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Scavenger Hunt Challenge Wrap-Up


We asked if you would help Paul Tobin find inspiration for his vision of the lost world of Atlantis and your response was, as usual, near overwhelming.






But Paul has been able to make his choices of the most imaginative and inspiring visions of the mythic (?) continent of Atlantis, as conceived and created by the artists of DeviantArt.  Both the actual artists who created Paul’s favorite Atlantis pieces and the deviants who submitted those pieces for the contest will receive either Volume One or Volume Two of Paul’s coffee table collections, “White Cloud Worlds.”  With forewords and introductions from Guillermo Del Toro, Richard Taylor, Iain Craig and Wayne Barlow, these two lavish volumes represent the finest fantasy work from New Zealand artists.


Here are the curators and the incredible works of art that Paul chose.















Scavenger Hunt Challenge Wrap-Up. We asked if you would help Paul Tobin in his conceptualization of the lost world of Atlantis and your response was, as usual, near overwhelming.


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Cosplay Friday: The Justice League

Fri Mar 27, 2015, 10:48 AM
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The next couple of years promises to be full of comic book superheroes no matter where your allegiance falls in the DC/Marvel divide.


Following in The Avengers’ big screen footsteps, the Justice League of America (JLA) is finally getting its own live-action movie, even though the Justice League came along way before The Avengers were even born. A quick stroll down comic book lane reveals how the JLA got its start and unintentionally lead to some of Marvel’s most successful superhero teams.



The first team of superheroes in the history of comics was the Justice Society of America (JSA) who appeared in DC Comics All Star Comics #3 in 1940.


The original team included Doctor Fate, Hour-Man, the Spectre, the Sandman, the Atom, the Flash, Green Lantern, and Hawkman. DC Comics had a rule that whenever a JSA member received his own comic book title the character would leave All Star Comics and would become an “honorary member” of the JSA. This is why already independent Batman and Superman didn’t appear in the series, being automatic honorary members even though they weren’t present for the founding of the JSA. The comic had a good run, but after WWII there was a decline in the popularity of superheroes. It seems the golden age of the superhero ended when DC opted to stop publishing more JSA adventures and rebranded the title All-Star Westerns (which didn't include a single superhero).


It wasn’t until 1979 that any explanation for the team’s disappearance after the early 1950s was provided when it was revealed in The Defeat of the Justice Society! (Adventure Comics #466) that the JSA chose to disband and retire rather than present themselves unmasked in front of the Joint Un-American Activities Committee as demanded.



The death of the JSA lead to the birth of the Justice League of America (JLA) when in the late 1950s DC Comics’ editor Julius Schwartz asked writer Gardner Fox to reinvent the JSA. Schwartz, due to the popularity of Major League Baseball’s National and American Leagues, asked Fox to change the team’s name to the Justice “League.” The JLA made its debut with a whole new team in March 1960 in The Brave and the Bold #28 and quickly gained popularity, leading to their own series which became one of DC Comics’ best-selling titles.


During a round of golf, DC publisher Jack Liebowitz bragged to Marvel owner Martin Goodman about how well the new Justice League series was selling which prompted Goodman, knowing himself how popular the JLA was becoming, to ask his editor Stan Lee to create a superhero team for Marvel. The result was the Fantastic Four. The next Marvel team to follow prompted by the Justice League’s success was The Avengers. You can thank DC comics for spawning the dawn of the superhero team — but, ironically, in Marvel Comics!


Casting rumors continue to swirl as Warner Brother’s The Justice League movie moves closer and closer to production, but no need to wait until the movie’s release in 2017 to see your fave Justice Leaguers in the flesh. Thanks to these DeviantArt superheroes you can see the full league in all their live-action glory. These cosplayers join their collective superpowers to bring you a superheroic extravaganza!
















The real test of honor isn’t how you die, it’s how you live.”


— Superman










In Brightest Day, In Darkest Night, No Evil shall escape My Sight. Let those who worship Evil’s Might, beware my power, Green Lantern’s Light!”


— Green Lantern










[Hovering above the ground by spinning his arms] Hey ladies, check me out! I’m just like a helicopter! [Loses balance and crashes to the ground] I’m sorta like a helicopter…”


— Flash










Next time I let Superman take charge, just hit me. Real hard.”


— Batman










It’s faith, Hawkgirl. You’re not supposed to understand it. You just have it.”


— Aquaman










I’m used to being thanked when I save someone.”


— Hawkgirl










I am Diana, Princess of the Amazons! I won’t be denied!”


— Wonder Woman












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  1. Who is you favorite The Justice League character and why?
  2. What would you like to see in future editions of Cosplay Friday?













The next couple of years promises to be full of comic book superheros no matter where your allegiance falls in the DC/Marvel divide. Following in The Avengers’ big screen footsteps, the Justice League of America (JLA) is finally getting its own live-action movie, even though the Justice League came along way before The Avengers were even born. A quick stroll down comic book lane reveals how the JLA got its start and unintentionally lead to some of Marvel’s most successful superhero teams.

Author/Curator: spotted
Designer: seoul-child

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A budding new talent in the realm of ASOIAF fanart, the gothic style of IrenHorrors brings a delightfully macabre sensibility to familiar scenes and characters. Citing the inspiration of greats like Tim Burton and Arthur Rackham, the artist is well on the way to establishing an enthusiastic following all of her own. 


A Song of Ice and Fire by IrenHorrors
Daenerys Portrait by IrenHorrorsMelisandre by IrenHorrors
Winterfell by IrenHorrors Daenerys Targaryen by IrenHorrors


Welcome to Illustrating Westeros, IrenHorrors. To begin, tell us how you became an artist, and the influences that have shaped your style.

 

Hello! I am honored to be invited! In my gallery there aren’t a lot of artworks related to the ASOIAF book series, so I am very pleased that you paid attention to me.

I am fond of painting and drawing since I can remember myself; at first I spent a lot of years in art school, then I entered the Moscow State University of Printing Arts and graduated from it this summer. But I seriously and thoroughly started painting free themes only about a year ago, and all of my work to this moment that you can see in my gallery was made during this period. The idea to become an illustrator arose when I first got acquainted with Tove Jansson and her glorious Moomintroll, and ever since I’ve wanted to make an author’s book, where the text and illustrations would be my creations. The style, in which I work recently, was inspired by several artists: Abigail Larson, Kmye Chan, Gris Grimly, Līga Kļaviņa, Anna Ignatieva, Virginia Mori, Arthur Rackham, Alan Lee, Edmund Dulac, Chris Riddell, John Bauer, Kay Nielsen, Tony DiTerlizzi, Joseph Vargo. And, of course, I love the creativity of Tim Burton.

 

 

You are an outstanding illustrator of George R. R. Martin's works. When did you read the A Song of Ice and Fire books for the first time, and what was your initial impression?

 

I read all the books during the summer last year, so you could say that I'm a newcomer. At the time, all around me talked about the series Game of Thrones, and before I watched it, I decided to read the books. I could not tear myself away, it was an interesting and exciting story! Now I'm again going crazy waiting for the next part of the books. The world that Martin created is cruel and realistic, despite the fact that this is a fantasy novel. I really love things like that! It is very interesting to observe the development of characters, his artful design for the fate of each of them.

Who are some of your favourite characters in the series, and is there a scene that is particularly memorable to you?

 

Oh, there are so many of them! My favorite character is Tyrion Lannister, I would like to see him on the Iron Throne. Also, I like so many female characters that I even find it difficult to say which of them is my favorite one! It is much easier to say who I do not like: I always feel  reluctant to read the chapters about Sam, and even more did he annoy me in the TV series. The greatest inspiration I always find in scenes in which the female characters showed their strength, such as when Daenerys helped dragons to be born or when she was able to subdue Drogon. During the reading, I felt shivers down my spine. Like many others, I was struck by the scene of the Red Wedding. Oh God, why?!  Certainly, there were so many scenes that touched me a lot.

 

After HBO’s Game of Thrones came out, many readers’ inner pictures of characters and scenes have been replaced by actors and settings from the show. Can you tell us about your own mental images of the characters, and if this has been influenced by the show?

 

I think that the characters and the environment were perfectly chosen in the series, HBO has done an excellent job! In addition, while I was reading the books I already knew how most of the main characters in the series looked like to me. I imagine Daenerys a little differently; she is much younger than Emilia Clarke, and her hair is short.

       


You show an evident preference for depicting female characters in your paintings, particularly those associated with fire like Daenerys and Melisandre. What is it about these women and the roles they play in ASOIAF that you find compelling?

 

Female characters are my passion! I love strong women. Melisandre is an example for me to follow. Despite the fact that many people consider her an insane fanatic, I am of the opinion that she is a very wise, cunning woman; she has enormous power and successfully copes with her tasks. Daenerys is still very young, and her power over people and the dragons was greatly weakened by the end of the fifth book . . . but she has a clean, kind heart, and how she was able to overcome many of life's complexities speaks of her as a strong woman. I certainly do their portraits, and of other female characters, to reveal all of my favorite ASOIAF women.

In keeping with your largely female-centred focus, Stark Family: Ladies portrays the three women of House Stark: Sansa, Arya, and their mother Catelyn, along with the direwolves. How do you view these characters as represented in the text and what motivated you to create this heart-warming portrait of them?

Stark Family: Ladies by IrenHorrors

Of the variety of characters in Martin’s universe, House Stark will always hold a special place in my heart. Starks are the embodiment of family values, love and warmth, with the background of the beautiful nature of the North. In my dreams, I'll always connect all family members together. For me, House Stark is an example of ideal relationships, perhaps I would like to have a similar family too.

You have a characteristic art style that distinguishes you amongst ASOIAF artists. Do you foresee experimenting with new techniques and styles or prefer keeping to your established ones?

 

I found myself recently, so it’s difficult for me to say what will happen next. But I love what I do now, it fits my inner perceptions, and I hope at the same time to maintain my style and hone my skills, complicating the composition and working on the details and the anatomy of the characters. I would like to do more full illustrations, not just portraits of characters. If I work a lot, the progress will be evident.

Is there an ASOIAF artist whose work you admire? And/or a piece of ASOIAF art that you have as a personal favourite?

There are actually a huge number of them! It’s always difficult for me to choose a favorite from such a variety of delightful artwork. For example, I really like this particular work by Quirkilicious that has exquisite colors and perfect composition! I like the works by Dejan Delic for their stunning style and the variety of characters, I can spend hours looking at them. Also, another of my favorite artworks is The Lannister Family by Bubug, in my opinion it is a very witty, interesting and cool painting. I love this style!

 

Stormborn by Quirkilicious

Stormborn by Quirkilicious

Please, give us a link or thumbnail from your gallery of:

a) An ASOIAF illustration you are most proud of?

 

I am very proud of this work, it seems to me that I got a successful composition, and I like the colors.

Mother of Dragons by IrenHorrors

b) A piece that was the hardest to draw or paint?


This was the most difficult task. As you can see, male characters are not my forte. But I'm working on it!

Jon Snow by IrenHorrors


We know Martin has employed subverted fairy tale elements in the books, and looking at your wider gallery, we find that you love paintings of classic fairy tale scenes and characters which made us wonder if you would create an ASOIAF/fairy tale crossover piece, and what would you depict?

 

I always imagine Beauty and the Beast, which serve as Sansa Stark and Sandor Clegane! Someday I will draw a similar artwork. This story has always been one of my favorites. Also, I see a beautiful fairy tale based on the story of Bran Stark. In my opinion, this is one of the most mystical and fantasy storylines.

  

Is there a plotline, whether in the North, the Vale, King’s Landing or Essos that you're anxious to see resolved in the next book?

 

I'm terribly curious about what will happen next with Arya, Sansa, Daenerys and Tyrion! Though . . . perhaps I'm wondering more about the development of each storyline—what an incredible batch happened at the end of the fifth book! The storyline of House Greyjoy, for example, is very impressive.

 

And lastly, can the fandom expect more ASOIAF art from you in the future?

 

Yes, of course! It will undoubtedly be a lot of artwork, as I said before, I began making fan art pieces not so long ago. It can be also said that I have marked only the beginning of my collection of works based on the ASOIAF universe. I have big plans, and I hope I will have time for it.


Thank you for talking to us, IrenHorrors! You can see more of her art at: 

 irenhorrors.deviantart.com 




April, 5 was International Pillow Fight Day. It was the first time I went to see it and didn't expect it would be such a fun! Next year I'll bring a pillow instead of camera :)





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Cosplay Friday: Doctor Who

Fri Nov 28, 2014, 12:56 PM
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Cosplay is cool and so is the Doctor


Did you know the Doctor has more than 12 incarnations? Legions of fans have donned their fezes, have taken up their sonic screwdrivers, and guided the TARDIS through time and space to bring you the best of the best in cosplay. Dive into a few of the many iterations that are the Doctor and his companions.


