Archive for the 'illustrators' Category

16
Aug
19

Alitji in the Dreamtime

Alitji in the Dreamtime: a re-telling of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland story by Nancy Sheppard using Australian Aborigine language and imagery: the white rabbit has become a kangaroo and the dormouse is now a koala.

The story is told in the Pitjantjatjara language of Central Australia ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pitjantjatjara) and is back-translated into English alongside.

The illustrations by Byron Sewell are rather beautifully printed in brown ink: far more elegant than black, especially on the grey-brown of the paper.

Published in 1975 by the University of Adelaide, and available from various sellers on Amazon: Alitji on Amazon

More equivalences:

  • the fan becomes a woomera
  • the caterpillar becomes a witchety grub
  • the Duchess becomes the Spirit of the North Wind
  • the Mad Hatter and the March Hare become a Stockman and a Horse
  • Croquet is played with storks and echindnas

I think this is one of my favourite alternative Alice stories: the tale is well told, the rhymes and verses stand up well and the illustrations are beautiful. It works well as a book on its own merits, and it adds dimensions to the original story. Recommended.

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16
Aug
19

Illustrated by Leonard Weisgard

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll: illustrated by Leonard Weisgard.

Published by Harper & Brothers, New York, 1949.

Cover: grey and white illustrated boards. Full of really beautiful colour illustrations: I love these.

Leonard Weisgard (December 13, 1916-January 14, 2000) was an award-winning illustrator of over200 children’s books. On accepting the Caldecott Medal in 1948, he said:

“There are times in illustrating when the artist of today must rub his nose against the reality of things and try to catch with the honesty of a child a yellow sun like a pat of butter in the sky, with clouds of cottage cheese and the smoke of boats flying in all directions, with no concern for north or east. Houses with windows gaping and people like raisins on the street, a fire engine tearing off the page and a policeman stopping everything.”

Check out the website about him here.

Sometimes available on amazon: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass … With illustrations by Leonard Weisgard

18
Feb
19

alice through the needle’s eye

Alice Through the Needle’s Eye: A Third Adventure for Lewis Carroll’s Alice by Gilbert Adair. Published by Macmillan, 1984. Hardback first edition.

22 illustrations by Jenny Thorne.

Alice is trying to thread a needle by the fire on a snowy afternoon, when she finds herself in an alphabetical land populated by Siamese-Twin Cats (joined at the tail), the Welsh Rabbit (with his toasted cheese), the Kangaroo, the spelling bees, the Italian Hairdresser who uses a small crocodile as a pair of scissors, Jack and Jill, and best of all- the Grampus. It’s fun trying to find all the letters in the right order: this is one of my favourites of the sequels/ rewrites. The pictures are perfect too: I’ll try and get organised and scan some in.

ISBN: 0 333 37361 8

Bought in Hay for £15 to replace a copy given to me by my father, and lost.

Alice Through the Needle’s Eye: A Third Adventure for Lewis Carroll’s Alice

17
Feb
19

Malice in Kulturland

Malice in Kulturland by Horace Wyatt.

Illustrations by W. Tell.

Published by The Car Illustrated, 1914.

Hardback: brown boards with pictorial onlay, this copy has a damaged spine, but this seems to be fairly typical for this book. No dust jacket: I’m not sure if it ever had one?

This is an anti-war Alice parody, with references to the Kaiser and events of the first year of the 1914-1918 conflict. The illustrations are close parodies of the Tenniel originals.

There’s plenty of verse, including a version of Jabberwocky:

‘Twas dertag, and the slithy Huns

Did sturm and sturgel through the sludge;

All bulgeous were the blunderguns,

And the bosch bombs outbludge

Beware the Ulsterman, my son—

The jaws that bite at kin and kith;

Because the Carsonclan, and shun

The frumious Ridersmith…

…‘And is the Kaiserhog at large?

Then show him to your blarney boy!

Oh, frabjous day! Hurroo! Hurray!’

They chortled in their joy.

You can buy both the original version:MALICE IN KULTURLAND, and a modern reprint: Malice in Kulturland

I bought my copy on abebooks.

16
Feb
19

More Alice

More Alice, by Yates Wilson.

