Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland “Mad Hatter’s Mashup Party”

mad hatter mashupSomething really cool is happening this month in honor of Alice 150 – a giant social, open source, public domain, digital publishing event all centered around Alice.  Sponsored by and hosted on Medium, a social writing platform created by Twitter co-founder Ev Williams.

This event invites anyone to publish their own digital version of Alice using public domain art or their own.  A dozen noted Carrollians – including our fearless leader Stephanie Lovett – will each annotate a chapter of Alice.  In addition, artists are also being commissioned to create new illustrations – more to follow.  For details on this and how to be a part of it, check out the event page and join the fun!  Medium have done some of the legwork already:

To help people get started, we are hosting the original text, formatted for Medium, which participants are free to copy and use to build their own digital editions. We have also gathered many public domain art works inspired by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, including the original illustrations accompanying the first edition by Sir John Tenniel, illustrations from Arthur Rackham, two silent black and white movie adaptations and other inspirations, which participants are free to use in addition to their own art.

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Wall Street Journal Article on Alice 150 and Translations

Everyone is definitely jumping on the bandwagon for Alice’s 150th, including the Wall Street Journal.  Today’s issue features an article featuring discussion on all the various translations – including the upcoming work by Carrollian Jon Lindseth.  Check it out!

Interesting Article on Turing and Carroll

A Harvard professor has posted an interesting blog article about Alan Turing’s interactions with Carroll’s writings – both Wonderland and Logic.  Check it out here.

Alice Panel at DC’s Awesome-Con

Carrollians Ellie Schaefer-Salins, Matt Crandall, and Wendy Lane Crandall will be on a panel at this weekend’s DC comic book convention, Awesome-Con.  The panel is Friday, May 29th (that’s today) at 6PM.  From the convention schedule:

Why is a Raven like an IPad? The 150-Year Transmedia Evolution of Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland.  Friday, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM, room 145 B.  2015 is the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alice has gone down the rabbit hole in films, TV shows, comic books, and even video games. This panel examines the impact of Alice on media, art, and modern culture.

This panel is presented by the Lean & Hungry Theater Company, who will be presenting their own adaptation of Alice on June 14th.  Details will be available at the panel, and at their website.

Alice150 Is Here!!!

Yes, our Alice150 site is LIVE! Everything you need to know about the SequicenTenniel (150th anniversary) celebrations! Conferences, performances, and exhibitions are taking place all over the globe throughout this year, but the key one will be in New York City in October, the last three days of which (Oct. 9-11) coincide with our fall meeting. Check out the amazing programs, and note that even though admission to the LCSNA meetings are free and open to the public, this time REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED due to what we hope will be a major turnout. Do it today!

For those interested in translation, be sure to see the Translation Conference (Oct. 7-8), for which there is a nominal charge. Agenda is here; register on the Alice150 page (Day 1 and 2).

Diana Levin Art

At the Big WOW! ComicFest in San Jose yesterday I (Mark B) met Diana Levin, an L. A. artist whose take on Alice is what she calls “Creepy Cute.” You can find her prints, pendants, pocketwatches, and the like here.

Interesting Article on the Bangalore Alice

Ever wondered about that copy of the 1865 Alice that turned up in an Indian bazaar?  This article has some interesting points, and sets a few things straight.  I’ll leave it up to the hard-core Carrollians to validate or vilify.

A Room Divided

Bifurcate thy dwelling with these wood and canvas screens from RoomDividers.com.

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New Science Exhibit in Australia with Alice Theme

Scienceworks museum in Spotswood Australia has opened a new interactive exhibit to introduce science and math concepts to children.  Running through October.

Alice Gamejolt Jam for Alice150

CaptureApparently it’s not just us Carrollians who’ve taken notice of the big 1-5-0, game designers have too.  Take this for instance, a Gamejolt Jam, which is apparently a challenge to come up with games based on a theme, has a new Alice jam scheduled for June 27 – July 3.  The rules are simple:

  1. Base your game on the Alice in Wonderland book or characters
  2. Include the mystery theme (this will be announced at the beginning of the jam)
  3. Create the game within the jam period, including any graphics and audio
  4. Entries can be from individuals or teams
  5. Upload your game to Game Jolt and tag it with #alicejam150

Go for it!