For those of you who were unable to join us for the Spring meeting last month, you missed a great talk by Craig Yoe on his new book Alice in Comicland (with introduction by our fearless leader Mark Burstein). While we here on the social team did our best to live blog it, I recommend dashing out and getting yourself a copy pronto. For the official press release from the publisher, click me. For a very nice interview with Craig, click me.
From our good friends at the Cassady Collection at USC (hosts of our Fall Meeting 2013) comes this entry to their annual Wonderland Award. Quite stunning. You can see the entire collection of videos uploaded by the Wonderland Awards on their YouTube channel here.
For those of you who were not able to attend our spring meeting, we had a very nice presentation by Mike Schneider on his What is the Use of a Book Without Pictures project, a completely visual telling of Alice in every imaginable style. This article does a very nice job explaining it. I can hardly wait for the finished product!
From Left to Right: Giovanna Terrone, Grant Fuhst, Ario Anindito, John Nagridge, Nursalimsyah, Avi Katz, John Ottinger, Ryan Petrow, Laura Coyle, Isaac Hastings, James Beveridge, Devin Francisco, Larry Adlon, Kalynn Kallweit, David W. Tripp
A very nice video on YouTube featuring our fellow Carrollian (and Fall Meeting 2013 host) Karen Mortillaro and her anamorphic sculpture, including her extensive Alice in Wonderland series.
My acrophobia notwithstanding, this is a very cool photograph, well deserving of its win in the Clique Challenge in Sydney. Read the full story.
The winner: Buildings and Monuments Challenge, Rodney Campbell, Queen Victoria Building titled Down the Rabbit Hole. Photo: Rodney Campbell
I’ve just learned about a new interactive eBook app version of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. This one comes from award-winning designer Emmanuel Paletz. This version draw images from Flemish and Dutch Renaissance paintings to give the eBook a uniquely textured and “classical” look. It’s like a mash-up of Lewis Carroll and an elegant art history class. Add a lot of nifty-looking interactions, and you have a creation that should be entertaining for children and adults alike.
To read all about the app, click me. The app’s website itself is visually delightful, and well worth a look. Mr. Paletz talks about Lewis Carroll’s appreciation of art, and how images like Quentin Matsys’s famous painting “The Ugly Duchess,” referenced by Tenniel in his illustration. became a touchstone for his whole project. The entire eBook took Paletz about four years to create– a labor of love. His Q&A section also talks about subtle political/social commentary that he has added here and there, as well–but nothing too overt to spoil the fun of Carroll’s story. And that’s a good thing, because as the author himself was quick to point out, in this book he wanted to entertain, not moralize.
The iPad app costs $4.99 and is available now on iTunes. An Andoid tablet version (also $4.99) and versions for iPhone and Android smartphones ($2.99) will be available in the near future.
Here’s a promotional video for the eBook. (If it doesn’t appear below, try reloading this page in your web browser.)
Here’s another item from one of our mimsiest minions:
“Twenty-first-century Symbolist” Gail Potocki’s exhibition of her Carrollian paintings, Fragmented Alice, took place at the Century Guild Gallery in Los Angeles last fall. You can read an interview about it here or buy the associated perfumes here. Some of these paintings are also in the catalog Century Guild Book One, available here.
Dear LCSNA members (and members-to-be!),
Our upcoming Alice150 celebration in 2015 needs a great Logo. And we need it fast.
Whether or not you’re a professional artist, we encourage you to try your hand at designing a Logo.
1. Must include Alice150 (as one word) in a decorative and exciting but still clear piece of word art.
2. Must include a Tenniel or Tennielesque depiction of Alice. Other character(s) are optional. Please make sure to include only Tenniel or other copyright-free or original artwork.
3. Should use bold colors (but not the proprietary Disney Alice palette), and also be suitable for use in black & white.
4. Simplicity is desirable. The logo we select will be adopted and modified for myriad purposes by the Alice150 planners, so it should be an image that will look good in different sizes, from a return address label to the center of a T-shirt (scalable).
Submissions must be received by midnight Pacific Daylight Time March 31st, 2014.
We will accept up to three logo designs per member.
Mail your submissions as an email attachment to the following four addresses:
Please submit your image as an email attachment in either PDF format (preferred), or in an MSWord document, and make sure that the email size is no larger than 5 megabytes.
All submissions become the property of the LCSNA, which will enjoy unlimited use of the image in all media. All entrants will have our undying thanks. The creator of the selected logo will be announced on the LCSNA website blog, and will receive a free one-year membership in the LCSNA, or a one-year extension of their existing membership.
And that’s all there is to it. Get creative, and good luck!
Joel Birenbaum and the Alice150 Committee
P.S. If you’d like to get involved in planning Alice150, contact Joel at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our thanks to Mark Richards for news of this new art exhibit in Warrington, England. Local area artist Frances Broomfield has created a series of fanciful paintings that reimagine some familiar Carrollian characters, along with other flights of fancy. In addition, Broomfield commemorates and in some measure recreates an exhibit that the young Mr. Dodgson himself actually saw there in 1840. The exhibit is free and runs through May 31st.
For more information on this exhibit, click me.
And in case you can’t make it to the UK, you can watch a related video featuring some of the artworks right here (if the video doesn’t display, try reloading this page in your browser):
As noted in a previous blog post, artist David Delamare is running a Kickstarter campaign to fund the printing of his private, deluxe edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. We received the following note to remind us that today is the LAST chance to support his campaign and take advantage of supporter perks. While you can show your support at a number of levels, for a $60 pledge you can still secure a standard deluxe copy of this book chock full of David’s amazing illustrations, and have it signed by him, as well. And now they have added more incentives for book purchasers:
“The Kickstarter campaign to create a deluxe “Alice in Wonderland” book, illustrated by David Delamare is ending Sunday at midnight Pacific Standard Time. There are only a few hours left in which to take advantage of the many stretch rewards that will only be available to campaign backers.
Each book package pre-ordered during the campaign will now include (at no extra charge) four 9″x12″ artist-signed posters plus four new Carroll-inspired greeting cards and, if we reach 800 backers we’ll add a fifth poster. Finally, if we reach $75,000 in pledges, we’ll add a slip case to every book.
These will be gorgeous, clothbound, Smythsewn, artist-signed, heavily illustrated books with ribbon bookmarks. They will dramatically enhance any Alice collection. Backers (even at the one dollar level) will have access to the entire book creation process as well as first look at original artwork releases. Sign up today at <http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1954507197/alice-in-wonderland-book-illustrated-by-david-dela>.
If you’re already a campaign backer, please share this link so that we can reach those final goals! Thanks so much for your support! —Wendy Ice (Publisher) & David Delamare (Illustrator)”