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
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