The 27th Annual Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards took place at the Indigo Ballroom at the Hilton Bayfront San Diego on Friday night, and it was a great night for diversity, for women in comics, for comics aimed at a younger audience, and for the future of the industry.
If you've been reading IDW's Little Nemo: Return To Slumberland, then you already know that the sleepy kid of the title is having a pretty rough time. First he could barely even get to Slumberland before he woke up, then he got caught up in a big parade on his way to the castle, and then everyone fell asleep and he had to make his way through a mind-bending tower of optical illusions. Now, things are getting even worse, as the sleepy young man runs afoul of a giant woman. Or... maybe he's a tiny kid? Listen, Slumberland gets pretty weird.
If you're not reading it, well, maybe you need a little more convincing that Eric Shanower, Gabriel Rodriguez and Nelson Daniel are producing one of the most beautiful comics on the stands, which is why we've got a preview of next week's fourth issue. Check it out below!
As we mentioned back when the first issue came out, IDW's Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland is a comic you really need to check out. In case you've been sleeping on it (ha HA!), Eric Shanower, Gabriel Rodriguez and Nelson Daniel are reviving Winsor McKay's beloved newspaper strip in the form of one of the most beautiful comics on the stands, full of lavish backgrounds and innovative layouts that are every bit as visually engaging as the original.
Just in case you're not up to speed on classic newspaper strips, Winsor McKay's Little Nemo is one of the most innovative comics of the 20th century. Originally running in newspapers from 1905 to 1926, it was arguably one of the first real masterpieces of the form, with McKay's surreal dreamscapes taking the form of beautiful imagery and page layouts that creators are still trying to recreate today.
Now, Nemo is returning to the comics page in Return To Slumberland. Not to be confused with the forthcoming Dream Another Dream anthology, this new series from Eric Shanower, Gabriel Rodriguez and Nelson Daniel launches this week from IDW Publishing, and it is beautiful. Seriously, just hands down one of the prettiest comics I've seen in a long time, and even though the first few pages don't quite get into the strangeness of walking beds and stair-step city skylines, I get the feeling that all of that stuff shows up right where the preview ends.
It may not have drawn headlines like some of the other comics series out there, but Marvel's Oz series of adaptations of Frank L. Baum's books, has been going strong for almost six years, earning critical acclaim, Eisner Award honors and placement on the New York Times' Bestsellers list. Perhaps most auspicious of all, the Oz series maintained the same creative team throughout its entire run, a feat virtually unheard of at modern-day Marvel (and in American comics in general).
With "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" and "The Marvelous Land of Oz" under their belts, the Eisner Award-winning team of writer Eric Shanower and artist Skottie Young are poised to let loose their third of 14 possible L