But first a clarification: Yesterday, I tossed the word "stupid" around a lot as if to suggest that it is a categorically bad thing.
I just want to go on the record as saying that there are certain contexts in which "stupid" is absolutely wonderful.
And now, on with the show:
The rest of the pics are over at this site, which looks like a good place to poke around for other stuff, which I will do later and maybe you should, too.
Tove Jansson is more known for her Moomintroll series, but she's done a bunch of cool stuff and it's too bad this is out of print but you know the story anyway and now you have a link to the pics, too.
I like them all but particularly enjoyed the above Duchess-and-Cook piece because it got away from the classic Tenniel and Rackham and ventured into a little bit of Alice Otterloop, of whom more in a minute.
(Though I should pause here to note that Alice Otterloop reportedly owes at least as much and perhaps more to this Alice than to that one for her name.)
At one point, when my then-wife was doing a masterful job of juggling two small children and a large job and of course the full-time task of being married to me, I had a poster of Rackham's Alice-with-pig up on our kitchen wall. It seemed to sum up the poor girl's situation pretty nicely.
But I think Jansson captures the phantasmagorical aspect of the book in a way that, whether it is "better" or "worse" than the take of those two masters, is certainly deserving of a look and undeserving of being out of print.
Coming attractions ...
As tends to happen, while I did indeed find what I needed, I also stumbled across archives of the (old, sane) Washington Times and found that, if I poked around a little more, I could pull up Fontaine Fox cartoons that include but are not limited to the Toonerville Trolley.
I snagged a bunch of these and will likely go back for more and will save them probably for the upcoming holiday, when I will be on the road and everything will be tryptophan and football jokes anyway. Meanwhile, I really like Tomboy Taylor, whose name, another panel reveals, is Edith.
Parenthetically -- which is silly to say because I note all kinds of things parenthetically but I'm not doing it now -- I would point out that, while non-ADD people have neater houses and more ordered lives, we have more fun because we never know what's going to happen next.
And I've never come across any Fontaine Fox cartoons while I was mopping the kitchen floor or putting away laundry.
Or maybe I did and that's why it never got done ...
But, anyway, this is what I meant to show you
Here is a wonderful, short (21 minutes -- yes, you have time) video about Richard Thompson, the creator of one of the afore-mentioned Alices but a whole lot of other stuff, which is my point in showing it.
Richard is both a friend of the blog and a friend of the blogger, though we've only met in person once, but this video is an introduction to both him and his work that you ought not to miss.
Unless you are an artist, which I add because, when I posted a link to this video on my FB account yesterday, I noted:
Jenny Robb refers to Richard Thompson as a "cartoonist's cartoonist," but I'm reminded of a time I brought a musician friend to a "Boys of the Lough" concert when they were at their height. He said afterwards that, while a lot of concerts made you want to rush home and play, this one made him want to rush home and throw out all his instruments.
Artists may want to keep that in mind before hitting "play" on this video.
I stand behind the assessment, particularly since another friend of the blog, Brian Fies, also picked up on that "cartoonist's cartoonist" thingie and commented that it "means to me that Richard does things I wish I could do, as well as things I don't understand how anyone could do. He's the very model of "working hard to make it look easy." The film touches on him doing 17 drafts of a cartoon that looks like it was scribbled out in two minutes. I am agape."
So you've been warned: If you can't take a little intimidation, boy, you'd better stay away from this guy's portfolio, which is available in this new book for only $35 and which you should order signed here rather than through Amazon, yes, not even through my Amazon link through which you should order absolutely everything else you ever buy, ever.
And to bring things more-or-less full circle, here's a meeting of the two Alices. Otterloop and Liddell, that is.
Not the other aforementioned Alice, who said, "I valued my independence from an early age and was always something of a individualist … Well, a show-off anyway."