Archive for the 'illustrators' Category

14
Jan
20

Aliceheimer’s: Alzheimer’s Through the Looking Glass

Aliceheimer’s: Alzheimer’s Through the Looking Glass by Dana Walrath.

Published by Pennsylvania State University Press, 2016.

Paperback.

Dana Walrath is an anthropologist, artist, and writer. This book tells of her relationship with her mother Alice though the lens of Alzheimer’s. You can see some of the illustrations and read the text on her website as linked above.

Publisher’s blurb:

“Alice was always beautiful—Armenian immigrant beautiful, with thick, curly black hair, olive skin, and big dark eyes,” writes Dana Walrath. Alice also has Alzheimer’s, and while she can remember all the songs from The Music Man, she can no longer attend to the basics of caring for herself. Alice moves to live with her daughter, Dana, in Vermont, and the story begins.

Aliceheimer’s is a series of illustrated vignettes, daily glimpses into their world with Alzheimer’s. Walrath’s time with her mother was marked by humor and clarity: “With a community of help that included pirates, good neighbors, a cast of characters from space-time travel, and my dead father hovering in the branches of the maple trees that surround our Vermont farmhouse, Aliceheimer’s let us write our own story daily—a story that, in turn, helps rewrite the dominant medical narrative of aging.”

In drawing Alice, Walrath literally enrobes her with cut-up pages from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. She weaves elements from Lewis Carroll’s classic throughout her text, using evocative phrases from the novel to introduce the vignettes, such as “Disappearing Alice,” “Missing Pieces,” “Falling Slowly,” “Curiouser and Curiouser,” and “A Mad Tea Party.”

Walrath writes that creating this book allowed her not only to process her grief over her mother’s dementia, but also “to remember the magic laughter of that time.” Graphic medicine, she writes, “lets us better understand those who are hurting, feel their stories, and redraw and renegotiate those social boundaries. Most of all, it gives us a way to heal and to fly over the world as Alice does.” In the end, Aliceheimer’s is indeed strangely and utterly uplifting.

 

Part of the Graphic Medicine series: Dr. Ian Williams, the editor of ‘Graphic Medicine‘ says:

It has long been known that comics are “not just for kids”. Over the past decade this underrated medium has begun to receive recognition and acclaim from literary critics, academics, and broadsheet reviewers. This renaissance is partly due to the rise in popularity of the graphic novel. In contrast to production line, genre based, mainstream comics, graphic novels are full length, square bound “serious” comic books, aimed at adults, usually written and illustrated by one person, thus encapsulating the style, narrative and subjective worldview of an individual. Often drawing on direct experience, the author builds a world into which the reader is drawn. Amongst the growing number of autobiographical works, titles dealing directly with the patient experience of illness or caring for others with an illness are to be found.

…and references the BMJ: Graphic medicine: use of comics in medical education and patient care.

 

I really wasn’t sure what to think about this one, until it arrived. It’s incredibly beautiful and moving, funny and sad. The pictures remind me of an exhibition some time ago at The Wellcome gallery which showcased Bobby Baker‘s watercolours documenting her living with mental illness- they’re equally honest, searing and poignant.

Available on Amazon.

 

 

 

 

17
Dec
19

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass : Minalima

 

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass : Illustrated by Minalima.

Published by Harper Design, Oct. 2019

ISBN-10: 0062936611
ISBN-13: 978-0062936615

Signed copy, first printing.

Minalina are the design studio behind the graphic props of the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films, founded by Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima. They have a shop/gallery on Greek Street in Soho, London, just next to the wonderful Bertaux which I’ve been visiting since I was a little girl, and was always so much better than Patisserie Valerie 😀

Genuinely amazing book- what I would have called pop-up, but now apparently ‘with interactive elements’.

From Harper Collins website:

The sixth book in a series of illustrated classics, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass gets reimagined in this deluxe gift edition featuring exciting new artwork and several interactive features from the award-winning design studio behind the graphics for the Harry Potter film franchise, MinaLima.

