Comic Books That Alice's Adventures In Wonderland Fans Really Love

While the wise among us will know that Lewis Carroll sanitized the story that Alice Liddell (or more accurately Alyss Heart) told him, the proliferation of the fastidious Oxford professor’s creation is undeniably incredible. His take on Wonderland, the place of the march hare, hookah smoking caterpillars, cheshire cats, and of course Mad Hatter tea parties is indisputably dominant. Across the globe the timeless tale has been told and retold, twisted and remixed (if you want a fantastic list of some graphic novel reimaginings, check out The Graphic World of Wonderland).

From the very early days of Alice In Wonderland artists sought to bring the whimsy of Carroll’s creation to life. John Tenniel immediately leapt into the creative work of illustrating the story we all came to love—however he would be far from the last to realize that a picture is indeed worth a thousand words. Read on to discover some of the most amazing Alice comic books that used the power of visual storytelling to take us through the looking glass and experience Alice’s adventures in beautiful style.


ALICE IN WONDERLAND (WHITMAN COMICS, 1933)

Alice in Wonderland featuring charlotte henry, early colorized photo 1933 from paramount pictures
Alice in Wonderland featuring charlotte henry, early colorized photo 1933 from paramount pictures

This "big little book" is an adaptation of the Paramount Pictures vision of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, even going so far as to use frames from the actual film and promote the actress portraying our dear Queen.

One of the more charming aspects of this unusual adaptation of an adaptation, is that the story stays the same but the visuals grow ever stranger as the surreal costuming of Wonderland's residents is made all the more unsettling with the addition of whimsical coloring.

ALICE IN WONDERLAND (REXALL, 1965)

Hanna-Barbera's animated Alice in Wonderland comic book cover presented by Rexall, 1965
Hanna-Barbera's animated Alice in Wonderland comic book cover presented by Rexall, 1965

An interesting rendition of Lewis Carroll's fantasy, perhaps much like the original author of Alyss' adventures, this comic book produced by Rexall Family Pharmacies has Alice falling into a TV instead of the rabbit hole as a promotion for ABC Hanna-Barbera's animated musical.

In this amusing reversal for this list, where the comic precedes the animation, this version of Wonderland carries the distinctive art style that such Hanna-Barbera classics as The Flintstones and the original Scooby-Doo.

ALICE IN WONDERLAND (KING CLASSICS, 1978)

Later on we get to see the tales of Alice in Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass in the style of classic comic books of the era. An "illustrated classic" from King Classic, this iteration of the classic tale has an art style that seems most appealing to younger readers.

Placed within King Classic's greater catalogue of literature adapted into comic form, it is quite clear that the adventures of Queen Alyss as told by Lewis Carroll continue to hold a high place in the imaginations of Earth readers.

WALT DISNEY'S ALICE IN WONDERLAND (Whitman Comics, 1984)

Whitman Comics returns again to grace our list with another transformation of Walt Disney's beloved animated depiction of Alice (Alyss) and the madcap return to Wonderland. The art is the quality one would expect from Disney's artists & animators, looking quite like the still art of the animated film.

If you are a fan of this comic book release, and are quite tired of staring into glowing screens of your crystal entertainment systems, then you might find a new enjoyment of an old classic.

TIM BURTON'S ALICE IN WONDERLAND (2010)

Cover of Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland graphic novel presented by Disney 2010
Cover of Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland graphic novel presented by Disney 2010

Once again we are graced with another vision of Wonderland from the vault of the Disney company with the rabidly popular version crafted by one Tim Burton. Like its predecessors, this comic borrows heavily from the visual style and tone of the film, what changes is the whimsical and oddball personal touches of the Italian author and illustrators behind this tale.

The grander scale of the conflict between the Queens of Wonderland, and the unhinged aspect to “Hatter's” personality do shine through in this particular adaptation; the softer faces of the art style reintroduces a humanity one may find lacking in the heavily animated film.

THE COMPLETE ALICE IN WONDERLAND (DYNAMITE COMICS, 2009)

The Complete Alice in Wonderland from Dynamite Comics features an animated Alice looking at the reader as if we were down a rabbit hole
The Complete Alice in Wonderland from Dynamite Comics features an animated Alice looking at the reader as if we were down a rabbit hole

Perhaps this old tutor has grown sentimental, while this re-imagining of Lewis Carroll's fantasy takes its major beats from his Alice in Wonderland its art style and tone have a stark and at times shocking touch of realism. The somber faces of Earth's people contrasted with maddened grins of the familiar faces on Wonderland provides excellent contrast between the two realms.

The wild and strange characters that populate Wonderland take the familiar forms given to them by Carroll with an eerie quality developed by this version's authors (John Reppion & Leah Moore) that hints at the darker nature that hides behind the looking glass.

ALICE IN WONDERLAND (CAMPFIRE GRAPHIC NOVELS, 2010)

Like their fellow creators at Kings Classics, the fine folks at Campfire Graphic Novels have produced their own modern take on Lewis Carroll's beloved story. Like many of the other direct adaptations of the famed novel, Campfire presents the original story with a rich, colorful art style.

Similar in method to the other creators who clearly took Carroll's tale to heart, this version aims to bring Queen Alyss' adventures to the imaginations of Earth's youth.

ALICE IN WONDERLAND (AP Entertainment Comics, 2013)

From acclaimed Eisner Award nominated creator Rob Espinosa (Neotopia and The Courageous Princess), the timeless tale of “Alice” is brought to life with lavish colors and the rebellious spirit of Queen Alyss herself.

Continuing the trend of Wonderland evolving with the time, Espinosa's style and tone remind this humble tutor of more modern works such as Adventure Time or Steven Universe, with simplified character designs tied together with more dynamic expressions and movements.


FINAL NOTES

I would be in need of lessons from Bibwit Harte himself were I not to point out the continuing trend of revisiting the original Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass in visual formats. Generations later we are still peering down rabbit holes, wondering where they might take us, so our imagination seeks out a brave young girl who dared to look.

However, never forget, this is not the crystal-clear truth of the events of Queen Alyss' life, nor does it begin to scratch the surface of what Hatter Madigan accomplished in order to reunite us with our dear Queen of Hearts.

Next time we shall see what bizarre and mad alternative worlds have been imagined into the ink-filled frames of comics, graphic novels, and more. Adventures that cut closer to home for those who are familiar with the storied history of the true Wonderland beyond the looking glass.


Meet The Author

Marco Arizpe


Marco Arizpe graduated from the University of Southern California and The American Film Institute with degrees in filmmaking and screenwriting. His brand of borderland gothic horror stems from his experiences growing up in a small town where Texas and Mexico meet. Culturally steeped in a rich history of all things terrifying, Marco never fails to bring forward indigenous folklore in contemporary and fresh settings.

Have You Checked Out These Mush-see Fungus From Alice In Wonderland?

One cannot think of Wonderland without imagining the iconic imagery of mushrooms. The mushrooms from Alice In Wonderland have entwined the symbol of cute little fungi with freethinking counter culture, adorable family friendly cartoons, and even the creepy dark corners of Alice reimagined for the modern mind. One does always expect to spot Lewis Carroll’s caterpillar puffing away on the umbrella tops of mushrooms.

But, what about the truth behind the fiction? In the Looking Glass Wars, Wonderlanders rely on the goodness of mushrooms for a great many things. It inspires a respect for the variety and volume of fungi. The same is most certainly true for the realm of Earth.

Today we will explore the fascinating organisms that impact the day-to-day more than you might ever have realized. Hereto is a list of Wonderland's fungi both fascinating and frightening...


GIANTS IN THE VALLEY OF MUSHROOMS

Valley Of Mushrooms
TheValley Of Mushrroms (Art by Brian Flora)

Perhaps the most obvious feature of the Valley are the gigantic mushrooms from which it derives its name. In this valley, these towering mushrooms serve as homes of the sagacious Caterpillars. It is yet unknown how or why the color of the mushrooms correspond to the Caterpillar Oracle that sits upon it.

Wonderland is not the only world that owes much to the goliaths, there were once similar giant fungi of Earth in that world's ancient past that helped to spur the very beginnings of life. Though it is tragic such giants have disappeared from one realm, if Wonderland is a reflection of other worlds then we shouldn't be too surprised to find that these titans are far from gone.

Not all giants are visible to the untrained eye, and in certain places of Earth like the Blue Mountains of North America, where a humongous fungus reigns as the largest living thing known to their sciences. The true mass of this giant lives underroot, a vast network of mycelium that, if you were smaller than a dormouse, might appear to be a grand root network connecting the whole of the wilderness. Such a lovely landscape can hide many mysteries beneath the surface.

PINK MUSHROOMS & OTHER POISONS

Though mushrooms can be delicious and nutritious, they in equal measure can be dangerous. A keen mind and well confirmed knowledge are required before consuming—lest the worst be brought to pass. The deadliness of fungi cannot be overstated, and perhaps no more a malicious mushroom exists in Wonderland than that of the poisonous pink mushroom. Though “poisoning” is the least of one's concerns as that pink fungus “roots” itself in the unfortunate victim, strangling the heart with its explosive growth of mycelium.

Though there is a history of darker personalities using these toxic mushrooms for their own nefarious needs, in the hum-drum manner that “reality” operates on for most worlds, the truth is most victims of fungi eat them on accident. Wonderland will never forget or forgive Redd Heart for using a Pink Mushroom to murder her mother in a most vicious act of royal matricide.

While some mushrooms like the Podostroma cornu-damae my look like some prankster has left gwormmies on the forest floor, there are more mundane-looking mushrooms that carry such nefarious names as "Death Caps" and the "Deadly Dapperling" (sounds like a certain Hatter Madigan). It is the appearance of the ordinary that often allows us to lower our guards and fall into the poisonous grasp of things better left alone.

However, these fatal fungi bring about pain & destruction to the internals of their victims through chemistry while the deadly pink mushroom is much more invasive, like the spores of another fungi found in the Valley of Mushrooms...

SHROOMBIES ON THE BRAIN

I would not dare imagine what goes on in a Wonderlander's mind as the spores of certain mushrooms in the Valley take hold of the body and brain. There has been ample evidence of the resulting infected becoming “Shroombies” as discovered by Wonderland operatives. More of such misadventures of Ovid Grey can be gleaned from the comic book Frank Beddor's Looking Glass Wars – Underfire.

As nightmarish as it might seem, such mushrooms are not just a fungi grown in soil of imagination but exist in the real world. The genus of parasitic mushrooms called Cordyceps have captured the imaginations, literally and figuratively (chortle), of many Earthlanders. It would seem though that these Earth “shroombies” are more interested in being consumed than consuming others, not including the bodies of the hosts' which are consumed in the process of the mushrooms' lifecycle.

Familiar as a Wonderlander may be with the varied and bizarre alchemy that can be seen in the Pool of Tears, the strange imaginations of those on Earth who would willing consume the Cordyceps mushroom boggles the mind more than the Mad Hatter.

It is claimed that the mushroom is a useful remedy for serious illnesses such as cancer or issues regarding the liver and kidneys; it seems most ingest the mushroom in hopes of improved performance (as athletes or lovers), but there seems to be little evidence on any actual benefits.

But to put this darker chapter of mycology behind us, it would be good to remember that fungi are more often our friends than not.

MODERN MUSHROOMS AND YOU

Not all fungi you might face are a poisonous snack or a zombifying nightmare.

Retracing our steps back to the beginning (because obviously to begin at the beginning is a wise course of action), you may recall the giant mushrooms of the Valley that the sagacious Caterpillars make their homes. Well, it seems the people of Earth are on a similar path to using the versatile fungi of their home world to create everything from building materials to medicines.

The world of fungi is so entwined with the people of Earth that “citizen scientists” such as William Padilla-Brown have made it their mission to catalogue and cultivate the unimaginable potential of mushrooms. (Ah if only more people were so studious and eager to learn—Bibwit Hart would be overjoyed at the idea.)

Picture a world where your food, medicine, clothes, and even the roof over your head could all be grown cleanly. Now that is an exercise of powerful imagination!


Meet The Author

Marco Arizpe

Marco Arizpe graduated from the University of Southern California and The American Film Institute with degrees in filmmaking and screenwriting. His brand of borderland gothic horror stems from his experiences growing up in a small town where Texas and Mexico meet. Culturally steeped in a rich history of all things terrifying, Marco never fails to bring forward indigenous folklore in contemporary and fresh settings.

Aspects of Arch: Who is King Arch In Our World?

Like a recurring nightmare, the enemies of Wonderland always seek to strike at the very Heart of our imaginations. Following the Boarderland King's contact with the Heart Crystal, many ask the questions: “What happened to King Arch?”

If we are to peer into the Pool of Tears, and our memories of recent events, we can see the first and perhaps most damaging instance of such a “collision.” While it boggles the imagination as to how Queen Redd might have survived such an experience, what was spawned on the other side of the looking glass was less than surprising considering the Redd's vicious determination.

So it stands to reason that if we are to search for a sign of Arch, we must look not for a villain calling himself “King of Boarderland & Wonderland”. Instead, we must seek out the fragments of Arch's foul imagination having taken root in the minds of men.


JACK THE RIPPER

Jack The Ripper
Jack The Ripper

A mysterious murderer who needs no introduction. The infamous serial killer who haunted Whitechapel exhibits the brutality and misogyny that made King Arch such a foul enemy of Queen Alyss and is considered by many to be the symbolic death of England's Victorian era.

While we may never truly understand the man and the motive behind “The Ripper,” one can see the glimmer of King Arch's cruelty and cunning when it comes to terrorizing the vulnerable. But not every aspect of Arch is so blatantly malevolent, some find themselves at odds with the realm they are in and seem to try and bring it down or escape it.

PETE BROWNING

Pete Browning

A star of the early days of modern American baseball, Pete Browning was a heavy drinking but talented athlete who carried some strange beliefs, including the idea that baseball bats only contained a limited number of hits in them before they lost their “pow.”

His attitude and skill would give him the moniker of “The Louisville Slugger” years before the title would be branded by the H&B Company. While not the madman that Arch was, Browning clearly was a giant in his field and would be an “Arch”etype for many of baseball's most colorful players.

SANTE GERONIMO CASERIO

Sante Geronimo Caserio
Sante Geronimo Caserio

The Italian anarchist whose notoriety erupted from his assassination of the French president Carnot to avenge the executions of his fellow anarchists. The bombastic trial of Caserio is punctuated by his bold refusal of plea deals and his proclamations of his anarchist ideas. King Arch's distrust of “Queendoms” seems to have reached a full boil of distrust of any form of authority and their allies. Perhaps a sign of what King Arch's continued reign of Wonderland would have looked like, a violent anarchy.

GEORGE ARMSTRONG CUSTER

General Custer
General Custer

An educated and decorated commander in the American Union Army who would met his brutal end at the Battle of Little Bighorn, or the “Battle of Greasy Grass” as it was known to the Natives who fought against this military man.

King Arch himself could only be this aggressive and merciless in battle, as Custer would even use full military force against the unarmed peoples of the Indian Nations. And like the Boarderland King, his force of personality has echoed through time to blur the line between hero and villain.

FERDINAND ESTERHAZY

Ferdinand Esterhazy
Ferdinand Esterhazy

A French military officer and spy for Germany, his nation's enemy at the time. What is most villainous about this possible aspect of Arch's tale is not just his betrayal of oaths & friends, but the antisemitic scapegoating of Alfred Dreyfus as the individual responsible for Esterhazy's treason.

Unfortunately, Esterhazy would not face justice and would be quietly dismissed from military service. He would spend his final days in Britain where he would live on his military pension until his death and burial under a false name & date. Like Arch, this one has “gotten away with it.”

NED KELLY

Ned Kelly
Ned Kelly

Equally hero and villain in his homeland of Australia, Ned Kelly truly embodies the aspect of Arch that made him “king” to the rough-and-tumble peoples of the Boarderlands. A long history of robbery, bush ranging, and eventually the murder of police officials, would come to an end at Kelly's trial and execution.

Today, Ned Kelly holds the distinct “honor” of being synonymous with rebellion and “Robin Hood” banditry in Australia. However, one needs only to look at the long list of deaths associated with the man to appreciate that one person's hero can be another's worst nightmare.

BLACK BART

Black Bart
Black Bart

An unusual entry into this list of potential aspects of King Arch, considering this colorful stagecoach robber of the American West was rumored to have never fired a single shot during his robberies. Black Bart was reputed to be a “gentleman bandit” with an air of sophistication, even leaving poetic messages at two robberies for the police.

Following his arrest and serving time in the notorious San Quentin Prison, Charles “Black Bart” Boles disappear into the realm of rumors and tall tales.

WILLIAM BUCKLEY

William Buckley
William Buckley

Formerly a soldier from “Alice's” England, William Buckley would be convicted of theft and be sentenced to the Australian penal colonies. When the settlement proved lacking in vital resources such as fresh water and eventually Buckley left to try his own luck.

Buckley's would be saved by members of the Wathaurong people and he would live amongst them for the next thirty-two years. Buckley would prevent conflict between indigenous and English colonizers, the latter of which would learn who Buckley was, leading to his eventual pardon and return to European society.


It seems that the dark imagination of men like King Arch persists through the Continuum into realms beyond Wonderland, or perhaps the Boarderland tyrant himself persists like an ink stain on a page. Should Arch be half the villain that Queen Redd continues to be, then perhaps the realm of Wonderland should expect a return.

To read more about the Boarderlands, check out The Books of The Looking Glass Wars.

Though we can never be certain of King Arch's fate, we must stay vigilante should the tyrant ever show his face(s) in the Pool of Tears again.


Meet The Author

Marco Arizpe

Marco Arizpe graduated from the University of Southern California and The American Film Institute with degrees in filmmaking and screenwriting. His brand of borderland gothic horror stems from his experiences growing up in a small town where Texas and Mexico meet. Culturally steeped in a rich history of all things terrifying, Marco never fails to bring forward indigenous folklore in contemporary and fresh settings.

Check Out These Inspired Dances From Alice in Wonderland That Wow Audiences!

As the Royal Scholar of Wonderland, I, Bibwit Harte am tasked with peering through the Pool of Tears to see the myriad of creations inspired by Wonderland, from Lewis Carroll's fanciful novels, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland  and Through the Looking Glass first published in 1865, to the 1951 animated movie Alice in Wonderland from Disney to the very accurate 2006 New York Times best-selling series The Looking Glass Wars with Princess Alyss by Frank Beddor. Today I am investigating the exquisite art form of dance!

Specifically, dance inspired by Wonderlandian themes. Dear readers, it is only natural that you might think of me as a creature of the mind, an intellectual being who sits hour upon hour poring over dusty tomes, so it may surprise you to learn that I am a rather gifted dancer. Perhaps I owe this talent to my Leporidaen genetics. (Sure and nimble of foot, you know.)  I can waltz, foxtrot and even (forgive me) do the Roger Rabbit with some degree of style and grace. As a disciple of the dance, I am always fascinated by the many ways that flesh can express itself, especially while running from the Scarlet Guard in an action packed leap from the clutches of the Red Queen. Today we will examine three inspired and inspiring examples.


ALiCE

The first piece we will discuss is ALiCE. (Note the interesting capitalization choice. Only the “i” is small! Clearly an existential statement to ponder…) ALiCE tells the story of a woman, or perhaps a child, unsure of her identity and where she is going, escaping or exploring as she discovers the powers within her changing body. The world around her is different, curious, and compelling - and at times absolutely bonkers. Alice provides a sensory feast of arresting images, powerful performers and striking kinetic scenery.

Exploring the themes of time, identity, rules and authority, award-winning Jasmin Vardimon's creation follows the worldwide success of her adaptation of Carlo Collodi's Pinocchio (another story for another time Dear Readers…) which, for the past six years, has played to packed houses across the world. Because I feel that dance must be seen in motion, and I have recently been introduced to the concept of the “video,” I am including a video link for your delight and edification…

Thrilling, yes? I think they do an especially excellent job capturing the movement of the famous Wonderlandian Caterpillar.

There is much to admire in the Kansas City Ballet production of Alice (In Wonderland.) The gleaming silver-and-sky-blue of the opening lends a tender airiness to the “real-life” scenes, in which we see Alice Liddell, her family, and camera-wielding Lewis Carroll all of whom are about to be transformed into magical creatures. The White Rabbit prances about virtuosically, with terse, tensile movements with heel-to-derrière hops. (As rabbits do…)

As Act I progresses, Carroll becomes the Mad Hatter (which seems utterly unlikely), Alice’s mother and father become the Queen and King of Hearts, Alice’s twin sisters become Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum. Perhaps I am prejudiced, but I am most impressed by the dancing of the White Rabbit. You may judge for yourself by viewing here…

ALICE (by Momix)

Next we shall examine another ALICE entitled dance piece. This time by the dance group Momix. This quirky dance piece looks at height and movement. Alice’s body grows and shrinks and grows again, the dancers extend themselves by means of props, ropes, and other dancers. I find it all very fascinating, but the reviewer in the New York Times did not enjoy it. What is the “New York Times” you may ask? It is a daily published collection of news, reviews and opinions, very similar the Wonderland’s own “The Looking Glass Observer.” Dear readers you may judge for yourself by watching this …

 I will make one observation about a moment in the footage I found rather disturbing… Rabbits are not for riding! (shudder)

Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

The last Alice/Alyss inspired dance piece we will discuss today is Christopher Wheeldon’s lively Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. This inspired ballet transports audiences to the riotous world of Wonderland, including a tap-dancing Mad Hatter and a comically wicked Queen of Hearts. Bob Crowley’s ingenious mixture of traditional and innovative stagecraft together with the pace and colour of Joby Talbot’s score make Alice a gloriously vibrant experience. Packed with clever choreography – from the memorable croquet scene, complete with flamingos and hedgehogs, to a parody of the Rose Adage from The Sleeping Beauty – this is enchanting family entertainment at its best. A very brief snippet can be found here…

And here you can see the entire dance inspired by her Royal Viciousness, Queen Redd! I am quite certain Redd would be thrilled to see her self depicted in such a glamorous manner!

I don’t know about you Dear Readers, but I find myself most inspired to “shake a leg” or “cut a rug” or “trip the light fantastic” as the sayings go! Though I have issues with the man, I am going to end with a quote by Lewis Carroll… “Will you, won’t you, will you, won’t you, will you join the dance?” Until next time, Dear Readers!


Meet The Author

Bibwit Hart

Royal tutor to the Heart family. An albino with bluish-green veins pulsing visibly beneath his skin and ears a bit large for his head—ears so sensitive that he can hear someone whispering from three streets away, which he does by cocking his head, as might a dog hearing a high-pitched noise. A loving and patient fellow, though long winded at times as he expounds on the incalculable knowledge he has amassed in his long life. Bibwit tutored both Queen Genevieve, Alyss’s mother, and Redd in the glories and dangers of imagination. He would have tutored Princess Alyss had she not been exiled on Earth after Redd’s coup, and he becomes an important advisor to her when she returns to Wonderland to navigate her Looking Glass Maze and topple Redd. He’s the inspiration for the white rabbit in Lewis Carroll’s Adventures, “white rabbit” being an anagram of his name.

