About this project
WE'VE REACHED OUR STRETCH GOAL: $125,000!
Every pledge at $100 & up now comes with a big bookmark by Farel Dalrymple, and every pledge at $150 & up also gets two more 16" x 21" prints by DENIS KITCHEN (in 3D!) and GERHARD.
And now: BRANDON GRAHAM's doing a Little Nemo Print!
To get yours: pledge $275 or higher, or add $30 to any other pledge and send us a message that you've done so!
Winsor McCay was perhaps the greatest cartoonist of all time, and the Sunday newspaper strip Little Nemo in Slumberland was his most enduring creation. Detailing the adventures of its titular character in The Land of Wonderful Dreams, McCay's 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.
Locust Moon Press has spent the last two years assembling the LITTLE NEMO: DREAM ANOTHER DREAM anthology, in which many of the world's finest cartoonists will pay tribute to the master and his masterpiece by creating new Little Nemo strips, following their own voices down paths lit by McCay. Taking on the same giant, broadsheet newspaper-sized canvas as McCay, artists such as Michael Allred, Paul Pope, Yuko Shimizu, J.H. Williams III, Charles Vess, David Mack, J.G. Jones, Craig Thompson, Paolo Rivera, Carla Speed McNeil, Bill Sienkiewicz, P. Craig Russell, Ronald Wimberly, Denis Kitchen, Jill Thompson, Stephen R. Bissette, Gabriel Bá & Fábio Moon, Farel Dalrymple, John Cassaday, Cliff Chiang, and over a hundred more have all done some of the very best work of their illustrious careers. [See below for the full creator list.]
Now this collection of beautiful new strips is 100% done on our end -- all that's left is to print it, and that's where we need your help. Taking inspiration from Sunday Press's perfect series of reprints, we have designed DREAM ANOTHER DREAM to be printed at Little Nemo in Slumberland's original broadsheet newspaper size, as a massive 16" x 21", 144-page hardcover designed by Jim Rugg.
In the making of this book, we have discovered a community of McCay's admirers, of incredibly talented cartoonists and illustrators who want to honor the giant on whose shoulders they sit. Even beyond seeing the artwork itself, one of the true pleasures of putting this project together is being a part of this literal and figurative dream team, being surrounded by one hundred-some passionate artists who love McCay and Little Nemo. This Kickstarter is an extension of that – we hope that you'll jump on board this glory-bound train, and become a part of the informal family devoted to bringing this once-in-a-lifetime project to fruition.
We could think of no better way to produce this unique, daunting tome exactly the way it deserved to be made than to do it ourselves, with help from like-minded, passionate fans of McCay and all those who appreciate the best of comics art. It has been endlessly fascinating to see how each and every artist involved has internalized different aspects of McCay's work, integrating his influence into their own styles in such wildly different -- and often surprising -- ways. We know that those of you who haven't heard of McCay until now will find a lot to love in these pages, and we only hope it's enough to inspire you to look back at those old Sunday strips yourself.
LITTLE NEMO: DREAM ANOTHER DREAM will celebrate McCay's endless legacy, chart his influence on generations of modern cartoonists, and most of all shine 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.
Click any clickable name for a preview of that creator's strip!
Michael & Laura Allred
Stephen R. Bissette
Maria & Peter Hoey
P. Craig Russell
Carla Speed McNeil
J.H. Williams III
STRETCH GOAL: $125,000
See Project Update #8 for details! Here's what's been unlocked for new and existing backers now that we've hit our STRETCH GOAL:
Aside from a beautiful, 16" x 21" hardcover book, we have a few other pieces lined up to enjoy, all exclusive to this Kickstarter campaign. From digital making-of specials to original art.
Locust Moon is a retail store, art gallery, and small press based in West Philadelphia. Their first book, ONCE UPON A TIME MACHINE (published through Dark Horse in the fall of 2012) was nominated in the Harveys and Stumptown Comic Arts Awards for Best Anthology. Locust Moon's comic projects since have included the periodical comics & illustration magazine QUARTER MOON (thank Kickstarter for issue #2), and 36 LESSONS IN SELF-DESTRUCTION, a collection of the mini comics of infamous underground Philadelphia cartoonist Rob Woods. Locust Moon also hosts an annual comics festival, next held on October 25, 2014.
Risks and challenges
There are a lot of risks and challenges associated with printing and distributing a book of this size and ambition, but with your help and support we feel ready and eager to face them. We have one successful Kickstarter campaign under our belts already, fully funded with all rewards fulfilled, so we're not going into this blind. We've carefully priced out expenses for domestic and overseas shipping as well as printing costs for all books and prints, and arranged for the logistics of reward fulfillment including signatures from artists who live all over the country. We have a good plan in place, and we're ready for the kind of surprises that are sure to come our way.
One particular difficulty we face here is the fact that we've decided not to make a PDF edition of the book available for purchase or as a reward. These strips were all designed to be seen on the huge broadsheet 16" x 21" canvas that McCay used, and we feel presenting the lot of them for viewing on tablets and screens would do an injustice to this remarkable work. Our edition will be a beautifully crafted art object, and we have no desire to reproduce its contents in a smaller format. We know this makes it more difficult to raise money from a wider audience looking for lower end digital rewards -- but we're counting on folks to see this once-in-a-lifetime book for what it is and be willing to spend a little more to underwrite the incredibly high production values and aesthetic quality contained within.
Our biggest challenge is the simple fact that we have to raise so much money to cover printing. We're doing everything in our power to spread the word, but ultimately, we need your help. The comics world is one of passionate dreamers, filled with brilliant and articulate people who love this medium and want to see it celebrated and explored. With a little help from our friends, we can produce this book in the style that its contributors, subject, and contents deserve. So please, help us get the word out however and wherever you can!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter