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16
Sep
17

Wonderland

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Wonderland: edited by Robert Klanten, Sven Ehmann and Birga Meyer.

ISBN 10: 3899550676

ISBN 13: 9783899550672

Publisher: Die Gestalten Verlag; Paperback/DVD edition (28 Oct. 2004)

A collection of dream inspired photos and artworks, name-checking and quoting The Gryphon from Alice (No, no! The adventures first,’ said the Gryphon in an impatient tone: `explanations take such a dreadful time.’), but no other real connection.

 

Includes a DVD ‘Diesel Dreams’.

 

From the back cover:

As a visual essay focusing on dreams, the imagination, the surreal and the divine, Wonderland builds on the success of last year’s Romantik. The book is a stunning collection of the very latest inspiring and surprising fashion photography, graphic design, illustration and fine art from around the world.

Publishers’ blurb:

Wonderland is a compilation of the very latest inspiring and surprising graphic design, illustration, photography and fine art from around the world. Focusing on dreams, the imagination, the surreal and the divine, it builds on themes introduced in our well-received title Romantik.

While Romantik revolves around longing, Wonderland depicts dramatic occurrences and experiences. The fantastical work featured in the book is presented as a visual essay of captivating intensity.

The Diesel Dreams promotional DVD was included in the first edition release of Wonderland.

Thirty different of the best filmmakers were called on to produce a two-minute short film based on imagery from Diesel’s Fall/Winter 2004 communication campaign. The Diesel Dreams promotional DVD was included in the first edition release of the book Wonderland, a visual essay focusing on dreams, the imagination, the surreal and divine.

Found in a charity shop, but available from Amazon.

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11
Jun
17

Theresa Maybe in Brexitland

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Theresa Maybe in Brexitland by Madeleina Kay.

With illustrations by the author.

Published by Alba White Wolf (24 Mar. 2017).

Financed by a Crowdfunder campaign with the tag…

To print copies of ‘Theresa Maybe’s Adventures in Brexitland’ an illustrated work of political satire, to send out to backers and to MPs.

…the writer managed to raise £2,076 in 42 days, and published the book shortly after.

Production description:

This beautifully illustrated book been successfully crowdfunded by Remain campaigners and sent to MPs. A satirical parody of Alice in Wonderland that paints the nonsense of Brexit Britain in all its shades of absurdity. On 23rd June Theresa Maybe was bored of lying on her bench on the Commons and looking at dull immigration policy documents without any pictures in! So she decided to let Dave the pet rabbit out of his hutch and followed him down the Brexit hole into Brexitland. They play an absurd game with no rules called the EU Referendum and Theresa Maybe wins “the Brexit” which she carries around Brexitland trying to work out what it is. She encounters all sorts of bizarre characters, including; The Corbynpillar, Tweedle Boris and Tweedle Johnson, The Hallamshire Cat, Dumpty Trumpty, Farage the Mad Hatter and the Nutty March Hare. Will she be able to decide, once and for all, what the Brexit actually is? And will she find anyone who is talking any sense? There is only one way to find out….

Interesting to compare this one with Alice in Brexitland: many of the politician/character choices are the same: Corbyn as Caterpillar, Cameron as White Rabbit, Boris as either one or both of the Tweedle twins, Trumpty Dumpty- but Farage is here the Hatter rather than the Cheshire Twat, instead we find the Hallamshire cat sporting a fetching yellow tie…

Available from Amazon.

03
Jun
17

Dame Alice’s Adventure in Nowonderland

537-2014623175446_540x360Dame Alice’s Adventure in Nowonderland:  Some Notes for a Nightmare by Meander. 

With ten illustrations by George Campbell.

Hardback: 35 pages, marbled boards with pink paper label to front cover.

Published 1946, Diemer and Reynolds, Bedford. First (and only) edition.

Satirical journey around the town of Bedford, featuring three of Bedford’s most famous sons: Sir William Harpur (and his wife Alice), John Bunyan, and John Howard.

