As often as I can, I will try to bring you short interviews with people who are creating comics and doing everything they can to show their work to the world.
Today I spoke with Chris Stevens from Locust Moon, who are putting together a tribute anthology to Winsor McCay’s classic strip Little Nemo, entitled Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream, which is currently funding on Kickstarter.
What is your project?
LITTLE NEMO : DREAM ANOTHER DREAM is our tribute to Winsor McCay and his visionary early 20th century newspaper strip, LITTLE NEMO IN SLUMBERLAND, which ran originally from 1905-1911. We have gathered over 120 of the finest cartoonists in comics today, including Paul Pope, Mike Allred, Jill Thompson, Peter Bagge, Farel Dalrymple, Bill Sienkiewicz, JG Jones, Yuko Shimizu, John Cassaday, JH Williams III, Craig Thompson, P. Craig Russell, Charles Vess, and dozens of others, and set them free to add their own voice to the glorious song McCay sung over 100 years ago. The book will be a grand, 16x21 hardcover, the same size as the original Sunday page newspaper strips.
What inspired this?
We were coming off the first locust moon press book, ONCE UPON A TIME MACHINE, and looking at what to do next. My partner, Josh o’Neill, shared my wonderstruck love of Little Nemo, and said ‘let’s do a Little Nemo book with our favorite creators and do it at the size and with the same excellence in production values as the Sunday Press Nemo books which reprinted the classic material’. When our editor-in-chief Andrew Carl liked the idea, we were off to the races.
Why Little Nemo (as opposed to other influential strips)?
That’s a good question, and one I feel any answer to would just slight the many other great strips done by masterful creators. Maybe next time we’ll try our hand at KRAZY KAT!
Who is involved with this book?
There are over 120 cartoonists in this book. Todd Klein, the most decorated letterer in comics history, lettered any pages that the cartoonists didn’t letter themselves. Jose Villarubia, one of comics best colorists and biggest gentlemen, worked with several cartoonists, as did multiple Eisner award-winning colorist Dave Stewart. Here’s a link to the complete creative roster.
Why do you love comics?
I’ve loved them since I was 6 years old, and while the answer here has grown more complex over the years, the substance of it remains the same I think: the boundless thrill of communication between the page and you.
What do you think is the future of comics?
Bright and shiny. We are in a golden age of creativity, and working towards a state of inclusion that has been ignored for far too long. We run a comic shop and we see this every day; It’s not just a good old boy’s club and the big 2 anymore, and it will only grow more diverse, with more creators bringing their personal visions to an audience that is ready and eager for such material.
There seems to be a resurgence of interest in Platinum and Golden age comics, why do you think that is?
Everything cycles back in time. Comics as an art form are old enough now, and have influenced so much of the culture over the years, that there is a historical sort of archaeology involved with going back and looking at what came before. Thanks to people like Peter Maresca from Sunday Press, the folks at Fantagraphics and Dark Horse and IDW, Craig Yoe, and others I’m forgetting I’m sure, there is a wealth of this material resurfacing in accessible, well-curated editions.
If you could create anything, what would it be?
This question would change all the time. Right now, personally, it’s a book I’m writing and my good pal Farel Dalrymple is illustrating called THE EARFARMER. It’s a sci-fi love story that is coming out from Dark Horse, first as 12 parts in the re-launched DARK HORSE PRESENTS after this summer and then in its own collection. As part of the Locust Moon press team, I’d like to see us continue down the path we’re on, making books that engage both their creators and their audience. With partners like Josh and Andrew I have every confidence that we can do just that.
Bonus question: What’s your favorite dinosaur OR what is your favorite David Bowie song?
I don’t know about dinosaurs but I probably have 20 favorite David Bowie songs at any given moment. I don’t think one song can contain the man. But I’ll say the live version of ‘Candidate/Sweet Thing’ that’s on the CRACKED ACTOR documentary.
You can find out more about Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream at the Locust Moon website.
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