SDCC 2013: Eric Shanower & Gabriel Rodriguez Team for IDW’s LITTLE NEMO: RETURN TO SLUMBERLAND

With Locke & Key wrapping up shortly, I’ve wondered where the spectacular Gabriel Rodriguez would next lend his talents. News from IDW at San Diego’s Comic-Con suggest he won’t be straying too far. A dream team of Rodriguez and writer Eric Shanower (Age of Bronze, Marvel’s Oz books) unite next Spring for Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland, a spiritual sequel to the worlds of Winsor McKay.


It sounds like a perfect fit for both creators, one the steward of Oz and the other a custodian of Joe Hill’s Keyhouse. This is the stuff sweet dreams are made of.

From the press release:

 “I’ve loved Winsor McCay’s Little Nemo in Slumberland ever since I first saw examples of the strip when I was a kid,” said writer Eric Shanower, “McCay’s masterpiece is clearly a hard act to follow, and there’s no way that Gabe and I can duplicate McCay’s personal vision. But we’re doing our best to tap into Slumberland’s essence while bringing our own strengths to it. I think there’s a good chance admirers of McCay’s original will enjoy our riff on it.”

“There are people like Ray Bradbury, Neil Gaiman, Hayao Miyazaki and Winsor McCay, that can grasp what dreams are made of, transform them, and share that with all of us,” said Gabriel Rodríguez. “I think we’re lucky that McCay not only left us his wonderful stories, but also created a whole universe filled with windows opened for every one of us, inviting us to explore it, too. And Eric and I are taking the challenge, not trying to redo what he previously did, but trying to invite kids and adults from today to enjoy and have fun in of the Land of Wonderful Dreams.”

From nightmares to dreamscapes. I couldn’t be more thrilled.


  1. I must confess that I know McCay’s Nemo mostly by reputation only. I should really do something about that.

    This does sound intriguing, and that image is simply beautiful . . .

  2. One of the best artists in the Biz! Looking forward.

  3. Oh I love Little Nemo! My History of US Comics class had us read several installments and McKay was brilliant. I’ll have to keep an eye out for this

  4. I’m not sure if I’m excited for this. I absolutely love Little Nemo, but not necessarily because of the story or concept itself. I think Little Nemo was just so great because McCay was an absolute genius. He could have made any story great (and he did 😉 ). He did stuff with the medium comic that was so ahead of his time. All these techniques of sequential storytelling that seem so innovative today, he (in most cases) already used (and mostly invented) back then.

    I think this can be a nice, interesting and fun comic, but taking on McCay’s legacy is in my view the biggest challenge in comics. (but Shanower and Rodriguez are a good team so who knows, maybe…)

  5. Looks good. Looking forward to that Taschen release later this year or beginning of next year that collects the Slumberland story too.

  6. This looks great. I love my IDW books