The Society of Illustrators in New York hosted the opening of the Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream exhibit, a celebration of the artwork from the critically acclaimed large-format art book that pays homage to the work of Winsor McCay on February 18th. The exhibit also included original artwork by McCay to ornament the collection.
For those who missed the rise and immense success of the Kickstarter campaign for the volume in 2014, the book, which officially launched to the public at the Locus Moon Comics Festival in Philadelphia last Autumn, collects the work of many significant comic creators interpreting a McCay-themed story in short form. Contributors include: Paul Pope, J.H. Williams III, Bill Sienkiewicz, David Mack, Carla Speed McNeil, Charles Vess, Peter Bagge, Dean Haspiel, Farel Dalrymple, Marc Hempel, Nate Powell, P. Craig Russell, Jeremy Bastian, Jim Rugg, Ron Wimberly, Scott Morse, David Petersen, J.G. Jones, Mike Allred, Dean Motter, Yuko Shimizu, Roger Langridge, Craig Thompson, Mark Buckingham.
The Locust Moon Comic shop in Philadelphia spearheaded the Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream Kickstarter campaign, including Publisher Josh O'Neill and Creative Director Chris Stevens as well as Editor-in-Chief Andrew Carl. They couldn't have been prouder to open the exhibit in New York last night to a packed crowd of celebrants. The exhibit features the work of Dean Haspiel, Andrea Tsurumi, Bill Sienkiewicz, and many more.
Here is a photogallery of the Exhibit Opening:
And here is some of McCay's original Nemo art:
The comics community continued to carry on the gathering long after exhibit hours at some local eateries and didn't let the frigid weather dampen the mood. I was delighted to attend the opening, having following the progress of the Little Nemo volume, like many of our readers, here on Bleeding Cool.
Staying over in the city, I also managed to visit the Brooklyn Gowanus Studio building where two of the contributors to the Nemo volume work, Gregory Benton (B+F) and Dean Haspiel (The Fox). Other Hang Dai Studio mates Joe Infurnari (The Bunker) and Christa Cassano (forthcoming Ghetto Klown), and Vito Delsante (Stray) were also present, and joined by visitor Rodney Ramos (Transmetropolitan inker, DC inker).
The Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream Exhibit runs at the Society of Illustrators in New York City from now until March 28th, 2015.