Twitter Interview with Stickfiguratively Speaking creator Jamison Odone

Your Far-Flung bloggers used Twitter to conduct an interview with Jamison Odone, who illustrated and retold Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with his stylish stick figure art. (Stickfiguratively Speaking is available for $14.95 from Publishing Works.) We reckoned that text messages to discuss Stick Figures vs. 3D was appropriately 2010. The full interview follows (I’ve tried to replicate the feel of Twitter for non-users: starting a tweet with an ampersand means its an open conversation to that person.)

AliceAmerica We’re about to have a Twitter conversation with@JamisonOdone, creator of Stickfiguratively Speaking.#AliceinWonderland #LewisCarroll
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jamisonodone @AliceAmerica ahoy!
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AliceAmerica Hello @JamisonOdone This is the Lewis Carroll Society of North America’s first ever interview conducted in 140 characters.
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jamisonodone @AliceAmerica This is The Jamison Odone Society’s first 140 character interview ever as well! Glad to take part:)
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AliceAmerica @JamisonOdone WHO ARE YOU?
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jamisonodone @AliceAmerica HI! I’m jamison odone. author and illustrator of children’s books, raconteur and all around funny guy. Redsox fan, new dad…
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AliceAmerica @JamisonOdone It looks a bit to us like your Caterpillar resembles your own drawings of yourself. Is he a deliberate self-portrait?
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jamisonodone @AliceAmerica Yes he is. No reason exactly why I did that. Perhaps his glib wisdom is just something that I aspire to.
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AliceAmerica @JamisonOdone How old were you when you first found Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and what brought you to it as an adult?#LewisCarrollabout
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jamisonodone @AliceAmerica Not exactly sure quite how old I first was..it’s always been around. As an adult, on the development of this series-it emerged
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jamisonodone Also, Jeremy at @publishingworks was hot on the idea of this story to kick off my Stickfiguratively Speaking series.
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AliceAmerica @JamisonOdone Did you have Sir John Tenniel or any other illustrators’ art in the back of your brain while you were working?
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jamisonodone @AliceAmerica Always! Tenniel is a hero of mine! It was difficult for me to draw so simply when all I wanted to do was copy his perfection.
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AliceAmerica @JamisonOdone You chose to release your book the same day as the Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland opening. Did the huge shadow help or hurt?
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jamisonodone @AliceAmerica The date was chosen by @publishingworksand it only helped. There was no shadow for me really–I’m an island without trees:)
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AliceAmerica @JamisonOdone And whereas Burton’s visions are dense, detailed, and 3D, yours are simple pen drawings on white paper, 1D.
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AliceAmerica @JamisonOdone How do you resist the temptation to fill in all that negative space?
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jamisonodone @AliceAmerica Well I really like the artistic notion of deconstruction. We are always trying to make things MORE MORE MORE. I’m like Thoreau
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jamisonodone Simplify Simplify
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AliceAmerica @JamisonOdone Thoreau it away! There’s a moral in that. Our interviewing moral has always been that it’s done by minding your own business.
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jamisonodone @AliceAmerica It is kind of tough to do. I kept telling myself that the next book I will illustrate will look like the sistine chapel!
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AliceAmerica @JamisonOdone Lewis Carroll himself had simple (even childish) drawings for his original Alice’s Adventure’s Under Ground.
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jamisonodone @AliceAmerica I know–I’ve seen a scanned version of the entire book online. I wish I could hold it…but no luck with that I suppose.
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AliceAmerica @JamisonOdone My friend suggested that your drawings might inspire children that they could illustrate stories themselves.
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jamisonodone @AliceAmerica I do lots of school visits with my books. I have been speaking to kids about that exact notion lately. Your friend is smart.
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AliceAmerica @JamisonOdone You & Mr Carroll have totally different senses of humor, side by side in the same book. Any favorite Carrollian shticks?
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jamisonodone @AliceAmerica Tough one…my real admiration for Carroll is how created such a brilliant world with so many different layers and meanings.
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AliceAmerica @JamisonOdone AND what the world demands to know: Do you intend a Stickfiguratively Speaking Through the Looking-Glass?
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jamisonodone @AliceAmerica If people like this book then I’d think about Looking Glass. If people dislike what I’ve done, I would not want to go further.
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AliceAmerica @JamisonOdone Your public might demand it! Thanks you Mr Odone for charming conversation! Best of luck with the book, with fatherhood, &c.
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jamisonodone @AliceAmerica Thanks! Look out for Iparty’s Classes in Wonderland–featuring lil’ ol me
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jamisonodone @AliceAmerica It was a true pleasure interviewing with you. I have a true respect for Carroll and for literary groups that keep it all going
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Announcing: Twitter Interview with AAIW Illustrator Jamison Odone, Monday at 18:00 GMT

Please join the Far-Flung bloggers on Twitter tomorrow morning for a short interview in short format (140 characters) with Jamison Odone, who has recently issued an Alice’s Adventures  in Wonderland (Publishing Works, $14.95) illustrated and “retold” with stick figure drawings – the original text is intact, but he has added his own humor alongside in the comics. The conversation will take place at 11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern (18.00 GMT). To receive it, follow both the Far-Flung twitter (which we recommend anyway) @AliceAmerica, & Mr Odone @JamisonOdone. Subscribe to both of us on SMS text and get the whole thing texted to your phone! See you then…

A scene from Jamison Odone's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland