I’m going to run through some behind the scenes easter egg tidbits on Chapter I of Project Carroll! This was supposed to be posted on the Project Carroll blog first, but I done goofed!
The White Rabbit’s appearance is actually based on Max of Sam & Max, and his watch is telling the time 4:10, which of course means the hands are pointing to 4 and 2, respectively. In the original illustration, which this echoes (I make a point of re-creating every John Tenniel illustration when I get to them in a Chapter), the time is 6:50 or 7:50…ca’n’t really tell. But I couldn’t miss up a 42 opportunity.
Alice’s fall down the Rabbit-Hole is filled with easter eggs. The first being two books called “Sylvie” and “Bruno.” I made Alice fall upside down for comedic effect and to solve the “what about her skirt?” problem. Falling upside down fits well with the nature of the book, anyhow.
Alice passes by one of Lewis Carroll’s own photographs, as well as a blank piece of parchment. There’s a book called “Snark” here, too. That parchment is actually a reference to the map in the Hunting of the Snark, which is blank.
Lewis Carroll’s photograph of Alice Liddell at an early age is featured here, as well as a tea set. The wedding cake has no significance. I just sort of put it there.
Alice passes by Lewis Carroll’s final photograph of Alice Liddell, taken when she was a teenager and after their friendship had faded.
Other than the chessboard, there’s nothing to see here. This is just one of my favorite moments in the story, when Alice puts the marmalade jar in another cupboard. It made me laugh out loud when I first read the book!
The black and red books are actually the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer, with the white parts removed. They’re in here because the physical books themselves are beautiful, but the stories contained within belong in a hole.
Alice passes by Lewis Carroll’s photograph of Alfred, Lord Tennyson, one of his idols and inspirations.
One of Lewis Carroll’s self-portraits appears on the 42nd illustration of the Chapter, with two books before it: “Phantas” and “Magoria”
Mostly because I got sick of drawing bookshelves, Alice passes by one last shelf before dreaming about Dinah and landing. This shelf contains all of my Alice memorabilia when I made Chapter I. The Complete Works of Lewis Carroll, Norton M. Cohen’s biography of Lewis Carroll, Anne Clark’s biography, my copy of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, Linda Goodman’s Sun Signs, which uses Lewis Carroll quotes to start and end sections, two card tins and round tins I bought from the Lewis Carroll Society during an auction. On the bottom shelf is a Mad Hatter doll from Tim Burton’s “adaptation”, as well as a DVD of that “adaptation.” Next to them are a Hatter doll and an Alice doll.
And that’s it! I leave you with another Tenniel echo, and the assurance that Chapter X will happen…eventually.