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Did you know the Doctor has more than 12 incarnations? Legions of fans have donned their fezes, have taken up their sonic screwdrivers, and guided the TARDIS through time and space to bring you the best of the best in cosplay. Dive into a few of the many iterations that are the Doctor and his companions.

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Cosplay Friday: Princess Mononoke

Thu Apr 23, 2015, 10:05 PM
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Miyazaki creates a dark, violent and complex modern fairy tale in Princess Mononoke drawing from history, fantasy, and traditional Japanese folklore.


The film follows the journey of Ashitaka, a young warrior who goes in search of a cure to save his life and finds himself in the middle of a battle between nature and industry. The animal gods lead by Princess Mononoke (or Spirit/Monster Princess) are at odds with the humans lead by Lady Eboshi who are threatening the existence of the forest with their iron manufacturing practices. Princess Mononoke artistically displays the relationship between humans and nature as well as the need for a balanced coexistence rich with mutual respect amongst all.



The struggle present in Miyazaki’s 1997 beautifully animated tale is one we are facing today as consumerism and convenience continue to trump conservation and environmentalism. Miyazaki’s cautionary tale was ahead of its time outlining the potential pitfalls we currently find ourselves in, especially as we continue to ignore the need to coexist with nature rather than exhaust its resources to fit our whims.


After thriving for thousands of years, some species are being driven to extinction by the actions of the human race who choose to hunt for sport or to extract the animal’s valuable resources. Terrains that were once lush and beautiful have been reduced to piles of dust due to mining. The oceans continue to rise as the creatures of the North Pole slowly lose their homes due climate changes melting away their habitat. But, much like in Miyazaki’s film, the ongoing cries of environmentalists and scientists have gone largely unheeded. Like a crying child told to ‘hush,’ their valid concerns have been tossed aside for another day when profit margins aren’t at risk.


Lady Eboshi is a perfect personification of big business and their self-serving ideals. However, there is no clear line between good and evil in Miyazaki’s work only layers of grey. Ignoring ancient mindsets, Lady Eboshi employs those considered undesirable in society, prostitutes and lepers, giving them options they wouldn’t have in life and making her seem progressive and benevolent. But in reality, she is exploiting these workers for her own benefit and only pretending to care as she manipulates those around her. Still, the workers seem happy and are benefiting.


The film’s conflict can’t be boiled down to two sides — just as in life, it isn’t that simple.



The forest animals are divided with the wolves, apes, and boars each on opposing sides. The humans are just as divided with iron workers, samurai, and hunters all vying for control. Everyone has their own agenda and fights to assert control over the future of the forest. Ignorance and hate are the only true villains in this tale.


The rich and complex storytelling make Princess Mononoke a standout among its contemporaries. The hand-drawn animation not only dazzles the eye, but highlights the consequences blind consumption has on all of us while illuminating the possibility for a new beginning.


Get ready to delve deep into the forest as this gallery of talented cosplayers brings the world of Princess Mononoke to life.



















You cannot alter your fate. However, you can rise to meet it.”


— Hii-sama










Without that ancient god, the animals here would be nothing but dumb beasts once again. Once the forest has been cleared and the wolves wiped out, this desolate place will become the richest land in the world … and Princess Mononoke will become human.”


— Lady Eboshi










The Forest Spirit gives life and takes life away. Life and death are his alone. Or have you boars forgotten than?”


— Moro










If it would lift the curse, I'd let it tear you apart. But even that wouldn't end the killing now, would it?”


— Prince Ashitaka










I’m not afraid to die. I’d do anything to get you humans out of my forest!”


— San, The Princess Mononoke















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  1. Who is you favorite Princess Mononoke character and why?
  2. What would you like to see in future editions of Cosplay Friday?












Miyazaki creates a dark, violent and complex modern fairy tale in Princess Mononoke drawing from history, fantasy, and traditional Japanese folklore. The film follows the journey of Ashitaka, a young warrior who goes in search of a cure to save his life and finds himself in the middle of a battle between nature and industry. The animal gods lead by Princess Mononoke (or Spirit/Monster Princess) are at odds with the humans lead by Lady Eboshi who are threatening the existence of the forest with their iron manufacturing practices. Princess Mononoke artistically displays the relationship between humans and nature as well as the need for a balanced coexistence rich with mutual respect amongst all.

