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08
Jan
17

Alice’s Nightmare in Wonderland

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Alice’s Nightmare in Wonderland by Jonathan Green.

Illustrated by Kev Crossley.

Initially funded via Kickstarter, and available as hardback, paperback or clothbound.

Published by Snowbooks (25 Nov. 2015).

ISBN: Paperback- 1909679593, Clothbound- 9781909679849

From the blurb:

Several years after the events of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, Alice finds herself back in Wonderland and called upon to save the world of playing cards and talking animals from the increasingly deranged Queen of Hearts. But all is not as it first appears in the fluctuating dream world and soon Alice is battling to save herself from the nightmare that is rapidly overtaking the realm. Have you ever wondered what would have happened if Alice hadn’t drunk from the bottle labelled ‘Drink Me’, or if she hadn’t joined the Hatter, the March Hare, and the Dormouse for tea? Well now you can find out. In Alice’s Nightmare in Wonderland, YOU decide which route Alice should take, which perils to risk, and which of Wonderland’s strange denizens to fight. But be warned – whether Alice succeeds in her quest or meets a dire end as the nightmare escalates will be down to the choices YOU make. Are you ready to go back down the rabbit-hole?

It’s a ‘choose your adventure’ type book, where your path is determined by your choices and by dice roll or card draw, so the story will vary depending on the route you take. Alice has five different attributes – Agility, Logic, Insanity, Combat and Endurance – which also influence the outcomes of various events. She also has two special abilities: Curiouser and Curiouser, and The Pen is Mightier Than The Sword: both alter the outcome of events in different ways.

I have both the limited edition clothbound and the paperback versions. The clothbound was available as a Kickstarter reward, and now sells for between £50 and £100.

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Available on Amazon in hardback, paperback and Kindle versions.

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.

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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26
Nov
15

Wonderland

51nGTbqGbiL._SX319_BO1,204,203,200_Wonderland by Tommy Kovac, illustrated by Sonny Liew.

Hardcover first edition.

Publisher: Disney Press (17 Mar. 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-1423104513

A new angle on Alice in Wonderland told from the point of view of Mary Ann, the White Rabbit’s housemaid.  Collected edition of separately released comic books.

I really like this. One of the few of my ever growing collection that I’ve actually read. It’s fun, and funny and Liew’s illustrations are really distinctive: echoing the Disney designs but playing with them- sketchy and stretchy and, well, animated.

Tommy Kovac has a cool library type blog thing.

From the publisher’s blurb:

Among the numerous curiosities that have gone unexplained in the classic tale Alice in Wonderland, perhaps the most perplexing might be who, exactly, is the “Maryann” that the White Rabbit mistakes Alice for at the beginning of the story? Lewis Carroll first made us ponder this and, years later, Walt Disney again made viewers wonder who Maryann might be in his classic feature length film based on Carroll’s book.

Now, the amazingly talented folks at SLG Publishing, through a licensing deal with Disney, have finally answered this age-old question. In their beautifully executed comic book series, WONDERLAND, readers experience Alice’s fantastic world as they’ve never seen it before. Writer Tommy Kovac’s Wonderland is missing Alice herself, but it’s still populated by the other characters that make the world such a curiously exciting place. The Queen of Hearts is present, barking orders to lop off people’s heads, as is the Cheshire Cat, the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter and the rest of Wonderland’s beloved cast. And there are some new faces, too, including the book’s main protagonist, the mysterious Maryann herself. All are beautifully illustrated by Wonderland’s artist, Sonny Liew.

The graphic novel will collect the six issues that comprised the Wonderland comic series in a beautiful, collectible, jacketed hardcover.

Available on Amazon.

23
Nov
14

Alice and the White Rabbit – Their Trips Round About London

Alice and the White Rabbit – Their Trips Round About London by Brenda Girvin.

Published by Partridge & Co, London, undated – ?1900? That’d be the first edition: not sure if this is that or a subsequent print. I think it’s probably not a first, as I’ve seen that described as having a blue cover. Hardback, no dustjacket.

Frontispiece and 7 full-page black and white illustrations, and 25 illustrations in the text, all by Evelyn Stuart Hardy. The cover is rather splendid too.

Hardy came from a family of artists (father, mother and two brothers) living in Bristol. Although known as Evelyn Stuart Hardy and commonly said to have been born in 1870, she was apparently actually born Beatrice Evelyn Elizabeth Hardy in 1865, but became younger with each census!

In the book, Alice and the Rabbit come to London and visit the Tower, the Zoo, Madame Tussaud’s, the Bank of England and others.

 

Sometimes available on Amazon: Alice and the White Rabbit.




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