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Jabberwocky

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The Jabberwock (2010).

’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.
“Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!”
He took his vorpal sword in hand:
Long time the manxome foe he sought–
So rested he by the Tumtum tree,
And stood awhile in thought.
And as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!
One, two! One, two! And through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back.
“And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!”
He chortled in his joy.
‘Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

The past month has been inordinately busy which has meant all the fine plans for a 2011 Coulthart calendar have been set back further than intended. No prizes for guessing the theme this year. This picture made its web debut last weekend at Alicenations, a Brazilian site devoted to all things Carrollian. Lots of splendid artwork on the rest of their page, including some of Jan Svankmajer’s Alice collages and some familiar bestiary hybrids. As to the calendar, I’m pleased to say the series of pictures is starting to feel halfway finished so I may have the whole thing completed and uploaded to CafePress sometime next week. Keep your vorpal blades crossed. In the meantime, here’s a picture detail, and while we’re on the subject, let’s not forget Terry Gilliam’s first feature film or the 1968 single from Boeing Duveen & The Beautiful Soup. (Given a choice I prefer the B-side, Which Dreamed It?)

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Previously on { feuilleton }
Alice in Acidland
Return to Wonderland
Dalí in Wonderland
Virtual Alice
Psychedelic Wonderland: the 2010 calendar
Charles Robinson’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Humpty Dumpty variations
Alice in Wonderland by Jonathan Miller
The Illustrators of Alice

 


 

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5 comments or trackbacks

  1. #1 posted by Gabriel McCann

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    Very nice.
    Can you believe they’re still coming up with new information about Carroll and Alice such as this one:

    http://oxfordwaterwalks.co.uk/?page_id=179

  2. #2 posted by Gabriel McCann

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    whoops forgot to type in “[IN BOOKS] such as this one”

  3. #3 posted by Gabriel McCann

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    PPS meant to write that it reminds me of Escher’s Dragon

    http://www.fantasyarts.net/dragescher.html

  4. #4 posted by Darren Turpin

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    That’s a stunningly good Jabberwock. And a Coulthart calendar? Think I’ve found my monthly wall-art for next year, then.

  5. #5 posted by John

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    Gabriel: Dodgson seems to be in that small group of authors who have an industry devoted to their works so that doesn’t surprise me at all.

    Darren: Thanks, and yes, I try and do a calendar each year. Last year was special in that I didn’t just repackage old artwork but created 12 new pictures. That worked out so well–and somehow only took me three weeks whilst doing other work–that I’ve been struggling this year to follow up with a series of Through the Looking-Glass illustrations.

 


 

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