Archive for the 'Dark Alice' Category

13
Aug
12

Alice Sinn Dead Wonderland

Alice Sinn Dead Wonderland, written and illustrated by Aaron Bordner.

Published by Sirius Entertainment, 2006. Paperback, first printing.

Graphic novel featuring characters from Alice along with Springheel Jack.

Publisher’s blurb:

This Halloween, Alice Sinn returns to Dead Wonderland in an original graphic novel from the master of twisted reality, Aaron Bordner. Alice has a problem sleeping. It’s that she can’t wake up! She has never been the same since that horrid car wreck and so she is trapped in the Waking Dream, her only memories painted on her skin by electrified needles. And the one man with the answers to her questions is lunatic that stalks her every move. Don’t miss this colossal, manga graphic novel event, guaranteed to draw your subconscious fears out where you can see them!

Available on Amazon: Alice Sinn Dead Wonderland

…and has its own Facebook page!

28
Jan
12

Tales from Wonderland Volume 2

Tales from Wonderland Volume 2. Artists: Daniel Leister and Neil Ruffino. Authors: Joe Brusha, Ralph Tedesco and Raven Gregory.

Published by Zenescope.

Second edition paperback, 2010.

ISBN: 978-0982363027

From the publishers:

The Red Queen finally has her chance at revenge. The shocking origin of the very first Mad Hatter comes to light, The Cheshire Cat is out in the real world and he’s ready to have some fun and Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum are doomed to repeat a nightmare of a lifetime.

Contains Tales from Wonderland: The Cheshire Cat, Tales from Wonderland: The Red Queen, Tales from Wonderland: Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum, and Tales from Wonderland: The Mad Hatter part 2.

28
Jan
12

Wonderland: House of Liddle

Wonderland: House of Liddle. Created by Raven Gregory, Ralph Tedesco & Joe Brusha.

Written by Dan Wickline. Artwork by Dave Hoover. Cover art by Sean Chen.

Published by Zenescope, 2011. First edition paperback.

From the publishers:

If walls could speak, these would scream! When Calie left the Liddle home she had no idea of the terrible legacy she was leaving behind. A house possessed by the evil of Wonderland, it has been taking victims for years and years. Some innocent… some not so. Now the story of the house of madness is collected here for the first time ever!

 

 

07
Sep
11

The Art of Alice: Madness Returns

The Art of Alice: Madness Returns: edited by Dave Marshall.

Introduction by American McGee.

Published by Dark Horse Books, 2011. Hardback.

ISBN-13: 978-1595826978

From the publisher:

Legendary game designer American McGee created one of the most visually arresting games of all time in Alice. Eleven years later, McGee returns with a sequel just as groundbreaking as his critically acclaimed classic – Alice: Madness Returns! Just in time for Madness Returns, Dark Horse and Spicy Horse Games invite Alice fans to take a journey through the wonderland of American McGee’s imagination for a look at this magnificent and disturbing world. With text by Madness Returns lead writer and executive producer R. J. Berg, and featuring an introduction by McGee, The Art of Alice offers an intimate look into the artwork behind this blockbuster interpretation of Lewis Carroll’s enduring masterpiece.

There’s some beautiful artwork in here, and it makes me want to go and play the game, but it’s PC. Bother.

Artists involved include Ken Wong, Sun Guoliang, Luis Melo, Hong Lei, Wu Yuehan, Ben Kerslake, Nako, Tyler Lockett, Fellipe Martins, Pu Jinsong, Wang Shenghua, Yuan Shaofeng and Jin Lei. I like the text explaining how the Chinese artists unfamiliar with Alice dealt with the project.

There’s a video review on Amazon if you want a look inside, and it’s buy-able on there of course: The Art of Alice: Madness Returns

21
May
11

ArchEnemy

ArchEnemy by Frank Beddor. Cover art by Vance Kovacs.

Third part of the Looking Glass Wars trilogy.

Published by Dial Books (part of Penguin), 2009.

ISBN: 9780803731561

Hardback first edition with dustjacket.