Originally published in 1865, Lewis Carroll’s exquisite story of Alice, an inquisitive heroine who falls through a rabbit hole and into a whimsical world has captured the hearts of readers young and old as a timeless masterpiece. Perhaps the most popular female character in English literature, Alice is accompanied on her journey of trials and tribulations by crazy characters such as the frantic White Rabbit, the hot-headed Queen of Hearts, the intriguing Mad Hatter and so much more.

Designed through the eyes of the talented design firm MinaLima, readers will fall in love with their imaginative drawings of literature’s most famous characters. Exclusive interactive features include:

-Alice with extendable legs and arms

-The rabbit’s house that opens to reveal a giant Alice

-The Cheshire cat with a pull tab that removes the cat and leaves the cat’s grin

-A flamingo croquet club that swings to hit the hedgehog

-Removable map of the Looking Glass world

This keepsake illustrated edition—the sixth book in Harper Design’s series of reimagined children’s classics—will be treasured by readers of all ages for generations to come.

Some of the amazing interactive bits can be seen in Harper Collins’ youtube video:

Available from Minalima or on Amazon.

14
Dec
19

The Night Before Christmas in Wonderland by Carys Bexington & Kate Hindley

 

The Night Before Christmas in Wonderland by Carys Bexington. Illustrated by Kate Hindley.

Published by Macmillan Children’s Books October 2019

ISBN-10: 1509879889
ISBN-13: 978-1509879885

A charming fusion of ‘Twas The Night before Christmas by  Clement Clarke Moore and the Alice books, with appearances by Alice, The Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit, Saint Nick and all his reindeer. Bexington’s debut.

Lovely pictures by Kate Hindley who has also illustrated books for Alexander McCall Smith and Miranda Hart.

From the publisher’s blurb:

Twas the night before Christmas, with a wonderful twist! Lewis Carroll’s classic Wonderland returns but this time instead of Alice, it’s Santa’s turn for an adventure down the rabbit hole. Join the Cheshire-Cat, the Mad Hatter, and the reindeer for a tea party with lots of festive fun!

The Queen of Hearts hates Christmas – she’s banned tinsel, mince pies and even good cheer –because when she was a little Princess the White Rabbit was late delivering her letter to Father Christmas and she didn’t receive a present. But one snowy Christmas Eve, Santa finally receives her letter and races to deliver her gift! Will Santa and his reindeer be able to put the Merry back into Christmas in Wonderland?

From the original publisher of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, written by debut author Carys Bexington and illustrated by star artist Kate Hindley, The Night Before Christmas in Wonderland is a fun mash-up of two classics, showing the true meaning of Christmas is to be kind.

Review:

Carys Bexington’s witty and ingenious rewriting of the poem ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas’, to incorporate language and characters from Lewis Carroll, tells a rollicking story in which the Queen of Hearts learns the first rule of Christmas: be kind. The Night Before Christmas in Wonderland is illustrated by Kate Hindley with stylish inventiveness and touches of madness and modernity.

The Times

Available here.

 

14
Dec
19

Alice in Wonderland: A Puzzle Adventure

 

Alice in Wonderland: A Puzzle Adventure by Aleksandra Artymowska.

Large format hardback- published by Big Picture Press, June 2019

ISBN-10: 1787414906
ISBN-13: 978-1787414907

Really lovely visual puzzle book, covering just about all the events of both Alice books- from the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party to the Lion and the Unicorn and the knitting sheep. The reader is tasked to spot differences between Mock Turtles, track down the Cheshire cat or escape a 3D chessboard.

Aleksandra Artymowska is an illustrator, graphic designer and painter from Poland. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw in 2005. She has also produced puzzle versions of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Around the World in 80… Puzzles.

From the publishers blurb:

Inspired by Lewis Carroll’s classic children’s book, Aleksandra Artymowska’s stunning scenes are packed with references to the original, from the Mad Hatter’s tea party to lines of marching playing cards. Readers must riddle their way from one page to another, cracking clues, finding hidden objects, and meandering through mazes. Beautifully illustrated and full of nostalgic charm, this imaginative puzzle book will appeal to readers young and old.

 

You can find a lot more of the images here, or on the artist’s Facebook page.

Highly recommended, and available on Amazon here.

 

 

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.

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




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