Archive for April, 2012

28
Apr
12

Anne Coulter Martens

Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland adapted by Anne Coulter Martens.

Published 1965 by The Dramatic Publishing Company.

Softback.

Play for schools based on Alice.

Publisher’s blurb:

Cast: 35 m. and w., doubling possible. As the curtain rises, Alice slides into view at the end of her long fall down the rabbit-hole. It is a more delightful place for the audience than for Alice, who is trying desperately to get back home. She tries to get help from the Mad Hatter, the Rabbit, and from the very nice Cheshire Cat. Long enough to contain the most delightful incidents, it is short enough to keep audience attention.

On Amazon: Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland; a play in two acts

You can see one school’s version on Youtube.

28
Apr
12

Batman: Through the Looking Glass

Batman: Through the Looking Glass by Bruce Jones (Author) and Sam Kieth (Illustrator).

ISBN-13: 978-1781160206

Published by Titan Books, 2012.

Hardback with dustjacket. First edition.

Bruce Jones has written The Incredible Hulk, Spider-Man and is currently working on Vigilante. Sam Kieth drew the first five issues of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman and went on to create his own comic series called The Maxx.

Publisher’s blurb:

In this original graphic novel, Batman meets his foe The Mad Hatter for the very first time – landing The Dark Knight in a Won-derland he could never have imagined, hot on the heels of a white rabbit. But is this strange place real, or a hallucination? Robinand Alfred have to believe he’s deep in delirium – but if that’s the case, how does he manage to resolve several mysteries that have plagued Gotham City for decades.

This fantastic tale is spun by renowned comics writer Bruce Jones (THE INCREDIBLE HULK) with surreal art by Sam Kieth(THE MAXX, BATMAN: ARKHAM ASYLUM – MADNESS, LOBO).

Wonderland influenced characters include Celia, Claude Lapin Blanc, Jimmie Cheshire, Dunphrey and Denham Tweedle and Judge Hart.

Reviews seem generally unpromising, but it does seem to be a love it or hate it sort of book.

Available on Amazon: Batman – Through the Looking Glass

22
Apr
12

Little Master Carroll- Alice in Wonderland: A Color Primer

Little Master Carroll- Alice in Wonderland: A Color Primer by Jennifer Adams.

Artwork by Alison Oliver.

Published by Gibbs M. Smith Inc, 2012

ISBN: 978-1423624776

First edition.

Board book aimed at the very young, which somehow manages to capture the spirit of Alice in twenty words. The pictures help- they’re charming. She’s also done Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice- I’m very curious to see those…

Jennifer Adams apparently works as a senior editor for Gibbs Smith, who published her book. It’s certainly tightly edited!

Alison Oliver has a website where you can see some of the pictures from the book.

Available on Little Master Carroll: Alice in Wonderland: A Color Primer (BabyLit)

15
Apr
12

Larry in Wonderland

Larry in Wonderland: A Pearls Before Swine Collection by Stephan Pastis.

Published by Andrews McMeel Publishing (4 Oct 2011).

ISBN-10: 1449408176

Paperback.

Stephan Pastis has his own wordpress blog over at http://stephanpastis.wordpress.com/ , and there’s an interview with him here.

He’s a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and of the UCLA School of Law, and worked as a lawyer before switching to his new career path. I must admit I’d never heard of him or of his series before discovering this, but I look forward to reading it.

From the publisher’s blurb:

Stephan Pastis offers Pearls Before Swine fans a visit to the other side of the looking glass with his latest collection, Larry in Wonderland. Collecting almost a year’s worth of strips, Larry in Wonderland offers cutting-edge commentary on recent news events, popular culture, and cartoon-page contemporaries, and imparts the knowledge that in Wonderland, crocodiles taste a lot like chicken.

Through Pastis’s mindful menagerie of characters, including the Mad Ducker, Cheshire Snuffles, Tweedledum Pig, and Tweedledee Idiot Pig, along with Raterpillar, Zebra, and Larry the Croc, Pearls Before Swineexpertly illustrates the flaws and shortcomings of human nature, while remaining “indifferent” to conventional cartoon molds such as plotline “continuity.” In the words of Raterpillar, “Plotline schmotline.”

With multiple honors as Best Comic Strip of the Year by the National Cartoonists Society, and an international fan base that follows the strip’s appearance in more than 600 newspapers worldwide, Pearls Before Swinetransports readers to a world of shifting perspectives and alternate realities, like the one presented insideLarry in Wonderland.

You can get it on Amazon: Larry in Wonderland: A Pearls Before Swine Collection

14
Apr
12

Book Collector: Alice and her Imitators

ImageBook and Magazine Collector: Alice and her Imitators.

Issue No. 300.

Editor: Christopher Peachment.

Published 2008 by Diamond Publishing Ltd.

With a whole article on stuff wot I’m interested in, how could I pass this by when I saw it in the Crouch Hill Oxfam Bookshop. I was hoping it’d lead me to some new things I hadn’t yet heard of, but instead it terrified me by suggesting just how much some of my collection could be worth.

I really must get insurance sorted out.

(Mind you, I suspect my copies are rather more down-at-heel and dog-earred-of-corner than the ones priced up in here. I can’t afford pristine: I buy tatty ;) )

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