The Art of Gabriel Rodriguez

On January 6th, 2017, the San Diego Comic Art Gallery is proud to host Gabriel Rodriguez, artist & co-creator of IDW Publishing‘s ‘Locke & Key’, with a brand new exhibit showcasing celebrating nearly 15 years of making comics with IDW. Multiple examples of his work will be on display including ‘Locke & Key‘ and ‘Little Nemo: Return To Slumberland‘. Not only will there be all the art to see, but Gabe himself will be here in the Gallery in a RARE Pre-SDCC appearance, signing all of your favorite comics! This is a CAN’T MISS night!


About ‘Locke & Key’ – 

Locke & Key, the horror series created by writer Joe Hill & artist Gabriel Rodriguez, debuted from IDW Publishing in February, 2008. In that time, there has been a total of 6 mini-series revolving around Keyhouse and all those drawn to it:

  • “Welcome To Lovecraft”
  • “Head Games”
  • “Crown Of Shadows”
  • “Keys To The Kingdom”
  • “Clockworks”
  • “Omega”

After their father was murdered in their home, Tyler, Kinsey, & Bode Locke along with their mother, Nina move from San Francisco to family estate of Keyhouse in Lovecraft, MA. The doors in Keyhouse hold secrets unlocked by keys hidden throughout the manner, but that’s not all waiting for the Locke family. The estate is home to a hate-filled and relentless creature that will not rest until it forces open the most terrible door of them all…

IDW Publishing has won an Eisner Award for Best Writer in 2011 and 2 British Fantasy Awards for Best Comic (2009, 2011). The series has also been optioned multiple times for film and television projects, with Hill most recently announcing he’ll be writing the pilot and serve as an executive producer on a potential series.


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About ‘Little Nemo in Slumberland’ – 

In 1905, cartoonist Winsor McCay debuted his popular strip, “Little Nemo In Slumberland” in the October 15th, 1905 edition of the New York Herald. Widely considered McCay’s masterpiece, the strip was about a young boy, Nemo, who dreams himself into the world of Slumberland. King Morpheus, ruler of Slumberland, has made it so that Nemo is to be the playmate of the Princess of this magical world. He ends up on different adventures through out the Land of Wonderful dreams with the Princess, as well as other denizens of Slumberland. Each strip would end with Nemo being interrupted out of his sleep, back safely in his bed.

“Little Nemo in Slumberland” ran from 1905 to 1926. The series played with the typical look of a comic strip, often using the panel layout in innovative ways not seen in comics at that point. McCay was also known for delving into the human psyche. While the subject matter was light and fanciful in “Little Nemo”, that wasn’t the case in its predecessor, “Dream of the Rarebit Fiend”. That series was very much the darker side of dreams, including phobias and dark fantasies. When McCay created “Little Nemo”, it was to ‘please the little folk’.

In 2014, IDW Publishing knew it was time to go back to this world of wonder. Recruiting Eisner Award winners Eric Shanower (Wonderful World of Oz) and Gabriel Rodriguez (Locke & Key), IDW debuted the all-new mini-series, “Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland”. This time around, the Princess of Slumberland is looking for a new playmate and she chooses a 21st century boy to join her in Slumberland. While she has her heart set on her new playmate, what happens when this Nemo has no interest in being the playmate to a girl? “Little Nemo: Return To Slumberland” went on to win the 2015 Eisner Award for Best Limited Series.


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Images from the Gallery