Victorian Toy Theatre Production of Snark

On April 24th the Pontine Theatre will premiere its new Victorian-style toy theatre production of The Hunting of the Snark and Other Nonsense.  Shows run through May 20th.  The production is performed by Co-Artistic Directors, Greg Gathers and Marguerite Mathews.  The figures, set, projected images and costumes are designed and created by Mr. Gathers, examples of which are below.  Looks like fun, wish New Hampshire was slightly closer for us.

Fit the First: The Landing - Image Credit:  Greg Gathers

The Landing – Image Credit: Greg Gathers

Fit the Third: The Baker's Tale - Image Credit:  Greg Gathers

The Baker’s Tale – Image Credit: Greg Gathers

Fit the Fifth: The Beaver's Lesson - Image Credit:  Greg Gathers

The Beaver’s Lesson – Image Credit: Greg Gathers

Fit the Sixth: The Barrister's Dream - Image Credit:  Greg Gathers

The Barrister’s Dream – Image Credit: Greg Gathers

Fit the Eighth:  The Vanishing - Image Credit:  Greg Gathers

The Vanishing – Image Credit: Greg Gathers



Alice Peep Diorama

Who doesn’t love Peeps?  When not eating them, or jousting with them, what can they be used for?  Why, for constructing elaborate dioramas depicting scenes from Alice in Wonderland of course!  The Washington Post’s annual Peep Diorama contest this year had an Alice entry as one of the best, and I must say it does look yummy!

Wonderland in Emojis Poster for Sale

Artist Joe Hale has translated Alice into emoji – those cute little emoticons that populate Facebook and mobile phones.  And now you can buy a poster of this amazing undertaking.

Scottish Artist Celebrating 150

Scottish artist Jilly Henderson is celebrating 150 with a series of prints and other items featuring her Alice-themed art, which can be viewed on her Facebook page and purchased from her Etsy page.

New Picture Book Retelling of Alice

AliceInWonderlandIn celebration of the 150th anniversary, Imagine! Publishing (an imprint of Charlesbridge) is publishing a picture book edition called Alice in Wonderland: Down the Rabbit Hole. Fashioned as an introduction to the classic for younger readers, the story is retold by Charles Nurnberg and Joe Rhatigan with luminous paintings by bestselling French illustrator Eric Puybaret.


New Illustrated Alice in the Netherlands

A newly illustrated hardcover Wonderland / Looking-Glass has been released in the Netherlands by artist Floor Rieder, translated by Sofia Englishman.  The illustrations are quite charming and I think will be of interest to many in our humble little society. You can order it (€25) here, or through various Netherlands bookstores through its ISBN, 9789025759179.

Fenwicks Newcastle Christmas Windows with Alice!!

Not being English, I had no idea that in Tyneside the official beginning of the Christmas season was the unveiling of the Christmas windows in Fenwicks Newcastle.  But I like it.  And especially so this year as the 43rd annual animated offering is all about Alice!  Check out the time-lapse video below of the construction of the windows, and if you live or are visiting in the area go see for yourself!  And don’t forget to visit some of the other video links to see more of the completed windows!

Crowdfunded Alice Book with Very Cool Illustrations

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!

Books About Town Auction of Alice Bench Oct 7th

Some  of you may have seen this picture floating about on Facebook last week.  Now all of the Books About Town BookBenches will be auctioned off for charity on October 7th – just 5 days from now!  Get yourself the Alice bench and you’ll be the envy of Carrollians everywhere.

Russian Artist and Filmmaker Valeriy Kozhin

We love discovering new talent, even more so when they seek us out! Valeriy Kozhin reached out to us with his short film “The Gardeners Dream”, and had this to say:

I was born in Moscow in 1983. I  studied in VGIK (Russian filmmaker’s institute).  I’m a member of Russian Artists Union.  My degree work was “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”.  It was 13 pictures for animated film.  But a film wasn’t shot.  

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I began to learn Carroll’s works in 2003 from the moment that I learned English.  The nonsense style is very close to me.  I love it.   

I found “The Mad Gardener’s song” in my child’s book.  But it was in Russian.  When I read it in English I found a large  difference.  And I decided to make a short film based on original poem.  At first I wanted to use a motif from Sylvie and Bruno, but when I read The Game of Logic, I understood one very interesting thing, that The Mad Gardener’s Song and Game of Logic share one motif.  It’s a game and ‘A SYLLOGISM’.

The Gardener’s Dream was shot in 2013 in Russia.  It was my second film.  I shot this film during one year.  I connected puppet and cut-out animation.  The voices from the film are my friends from England.  I want to show Carroll’s logic or nonsense logic.  And don’t forget that It’s just a dream, Mad Gardener’s dream. 

There is no interest in Russia because very few people know Sylvie and Bruno and The Mad Gardener’s song.  The film was on MMKF festival in Moscow and Susdal’s animation festival in Russia.”