Susan and I spent the past year in a comic 12 step program. Critics and curators all agreed that our continuing obsession with comics instead of capital A art was unhealthy and a sure path to ruined careers.
One day I noticed Susan posting drawings that looked very comic-like to her Facebook page. I tried to maintain my focus but one day I found a group of fans sharing digital images of Jack Kirby drawings. We were both on a slippery slope.
Finally, the straw that broke the camels back was the 2014 oversized publication of Little Nemo - Dream Another Dream. Looking over how 118 wonderful illustrators paid tribute to Winsor McCay's Little Nemo was inspiring.
Soon Susan and I were hatching a plot via Skype to go forward with Art Mysteries and make issue #10 a Slumberland issue.
Winsor McCay's 1905 creation, Little Nemo, was a full-page weekly strip that depicted Nemo having fantastic dreams. McCay, a prescient influence on modern comics made innovative use of color, timing and pacing, the size and shape of its panels, perspective, architectural and other details. The protagonist, Little Nemo would find himself in the most surreal circumstances well before Surrealism became an art movement. In the final panel of each cartoon Nemo's fantastic dreams were interrupted by his awakening.
Kalicorp Art Mysteries Issue #10 (and other back issues) is now available for purchase under the graphic novels tab. Thanks to all our fans who support this particular tangent of our art-making.