The premise of the series is that the books as written by Lewis Carroll are a distortion of the ‘true events’. Alyss Heart (Alice Liddell) is actually the Princess of Wonderland: forced to flee to the real world when her sociopathic Aunt Redd takes over the throne. The white rabbit becomes Alyss’s (Alice’s) tutor, Bibwit Harte (an anagram), and the Mad Hatter is Hatter Madigan, the royal bodyguard.

From the publisher’s blurb:

Discover the fate of Wonderland- and imagination itself- in this riveting conclusion to the New York Times bestselling trilogy.

The Heart Crystal’s power has been depleted, and Imagination along with it. The people of Wonderland have all lost their creative drive, and most alarmingly, even Queen Alyss is without her powers. There is some comfort in the fact that the vicious Redd Heart seems to be similarly disabled. Amazingly, she is attempting to team up with her enemy, Alyss, in order to reclaim Wonderland from King Arch. Alyss might have no choice but to accept Redd’s overtures, especially when she begins to receive alarming advice from the caterpillar oracles.

I’m not overly keen on this series: the writing style isn’t to my taste, but they seem to be hugely popular, and I believe that a film is planned…

Available on Amazon: ArchEnemy (Looking Glass Wars)

17
Feb
10

Mad With Wonder

Hatter M Vol. 2: Mad With Wonder by Frank Beddor and Liz Cavalier.

Art by Sami Makkonen

Automatic Pictures Publishing, 2009. Softback.

Graphic novel in the Looking Glass Wars series.

Product description:

It’s a mad, mad, mad world as Royal Bodyguard Hatter Madigan’s maniacal quest to find Alyss continues! In Volume 2, Mad With Wonder, Hatter follows the Glow from London to the battlefields of America’s Civil War in search of the Princess who must some day be Queen. The America that Hatter encounters is a sprawling, wounded, boiling landscape of innocence and energy run amok. The war is tearing the country apart, yet Hatter must maintain his sanity in this maelstrom of holy rollers, child healers, prophetic snake handlers, deranged outlaws, and passionate southern belles. As Hatter searches he learns he is not the only Wonderland presence that has found its way to the Promised Land. Queen Redd’s black imagination is fueling the Civil War and threatening our world with her evil!

The book includes Hatter Madigan’s adventures in Victorian London, an insane asylum and the American Civil War: and he’s not the only Wonderland character who ends up there…

Available on amazon: Hatter M Volume 2: Mad With Wonder

13
Feb
10

Return to Wonderland

Return to Wonderland by Daniel Leister (Artist), Nei Ruffino (Artist) and Raven Gregory (Author).

Published by Zenescope, 2008. Hardback with dustjacket.

ISBN: 0978687485, although that brings up a different cover on amazon.

From the back cover:

Alice is no longer the little girl you once knew; years have passed since she took her trip down the rabbit hole. Now a grown woman with a family of her own, Alice has everything a person could want, everything except for her sanity…

Calie Liddle was once a normal high school student with a loving family and a great boyfriend. But in the shadows of her picture perfect life something was always watching and waiting. She never knew what it was, but somehow she always knew it was there, and it holds the answers to the questions that have defined her life.

As Alice’s mental health deteriorates, Calie will discover the truth behind her mother’s illness as she is pulled into the same realm Alice traveled to many years before. Now Calie must survive in a world where terror runs rampant, a place where the adventures of Alice were only the beginning, as she discovers the shocking truth behind what Wonderland truly is. Will Calie find the strength to escape or will she succumb to the insanity that has already taken so much from her mother?

Discover for yourself the madness with no method and an evil with no motive… Discover for yourself the world that is Wonderland.

Different cover on Amazon: Return to Wonderland (Grimm Fairy Tales)

12
Feb
10

The Looking Glass Wars: Hatter M

The Looking Glass Wars: Hatter M, by Frank Beddor and Liz Cavalier.

Art by Ben Templesmith.

Published by Automatic Pictures Publishing, 2008.

ISBN: 0981873707

Paperback collection of issues 1-4 of the comic book in one graphic novel.