Illustrated by the author.

Published by T.V. Boardman & Co, 1959. Hardback with dust jacket.

A follow-up to the Alice stories in response to a request from the author’s daughter, and according to the jacket:

“written unashamedly in the style of Lewis Carroll and illustrated with John Tenniel’s illustrations in mind.”

I love the chameleon on the dust jacket, and the black and white internal pictures are also charming. The only thing I can find out about Yates Wilson is that he also produced public information posters in world war two. Any other information welcome!

Bought for £15 on abebooks.

Available on amazon: More’Alice,’

17
Feb
16

Alice in Comicland

alice-in-comiclandAlice in Comicland by Craig Yoe, with an introduction by Mark Burstein (President of the Lewis Carroll Society of North America).

Published by IDW Publishing (15 May 2014).

Publishers’ blurb:

Alice like you’ve never seen her before! Some of the greatest comic book artists ever to put pen to paper tumble down the rabbit hole for their own unique look at Lewis Carroll’s famous creation! Walt Kelly, Alex Toth, Dan DeCarlo, George Carlson, MAD-men Harvey Kurtzman, Jack Davis, and Dave Berg, the Simon and Kirby Shop, the Walt Disney Studios, pioneering Yellow Kid creator R. F. Outcault, and many more visit Wonderland and write… draw!… home to tell about it! You’ll be astonished to see Alice gruesomely starring in the banned horror comic book stories of the 1950s, as the basis of a romance comic, riding on a flying saucer, meeting Santa Claus, as a teeny-bopper, hanging out with famous comic characters, going to the weird Monkey Island, looking like Alfred E. Neuman, selling out to pimp bread… and even have a sex change – TWICE! The fascinating – sometimes bizarre – comics, the rare original art, a special introduction by Mark Burstein, president of Lewis Carroll Society of North America, and a revealing foreword by the award-winning comics historian Craig Yoe make this book truly a wonder! Alice in Comicland will leave you grinning like the Cheshire cat!

There is some fantastic stuff in here, and it opens a whole new world of stuff to try and track down for my collection, but it’s frustrating not to have more of some of the editions included- sometimes it’s the whole story, sometimes just a cover.

What’s amazing is the spread of genres of comic that found inspiration in Alice, funny strips, superheroes, adventure stories, sci-fi… you name it.

Thanks to my lovely husband for the present.

This is what you get:

“Alice in Cartoonland” (a short story from 1916)
“Lewis Carroll: The Rev. Charles L. Dodgson” from It Really Happened #5 (Visual Editions)
“Through the Looking Glass” from World’s Greatest Stories #1 (Jubilee Publications)
“A Modern Alice in Wonderland” from Superman #41 (DC Comics)
“Alice in Terrorland” from Lost Worlds #5
“Alec in Fumbleland” from Puzzle-Fun #1 (George W. Dougherty Publishing Co.)
“Glory” (previously unpublished Walt Kelly piece)
“Mother’s Gooseberry Rinds” from Pogo Possum #10 (Dell)
“Alice on Monkey Island” (Pentagon Publishing)
“Through the Looking Glass!” The Thing #17 (Charlton)
“Archie in Wonderland!” Archie’s Madhouse #5 (Archie Comics)
“Alice in Flying Saucers” Alice #11 (Ziff-Davis)
“Little Max Meets `Alice in Wonderland'” Little Max Comics #69 (Harvey)
“Alice in Wonderland!” Mad #18 (EC)
Superman-41-July-Aug-1946-A-Modern-Alice
17
Feb
16

The Wonderland Alphabet

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The Wonderland Alphabet by Alethea Kontis. Illustrated by Janet K. Lee.

Published by Archaia Entertainment (1 Mar. 2013). Boardbook.

Alethea Kontis was born on January 11, 1976 in Vermont. She specialises in fantasy/ fairy tales for young adults, and here has written an Alice themed verse to accompany each letter of the alphabet, from Alice to snooZe, via Eat me and Unbirthday.

Eisner Award-winning Janet Lee  was the mastermind behind the book and provides the illustrations, which are nicely un-saccharine and the way the verses and the words intertwine is really rather lovely.

Available on Amazon.

 




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