Modern Alice In Wonderland Fancy Drinks Your Friends Will Love

Good day and good eating to you,

Once again it is I, Chef Rouxby the royal chef de cuisine at the Heart Castle and here as your most competent guide to imaginative kitchens of Wonderland. Having survived being a chef to the Heart Queens for many reigns, it seems only sensible to share these delightful recipes while they are still in my head.

As the Earth nears the celebration of another year of whimsy & madness, I am told it is quite common to provide your guests with drinks and merriment to welcome the new year. So, collect your crystal goblets and take care to not spill as we enter the madcap world of mixology!


Wingelfruit Punch

Let us start with the favorite drink of Princess of Wonderland Alyss Heart herself, and one I delightfully served at her birthday parties… until, well you know. There are few beverages as appropriate for a party as punch, one which can be served to all guests without risking the merriment between your houses. Using a base of pleasantly tart wingelfruit juice, or this “cran berry” of the Earth realm, you can create a balanced yet sweet beverage that can pair with any of the savory treats you might have crafted for the occasion.

Ideally you will be able to find all the available fruits & their juices without any added sugars or similar alchemist sweeteners; nature is sweet enough, my dearies. Should you wish to further impress your guests, I would recommend bringing out your lord or lady's finest crystal goblets to let the fruit truly shine in the eyes before the palate.

However, if your guests are rowdier then perhaps some paper cups embellished with the symbols of Wondertropolis' great houses are in order (believe me, it will save your Walrus Butler hours of sweeping broken glass).

Wingelfruit Punch

INGREDIENTS:

We start simply by mixing your variety of fruit juices in a large serving pitcher or similar container and set aside in your “refrigerating box” until you are ready to begin the drink service.

In the lull between exciting party games (or clean-ups), now is the time to slice your fruit for garnishing your guests’ beverages. I would recommend using the same kind of fruit as the juices you have procured for this punch.

Now that your guests are arriving, and you are ready to begin drink service; add your sliced fruit to the cup but do not over-crowd as this is a beverage not a fruit salad and add ice if requested.

Then add the ale of ginger last, while not alcoholic like a standard ale I'm told, it is from a fabulously fizzy style of drink on Earth called “soda pop.”

Add this delightfully bubbly ingredient to your punch last, poured slowly as to avoid the loss of such “action” in your guests' glasses.

Serve and enjoy cold.

Mulled "Flugelberry" Wine

Any reputable chef or cook in Wonderland would be wise to keep their kitchen stocked with good flugelberry wine for cooking & drinking. That said, not every bottle will impress a Diamond much less a Heart Queen, so to entice the tastes of your guests one can “improve” their wine with the spices & fruits that warm up your cup with a taste of the seasons.

While you mull over which glassware to use, be aware that this recipe is quite versatile depending on your available wines, spices, and fruit so there is very little you can do “wrong” here. This is a delicate process though, so be careful to keep that fire under control and allow the cinnamon-minnamon to bring the heat.

Mulled Flugelberry Wine

INGREDIENTS:

Combine your ingredients. Add your wine, brandy, orange slices, cloves, cinnamon, anise, and sugar (or honey) and stir briefly in a large saucepan.

If you cannot source whole spices depending on the location and season of your realm, then using a spiced tea like chai is a good substitute. If you plan on a late evening beverage, then perhaps acquire a decaffeinated blend of tea.

Simmer your ingredients on medium-low heat, being careful to keep the wine from bubbling. Steam is quite fine, but bubbles mean trouble. Reduce the heat and cover with a lid, allowing to continue simmering for at least 15 minutes, and up to 3 hours before it becomes too bitter.

Then using a fine mesh strainer, remove the orange slices and whole spices from your mulled wine. Give it a taste for sweetness, and add more to your or your guests' liking.

Now that your mulled flugelberry wine is ready, serve it up in heatproof mugs and topped with garnishes of your choosing.

Queen Of Hearts

Once the festivities as slowed and crowds gone, a more elegant cocktail is called for when entertaining a smaller, more intimate group of guests. To my pleasant surprise there was already a beverage known in on Earth that seems too delicious to not mix up for a few close confidants, or to serve the guests of a royal coronation.

The sophistication of cocktail comes from the selected ratios of ingredients to create the exacting flavor you are looking for; but taste is individual and there are many imaginative additions and replacements one might indulge, this is the version we in Wonderland wish to impart to you.

Be warned—if you are asked which Heart Queen this drink pays homage to, answer carefully and do take into account the temperament of your royal patron. While a White Queen may not see herself in this drink, a Redd Queen with a black heart can easily be persuaded to believe she inspired this vibrant drinking experience.

The Queen of Hearts Drink
The Queen of Hearts

INGREDIENTS:

If you do not have a favored flavored vodka, then in a clean jar you may roughly smash some of your preferred berries (the Earth “cherry” or “blackberry are excellent choices). Add your desired amount of alcohol, seal well, and give a good shake, leaving your potion to steep for 30 minutes but preferably overnight.

While a pitcher might do for a large gathering of guests, for the smaller serving size of cocktails amongst your comrades one should prepare a cocktail shaker with ice or by leaving in the freezing box until very cold. If you do not possess such technology, two large metal cups can be used but beware of spilling your bright red beverage.

In your chilled cocktail shaker: add your wingelfruit juice, orange juice, berry vodka (strained if you have concocted your own), and squigberry liquor, or Campari in the recommended ratios. Seal your shaker and stir well, or shake if you wish to impress your guests as there is no ice at this point which can be melted and watered down.

In your rocks glass, or whichever cocktail glass or goblet suits your fancy, add crushed iced and let sit until the glass begins to feel chill. Depending on the warmth of your bar top, some of the ice may have sweat and added extra water to your cup so feel free to carefully pour it out before pouring your Queen of Hearts cocktails.

Pour your brilliantly red beverage over the crushed ice. Then squeeze a small wedge of lemon into the glass and briefly stir to mix, you may add the wedge as garnish along with any berries you might have left over from your previous cocktail adventures.

Serve immediately and enjoy!


Final Thoughts

Imagine that! We've made it through another dinner. Well done, my dears. If you have yet to pour yourself a drink during all this well that's certainly one more lesson Chef Rouxby can pass on to you. Each of these fine libations can be brewed on moment's notice and are sure to delight guests of any suit.

So, from the kitchens of Heart Castle to the hearths of your own home, I hope these inspired beverages find you in good spirits or at least help to raise them this season.

For More Wonderland Recipes Check Out:

The Royal Recipes of Wonderland: Baking Recipes You Won’t Believe

The Royal Recipes of Wonderland: Sweet Treat Edition


Meet The Author

Marco Arizpe

Marco Arizpe graduated from the University of Southern California and The American Film Institute with degrees in filmmaking and screenwriting. His brand of borderland gothic horror stems from his experiences growing up in a small town where Texas and Mexico meet. Culturally steeped in a rich history of all things terrifying, Marco never fails to bring forward indigenous folklore in contemporary and fresh settings.

The Graphic World of Wonderland - 8 Alice In Wonderland Comics You Need To See To Believe

Lewis Carroll’s writing prowess allowed him to craft Wonderland, a world whose very name conjures vivid imagery in the mind’s eye.  The unique realm was so singular in its appearance that the author had to invent a few words, and augment a few more, just to capture a fraction of his own creation (though of course the wise among you readers will know he was merely a conduit for the truth behind the fiction as told to him by Princess Alyss).

