At this point, we probably all have a little bit of Kickstarter fatigue. We hear about so many campaigns that our friends and colleagues are doing that we become numb to the fact that these Kickstarters are often the only viable alternative to the problem of getting funding for projects that artists have poured their soul into. Every now and then however, a project comes along whose sheer unbridled creativity is too powerful to be ignored. Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream is one such project. The latest anthology from the guys at Locust Moon Comics (who have previously brought us the Once Upon a Time Machine book as well as their annual indie comics show at the Rotunda) is a tribute to the works of Winsor McCay, whose Little Nemo in Slumberland continues to inspire writers and illustrators all these decades later. Featuring a jaw-dropping variety of talents including former Geek of the Week Jeffro Kilpatrick and comics luminaries like Michael Allred, Jill Thompson, Bill Sienkiewicz and many more, the book promises to be a living, breathing, lush tribute to McCay and his enduring creation.
But Locust Moon needs your help. They want to print the book in Little Nemo in Slumberland’s original broadsheet newspaper size as a gigantic 16″ x 21″ 144-page hardcover designed by Jim Rugg. This is an ambitious project to be sure, but one that is essential. We recently spoke with Locust Moon’s Chris Stevens about the project. Here’s what he had to say:
Why do you think that the Little Nemo character continues to resonate with readers?
I think Nemo is a portal into dreams, and a throwback to childhood innocence. Those are universal things that time can’t dim.
What were the origins of this project?
My partner Josh O’Neill said “let’s do a Little Nemo book with our favorite creators.” I’m glad he did.
There’s a really impressive roster of local and national talent involved in this project. How challenging was it to pull together the writers and artists involved?
You know, it really wasn’t, and that’s because the creators we worked with brought the same love and affection for Winsor McCay and Little Nemo to the table that we did. it was a dream to work with such an amazing range of incredible people who all reached deep and produced some of the best work of their careers.
Any final words about this Kickstarter that you’d like to tell our readers?
We’re off to a good start and we’d like to keep it rolling. Hopefully Philly folks can check it out and help bring this homegrown book into the world.
The Little Nemo: Dream Another Day Kickstarter is currently underway. Don’t sleep on this one.