Debuting in May from Image Comics is THE DREAM MERCHANT by Nathan Edmondson (DANCER, THE ACTIVITY, WHERE IS JAKE ELLIS?) and Konstantin Novosadov. Haunting, magical, and atmospheric, the series explores the dream life of a young man named Winslow. We talked to writer Edmondson about his newest project.
Who is THE DREAM MERCHANT’s main character, Winslow?
He is a troubled boy, the creative type many people are familiar with: can’t focus in school, has trouble relating to other people. His best friend is a schizo in a mental hospital. Winslow’s problem is a recurring dream, one that is only getting more intense.
What about the world of dreams inspired you to write this story?
A friend wrote to me once that they “wished I could sell them my dreams, as they were far more interesting than their own.” That started me thinking about dreams as something one could exchange, and trade, which yielded (eventually) the idea behind Winslow’s dream. I also studied some of the philosophy of dreams in school, and was fascinated by where science, philosophy and theology all converged in this field…
Tell us about your artist, Konstantin Novosadov. How did you find each other?
I discovered some of (Russian artist) Konstantin’s work online he’s superbly talented, and—and this is something I did not learn until months into the production of the book—we communicate primarily by Google Translation. Now I’m able to practice some Russian on him and he works out English on me, but the he works twice as hard as most any other artist just to “Get” the script, and he deserves credit for that as well as his fantastic art.