Many find words on a page to fail at conveying the full magic of Wonderland. Artists of every stripe use the template Carroll laid down to express themselves. Among the multitudes of media, Alice in Wonderland-inspired comics and graphic novels stand out as incredible adventures. Here is a collection of some of the most inventive reworkings and remixes of our favorite story not all in the Disney universe:


The HATTER M. Graphic Novel Series (Automatic Publishing)

The Hatter M Series
Hatter M. Graphic Novel Series

In classic fashion, one reimagining begets the next. Frank Beddor’s New York Times Bestseller The Looking Glass Wars left readers hungry for more Hatter Madigan—and Frank delivered. Illustrated by Ben Templesmith the graphic novel series catalogs the exploits of everyone’s favorite Milliner, Royal Bodyguard Hatter Madigan (The Mad Hatter), as he traverses our realm and beyond in search of the lost Princess Alyss Heart.

Templesmith’s iconic style brings Hatter to life as he rubs shoulders with some of history's greats (meeting Jules Vern and Abe Lincoln among others). Following the glow of imagination is the guiding principle for Hatter, and his only hope of tracking down his lost liege. This “reimagining” of Alice in Wonderland is both identifiably Alice, and yet uniquely its own.

ALICE EVER AFTER (BOOM! STUDIOS)

Alice Ever After

A grimy and harsh vision of Alice's adventures on Earth, this graphic novel iteration of the Wonderland story presents an addiction-burdened Alice coping with a harsh London underworld as her obsession with the realm beyond the looking glass could be her respite or her ticket to the asylum.

Through the Victorian London fog, familiar faces re-emerge as the colorful crooks and naughty nobility of the mundane realm of Earth. Though the eyes of Alice both worlds start to bleed together like staring into the Pool of Tears after too much flugelberry wine.

If you have the nerve and interest in tales from the underbelly of society, then this tale of Alice through the gaslight and London fog might just give you some perspective on the true difference between that realm and our great Wondertropolis.

GRIMM FAIRY TALES' PRESENTS “ALICE IN WONDERLAND”

From Zenescope, the creators of the "Grimm's Fairy Tales" universe, famed (or infamous) for its mature re-imaginings of classic fairy tale worlds as well as its buxom rendition of their heroines.

Here we see a familiar tale of an older Alice/Alyss, her mind and outlook on the world influenced by her childhood experiences in Wonderland only to return to the mad world once thought to be a mere fantasy.

Though not nearly as horror-genre oriented as the previous entry, this rendition does live up to its namesake with the very frank depictions of violence and other “adult themes” in the world of Wonderland.

WONDERLAND (SLG, 2006-2009)

Though the characters and kingdom are clearly inspired by Mr. Carroll's stories, the “politics” of this comic series does hit close to home. As the White Rabbit and Mary Ann have to contend with a vengeful Queen (of the Redd variety) who suspects the pair of harboring sympathies for the absent Alice.

Fanciful but not lacking teeth, this comic book series offers a unique glance into the wondrous adventures of Wonderland's residents both big and small, great and terrible.

CHESHIRE CROSSING

Set in a bizarre boarding school, this graphic novel follows three young girls: Alice (Alyss), Wendy, and Dorothy meet years following their inter-dimensional travel to realms beyond mere Earth imagining. [Perhaps the Pool of Tears can lead to worlds that we in Wonderland have yet to fully imagine.]

The author Andy Weir is of The Martian fame, while the artist Sarah Andersen is the creator of the popular web-comic series Sarah's Scribbles. With characters from the lands of Oz, of Neverland, and of course our own Wonderland, there is no shortage of madcap characters and adventures on every page.

LOST GIRLS

From famed graphic novel scribe and possible wizard, Alan Moore, and illustrated by underground comix legend Melinda Gebbie; this tale of Alice's adventures brings the familiar heroine in to the same “real world” Earth shared by Wendy of Neverland and Dorothy of Oz.

However, unlike the previous entry on this list, the creators of this (very) graphic novel had much more "adult adventures" in mind. While not something for younger audiences, there is a lot to be gained from this story as it conveys just how much these young women shaped the imaginations and personal lives of so many in such profoundly intimate ways.

It would be recommended that one reads this work with a full understanding of the creators' intentions in light of the sometimes awkward, sometimes scandalous, and sometimes shocking nature of these human experiences.

JOKER'S ASYLUM: MAD HATTER (DC COMICS)

Written by Landry Walker with art by Kieth Giffen & Bill Sienkiewicz as part of the greater Detective Comics Batman universe, the Joker's Asylum series present individual tales of some of the Caped Crusader's most infamous rogues.

This comic book details the origins of Batman's Mad Hatter, a criminally minded man by the name of Jarvis Tetch who would be obsessed with an Alice of his own as well as bizarre millinery-based weapons and mind-controlling hats.

Perhaps what makes it most interesting is that we are very aware in the format of this story, all the information, all the tragedy, is being fed to us via the unreliable words of a madman whose dark imagination would make Queen Redd shudder in disgust.

ARKHAM ASYLUM: A SERIOUS HOUSE ON A SERIOUS EARTH

Continuing deeper into the realm of Gotham City, we see Jarvis Tetch held within the infamous Arkham Asylum. While this Mad Hatter is most certainly a more vile personality than some of the other milliners seen in this list, he is but one card amongst a whole deck of disturbed versions of a familiar face.

Deeper still, the whole structure of this one-off graphic novel feels very much like the dreamy dive into the darker imaginations of Batman and his villains, a rabbit hole of the hero's own. Not lacking in grit, the story takes familiar notes of Carroll’s original world, and twists them into a scenario only Batman could contend with.


What a weird and wonderful list of Wonderlands.  We have seen colorful panels paying homage to the original tale crafted by Lewis Carroll, and the evolution of that story as Earth writers and artists begin to imagine Alyss and Wonderland closer to their true selves.


Meet The Author

Marco Arizpe

Marco Arizpe graduated from the University of Southern California and The American Film Institute with degrees in filmmaking and screenwriting. His brand of borderland gothic horror stems from his experiences growing up in a small town where Texas and Mexico meet. Culturally steeped in a rich history of all things terrifying, Marco never fails to bring forward indigenous folklore in contemporary and fresh settings.

Pop Culture References To Alice In Wonderland You Just Can't Miss

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol is the most quoted book in the world behind the bible. This fact may come as a shock to you since the bible is read and used in many different situations around the world and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is an absurdist political commentary of an era in British royalty. Somehow, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has become so ingrained in language we are all unconscious of it. Lewis Carrol even popularized the term “Wonderland” which had been used in other works before but not nearly as much as it is today post Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

The language from Carrol’s book has become a mainstay in how people talk, including those who have never even read the books or seen the movies. Think about it, how many times have you said, “down the rabbit hole” or, “through the looking glass”? Maybe you’ve disliked a politician and called their actions “like the Red Queen.” Even sayings like “Red pill” or “Blue pill” have their roots in Alice. As the White Rabbit would say, “I’m late for a very important date!”

People will quote Alice in Wonderland and not even realize they are doing it. The vocabulary is all around us and ever-changing thanks to the internet.

Lady Gaga Takes Inspiration from Alice
Lady Gaga Takes Inspiration from Alice

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has transcended popular culture, it has become a part of and stayed in our language for over one hundred and fifty years. At this juncture, it’s not a matter of pop culture, it’s a facet of human culture. The language of Alice’s adventures in Wonderland is all over the place and we don’t even realize it. Take song titles for example. It does not matter if it’s a rock song like, “White Rabbit” by Jefferson Airplane or a pop song like “Alice” by Lady Gaga. The musicians of Alice in Chains came up with the name because their backstage passes said “Welcome to Wonderland” and they came up with the idea that Alice (a sign of childhood and purity) being put in chains (bondage) was a good name for a grunge band.

Somehow Lewis Carrol managed to go beyond generations, genres, and political ideologies. What I’m getting at is, Alice is here and she is here to stay.

