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17
Feb
16

The Land Beyond the Magic Mirror: Advanced Dungeons and Dragons

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The Land Beyond the Magic Mirror: Advanced Dungeons and Dragons Fantasy Adventure Module by E. Gary Gygax.

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

In this D&D module, the players can meet the Jabberwock, JubJub bird, Bandersnatch, and the Walrus and the Carpenter, and get involved in a giant game of chess. The White Knight becomes an iron golem riding an iron horse, and Tweedledee and Tweedledum are renamed T. Deeous and T. Diumm.

Available on Amazon: The Land Beyond the Magic Mirror: Advanced Dungeons and Dragons, Fantasy Adventure Module – EX2, Adventure Module for Character Levels 9-12

 

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)
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12
Jul
15

Janice in Tomorrow-Land

Janice in Tomorrow-Land by Emory Holloway.

Published by American Book Company, 1936.

First Edition hardback, no dustjacket.

I’m not sure who the illustrations are by, but they’re wonderful- real 1930s style idea of the future. The first picture in the book includes a stained glass window with a depiction of Alice and the White Rabbit. It’s through this window that she meets ‘Mr Merlin’, who takes her on a number of adventures…

Emory Holloway (1885 -1977) was best known for books and studies of Walt Whitman.

You can find this on Amazon: Janice in Tomorrow-Land, but it’s generally pretty scarce and certainly rather expensive.

I couldn’t resist scanning in several of the illustrations:

24
May
15

Teddy and Trots in Wonderland

Teddy and Trots in WonderlandteddytotsTeddy and Trots in Wonderland by Agnes Grozier Herbertson

Illustrated by Thomas Maybank.

First published between 1875 and 1899.

This edition published by Ward Lock: no date- looks like it’s the 1927 reprint. Hardback with dustjacket.

Teddy and Trots find a key to a white gate through which they are able to visit marvellous places such as Blue-China country, the Land of Make-Believe, and the Kingdom of Riddles.

There’s a 1910 review from the Spectator available online.

Agnes was born in Norway to a Scottish family in about 1875. She came to England around 1891 after her marriage. She published a number of children’s books, both original stories and classics ‘Retold For Little Folks‘, plus poems and six novels for adults.

Thomas Maybank was born Hector Thomas Maybank Webb in Kent on 29 February 1869. At the age of eight he was thrown from a horse, injuring his hip. He stayed in St Thomas’ Hospital for two years with the resulting bone disease.

He became a full-time artist in 1902, contributing to Punch regularly until 1909. He was the original artist of Uncle Oojah, written by Flo Lancaster in the Daily Sketch from 1921. He died in 1929.

25
Nov
14

Emblemland

Emblemland: John Kendrick Bangs, illustrated by Charles Raymond Macauley. Also known as Rollo in Emblemland.

Published in 1902 by R.H. Russell, New York. First edition hardback, no dustjacket.

Inspired by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: a boy named Rollo falls asleep and finds himself in “Emblemland”, a strange country peopled with symbols and icons such as John Bull, Uncle Sam, the Owl, the Stork, Puck, Mr Punch, Father Time and Cupid.

Cupid describes his land as “the home of all Emblems…. Emblems are signs and symbols. I’m an Emblem, because I am the symbol of love; Uncle Sam is the symbol of the United States, and John Bull is the symbol of England, and the Owl is the symbol of wisdom….”

John Kendrick Bangs (1862-1922) was born in New York, and was an author, editor and satirist. Charles Raymond McCauley (1871 – 1934) was a newspaper cartoonist, published in the New York Daily Mirror.

New printing available from Evertype: Rollo in Emblemland: A Tale Inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland

28
Apr
14

Wonderland Through the Looking Glass

ImageWonderland Through the Looking Glass by Patrick Shand and Raven Gregory.

Series: Wonderland (Unumbered)

Published by Zenescope (March 4, 2014). Paperback collection of 5 comic editions.

ISBN-13: 978-1939683496

Publisher’s blurb:

The series that every wonderland fan has been waiting for is here!

Of all the evil and sinister beings who have occupied the terrifying realm of Wonderland none have instilled fear in all they meet as much as one particular hat wearing villain. The boy turned man who nearly ended the world as we know it is back. The most diabolical villain in the history of wonderland returns! The story of Johnny Liddle’s transformation into the sinister Mad Hatter will finally be told and his origin may very well drive you absolutely mad! From writers Raven Gregory (Wonderland trilogy) and Pat Shand (Unleashed) comes the follow up to the Wonderland series Down the Rabbit Hole, where a world of horror awaits and it’s no farther away than a step…

Details of the original comics here.

From the cover notes:

The Liddle family has never been normal. Even before Alice would meet her future husband, Lewis, her mind was haunted by secrets of her dark past. Alice tried to live a normal life and raise a family with two beautiful children, Calie and Johnny. But it was only a matter of time before Alice’s past caught up with her. Upon learning that the nightmarish realm of Wonderland has been targeting her family through her mind, Alice sacrificed herself, finally ending the nightmare… Or so she thought.

After her mother’s suicide and the murder of her father at her brother’s hands, Calie Liddle sacrificed her brother, Johnny, to the realm of Wonderland. Now, Johnny – alone and scared – is trapped in the hellish landscape. What will become of him and what will become of the Liddle bloodline?

Available on amazon

11
Feb
13

Malice in Blunderland

scan0001Malice in Blunderland by Allan Fotheringham.

Cover illustration by Roy Peterson.

Published by Seal Books – McClelland and Stewart-Bantam Limited, Toronto, 1983.

Paperback.

“224 pages of political commentary, anarchist wit and some of the most intelligent assessments of this country” – Toronto Star.

Not much Alice connection past the title and cover.

 

 

 

 




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