Little Nemo Return to Slumberland
Spinning out of Winsor McKay’s brilliant early 20th Century strip, Return to Slumberland sees King Morpheus’ daughter, in the Royal Palace of Slumberland, selecting her next-playmate — Nemo! Only Nemo has no interest in being anyone’s playmate, dream or no dream!
Created by Eric Shanower and Gabriel Rodriguez.
Little Nemo in Slumberland first debuted in the New York Herald in 1905. The premise was simple: the Princess of Slumberland needed a new playmate, so King Morpheus summoned little Nemo to the kingdom. Each week, cartoonist Winsor McCay created a brand new fantasy dreamscape for Nemo to travel through on his journey to King Morpheus’ palace and the Princess. Over the next two decades, McCay’s unprecedented vision followed the fantastic dreams of Nemo. McCay wove recognizable elements of dreams into each strip—falling, drowning, running, fantasy —as he took readers through Nemo’s adventures.
Now the award-winning duo of Eric Shanower and Gabriel Rodriguez bring to life all-new adventures of an all-new young boy in the land of dreams in this Eisner Award winning reimagining of McCay’s classic world.
We open with the King’s advisors struggling to find a new playmate for the Princess, only to find a boy named James Nemo Summerton. When she hears the name Nemo (despite it being the boy’s middle name), she is reminded of her favorite friend from long ago and decides that he must be who she is looking for.
The King enlists Bon Bon the Candy Kid to bring this new Nemo to Slumberland, but James is skeptical of this strange intrusion into his dreams, especially the part about playing with a girl. Also he’d really rather everyone called him Jimmy instead of Nemo. Eventually Bon Bon persuades Jimmy to travel to Slumberland, promising that he can leave if he doesn’t like it. The journey is difficult and strange and night after night they encounter some new peril that wakes Jimmy up before they reach their destination.
When they finally arrive, Jimmy meets the Princess and tells her that he just wants to go home as Bon Bon had promised. She persuades him to give Slumberland a chance, but before they get a chance to know each other, Flip Flap, the mischievous nephew of the Dawn Guard, interrupts their tour of the palace gardens and wakes up Jimmy.
The next night, Jimmy returns to his dreams to find everyone but Flip still asleep. Flip persuades him to ditch the Princess and the pair head out for adventures in Slumberland. They head for the Tessellated Tower, a weird construction with impossible architecture straight out of an Escher drawing. As they run into more and more danger, the Princess keeps looking for them, always ready to save them from themselves.
Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland is a wild, delightful fantasy adventure full of imagination, friendship and quite literally everything one can dream up.