Red Pill and Blue pill are perfect examples of hidden Alice-isms that have shifted and changed thanks to the internet. The saying comes from the Wachowski sister’s movie The Matrix. Neo (played by Keanu Reeves) is given a choice between a red pill and a blue pill, “You take the blue pill - the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill- you stay in Wonderland and see how deep the rabbit hole goes.” Taking the red pill was a saying that used to mean “opening one's eyes to the dark realities of the world.” This saying was co-opted again by the internet to then mean, “Opening one's eye to the dark (liberal) realities of the world.” When people refer to themselves as “red-pilled” it usually means they are now only reading the news from “alternative news sources” and treat women poorly. There is also the idea of being “Blackpilled” which goes even deeper, it’s when people conclude there is no way out of their dark reality and their actions are non-consequential.

The Matrix Popularized Redd Pill & Blue Pill
The Matrix Popularized Redd Pill & Blue Pill

You don’t have to look far into other aspects of society to see Carrol’s influence on language. Take for example news headlines. From the New York Times article “Don’t go down the Rabbit Hole” about misinformation on the internet to this excerpt from a Hollywood Reporter article talking about the January 6th committee, “The hearing compellingly made the case that Trump orchestrated the day’s terror, chronicling such events as his private meeting at the White House with Sidney Powell, Michael Flynn and Rudy Giuliani that probably made the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party look like a Mensa gathering.” Alice-isms are used by the media all the time. What’s even stranger is how Lewis Carrol’s creations are becoming a part of real life.

Due to the recent trend of people's mistrust of news, facts are no longer considered facts, if one disagrees with a news article it is brushed off as “Fake news.” If we can’t on what’s real then fantasy just declared war on reality. Add that to the distortion that algorithms cause in our lives, surrounding us in an echo chamber and warping everyone's perception into thinking more people agree with their ideologies than there are. This has pushed our society into one akin to the Red Queen’s rule (which admittedly is still a dream compared to Queen Redd’s rule!), where people are guilty before being charged. Acquittals are meaningless if everyone is shouting, “off with their head.”

I’m going to put a trigger warning here because the subject matter I’m about to dive into is quite disturbing and if you want to keep the article a bit lighter, skip to the next paragraph. The darkness that is attached to that last term is not the only time that Lewis Carrol’s creations have been used for vile things. It’s a shame how creations of such whimsy and beauty can also be quickly changed and morphed into something completely and totally vile. Take for example the now defunct deep-web website “Wonderland”, a website dedicated to the collection and sharing of child pornography. Luckily this website was taken down and all those responsible for its creation and many active users have been arrested and sent to prison.

Bringing it back to the infinitely brighter and moral side of life— I will also point out how “grinning like the Cheshire cat” is an idiom not created, but certainly popularized by Carroll as he penned the (sanitized and fictionalized) version of Alice’s (or is it Alyss’s?) iconic story. This term was originally coined in the 18th century by Francis Grose, but took off as the definitive way to ascribe a smarminess to someone’s smile by its appearance in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. To this day you can hear it in conversation and in song— listen to Cheshire Cat by Angela Ortiz (to name one of many songwriters that draw on the language of our favorite writer).

Angela Ortiz Sings "Cheshire Cat" on All About You

This essay barely scratches the surface of how Alice's Adventures in Wonderland has influenced popular culture, society, and even language. Carrol somehow managed to create terms and language that fit perfectly into our lexicon today. With the internet’s ability to connect anyone anywhere, weirdness and wackiness will remain and compound allowing the vocabulary he created to survive. Carrol has managed to do with his book what few books have done, not only become a part of popular culture but become culture itself. Since culture is ever evolving, Alice-isms, or phrases from Alice in Wonderland, will remain a part of us even when we can no longer blatantly see that the source is from Carrol’s work.


Meet The Author

Jared Hoffman Headshot

Jared Hoffman graduated from the American Film Institute with a degree in screenwriting. A Los Angeles native, his brand of comedy is satire stemming from the many different personalities and ego’s he has encountered throughout his life. As a lover of all things comedy, Jared is always working out new material and trying to make those around him laugh. His therapist claims this is a coping mechanism, but what does she know?

You Won't Believe How Cool These 2022 Alice in Wonderland Gifts Are

Holiday shopping is an annual source of anxiety and stress for me. Is it because I leave the shopping for the last second? Probably. Or, is it due to the fact that the people I know just buy the things they want when they want them, making finding something for them even more difficult? They both contribute equally. I’m assuming if you’re reading this list you’re just like me.

Worry not, for I scoured the net to find the perfect gifts for you to get your Alice-obsessed loved ones this holiday season instead of searching for gifts for my loved ones. On top of having the perfect items for the Alice in Wonderland themed gift, I will also have the Looking Glass Wars equivalent (or better) gift for you to consider as well.


Posters

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Prints

An important thing about being a fan of something is making sure all those who are around you are aware of your fandom. You might have a Cheshire Cat t-shirt and a dormouse teapot but have you ever thought to yourself, “What about my walls?” Well, these awesome prints are a fantastic way to spice up your house, apartment, and or shrine to all things Alice and would be the perfect gift for any Alice in Wonderland fan.

Looking Glass Wars Prints

Maybe you want something a bit different than just a mainstream Alice print. Perhaps you’re looking for something different. Or, perchance, you have been enlightened by the true story of princess Alyss & the Red Queen. You know that the Mad Hatter’s real name is Hatter Madigan, you know the power of white imagination. You are aware that Lewis Carrol got it all wrong and you need everyone to know it. These beautiful prints are the perfect way to show that you or a loved one, knows the true story of Wonderland.

The Looking Glass Wars Art Bundle
The Looking Glass Wars Art Bundle

Autographed Looking Glass Wars Poster and Print

Look, I get it, if you’re reading this, it probably means you or the Alice fan you’re shopping for already have all the standard issue prints available. If that’s the case, I’ve got the just thing for you. These limited-quantity Hatter M. and Hatter Madigan prints are signed by the artists who designed them. The Hatter M. poster is signed by comic book artist, Ben Templesmith. Who, along with doing the Hatter M. series, was the artist for the Dead Space comics as well as the Silent Hill comics.

The Hatter Madigan print is signed by Doug Chiang, the artist responsible for so many amazing concepts, from working on Terminator 2: Judgement Day, to Forrest Gump, to being the design director of Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace and Star Wars Episode 2: Attack of the Clones.

Hatter M poster signed by Doug Chiang

Books

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland First Edition

They say it’s the thought that really counts when it comes to a good gift. While this may be true, there is no replacement for a really high price tag. There is no better way to say “I love you.” Then spending, at a minimum, $8,000. If you have the means, this is the penultimate gift for an Alice super fan that will stop the White Rabbit in it’s tracks.

With its beautiful red cover and a gold filigree Alice on the cover this will be the showstopper gift that keeps on giving as it will only appreciate in value if kept in a good condition. If you don’t have this kind of money to throw around or maybe just don’t love the person as much as you claim to, haha. Either way, I found a reasonably priced equivalent so that the Pool of Tears are from tears of joy.

The Hatter M Graphic Novel Paperback Bundle!

Why buy one old book for $8,000 when you could buy six for $120!? The Hatter M. Graphic Novel Paperback Bundle comes with all six Hatter M. graphic novels! If that isn’t enough to sway you, compare this to the first addition Alices Adventures in Wonderland. Is the first edition Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in color? No, but the Hatter M. series is. Does the first edition Alice's Adventures in Wonderland have that new book smell? Of course not, well the Hatter M. bundle will have that tantalizing scent sixfold!

What are the storage requirements for the Alice's Adventure in Wonderland first edition? I’ll tell you, a humidity-controlled safe. With the Hatter M. bundle, the storage requirements are only a bookshelf with enough space. No bookshelf? No problem. Put them on a coffee table, a desk, anywhere! It’s really a no-brainer what the better gift is. Before you even ask it, yes the books are fantastic. If I were you I’d also throw in the Looking Glass Wars trilogy. You’re going to need to know the backstory. Speaking of the backstory, the next gift will help out with that…

Seeing Redd ARC (advance readers copy) Publisher letter, deck of cards, & manuscript Signed By Frank Beddor

I like to think of this as a perfect hybrid of a first edition Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and the Hatter M. paperback bundle. It has the scarcity and collectability of the first edition book with an exceptionally more reasonable price tag. I think this would be the perfect gift for an Alice fan. It has the perfect ratio of “thought” which we all know is what counts, to price to be a penultimate gift for an Alice in Wonderland/Looking Glass Wars fan.

