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    The REMAKE/REMODEL meme is one of my favourite things. Generally we’ll have a fresh one every Monday (unless a particular subject demands an extra week). Artists need a place to show off and Whitechapel should always be It. A handful of entries will be showcased on at the end of each challenge.

    Little Nemo in Slumberland


    This is for ART ONLY. Any pen-portraits, or crappy scribbles padded-out with words, will cause a deployment of the newly-trained Urethral Attack Maggots. And a banned account.

    No stock-photo manipulation. No half-arsed bollocks. Anything deemed to be piss-takery will be nuked from orbit. Original photography is fine.

    No more than ONE submission by any one person.



    To mark this year’s New York Comic Convention – and the disruption-of-service-while-I’m-away-getting-pissed it represents, and the slumber-knackering jetlag I shall inevitably suffer – I thought I’d set us a 2 Week Challenge of a particularly delicious, somnambulistic and comic-centric nature.

    Little Nemo was quite simply one of the Best Things Ever. Quite apart from being an early explorer of the narrative medium, the amount of sheer invention, humour and creepiness pumped into it by Winsor McCay means it’s still a rollicking read today. And it’s fucking beautiful to look at. The bar, my friends, is High.
    Little Nemo is the main fictional character in a series of weekly comic strips by Winsor McCay that appeared from October 15, 1905 – April 23, 1911 and April 30, 1911 – July 26, 1914.
    The strip related the dreams of a little boy: Nemo (meaning "nobody" in Latin), the hero. The last panel in each strip was always one of Nemo waking up, usually in or near his bed, and often being scolded (or comforted) by one of the grownups of the household after crying out in his sleep and waking them.

    So we’re in super-high-concept territory here. It’s about the world of the subconscious, the slithering Id, the subliminal empyrean dragging-off a child’s brain for romps on another plane. It’s Narnia with teeth.
    In the earliest strips, the dream event that woke him up would always be some mishap or disaster that seemed about to lead to serious injury or death, such as being crushed by giant mushrooms, being turned into a monkey, falling from a bridge being held up by "slaves", or gaining 90 years in age. The adventures leading to these disasters all had a common purpose: to get to Slumberland, where Nemo had been summoned by King Morpheus, to be the "playmate" of his daughter, the Princess.

    Full article – including some of the creepy motherfuckers this poor little kid shared his dreams with – is Here.

    So let’s do some reading between the lines, shall we? We’ve got a desperately unhappy kid, roundly loathed by the adults in his life, whose only escape from the dreariness of existence is to fling himself into a kaleidoscope of psychedelic experiences, quasi-racist lunatics and lethal fuck-you-uppery, all with the ill-defined goal of becoming the pliable Plaything of an imaginary girl. Uh-huh.

    Usual rule applies: we’re RECONTEXTUALISING. The hows and the whys are up to you – maybe this is a contemporary version of Nemo, maybe it’s the original at the end of his life, maybe it’s something completely different and weird – but we want modernity, we want novelty, and we want cleverness.

    On a personal note: Little Nemo is a work of beauty and inspiration which has changed the way that a lot of people in this industry – myself included – regard the tone and nature of narrative comics. I’m not going to stop you being as creepy and weird and nasty as you like, but – please – do so in the knowledge that the source material is as important as it is wondrous. Change it, evolve it, reclaim it… but don’t disrespect it.

    You have two weeks.
    • CommentTimeOct 10th 2011
    Very interesting choice for the R/R !
    A famous italian comics author did his own erotic iteration Little Ego
      CommentAuthorPaul Sizer
    • CommentTimeOct 10th 2011 edited
    Challenge accepted. THIS is going to be interesting. Thanks Si...

    PS: Little Ego is amazing, I own the collection. Sexy and mind-blowing.
    • CommentTimeOct 10th 2011
    MAN! I love this topic, I haven't been able to do these past R/R threads but this one is too tempting to pass! I have a collection of Winsor McCay strips and that man was a full-blown genius.
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    They don't make comics anymore like those old Little Nemo strips. Rarebit fiend is fun too.
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    Ariana -- fair enough.
    • CommentTimeOct 10th 2011 edited
    Brendan, that's swell and all -- but this really isn't the place for all of that. If one of those images is your entry, edit that down -- otherwise, stick them in the artist's thread.
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    I'm just wondering if we'll get thru this without any clownfish. :)
    • CommentAuthorIsaacSher
    • CommentTimeOct 10th 2011
    Sadly, the anime version of Little Nemo is horrible beyond imagining. Hayao Miyazaki worked on it for a time before quitting in disgust, and called it "the worst experience of my professional career." It's *pretty*, but the storytelling is wretched. Strangely, I own a cel from this movie, as a prize from a gameshow at Anime Expo 94. I keep thinking I need to sell it, as it's got three of the main characters (Nemo, the clown guy, the squirrel) in it, which supposedly makes it sorta valuable.
    • CommentAuthordnewling
    • CommentTimeOct 10th 2011
    Oh lumme, all I've seen from Little Nemo is the MAD parodies of it. I'll have to think very hard about how to tackle this.
    • CommentTimeOct 10th 2011
    Oooooh really looking forward to seeing the results of this!
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    I know exactly what I'm going to do for this- but it'll have to wait for now. Naturally, I will melt the mind of anyone that draws the same thing first.
  6.  (10273.13)
    I first heard of Little Nemo through, of all things, Genesis' 1978 "Scene's from a Night's Dream". It did lead me to the strips, though...
      CommentAuthorPaul Sizer
    • CommentTimeOct 12th 2011
    I know exactly what I'm going to do for this- but it'll have to wait for now. Naturally, I will melt the mind of anyone that draws the same thing first.

    I actually see that as a plus, not a minus. We've got such a strong brain-trust here, I'd love to see different takes on the same idea. You got the skills, Matt, bring it and bring it well, friend! No brain melting required!
    • CommentAuthorZlatan
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    okay I think I have to try this given how large Nemo looms in my personal artistic development.
    • CommentAuthorOddcult
    • CommentTimeOct 13th 2011
    Wow. That is so wrong. Well done.
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    Not so Little Nemo in 2011


    Tim Hamilton
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    To: Everyone
    Re: Zlatan Maric

    I've slept with him. He's drawn porn comics for me. He held back on this. :)