Marc Hempel

All-knowing, all-powerful, multi-dimensional, creative being ... and drawer of funny pictures

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Broadsheets, fantastic dreams and 133 cartoonists have come together to pay tribute to Winsor McCay in an anthology called Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream

Winsor McCay was a newspaper cartoonist best known for “Little Nemo In Slumberland,” in which a little boy named Nemo has wondrous and thrilling dreams. Each strip ends the same way — Nemo is awakened and pulled back into reality.

The weekly comic strip ran from 1905-1911 in the New York Herald, from 1911-1914 in the New York American under the title “In The Land Of Wonderful Dreams” and then again from 1924-1926 in the New York Herald Tribune under its original name.

McCay was no stranger to the land of Nod; his other well-known strip was “Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend,” which also featured fantastical dreams that the characters blamed on their fondness for Welsh Rarebit — melted cheese mixed with a bit of beer and mustard, served on toast.

Locust Moon Press is publishing the book; co-owner Josh O’Neill told the comic blog The Outhousers that McCay was his favorite cartoonist of all time.

…and at our comic shop in Philly he’s a huge figure. We talk about his work all the time, and the two Sunday Press editions of his Little Nemo strips are well-worn and well-loved to say the least. He’s this giant, outsized inspiration for cartoonists and illustrators and animators, but the average person — even the average comic book fan — doesn’t even know who he is.

We wanted to shine a light back at him, refracted through the visions of the incredibly diverse, brilliant artists in the book. And we knew that the awe-inspiring intimidation factor of McCay would bring out the best in the people we were lucky enough to work with.

Contributing artists include those featured above: (in order of appearance) James Harvey, David Petersen and Toby Cypress.

More artists include Paul Pope, Craig ThompsonRoger Langridge, P. Craig Russell and Carla Speed McNeil, whose contribution involves Nemo being chased by a giant cat. 

The anthology will go on sale to the general public in October. 

Images via http://locustmoon.com/tag/dream-another-dream/ and http://www.comicstriplibrary.org/browse/results?title=2&page=1

- Intern Nicole

(via locustmooncomics)

Anonymous asked: Hi Marc, Loved Tug & Buster! Any chance of a re-boot? Cheers! Alex

Thank you, Alex! Unfortunately, there’s always a chance these guys will return. :o) Here they are in a recent drawing, albeit slightly revised/updated (and sans cigs) …

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Throwback Thursday, and Mother’s Day, too! My mom is holding me in this about-as-early-as-you-can-get photo (taken by Dad). She crossed over in 1998, and I still miss her.

Throwback Thursday, and Mother’s Day, too! My mom is holding me in this about-as-early-as-you-can-get photo (taken by Dad). She crossed over in 1998, and I still miss her.

shamefulclutter asked: New fan here - LOVE YOUR WORK! Is it true you are a fellow Smaltimorean?

Thank you! Yes … I’m originally from the Chicago area but have lived in Baltimore for many years.

pancreases asked: Your art style is really cool, I loved the work you did in The Sandman... have a good one!

Many thanks!