On top of coming with the advance readers copy of Seeing Redd, this has a publisher letter, a Looking Glass Wars Seeing Redd-themed deck of cards and, is hand signed by the author Frank Beddor. This is the true showstopper gift—but there are only two available!

Seeing Redd ARC (advance readers copy) Publisher letter, deck of cards, & manuscript (signed by Frank Beddor)
Seeing Redd ARC (advance readers copy) Publisher letter, deck of cards, & manuscript (signed by Frank Beddor)

Collectables

Rare Sheet of Alice/Alyss Stamps

As a collector in general, when I see the word rare I instantly get excited. I don’t even collect stamps and I want these. The art on the stamp is of Princess Alyss on her birthday from the beginning of the Looking Glass Wars. Alternatively, if you enjoy the chapter of the lost Heart Princess' life on earth, check out the Orphan Alyss Stamps.

Limited edition sheet of 16 U.K. Card Soldier stickers

Before I started working with Frank Beddor, I knew his work. To really tell you this story, I’m going to take you all back on a trip with me fifteen years ago. I’m ten, it’s a chilly autumn day, as per usual, I don’t want to be at school. But wait, today is different, something magical is here, it’s the scholastic book fair, I walk in and I’m greeted with books galore, one book sticks out to me.

The cover art reminds me of a battle droid from Star Wars the Phantom Menace, you know, the ones that go, “Roger roger.” Except it’s holding some kind of spear. I’m talking of course about the playing card soldier that is on the front cover of The Looking Glass Wars. If you or a loved one loved the cover art anywhere near as much as I did, then this is the perfect gift.

Looking Glass Wars sticker collection 2
The Looking Glass Wars Sticker Bundle

Meet The Author

Jared Hoffman Headshot

Jared Hoffman graduated from the American Film Institute with a degree in screenwriting. A Los Angeles native, his brand of comedy is satire stemming from the many different personalities and ego’s he has encountered throughout his life. As a lover of all things comedy, Jared is always working out new material and trying to make those around him laugh. His therapist claims this is a coping mechanism, but what does she know?

Amazing Things You Can Do To Celebrate The Holidays 2022 With Alice In Wonderland

With the holidays coming up I know all you Alice-heads and Looking-Glass-lovers are shopping around for the perfect thing for those who love all things Wonderland. I’m not going to give that to you. Things are temporary, but memories, those are forever. Wait, what lasts longer again, memories or plastic? Whatever the case, I’m going to give you five perfect Alice in Wonderland experiences that you and your loved ones can enjoy over the holidays. These experiences take place all over the world, so, if you take a vacation (or go on holiday as our friends over the pond say) in the December months, why not make the trip down the rabbit hole to where these things take place.


Alice im Wunderland, Opernhaus Zürich (Alice in Wonderland Opera, Zurich Switzerland)

Alice in Wonderland Opera, Zurich Switzerland
Alice in Wonderland Opera, Zurich Switzerland

That’s Wunderland pronounced voon-der-lund. Close your eyes, now open them because I realized you can’t read what I’m typing. I want you to Imagine the perfect holiday vacation. In your mind’s eye, what do you imagine? Do you imagine beautiful landscapes? I’m sure you do. What about fantastic chocolate? Of course, you are. How about some of the best banks and bankers in the world? Well if those three things are on your list, Zurich is the place for you. Now that you’re there on your holiday vacation, you’re probably searching high and low for something Alice related to do. I’ve got the thing just for you, just pop on over to Oppernhaus in Zurich where they are showing an Alice in Wonderland opera by Pierangelo Valtinoni. If you haven’t been to an opera before you are in for a real treat, the costumes are amazing and the music is fantastic. I’m particularly fond of the Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum costumes. This event is running now till January 19th and would make a perfect addition to any holiday vacation.

Alice in Wonderland Rides at Disney Parks

Alice in Wonderland Rides at Disney Parks
Alice in Wonderland Rides at Disney Parks

The 1951 Walt Disney’s Alice in Wonderland is arguably the most famous version of Lewis Carroll’s novels so it would make sense that they would use the IP in their many different parks. With rides that take you through the story of Alice in Wonderland, a labyrinth, and even the medieval torture device that is the Mad Hatters Teacups, Alice fans will have a ride to fit their fancy. During the holiday seasons, the Disney parks get all made up with amazing decorations which is honestly a sight to see. Including a Christmas parade where Alice can be seen waving on a float. Why not bring the whole family and feel like Alice yourself.

Alice on Wednesday, Japan

If you’d rather a fried chicken dinner than a turkey, get over to Japan for Christmas. While you’re there you should stop over at Alice on Wednesday. What is it? Well the poor google translation that I had of the website had me thinking that it was a sweet shop, but as I dug deeper, I saw photos of a “dining room” made up to look like the Red Queens, then I kept digging and saw Alice themed nick nacks. So I’ve come to the conclusion that I don’t fully know what it is, but I can tell you this, it looks amazing. Take a chance and see where your journey down the rabbit hole leads you. For those who are more cautious, allow me to reassure you. Having been to Japan before, I can say with confidence, everything lives up to the hype, and experiences are as good or better than the photos on their websites. Except for the owl cafes, I’d skip those.

Alice On Wednesday, Japan
Alice On Wednesday, Japan

Ok, I dug a bit more on their website, I think it’s a store, but it’s three floors and intricately designed around Alice characters. Definitely worth stopping by. I do not know what Wednesday has to do with the store or Alice nor have I been able to find an answer. What I can tell you is this would be a perfect place to take an Alice-obsessed loved one for a shopping spree that they will never forget.

Find the Alice Statues of Llandudno, Wales

Alice Statues in Llandudno, Wales

After spending a couple of minutes looking up how to pronounce Llandudno, I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s not pronounceable. That’s not important, what is important though is the history of this town. Llandudno was the location of the holiday home of Alice Liddell AKA Alice from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland AKA Princess Alyss. I can’t think of a better way to spend the holidays with your loved ones than in the place Alice spent her holidays! On top of that, where the holiday home was located has been turned into a hotel, you can literally see what Alice saw! If that isn’t Alice enough for you, you’re in luck, there is an interactive self-guided tour that can be downloaded on your phone that will lead you to the favorite spots of the Lidells. This tour is more than just a mere map, no, this app actually uses AR technology to allow you to interact with the Wonderlanders themselves as you wander through this beautiful town. Anyone who goes to this please let me know how to pronounce Llandudno I keep pronouncing it with a y sound as if it were Spanish but I think that’s incorrect.

Hunt for Alice and Co. At A Christmas Light Show Near You

An Alice In Wonderland Tribute in Christmas Lights
An Alice Tribute in Christmas Lights

While on the hunt for the thing to put on this list to bring it all home, I realized that none of them were free and that isn’t fair. The holidays are expensive and maybe you want something to do that will only cost you as much as it takes to get there. I had a vague memory of Christmas lights being set up to display Alice characters and was wondering if I was grasping at straws or if it was real. Well, it turns out I was right, if your neighborhood has some of those crazy Christmas light people or if your city puts on a free Christmas light show, I promise you will find an Alice character hidden somewhere in there. This is a fun hunt to do with your family and is something I will be doing with my family this coming season. Bring hot coco for extra points.

Well, that’s all I have for you today. I wish all of you a happy, healthy, and stress-free holiday. And if you don’t celebrate the holidays, have a happy un-birthday!


