Posts Tagged ‘alice spoof

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

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:

21
Feb
19

Oedipus in Disneyland

Oedipus in Disneyland: Queen Victoria’s reincarnation as Superman by Hercules Molloy.

Published by Paranoid Press, 1972.

Paperback.

I can’t pretend I’ve read this- I only bought it yesterday after all- but on skimming it seems to be a (badly written) cross between a Freudian nightmare and a Foucault’s Pendulum conspiracy theory horror story.

I’ve found a couple of reviews on-line- one from Angtime:

But nothing, nothing, nothing in the world will mess your head up more than “Oedipus in Disneyland” by Hercules Molloy. I have a first edition, for the simple fact that it never made it to a second. The title, snappy as it is, gives one only a small glimpse as to its range. The subtitle: “Queen Victoria’s reincarnation as Superman”, while also intriguing, is likewise only part of the tale. What will melt your mind is Clark Kent, unaware of his destiny, sitting alone in a Mexican jail cell, reading “Alice in Wonderland” and providing a subtextual play-by-play. Copies are hard to come by, not surprisingly, but a google search turned up one review that began with the words “It is positively disgusting….” And one webpage that just had some keywords: Classics-Alice-Wonderland-Kent-Clark-Dirty-Sex-Superman-Bad-Words which I think surmises it pretty well.

…and one from the International Journal of Social Psychiatry:

There’s also an amusing review/article here.

I think I’ll stick to skimming it!

Available via Amazon: Oedipus in Disneyland

16
Sep
17

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!

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.

 

 

03
Jun
17

Alice in Brexitland

coverAlice in Brexitland by Leavis Carroll (or Lucien Young).

Illustrated by Ollie Mann.

Published by Ebury Press;  hardback first edition (1 Jun. 2017).

  • ISBN-10: 1785036963
  • ISBN-13: 978-1785036965

Lucien Young is an actor and writer, known for Fried and Murder in Successville. On this book, he has said:

“It’s been a delight getting the chance to balance the absurdity of modern British politics with the relative sanity of Lewis Carroll. I’m excited for people to read the book and, if its release should happen to bring down the government, this will all have been worthwhile.”

From the publisher’s blurb:

Lying on a riverbank on a lazy summer’s afternoon – 23rd June 2016, to be precise – Alice spots a flustered-looking white rabbit called Dave calling for a referendum. Following him down a rabbit-hole, she emerges into a strange new land, where up is down, black is white, experts are fools and fools are experts…

She meets such characters as the Corbynpillar, who sits on a toadstool smoking his hookah and being no help to anyone; Humpty Trumpty, perched on a wall he wants the Mexicans to pay for; the Cheshire Twat, who likes to disappear leaving only his grin, a pint, and the smell of scotch eggs remaining; and the terrifying Queen of Heartlessness, who’ll take off your head if you dare question her plan for Brexit. Will Alice ever be able to find anyone who speaks sense?

Political parody, with transformed Carrolian characters such as Dave the Camerarabbit, Farage- the ‘inanely grinning Cheshire Twat’, the Corbynpillar, Theresa May- the ‘Queen of Heartlessness’,  Boris and Michael as “Tweedleboz and Tweedlegove” (‘one has a deranged mop of blond hair; the other looked like a duck who had just won a prize’) and  Trumpty Dumpty. Alice just can’t decide if she agrees with the views expressed in the Daily Murdoch or The Gordian…

Very much in the long tradition of Alice political parodies such as Through a Peerglass and Clara in Blunderland.

Ollie Mann’s illustrations are in the style of the original Tenniels, but are recognisable as the political persons in question.

Available on Amazon in hardback or kindle editions.

 

 

 

 

29
May
16

Grabberwocky

Grabberwocky and Other Flights of Fancy by Michael Barsley. I also have his other Alice themed book- Alice in Wunderground.

Illustrated by Osbert Lancaster.

First published by John Murray, 1939. This is the third printing from 1941. Softback- pamphlet really…

A  satirical examination of Britain at the outbreak of  World War II by means of a series of fun verses, including a Jabberwocky parody:

‘Twas Danzig, and the Swastikoves
Did Heil and Hittle in the Reich
All Nazi were the Lindengroves
And the Neurat Jewstreich.

Beware the Grabberwock, my Son
The Plans that spawn, the Plots that hatch,
Beware the JewJew Bird, and shun
The führious Bundesnatch.

He took his Aryan Horde in Hand
Long Time the Gestapo He taught
Then rested He by the Baltic Sea
And stood awhile in Thought.

Available on Amazon: Grabberwocky and other Fights of Fancy … Illustrated by Osbert Lancaster

21
Feb
16

Joan in Flowerland

Joan in Flowerland by Margaret Tarrant and Lewis Dutton.

Illustrated by Margaret Tarrant.

Undated, but I think it’s a reprint from 1950, as the 1935 first edition was published undated in blue cloth rather than the beige of my copy.

Hardback, no dustjacket.

Coloured frontispiece and 15 colour plates, plus many line drawings- all of children and various flower fairies.

Margaret Winifred Tarrant (1888 – 1959) was an English illustrator specialising in depictions of fairy-like children and religious subjects. She began her career at the age of 20, and painted and published into the early 1950s.

She was known for her children’s books, postcards, calendars, and print reproductions.

The book tells of Joan’s journey through Flowerland after falling asleep in the sun one day.
Bought in Fosters in Chiswick. Lovely shop.

Sometimes turns up on Amazon: Flowerland

09
Jul
13

Alice on Mars

scan0002Alice on Mars by Robert Rankin.

Published by Far Fetched Books, 2013.

Hardback with dust jacket, signed, 200/3000.

When Alice (of Wonderland) is abducted by aliens she begins her biggest and strangest adventure. In a Rainy Tale told to the boy Robert by his Granddad’s ventriloquists’ dummy, Alice, together with her loyal and brave flock of performing kiwi birds, becomes embroiled in a twisted epic saga of worlds domination, robot wars and thwarted romance.

See giant kiwi birds on the attack!

Questionable practices and odd folk from space!

Martian Mayhem!

Massive robot destruction!

The year is 1896 and WORLDS WAR TWO has begun!

Robert’s second full-length illustrated book is only available in this special limited edition of 3000 signed and numbered hard back copies.

It was a pleasure to attend Film and Comic Con and meet Mr. Rankin, who has signed my book so beautifully.

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Robert Rankin’s website is here: you can download Alice on Mars posters there. And his Amazon page is here.




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