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London’s Miraphora Mina and Rio de Janeiro’s Eduardo Lima started working together in 2002 to imagine and create the graphic universe of the Harry Potter™ film series. In 2009 they formed their own design studio, MinaLima™, “with the objective of creating distinctive and unconventional design and illustration for the entertainment and publishing industries,” and have gone on to great success.
They also conceived and illustrated the bestselling MinaLima™ Classics series for HarperCollins, currently at six titles, including a recently released Wonderland/Looking-Glass with interactive elements. Signed copies are available from them here, or trade editions at any bookstore. One can also buy prints (and get a look at their illustrations) here.
In KL 97:54, we reviewed an Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland illustrated by Charles van Sandwyk and bemoaned the fact that The Folio Society published it only in a deluxe limited edition selling for $865 (2016). The review concluded with a quote from their marketing manager, who said, “As yet we have no plans for a trade edition, but it is not impossible that we would publish [one] in the fullness of time.” Time has, evidently, become full, as their new catalog now lists a trade edition for $70!
The enormously popular American singer-songwriter, actress, and director Melanie Martinez (b. 1995) is somewhat sui generis; The Guardian describes her music as “off-kilter, sweary electropop.” Her debut studio album, Cry Baby (2015), which went on to be certified platinum, contains a song called “Mad Hatter,” obviously based on the two Disney movies (1951, 2010) rather than the book. She created two videos for the song, one comparatively tame, the other a rather edgy take, which one of our members describes as “Murderous Teletubbies meet Alice in Pinkland.” At this writing, it’s had 62 million views.
From August 23, 2019 to May 28, 2020, the Finnish National Ballet (Ooppera Baletti) will stage a new edition of Alice in Wonderland, choreographed by Jorma Elo, which originally premiered in 2015 with music by Joseph Haydn, G. F. Händel, and Gottfried Stölzel. It incorporates elements of Looking-Glass as well. Scroll down to see the trailer.
British artist Margaret P. Timson crafts one-of-a-kind sculptures in polymer clay, mixed media, and selected accessories. They are around 9 to 12 inches high, the size of a Barbie doll. Here is her Etsy shop (prices are in odd dollar amounts, converted from Euros or Pounds, I’m sure).
Phlizz, from the Lewis Carroll Genootschap (the Dutch Lewis Carroll Society), “distinguishes itself from [our] society’s print journal dodo/nododo: Phlizz is directed towards the society’s relations, while dodo/nododo is a journal in the spirit of Lewis Carroll, aiming at a broader audience.” The splash page of Phlizz in English is here. Click on the “Huidig nummer” (current number) tab to get to the actual articles, most all of them in Dutch.
Labyrinth, the Russian publisher, has issued the Alice dyad in luxurious Russian-language editions with lots of “extras”: tip-ins, fold-outs, pop-ups, inserts, booklets, ribbons, etc. View a video about Looking-glasshere. One easy way to order them is through Vasha-Kniga, a Russian bookstore in Brooklyn: Wonderland, Looking-Glass.
The wonderful San Francisco Center for the Book, “a center of inspiration for the book arts world, featuring the art & craft of letterpress printing, bookbinding, and artists bookmaking,” which also hosted us a reception for us at our Spring 2017 gathering, has an annual fundraiser, the Roadworks Steamroller Printing Festival, which features artist prints made by, yes, a 7-ton 1924 Buffalo Springfield steamroller, with spectacular results.
Artist Rik Olson was inspired this year to create Down the Rabbit Hole (at left or above–and much larger–if you click on the post link), with the Alice characters and the steamroller itself! The print is 42 x 42 inches (of course), and sells for $500. He made ten prints, of which three are left at this writing. Contact Cheryl Ball email@example.com for details. A great print supporting a great cause!
Bonus: Rik has confirmed that he put exactly 42 hearts in the print.
Belgian cartoonist Steven Dhondt (Stedho) created a(n almost) wordless riff on a modern Alice—“Why Is a Raven on a Hoteldesk?”—for a magazine called Brussels in Shorts, issue 2, published by Oogachtend in 2014, but available for online viewing here.
For the last six years, California artist Phyllis Davidson has been creating a series of oil paintings exploring different “aspects” of Alice. She says:
Aspects of Alice is a series of paintings not illustrating but inspired by and celebrating the stories. While my Alices vary racially and are at different life stages, they retain the resolute spirit of the original, neither meek nor obedient, but adventurous, inquisitive and strong. My rendition of her entourage includes recognizable images of Carroll’s famous characters as well as freshly invented characters for whom new stories must be imagined.
Lewis Carroll envisaged an alternative world with outsize characters and it’s own logic. He encouraged his readers to give free rein to their imagination . . .to follow Alice down that rabbit hole and through the looking glass. And so I did. He created a kaleidoscope of illusions; I simply rotated the cylinder.