Author/Curator: spotted
Designer: seoul-child

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STREET RACK : Vol. 3

Sun Apr 13, 2014, 1:18 PM


"For me photographs are taken in the eye before you've even thought what they mean. 
That’s the reality I'm interested in capturing." 
- Daido Moriyama -



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Cosplay Friday: The Powerpuff Girls

Fri Apr 17, 2015, 12:09 PM
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What Are Little Whoopass Girls Made Of?



It was back in the early 90’s while attending California Institute of the Arts that creator Craig McCracken (CMcC) first dreamed up three crime fighting female superheroes for his student short film. The super powered girls Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup were the result of Professor Utonium’s experimental attempt to create the perfect little girls using "sugar, spice, and everything nice", but a can of “Whoopass” accidentally made it’s way into the mixture and the Whoopass Girls were born. Armed with super strength, speed, flight, and a few more tricks the girls used their powers to fight crime and save the world all before bedtime.


Once Cartoon Network picked up the show they decided to change the name to something more appropriate for younger audience and replaced “whoopass’ with “powerpuff’. Here’s the short film that started it all.






















The Artistic Lifestyle Of Townsville


Dripping pop art and pop culture, the animation style used in The Powerpuff Girls is highly stylized and shows influences from the 1950s, 60s, 70s and 80s art scene. The minimalistic look of the show is reminiscent of British artist David Hockney’s work conveying “1950s futuristic pizazz” according to movie critic Bob Longino. Longion went on to add that The Powerpuff Girls was "one of the few American creations that is both gleeful pop culture and exquisite high art." The character of Ms. Keane, the girls kindergarten teacher, is named after American artist Margaret Keane whose artwork features children with unusually large eyes. Her art inspired the drawing style of many of the characters in The Powerpuff Girls including the girls themselves.



The retro era influences don’t stop at the artwork — the opening credits pay homage to the 1960’s live-action Batman series animated intro which pans across a handful of Gotham villains and shows Batman and Robin giving them a one-two punch. The storyline in one episode is loosely based on the Beatles career with the majority of the dialogue being taken from their song lyrics and some of the villains appearing in roles that were a nod to the band members. The characters’ dialogue in many episodes references classic rock and pop songs from those earlier eras, there’s even references to Star Wars in a few episodes.


Is It The End For The Powerpuff Girls?


The Powerpuff Girls ran for 78 episodes ending in 2005 and featured the voice talent of Tara Strong, Elizabeth Daily, and Cathy Cavadini in the sweet superhero roles. Its popularity generated an anime version Powerpuff Girls Z which debuted in Japan in 2005 and ran for 52 episodes until 2007. So is that it? Are we never to see the girls battling against the crossdressing devil HIM or setting people like misguided feminist Femme Fatale right? Fear not! Cartoon Network is rebooting The Powerpuff Girls who are making their return to the small screen in 2016 on its 18th anniversary of the show’s debut.


For now you can enjoy this sugar-coated cosplay collection full of girl powered whoopass as deviants bust out their best Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup creations. This is a Powerpuff Girls collection even HIM would approve of.
















Sugar, Spice, and everything nice. These are the ingredients to make the perfect little girls.”


— Narrator










And, like Ben Franklin always said … Early to bed, early to wake, makes a lady smart, pretty, and great.”


— Blossom










Yeah. Mojo did a very silly thing, he did, blowing a hole in his house. Boy, was he mad. There was steam coming out of his ears, but I knew that deep down inside he was a sad, poor, little monkey.”


— Bubbles










We’re not keeping that stinky fleabag. Because I’m gonna end up feeding it, and cleaning it, and loving it.”


— Buttercup










No! Not my priceless, very rare, one-of-a-kind porcelain poodle! Anything! Anything but my priceless, very rare, one-of-a-kind porcelain poodle!”


— Mayor










Hey you kids, get out of my moat, it was not meant to be played in. I must remember to destroy those kids after my breakfast has been eaten.”


— Mojo Jojo












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  1. Who is you favorite Powerpuff Girls character and why?
  2. What would you like to see in future editions of Cosplay Friday?













What are little whoopass girls made of? It was back in the early 90’s while attending California Institute of the Arts that creator Craig McCracken (CMcC) first dreamed up three crime fighting female superheroes for his student short film. The super powered girls Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup were the result of Professor Utonium’s experimental attempt to create the perfect little girls using "sugar, spice, and everything nice", but a can of “Whoopass” accidentally made it’s way into the mixture and the Whoopass Girls were born.