 

 

08
Jan
17

Little Nemo in Slumberland

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Little Nemo in Slumberland (Volume 1- 1905-1907). Strips by Winsor McCay. Edited and with introduction by Richard Marshall.

Published by Titan Books Ltd (April 1989).

Hardback, missing its dust jacket, so just plain black boards.

ISBN-10: 1852861509
ISBN-13: 978-1852861506

Zenas Winsor McCay was an American cartoonist who was also a pioneer of animation. Little Nemo is his best known creation, but he also made Gertie the Dinosaur (1914).

The Nemo stories seem influenced by Alice both in the title and in that the child protagonist falls asleep at the start of each story, has amazing adventures and then awakes in the final panel.

Little Nemo in Slumberland ran in the New York Herald from October 15, 1905, until July 23, 1911, then it changed both name and publication, becoming In the Land of Wonderful Dreams in the New York American (1911 until 1914). There was then a break, but in 1924 Winsor McCay returned to the Herald and revived the strips under the original title until the end of 1926. This volume covers the Herald years from 1905-07.

Bought in a jumble sale, but available with dustjacket on Amazon.

05
Jan
17

Advanced Dungeons & Dragons: Dungeonland

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Advanced Dungeons & Dragons: Fantasy Adventure Module EX1- Dungeonland by Gary Gygax. Interior art by Tim Truman, cover ?Jim Holloway?

Publisher: TSR Hobbies Inc. (1983). 32-page booklet with an outer folder.

ISBN-10: 0935696504

Extension module based on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: to be run within an ongoing adventure.

After falling down an Endless Shaft, adventurers find themselves in The Long Hall containing The Pool of Tears and the entrance to The Tiny Garden. Then there is The Wood of Trees and Giant Fungi, The Wilds of Dungeonland and The Palace. During explorations, adventurers meet versions of Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland characters including a Mock Dragon Turtle, a Smilodon Cat, a dwarven Duchess, a demented arch-mage who takes the form of a rabbit and a very Mad Hatter.

This adventure goes along with The Land Beyond the Magic Mirror, which is based on Alice Through the Looking Glass. Bizarrely, the illustrations on the covers of each seem to be from the other scenario.

Available on Amazon.

28
Dec
16

Alice in Mechaland

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Alice in Mechaland by Xiao Nai-Chung (alias Hambuk).

Paperback manga, not available in English, but released in French by Kotoji editions on 26 February 2016.

ISBN: 979-1092066296

Xiao Nai-Chung is a Taiwanese writing under the pseudonym Hambuck. He worked as an industrial designer before leaving that to concentrate on manga.

The White Rabbit calls on Alice for help as Wonderland is being invaded by giant robots piloted by humans. Alice’s adversary turns out to be Dorothy, who has become the new Wizard of Oz and is determined to expand her empire.

Available on Amazon.

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28
Dec
16

Looking Glass Girl

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Looking Glass Girl by Cathy Cassidy.

Hardback first edition, with dust-jacket. Published by Puffin (2 April 2015). Also available in paperback and on Kindle.

272 pages: aimed at 9-13 year olds.

Cathy Cassidy (born 13 June 1962) is a British author of young adult fiction and has written over 20 books.

From the publisher:

Get ready to fall down the rabbit hole all over again with Looking-Glass Girl.
Alice is thrilled when Savannah invites her to a Wonderland-themed sleepover; she’s wanted to join this circle of friends for so long. Finally, she’s fitting in. But an accident suddenly changes everything and Alice is rushed to hospital.

As her friends and family rally round, a mystery begins to unravel. Was Alice pushed, and why? Who would want to hurt her? Can her loved ones – and the gorgeous boy who doesn’t want to leave her side – help Alice survive?

Looking Glass Girl is the stunning new book from Cathy Cassidy, an unforgettable tale of friendship and love from one of the UK’s best-loved authors.

On Amazon for around £12.




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