From the product description:

Put to rest any delusions or disinformation you have of the tea-guzzling madman of faux literary history and prepare to expand your consciousness as the saga of Hatter Madigan and his relentless search for the lost Princess of Wonderland unfolds in Volume 1 of the Hatter M graphic novel series! In Frank Beddor’s bestselling The Looking Glass Wars, Royal Bodyguard Hatter Madigan was ordered by Queen Genevieve to take Princess Alyss and leave Wonderland after a bloody palace coup staged by the murderous Redd. But while escaping through the Pool of Tears (the portal connecting Wonderland to our world) crushing centrifugal force pulled them apart, and Alyss was lost. In this first volume of the geo-graphic parallel adventure trilogy, Hatter finds himself in Paris, France in the year 1859 shockingly separated from the child he had been sworn to protect. Hatter must now embark upon a non-stop quest, crisscrossing the globe for 13 years in search of his lost Princess.

Ben Templesmith is an Australian artist and Eisner Award winner. You can see his website here.
Available on amazon: Hatter M: The Looking Glass Wars Volume 1: Looking Glass Wars v. 1

11
Feb
10

The Looking Glass Wars: Seeing Redd

The Looking Glass Wars: Seeing Redd: by Frank Beddor.

Published by Egmont Books Ltd, 2007. First edition in paperback.

ISBN: 978-1405209885

Second book in the Looking Glass Wars trilogy.

From the product description:

Return to the dazzling world of The Looking Glass Wars as Wonderland is fantastically brought to life again by acclaimed Hollywood producer, Frank Beddor. Alyss of Wonderland’s rule has only just begun, but the Queendom and her White Imagination are already under threat. Someone has resurrected the brutal Glass Eyes, and they are attacking Wonderland on all sides. Has renegade Redd Heart freed herself and her assassin Cat from the prism of the Heart Crystal? Can Alyss trust Boarderland’s King Arch, as he extends a benevolent helping hand? A battle is raging but who is the enemy?

I’m a bit suspicious of Frank Beddor (completely unfounded). I don’t like the books, and I sometimes think he’s just sussed that us Alice freaks will spend good cash on any old Alice related thing: after all, I have bought them all- he’s on to a sure thing. However, I’m sure I’m wrong, as the books have got good reviews, and sold loads. Personal taste, that’s all. Make up your own mind. Here’s the “About the Author”:

Frank Beddor is the CEO of Automatic Pictures, a film, television, and interactive game production company. He produced the hit film There’s Something About Mary. Frank Beddor hails from Minneapolis, and attended the University of Utah, where he trained for the U.S. Ski Team. One of the world’s foremost freestyle skiers, Beddor competed in the sport for five years, and was twice crowned World Champion. Trading the alpine slopes for the Hollywood Hills, Frank has worked alongside Emilio Estevez, Carrie Fisher, Chris Penn, Jennifer Tilly and Kevin Dillion. Frank Beddor lives in the U.S but is available for interviews.

Available on amazon:Seeing Redd: The Looking Glass Wars

Looking Glass Wars website here.

06
Feb
10

American McGee’s Alice

American McGee’s Alice. Third person computer game based on the Alice characters.

Plot:
Alice’s house is burned down by a fire which also kills her family. She tries to commit suicide, and becomes catatonic, so she is shut up in Rutledge Asylum, where she is mistreated by the workers.
After ten years in the asylum, the White Rabbit summons Alice to help save a twisted version of Wonderland, ruled by the evil Queen of Hearts. She encounters rather nastier versions of many of her Wonderland and Looking Glass friends: the Caterpillar, the Hatter, the Tweedles and the Cheshire Cat; who serves as Alice’s companion- appearing to ‘guide’ her with rather cryptic comments.

Alice has several weapons within the game, including some based on toys: jacks, dice, a jack-in-the-box and playing cards. There’s plenty of blood for those that way inclined…

I have both the PC and mac versions: the mac game no longer runs on my newer machines, but the PC one plays fine on my boyfriend’s computer. The mac cover has Alice with a knife rather than the cards shown on my PC copy.

There is talk both of a sequel, and of a film based on the first game.




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