Founding Member David Schaefer Passes January 14, 2018

Image may contain: 6 people, people smiling, people standingThe LCSNA is sad to announce the death of founding member, past president, and friend to all, David Schaefer, on January 14, the 120th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s death. A second-generation collector, he made enormous contributions to our knowledge of Alice on film, but he was delighted by and knowledgeable about Carrollian publications and artifacts of every kind. He graciously hosted the Society many times over the years at his home in Silver Spring, which was also the mailing address of the Society for so long. The photo below is of David surrounded by some of the merry crew of the Maxine Schaefer Reading, just three months ago in Delaware. The Reading, in honor of his first wife, founding member and longtime secretary Maxine, is just one of the many ways that David has shaped the LCSNA and Carroll studies (he would want us to mention the tail rhyme in “Fury said to a mouse,” and of course, bathing machines!). We are all bereaved, but we extend our deepest condolences to his daughter Ellie Schaefer-Salins, son-in-law Ken Salins, and their family.


Crafty Alice

Renowned origamist Pasquale D’Auria’s take on Alice in Wonderland, using illustrations by Lá Studio and an adapted text by Alberto Bertolazzi has been published by Dover (ISBN: 978-0486820965). Pat Olski’s crochet patterns for Alice in Wonderland make another Dover book (ISBN: 978-0486807348).


Preview of Maggie Taylor’s Looking-Glass

Digital photomontagist Maggie Taylor’s Looking-Glass companion to her superb Wonderland, subject of Andrew Sellon’s glowing review in the Knight Letter (KL 81:43), will be available in March of 2018. The online photo-eye Gallery is showing six of her new images for sale, and the Catherine Couturier gallery in Houston has many others and will be hosting an exhibition from April 7- May 12 of her Looking-Glass work. One hundred limited editions will be printed, each including an 8 x 8 print of the cover image (left). To reserve one ($800), email or call (713) 524-5070. A trade edition will be published by The University Press of Florida.


What card should the Queen of Hearts be in a deck of cards?

This comes via Reddit’s r/crappydesign, the Comic Sans-loving subreddit devoted to horrifying style and engineering choices. User PingPongPresident found that “in the Disney Villains deck of playing cards, the Queen of Hearts is the three of Clubs.” Just, why?

All ways here you see, are the Three of Clubs’ way!


C. L. Dodgson, Mathematician, Posters

The Mathematical Institute of the University of Oxford has produced a set of six posters called “C. L. Dodgson, Oxford Mathematician,” which are available for free download and, presumably, printing. Here is the main outreach site, on which you’ll have to scroll down to “Charles Dodgson,” or simply go here to download the .pdf. They are designed for “AO” paper (33.1 by 46.8 inches; 118.9 x 84.1 cm) at full size, but of course you can print them up at any size you want. The posters were conceived by Robin Wilson, with the assistance of Raymond Flood, Dyrol Lumbard, and Edward Wakeling.

Thanks to Stuart Moskowitz for alerting us to these!


Prestigious Awards to David Elliot’s Snark!

David Elliot’s  lavishly illustrated Snark: Being a true history of the expedition that discovered the Snark and the Jabberwock … and its tragic aftermath, published by Otago University Press, has taken not one, but two of New Zealand’s most prominent Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. Enthusiastically reviewed both on our blog and the Knight Letter (KL 98:43), where it also provided the cover illustration, the book has won both the Margaret Mahy Book of the Year Award  and the Russell Clark Award for Illustration for 2017, announced on Monday evening in Wellington.

Our sincerest congratulations to David, and our highest recommendation to all Carrollians to aquire a copy of this book! (You can get it from the distributors for the same price as on Amazon.)


Wolfe Von Lenkiewicz

British artist Wolfe Von Lenkiewicz‘s 2011 exhibition I Have an Excellent Idea…..Let’s Change the Subject at the All Visual Arts Gallery in London has just come to our attention. His mashups involving Alice can be seen here. For a hearty laugh, do enjoy his dead-on satire of overblown “ArtSpeak.”

(Unless, Heaven forfend, he was serious?)


Pirelli 2018 Calendar: Wonderland with All-Black Celebrity Cast

Inspired by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the Pirelli calendar for 2018 was styled by British Vogue Editor-in-Chief Edward Enninful, the first black man to helm a mainstream women’s fashion magazine, and shot by Tim Walker. Its stars include Lupita Nyong’o, Naomi Campbell, Whoopi Goldberg, Sean “Diddy” Combs, and Ru Paul, who portrays the Queen of Hearts. Read more about it and its social implications in the Huffington Post, The New York Times, British Vogue, etc.


Lacombe Looking-Glass

French illustrator Benjamin Lacombe, whose Wonderland (well, Alice au pays des merveilles) was enthusiastically reviewed by Adriana Peliano in Knight Letter 97, has completed the companion Looking-glass (Alice de l’autre côté du miroir), both published by Soleil Productions. You can buy it individually or boxed with his Wonderland. There is also a blank notebook with his Alice on the cover available. ISBNs:

  • 978-2302048478 – Wonderland
  • 978-2302055971 – Looking-glass
  • 978-2302059214 – boxed, combined
  • 978-2302058378 – notebook (“carnet“)



Where to Stay in Japan

The Alice in Wonderland Room at Tokyo Disneyland Hotel, of course. “The room interior, including the beds and other furniture, is designed with motifs of the Queen of Hearts, the Card Soldiers, the Cheshire Cat and other images from the [1951] Disney film.” Click here and scroll about halfway down the page.