Author/Curator: spotted
Designer: seoul-child

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This was one of my favourite features! :D
And yes, i included two of my own photos... usually i don't do that, but i needed a filler and they fitted in quite well (:
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Cosplay Friday: Alice In Wonderland

Fri Jan 30, 2015, 11:33 AM
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Published in 1865, Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is celebrating its 150th Anniversary this year.


Alice has been quite busy during that time. She’s had her story adapted into several movies, TV shows, ballets, plays, operas, and theme park attractions. Her trip to Wonderland is quite well known around the world. What is less well known is Lewis Carroll’s (whose real name was Charles Dodgson) inspiration for the story.


Alice Was A Real Girl


Many of the characters in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland were based on real life people and places Carroll encountered during his life. Alice is inspired by a 10–year–old little girl named Alice Liddell. Carroll met Alice while tutoring at Oxford University. She was the dean’s daughter and one of the first to hear his fantastical story on a rowboat ride in 1862. She later begged Carroll to write it down. The date the fictional Alice’s adventure takes place is May 4th, which also happened to be Alice Liddell’s birthday. The dean himself, Henry Liddell inspired the character of the White Rabbit: He had a habit of always running late to church services due to the lengthy route he had to take from the Deanery to the Cathedral.


Alice’s sisters Lorina and Edith are thought to have inspired the character of Lory and Eaglet in the second chapter, ‘Pool of Tears,’ where it is written: “There was a Duck, and a Dodo, a Lory and an Eaglet.” The duck was Canon Duckworth, a friend also accompanying the on the boat trip and Carroll himself was the Dodo as he often stuttered, causing him to pronounce his name as ‘Do–do–Dodgson.’




We’re All Mad Here


Our elusive friend the Cheshire Cat is said to be inspired by cheese! “Grinning like a Cheshire Cat” was a popular phrase during Carroll’s day perhaps because cheesemakers in Cheshire county (England) molded Cheshire cheeses with a cat’s grinning face. Another possible explanation is that he was inspired by the three grinning animals in the Liddell’s family arms.


The phrase ‘mad as a hatter’ has a ring of truth to it. During Carroll’s time hatters did indeed go mad due to the prolonged mercury exposure they faced while “felting,” which sometime lead to mercury poisoning and is known as mad hatter disease. People with the disease find it hard to socialize, with some of the syndrome’s symptoms listed as tremors, pathological shyness, irritability, personality changes, and memory loss. However, Carroll’s Mad Hatter is based on an eccentric British furniture dealer named Theophilus Carter who used to stand in the doorway of his shop in Oxford wearing a top hat.





Off With His Head!


The Queen of Hearts. She is thought to be inspired by Alice’s governess Miss Prickett who was nicknamed ‘Pricks.’ That would seem quite appropriate for a character so obsessed with thorny red roses, would it not? As for her need to chop off heads, that could very well be inspired by the dining hall in Christ Church, Oxford. In the hall there is a High Table where the senior members of the college would have dined, and when sitting at the Table one would see the portrait of Henry VIII staring down at you. Who is better known for his love of seeing heads roll than Henry VIII?


Published in 174 languages around the world, Carroll created the “nonsensical” literary genre when he introduced children to Wonderland. Many children have grown up and fallen in love with Alice’s tale, possibly even setting a daily goal of believing “as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” But no where can you find the love of Alice displayed more proudly than within the cosplay community. Grab a cup of tea and follow a few curious deviants down the rabbit hole as they portray their favorite Wonderland characters.


P.S. Learn more about the real identity of Lewis Carroll.


Lewis Carroll: Through a Glass, Darkly
















We’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad… You must be or you wouldn’t have come here.”


— Cheshire Cat











Why, if a fish came to me, and told me he was going a journey, I should say, ‘With what porpoise?”


— Mock Turtle











Curiouser and curiouser!”


— Alice











Twinkle, twinkle, little bat! How I wonder what you’re at! Up above the world you fly, Like a tea tray in the sky.”


— Mad Hatter











Who are you?”


— Caterpillar











Off with his head!”


— The Queen of Hearts











Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be too late!”


— White Rabbit













Your Thoughts


  1. Who is you favorite Alice in Wonderland character and why?
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Published in 1865, Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is celebrating its 150th Anniversary this year. Alice has been quite busy during that time. She’s had her story adapted into several movies, TV shows, ballets, plays, operas, and theme park attractions. Her trip to Wonderland is quite well known around the world. What is less well known is Lewis Carroll’s (whose real name was Charles Dodgson) inspiration for the story.

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