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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.


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.


Alice and the Space Telescope

Alice and the Space Telescope by Malcolm Longair, with forward by Nobel Prizewinner Riccardo Giacconi. Published by The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1989.

4to hardcover with dustjacket. First edition.

ISBN: 0-8018-2831-7

The book explains and discusses some of the things going on in astrophysics from the time of the launch of the Hubble telescope, and yet still manages to be funny at the same time.

It makes me think of The Big Bang Theory. I wonder what Sheldon would make of it?

There’s also a rewrite of Jabberwocky, which is always good value… even if the scansion is a little off…

Twas brillig and the slithy toves/Brought plans of telescopes fair to see./ The Jabberwock, he clapped his hands/And said, ‘That’s just for me.

Loads of pictures- some of Tenniel’s, various graphs and scientific diagrams, and photos.

Available via amazon: Alice and the Space Telescope, but mine was a present. Thanks Iain!


Malice in Wonderland: Alice the Assassin

Malice-in-Wonderland-1-Alice-the-Assassin.225x225-75Malice in Wonderland: Alice the Assassin by Lotus Rose.

Self published paperback, 2012.

The blurb:

It’s a lot easier to be ruthless when you’re heartless. . .
The truth is not what you were led to believe. Alice never left Wonderland. It wasn’t all “just a dream.”
It’s a nightmare. A nightmare she can’t escape, where formerly pleasant characters throw her unhappy unbirthday parties to torment her, while others like to make her cry so they can lick her tears.
But one day after years of this unpleasantness, she loses her heart. Literally. Well, technically someone steals it.
And she has to get it back. By any means necessary. And it’s a lot easier to be ruthless now that she’s heartless.
She will have her heart returned to her even if she has to kill all the citizens of Wonderland one by one…

You can get the Kindle edition for free!



Alice in Sussex

alice-in-sussexAlice in Sussex written and illustrated by Nicholas Mahler.

Published by Suhrkamp Verlag Gmbh (Mar 2013). Softback.

German graphic novel in which Alice chases the White Rabbit down his rabbit-hole in search of an illustrated edition of Austrian poet H. C. Artmann’s Frankenstein in Sussex.

From the publisher:

Alice is back in Wonderland. Here she meets the White Rabbit, who leads her down into his rabbit hole in search of an illustrated edition of H. C. Artmann’s Frankenstein in Sussex. Over the course of the novel Alice repeatedly runs into the Rabbit who quotes freely from other literary works by the likes of Herman Melville and E. M. Cioran.

Unlike in Carroll’s classic, this Alice is not in Wonderland but rather in a house deep beneath the ground. On subsequent floors she encounters the famous creations of Lewis Carroll: the Hookah-Smoking Caterpillar, the Cheshire Cat, the Mock Turtle, and many others. One after the other, these creatures address the terrors of childhood and youth. When Alice reaches the ground floor of the house she comes face to face with Frankenstein’s Monster, whereupon she awakes from her terrifying dream.

Available on Amazon.



Alice’s Bloody Adventures

51d9CWkTjlL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_SX342_SY445_CR,0,0,342,445_SH20_OU02_Alice’s Bloody Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll and Raul Contreras.

Published by Demented Entertainment (19 Jun 2013). Hardback, no dustjacket.

From the blurb:

A new demented modern interpretation of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. With illustrations by Los Angeles based street artist Tweedle Guns. The White Rabbit has killed Alice’s Sister and cat. Sending her on a revenge quest down the rabbit hole. Alice finds herself a pawn in a deadly battle for supremacy of Wonderland.

I love the illustrations: they use Tenniel as a jumping off point, but leap a pretty long way.

Available on Amazon.



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

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