The weekend is here! Put down your paperwork, throw your stationery out of the window, and do a victory spin in your office chair, because it’s time to catch up on that greatest of all media: comics! What’s been going on this week? There’s so much comics that there’s no way anybody can keep up with all of it — so Weekender is here to catch you up on some of the stories you may have missed, and some of the best writing about comics from the past few days.
Zenas Winsor McCay, who perhaps shrewdly went by his middle name (and sometimes professionally by the pen name “Silas”), was born on September 26 in 1869. Or... maybe not. He might have been born as early as 1867 or as late as 1871. Through a combination of birth records possibly lost in a fire, and a likely desire by McCay himself to disguise how large the age gap was between him and his wife, we simply don't know for sure when he was born; we've chosen to take his word for it that his birthday was September 26.
One thing not in doubt, however, is that the astonishing Mr. McCay was a pioneer in not one, but two fields.
Publisher Locus Moon press has been working on the new anthology book, Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream, for about two years now, and it's asking for fans to help make the long journey come to fruition.
The book,which tasks creators including Paul Pope, John Cassaday, Jill Thompson, Cliff Chiang, J.H. Williams III, Craig Thompson, Carla Speed McNeil, Mike Allred and Roger Langridge, with drawing new, full-page Little Nemo strips in the style of series creator Winsor McCay, will come out in the fall if Locus Moon can raise $50,000 via Kickstarter. The project launched Monday morning, and by mid-afternoon, it was at around $13,000. Not a bad start.
It's been a big week for Little Nemo. Following the announcement that IDW would be publishing new stories of Winsor McCay's classic creation, Locust Moon Comics, a retailer/publisher, has revealed plans for a Little Nemo anthology. Titled Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream, the title will feature contributions from an extremely impressive list of creators, including Bill Sienkiewicz, Becky Cloonan, Neal Adams, Paul Pope, Brandon Graham, Roger Langridge, Peter Bagge, Farel Dalrymple, J.G. Jones, Chrissie Zullo, Mark Buckingham, Jim Rugg, David Petersen, and many more. Locust Moon has released a few early pages from the project, which you can check out after the cut.
The classic Winsor McCay newspaper strip Little Nemo in Slumberland was adapted into an animated film in 1989 after a lengthy period in development hell that included scripts from both Moebius and the director of Adventures in Babysitting...
It's been a long time since DC Comics fans got to see the uniformly excellent results of what happens when Stuart Immonen draws their favorite superheroes. The artist has spent a lot of the past many years at Marvel Comics, drawing superlative runs on books like Nextwave and Ultimate Spider-Man, but much of his 1990s work was at DC, on titles including Action Comics and Adventures of Superman...
We'll admit it: We spend enough time reading and talking about comic books that we know how sometimes, they find their way into your dreams, where you're back at your old high school where Batman is inexplicably the principal, or you suddenly find yourself on a ski trip with Wonder Woman, who is somehow also your mom, and also on the moon...