Please Welcome Our New BlogMasters!

RabbitLogoSmRI’m delighted to announce that Matt Crandall and Wendy Lane Crandall have graciously (and jointly) agreed to take over the job of blogmaster for the LCSNA effective immediately so that I can focus on my growing workload.

It’s been a pleasure being blogmaster for you all, and I hope you will remember to keep sending Mat and Wendy new items regularly via: blogmaster@lewiscarroll.org. Thanks, Matt and Wendy, and thank you all.  — Andrew

We Need a New LCSNA BlogMaster ASAP!

Humpty ShoutingThe Time Has Come, the Walrus Said:

I’ve been maintaining the LCSNA blog, Facebook page, and Twitter postings for a while now, and due to my many other professional commitments, I need to find a successor as soon as possible.  If you are a member of the LCSNA, are a bit tech-savvy (we use WordPress for our blog, and it’s pretty easy), are extremely reliable, and have 2-3 hours a week free to maintain our social media, please write to me post-haste at: blogmaster@lewiscarroll.org so that I can tell you more about this very important role.

THANKS!

Andrew

Another Use of the Latest Technology to Tell the Wonderland Story

These days, we’re all seeing our beloved Victorian era (but let’s face it, timeless) Alice books retold using various forms of cutting edge technology.  Here’s another example, this time from Adobe, that plays with special CSS (cascading style sheet, for non-developer folks) tags to tell the story in a stylish, web-based environment.  You will note that the graphic design is quite distinctive, as well.  Alice looks like a cross between a goth bobby-soxer and a dominatrix.  And the caterpillar with the hookah–well, I confess the image did make me think “hookah” when I saw it!  ;-)

Regardless of what you think of the project’s success in telling the Wonderland story well, it’s technically impressive.  And it’s always fun to see that Lewis Carroll’s works continue to inspire people all over the globe.  (If the video doesn’t show below, try reloading this page in your browser.)

And if you’d like to read more about how the Adobe team created this sample, click me.

New Boy George Album Includes a Wonderland-Inspired Track

Boy George Promo ShotPop singer and pop culture icon Boy George (formerly of Culture Club) credits a passage from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland as the inspiration for the song “Any Road” from his new album, This is What I Do.  There is alas no video yet for this track, but apparently George uses a Wonderland theme to address the various paths one can choose in life, and his own choice to step away from the various forms of addiction that have dogged him in the past.

To read more of the article from web site The Quietus, and see promo clips from some of the album’s other tracks, click me.

More on Madness and Uncle Skeffington Lutwidge

Addendum: Inconvenient People author Sarah Wise (see prior post) has kindly shared with us the dates of two more blog posts from her web site that reference Uncle Skeffington Lutwidge: May 19, 2013 and June 27, 2013.

To visit Ms. Wise’s site, click me.

Facebook Pages Dedicated to Alice and Illustrations

If you are a Facebook user, you probably already know that there are a number of Facebook pages that pay tribute to Alice illustrations, or have other Carrollian connections.  Here are just a handful, in case you’ve missed any of them.  TIP: You can find these and others under our “Likes” section on our Facebook page.  If you know of more, please send us the link!

Wonderland Books

Alice in Wonderland Inspired Photography, Movies and Art 

Alice’s Bloody Adventures in Wonderland

 

 

 

 

Calling all Mimsy Minions! Blog Posts Needed!

Mr. Dodgson dreaming up a new blog post….

Attention, all Mimsy Minions! (If Lady Gaga can dub her fans “Little Monsters” then surely Lewis Carroll’s must be called “Mimsy Minions”.)  It’s a lot of work to keep up with nifty Carrollian information for our blog.  Please pitch in and show your colors!  Submit any blog-worthy items (with URLs where appropriate) to me at: blogmaster@lewiscarroll.org.  Do this early and often!  Let’s demonstrate just how nifty blog crowdsourcing can be.  Thanks!  :-)

Dance with Alice in Berlin

Ruth Sergel

Ruth Sergel

Imagine the scene in the gallery: on a giant screen, you watch Alice leap off a book and lead you into Wonderland. Slowly you realize that the animation you are watching is somehow watching you—and copying your every move. As the artist, Ruth Sergel, describes it: “In front of the looking glass,  fantasy and reality merge as Alice fluidly mirrors the viewer’s every move.” The interactive work is currently being exhibited at Multimedier Schlachthof in Berlin, Germany.

Ruth Sergel is an American artist, activist, and “interactive technology designer” whose film and performance work has appeared at MOMA in New York, and in galleries around Europe. More information about “Alice in Berlin” can be found on Sergel’s website, Street Pictures, where there is also a video showing visitors interacting with Alice.

A Random Collection of Videos Relating to Alice

It’s a wonderland out there on the internet. Just look what we discovered this week…

Life in Five Minutes – Alice in Wonderland posted by dabitch on adland.tv with the caption “This is all I ever took away from that book.” (“What a pity!”)

Yasutaka Funakoshi’s Alice-inspired catwalk collection presented at Tokyo Fashion Week last October.

Lewis Carroll Underworld, a pretty song composed and performed by Boston-based musician Craig Robertson.

That’s all for now. If you have any video finds of your own, remember to share them on our Facebook page.

Mirrors of Albion and A Wonderland Story: Two New Games for Your Phone or Tablet

If a ginger cat dressed as an English bobby going by the name of Cheshire, Jr. gave you a mystery to solve, could you say no?  If the one thing the white rabbit feared above all was Alice’s embrace, would you help him evade it? If the answer to the first question is no, the answer to the second question is yes, and the answer to the question “do you enjoy playing games on your phone or tablet?” is also yes, please read on.

Mirrors of Albion

Mirrors of Albion from Game Insight, LLC

Mirrors of Albion looks pretty intriguing. For starters, it’s free. For the main course, it’s a hidden object quest game inspired by both Through the Looking-Glass and The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Christine Chan in her review on AppAdvice.com has a lot of praise for the drawings and visuals and she makes the premise sound interesting too:

Cheshire Jr. will help you in the beginning by showing you the ropes. Basically, you will navigate around the city map, and various buildings will become accessible to you as you level up and make progress through the story. The game will feature various quests and objectives, which you can access by tapping on the Quest button when there’s an exclamation mark on it.” 

“Free” always comes with a hitch and it seems that your playing experience can be enhanced–or, at least, accelerated–though in-app purchases. The game can be downloaded for free from the App Store, through iTunes and Google Play, or directly through your iPhone, iPad or Android device.

A Wonderland Story

A Wonderland Story from Alchemy Games

A Wonderland Story, developed by Alchemy Games, is a sliding block platform game in which you help the white rabbit to escape from “Alice’s hugs” (the horror!) to allow him to arrive on time for his date with the Queen. Harry Slater in his review on PocketGamer.co.uk explains:

Rather than controlling the rabbit, you’re in control of the terrain. Each level is made up of a series of columns of blocks and gaps, which you can slide up and down. Your bunny walks to the right automatically, and you need to clear a path for him. Stay trapped for too long and Alice will catch up. And you don’t want that to happen.

Harry concludes that, though the games suffers a little from a surfeit of good ideas, the end result is still enjoyable. A Wonderland Story can be downloaded from the Apple Store for $0.99 and is available for the iPhone or iPod,  or in HD for the iPad. There’s no mention of versions for Android phones.