Jett Jackson: Stuck in Wonderland
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You know we love a good crowdfunding project, and there is a fantastic book project on Indiegogo running now through January 6th. Graphic designer and illustrator Tanika Fey has created 50 beautiful watercolors for her illustrated Alice, available in English and German, and is using Indiegogo to fund the printing of the actual books. Depending on the success of the project, the book may be printed in a variety of formats with even more illustrations! So get cracking, sponsoring a project like this makes a great Christmas or Hanukkah gift! Be sure to check out her webcomix too!
For those of you lucky enough to attend the spring meeting in 2014 you got a taste of this very fun project. Well now you can get even more! The project has been posted to SoundCloud, and you can take a listen at any time.
Our good friend and past-president of the UK Lewis Carroll Society has created a centralized site for all items pertaining to the 150th anniversary celebration of our favorite book. Updated daily, this site is must see TV – or something like that Invaluable resource to be sure.
So our favorite daily t-shirt site has outdone themselves today, and posted two beautiful designs with Alice themes. The first is my fan favorite Megan Lara who has created a series of Mucha-inspired designs for a wide variety of fandom females (nice alliteration don’t you think?)
The second design is by a new artist Gemma Roman, and features a Garden of Live Flowers design.
Teefury shirts only last one day, so order now if you want them!
Just in time for Cyber Monday, eclectic online retailer UncommonGoods has released a series of literary scarves – and of course Alice is amongst them.
Carrollians rejoice! Edward Wakeling’s new Carroll biography has been published! Well, in the UK, not available here until Jan 28, 2015, but still. As Edward says in his interview with the Independent:
“It is about time we cleared up, once and for all, the pervading false myth about his unhealthy relationship with children…”
Thank goodness! To see the full text of the Independent’s article/interview with Edward, click here.
Alice (and Cheshire Puss) has made the Sgt. Pepper-like cover of UK’s The Economist‘s special issue, “The World in 2015.” Emma Hogan’s article inside in its “Culture” section is of interest as much for what it left out as what it included. The Morgan Library, NYU, and the Rosenbach’s exhibits are mentioned, but not the Alice150 celebration of which they are a part. Robert Douglas-Fairhurst’s forthcoming dual biography is mentioned, but not Edward Wakeling’s, which precedes it. It says Wonderland has been translated into “around 100″ languages, when the number in our forthcoming volume is 170. Mysteries abound: what exactly does “a picture book with key scenes will be published” mean? But all in all, we are grateful for the notice.
Next Saturday, November 29, noon to 2 pm (East Coast time), Dee Michel will be doing a special version of his radio show, A Little Stage Music: all songs are related to Alice in Wonderland! Listen live at WMUA 91.1 FM if you’re in the Amherst area, or stream it from WMUA.org (live; it will not be available for podcast).
Russian poet/scholar Dmitry Yermolovich has produced a volume, Охота на Угада и прочие странные истории (The Hunting of the Snark and Other Strange Tales), of Carroll’s poetry, containing his new translations of “Hiawatha’s Photographing,” “The Hunting of the Snark,” “The Three Voices,” “The Lang Coortin” and a number of other poems. All of them are printed in English and Russian side by side, and are supplied with endnotes and the original illustrations. An appendix contains poems by Lear and Milne.
His website is here. You can order it directly through the publisher through eBay here for $19, including shipping. The ISBN is 9785990533936.
The Peanuts in Wonderland exhibition opened yesterday at the wonderful Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, California (in Wine Country, a bit north of San Francisco). The gallery welcomes visitors with what seems to be a Victorian parlor, replete with photographs of or by Dodgson (and J. M. Cameron), books, and the like. With many framed examples of original art and glassed-in displays of comic books, toys, and such, the history of the intertwining of Carroll’s characters and the mediums of comic books, comic strips, and animation unfolds, with many examples from Peanuts and other strips. The display is beautifully mounted, with many “Easter eggs” (e.g., a disappearing Snoopy and his grin on a wall, a minuscule Sally Brown falling down a rabbit hole behind a tiny door), not to mention great swag (a Disappearing Cheshire Beagle mug, etc.).
The Museum itself is always worth a visit to fans of Schulz and Peanuts of all ages; this exhibition is a fine excuse for Carrollians. The show is open until April 26, and there’s a panel discussion on March 7, but come anytime!