For fans of Alice and classical music, here’s news via LCSNA member C.M. Rubin about a new full-length Alice opera. Composer (and opera singer) Dr. Gary Bachlund has created two one act operas, one for Wonderland and one for Looking-Glass, that can be performed separately or together. Wouldn’t it be nice to see someone produce this during the upcoming Alice150 festivities in NYC in 2015?
To read the interview, click me.
And here’s a bit of the score. (If the video doesn’t load, try refreshing this page in your browser.)
If you’re a fan of the various forms of puppetry, here’s a version of the Caterpillar scene from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland as performed by a trio of puppeteers who also work at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Manhattan’s Central Park. For this clip, they use both marionettes and shadow puppets. If the video doesn’t appear below, try reloading this page. Enjoy!
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)”
Alice and Cheshire Cats by Isabelle Melançon
If you’re a fan of web comics and graphic novels, and you’re not already aware of the web comic Namesake, then this post is for you!
Created by Isabelle Melançon and Megan Lavey-Heaton, Namesake is a clever, serialized riff on popular tales including The Wizard of Oz, and the Alice books. We posted when the project went live back in October of 2010, but as Namesake has recently passed its third anniversary (congratulations!), it seemed like a good time to mention it again. The storytelling makes free with many characters you know and love, along with introducing a boatload of memorable original characters. I will note that there is occasionally some web comic violence, so it is not for the very young. (What happens to Edith Liddell is even more unpleasant than what happened to her in real life, as just one example.)
While elements of our favorite tales are everywhere, the storytelling and images are entirely new. Megan and Isabelle make a formidable (and entertaining) storytelling team. The first couple of years focused primarily on an Oz-themed storyline, with only the occasional teasing reference to the world of Lewis Carroll. But now we are seeing more of a certain Alice character, and starting to hear about her unique background in this alternate universe. And yes, there is more than one Cheshire Cat. To find out why, you’ll need to read Namesake.
Since the story is serialized and somewhat complex over time, I would strongly suggest that if you’re new to Namesake, you should follow the King of Hearts’ advice: Begin at the beginning. (You can also buy the first part of the story as a published book in their online store, if you prefer.)
To enter the world of Namesake, click me.
Attention, shoppers! Are you looking for some new Holiday “Carrolls” for yourself or someone else? Is there a Carrollian on your list who claims to have “everything” in the world of Alice music? Well, we’ve just received this note from Daniel Hales, of the indie alt/rock/folk band Daniel Hales, and the Frost Heaves:
“Our 3rd album: Contrariwise: Songs from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass is now available for purchase on CD Baby (either the entire, physical album, a download of the digital album, or selected tracks). For this album we adapted (almost) all of the poems in the two “Alice” books for music–and also wrote a few Alice-themed originals. These adaptations were originally composed and performed for a stage production of “Alice In Wonderland,” but can now provide the soundtrack for your own adventures in magical realms: http://cdbaby.com/cd/danielhalesandthefrosthe”
Daniel sent me a preview copy of the album, and while everyone’s tastes are of course different, I think the musical settings are quite fun. You can sample any or all of the tracks before buying, so check it out, and if you like what you hear, shop away!
To give you the flavor of their music, Daniel also shared this clever video they made for Jabberwocky, animating Tenniel’s original illustrations (if the video doesn’t load, try refreshing this page in your browser, or click me to view it on Vimeo):
If you would enjoy seeing an online collection of vintage book covers for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland from all over the world, then you’ll enjoy this Pinterest page spotted by one of our mimsy minions. The page owner already has a nice start on an enjoyable collection of images.
To see the Wonderland book cover images on Pinterest, click me.
Here is another publishing item from one of our mimsy minions:
“Günther Flemming’s German translation of the Alice books (including Under Ground and the Nursery), the Snark, plus a plethora of prefaces, poems, riddles, biographical sketches, and the article “Alice on the Stage,” along with a “kaleidoscope” of annotations and commentary — a task begun in 1967 — has been published in three hardcover volumes. The total cost is €209 ($284) plus postage.
To buy, go to the print-on-demand site http://www.epubli.de and put “Günther Flemming” in the Search (Suchen) box, or buy it from Amazon.de:
If you are a fan of Lewis Carroll and reader of this blog, then you have probably seen our prior posts about artist David Delamare. He has been working on paintings and illustrations for his own edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland for five years now. One of our mimsy minions has just alerted us that Mr. Delamare has a Kickstarter campaign going on only for a few more weeks. If he reaches his goal, he will be publishing a private, limited edition deluxe version of his book before creating a trade edition.
So, if you are a fan of Alice, you might want to check out the rewards remaining for pledging your support for Mr. Delamare’s limited edition. If you’re also a fan of monkeys, crocodiles, and chinoiserie, then you really should check out his campaign. If he does not reach his fundraising goal by 3am on January 6th, 2014, the deluxe edition will not be created.
To visit the Kickstarter campaign, click me.
Pop 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.
THIS IS A REPOST TO REMIND YOU HOLIDAY SHOPPERS (AND ALL-YEAR LITERATURE LOVERS) THAT OUR EXCLUSIVE 15% DISCOUNT FOR THE LITOGRAPHS SITE ENDS THIS SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 30TH! THE SITE FEATURES GREAT GIFTS INSPIRED BY MANY DIFFERENT GREAT WORKS OF LITERATURE, NOT JUST THE ALICE BOOKS. BE SURE TO USE OUR “CARROLLBLOG” DISCOUNT AT CHECKOUT. AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO YOU ALL!
Attention all Mimsy Minions and especially literary art lovers! To help celebrate the release of their second gorgeous “Alice” image, the good folks at Litographs.com have graciously extended to you, our Blog readers, an exclusive offer of 15% off your purchases at their site for the month of November. This discount actually applies to all their merchandise for November only, and will not be made available in our magazine or anywhere else (which is pretty much the definition of exclusive, after all). Right now, they are also offering free US domestic shipping on orders of $48 or more.
If you’re not already familiar with Litographs, they create wonderful literary-themed images composed of the texts of famous books. If you visit their site, and view either of the Alice images full size, you’ll see all the words of Wonderland! Their first Alice image (still available) is one of Alice falling down the rabbit hole. For each image, they offer posters, tote bags, and T-shirts (be sure to read the “What to Expect” section on the T-shirts; they are hand-printed).
Litographs also shares the LCSNA’s goal of promoting literacy and enjoyment of great literature. They partner with International Book Bank, and send a high-quality book to schools and libraries in developing countries for each product sold. Since 2011, they have helped send over 20,000 books! So, you’re shopping for yourself, and for a good cause.
How do you take advantage of this lovely offer from these lovely people? Simply enter the code CARROLLBLOG at checkout anytime during the month of November, and 15% will be deducted from your product total. It sounds like a brillig gift idea for the upcoming holiday season.
Our thanks to Corey Fein at Litographs.com for extending this delightful exclusive offer. Remember that it is good only for the month of November!