to see anyone’s “spin” on this material. Mr. McCay’s art is stunning in its detail, breathtakingly surreal in its approach, and completely and utterly unique. I’d love for this project to be an introduction for new readers to the singular work of Winsor McCay, so my fingers are crossed!

    • Travis McCollum

      As I mentioned in “Brewed and Boarded” I grew up reading Little Nemo thanks to my grandfather and his love of the comic medium (I guess some of that rubbed off on me) so I can understand the hesitation in regards to a reboot/new spin of the material. That being said, IDW has a knack for releasing “Classic” volumes of comics nowadays so hopefully if the IDW project does well, we might see a return of the original in a new collected format.

      And I look at the Dark Horse project more as a tribute band/concert sort of thing. It’s not the original, it’s not trying to be the original, it’s just giving a bunch of talented creators the opportunity to show their love for a character that not everybody has heard of.

      Thanks for your thoughts as always Bob.

  2. Andrew Carl

    Hey Travis – the Dream Another Dream tribute is actually being developed by Locust Moon Press at this stage, totally on our own. We love Dark Horse, but they’re not involved in this one! They put out our first major book (Once Upon a Time Machine), but we’ve been getting into a lot of self-publishing since.

    Anyways, thanks for spreading the love for Nemo and McCay. Between these two projects, it looks like 2014’s going to be a great year for fans, and especially for those folks who’ll be turned on to McCay’s work for the first time. I truly hope those beautiful Sunday Press collections get a big bump in sales out of all this. There’s no better way to possibly read Nemo.

    • Travis McCollum

      Thanks for the reply. I have since changed it to give you guys the proper credit you deserve. Looking forward to reading the book!

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