Slow Wave is a weekly comic strip by Jesse Reklaw. It syndicated to alternative newspapers around the U.S. starting in 1995, and also appeared online. Slow Wavechanged style twice since its inception, and ended publication in 2012.
From 1995 to 2011 the strip was a collective dream diary authored by people from around the world. Readers would submit their dreams to the artist and were credited as authors of the resulting cartoon. Reklaw illustrated each dream in four panels, paring down the dreamer's commentary to a few sentences. Reklaw has said he likes dreams because they have "their own logic and a natural Dada-like humor." The strip's name refers to the EEG rhythms of REM sleep.
From 1995–2009, each episode of the strip would illustrate a dream by a single reader. The strip took the form of two rows of two panels.
In 2009 Reklaw introduced continuity into the strip, with characters encountering situations based on the dreams submitted by the readers. Individual strips would sometimes depict a mixture of dreams by different readers, and situations introduced in one episode sometimes persisted into the next. The strip also changed format to a horizontal arrangement of panels.
In January 2012 Reklaw ceased illustrating dreams for the strip and switched to a fictional continuity. Soon afterward the strip ended.
The anthology Dreamtoons collects 109 episodes from the first five years of the strip.
- Dreamtoons. Shambhala Press, 2000. ISBN 1-57062-573-5
- The Night Of Your Life. Dark Horse Press 2008. ISBN 978-1-59582-183-6
- Oliver James (2005-11-24). "All you have to do is dream". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2006-09-15.
- Jesse Reklaw (2005). "Slow Wave Turns Ten". Slowwave.com. Retrieved 2006-09-15.
- Christopher Hicks (1996). "Special Interview: Jesse Reklaw". Electric Dreams. Retrieved 2006-11-12.
- Jesse Reklaw (2009). "Slow Wave Continuity". slowwave.com. Retrieved 2009-04-28.
- Jesse Reklaw (2012-01-07). "Bluefuzz the Hero". slowwave.com. Retrieved 2012-02-27.
- "Oakland cartoonist finds a dreamy way to live: He illustrates readers' visions in 'Slow Wave'" (San Francisco Chronicle, August 15, 2003)
- "Dreamweaver: Jesse Reklaw" (Wizarduniverse.com, August 11, 2006) archived September 30, 2007 by Internet Archive's Wayback Machine
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