Jared Hoffman

Jared Hoffman graduated from the American Film Institute with a degree in screenwriting. A Los Angeles native, his brand of comedy is satire stemming from the many different personalities and ego’s he has encountered throughout his life. As a lover of all things comedy, Jared is always working out new material and trying to make those around him laugh. His therapist claims this is a coping mechanism, but what does she know?

This Is No Game: Tim Story Should Look At Frank Beddor Monopoly Movie Treatment

I was talking with my boss Frank Beddor the other day and our conversation landed on childhood. No, we weren’t comparing trauma, we were talking about board games. I had brought up Monopoly and Frank brought up the fact that he had actually written a Monopoly movie with Eric Laster years prior. I thought he was making a joke but he was actually completely serious. He went on to say that he even had Ridley Scott attached to the project. Which is insane on a couple levels. Surface level being Ridley Scott directed Alien, Blade Runner, and Gladiator which seem like they would be a different tone than the Monopoly movie.

Sir Ridley Scott
Sir Ridley Scott

Immediately an intrusive thought came into my head of Joaquin Phoenix giving a thumbs down to a replicant who can’t make their rent causing a thimble to burst out of their chest. Which honestly is a great allegory for a landlord/renter relationship. The project, unfortunately, fell apart but I asked to read the treatment for the Monopoly movie.

After reading the treatment, I was blown away, I asked Frank if he minded me pitching a couple of jokes on it and he gave me the go-ahead. Frank told me that Kevin Hart and Tim Story are now attached to the project which is slated to come out in 2027. With a release date that far off it’s a safe bet that there is no script.

Now I’m here shouting into the void hoping that Kevin Hart or Tim Story would want to take a peek at what Frank has created.

After immersing myself in Kevin & Tim’s catalog of movies I can confidently say that they would be perfect for this film. Kevin being a master at playing a “straight man" like characters and being thrown into impossibly wild situations causing him to become the comic and Tim’s mastery of comedic direction and use of the camera to enhance the comedy really are the missing thimble and wheelbarrow pieces to this monopoly movie.

Kevin Hart
Kevin Hart

Kevin would be great as Chuck Nash, a middle-aged, Monopoly-obsessed, man. Chuck works as a mid-level cog at the elite AlphaProperties real estate company while also pulling double duty at his family’s game store, where he lives… With his mother… Which I can’t actually make fun of because I hang out at my mom’s all the time, it’s tough out there and there is free food and coffee at her place. He’s also hopelessly in love with his high school crush Melissa but is “waiting for the right opportunity to ask her out.” Which we all know means that he is too nervous to ask her. I can make fun of this because, as an aspiring comedy writer, I’m the epitome of self-confidence.

The story starts off with a montage of Chuck as a child growing up and how monopoly has always been there for him. The first time he played it with his parents, the first time he bought a property, the first time he landed on a space with a hotel on it and flipped the board, arguing over the real rules of the game v.s. “house rules” that other use, him playing too aggressively while on a first date with a girl thus ruining his chances for a second date. You know, things we have all done. The montage ends with Chuck rolling the dice on himself, after noticing that his childhood neighborhood is taking a dark turn toward the vilest of beasts, gentrification.

Chuck creates a business plan to save his neighborhood, which he is going to propose to his bosses the Alpha Brothers, he calls the plan “Gentrification with a Soul.” His bosses love it, except they hate the soul part, you see, soul affects profit margins. So, now his neighborhood is going to get gentrified worse than New York. For those of you that don’t know, used to have the nickname “Fear City” but that’s all changed now that Harlem is full of kids from LA with rich parents.

His mother, who thinks his proposal went off like a success, surprises him with a gift, a first edition monopoly board. Not wanting to break the bad news to his mother, he does not tell her what happened. Little does Chuck know this board is special, and the next day he is in for a rude awakening when he goes to buy his morning cup of coffee, all he has is Monopoly money, his pockets are overflowing with the colorful cash that looks like Canadian money. The barista happily takes the cash, which is weird, but what’s even weirder is what he sees outside. That’s right, he’s in Monopoly world.

Monopoly is ripe for adaptation
Monopoly is ripe for adaptation

You may be wondering to yourself, “how did he end up in monopoly world? Was it magic? A portal to a different universe? Psychosis induced by lead exposure?" To which I answer you with a gracious, “you ask too many questions.”

Monopoly world is a sprawling, high-speed metropolis where businesses cannibalize each other for breakfast and have hostile takeovers for tea. It’s like Wall Street on cocaine… Scratch that, it’s like Wall Street and Succession had a baby and it was on twice as much cocaine but preferably with a PG rating, so like pixy stix? The city is a perfect representation of the board game coming to life. Single seater race cars zip through town, a cannon statue sits in the middle of the park, a wheelbarrow is pushed around, and someone has a thimble. Side note, why is the thimble a piece and how do I always end up being forced to use it?

In the center of the town is the Exchange, the central hub where all business takes place. Chuck thinks he is dreaming and makes a fool of himself, which as we have all seen before, Kevin Hart portrays perfectly on the screen.

After standing up for a woman who is being evicted named Julia who looks exactly like his real-world crush Melissa. When he offers to pay her rent, he learns that he actually has enough money to buy the whole building. As a renter myself, this is a dream I have on the first of every month. Chuck becomes the landlord of Vermont Ave. Which catches the eye of the Parker Brothers, the hyper-wealthy businessmen who are striving to have a monopoly over the city. They are actively buying up all the properties, booting those who live there to the slums of Baltic Ave. and turning them into overpriced hotels (which no one can afford to stay at). Their drive to get a monopoly not only comes from an insatiable thirst for cash but also because it’s the only way out of the city and back into the real world. They aren’t happy with one monopoly, they want two, a dualopoly if you will.

Chuck and Julia team up in an attempt to take down the Parker Brothers. This is no easy task since the Parker Bros also control the banks, cheating just like the person who always insists on being the banker.

In this wild adventure, Chuck stays at one of the Parker Brothers  Serling-esque hotels, is kidnapped,, becomes a business magnate, shuts down the Exchange to cause a “Bank Error”, becomes monopoly obsessed, and uses the skills he’s learned from playing the board game to help him escape this crazy world in time to save his neighborhood from the encroaching assault of overpriced coffee shops that come along with gentrification. Maybe, just maybe, these events will give him the confidence to ask Melissa out.

Rich Uncle Pennybags, the mascot of Monopoly
Rich Uncle Pennybags, the mascot of Monopoly

Oh, and don't you go another second worrying that Rich Uncle Pennybags isn’t in this movie, he makes constant cameos all over town as a driver, railway operator, therapist, masseuse, and perhaps even a mohel. Is it the same person or does he have a bunch of identical twins? Is he a poor man who has a bunch of odd jobs dressing like a rich man? Or is he an eccentric billionaire who enjoys life around town? Whatever the case, he’s hilarious.

If that little highlight reel doesn’t have your fancy tickled Mr. Hart and Mr. Story. Allow me to attempt to tickle it once more. I really have studied both of your films and I’ve noticed that while they are incredibly funny, the themes that are tackled are quite profound and are full of heart. This film, while being a perfect opportunity for Kevin to be his Kevinist and for Tim to get some hilarious action shots, will also examine the effects of gentrification, corporate greed, and wealth disparity as well as the fact that nothing good in life can happen unless you take a chance on yourself and on those around you.

Like the chance cards in the board game, you never know what the outcome will be until you roll the dice… I mixed up my metaphors just then but I’m sticking with what I said. To clear up what I’m trying to say with this metaphor, Kevin, Tim, want to discuss this over lunch? Frank’s buying.


Read the Original Los Angeles Times Article by Geoff Boucher for more details.


Meet The Author

Jared Hoffman graduated from the American Film Institute with a degree in screenwriting. A Los Angeles native, his brand of comedy is satire stemming from the many different personalities and ego’s he has encountered throughout his life.