6 February 2014

Alice's Bloody Adventures in Wonderland by Raul Alberto Contreras and illustrations by Tweedle Guns

"A new demented modern interpretation of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. With illustrations by Los Angeles based street artist Tweedle Guns. The White Rabbit has killed Alice's Sister and cat. Sending her on a revenge quest down the rabbit hole. Alice finds herself a pawn in a deadly battle for supremacy of Wonderland."

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 Book Review

Alice’s Bloody Adventures in Wonderland:
Written by Christina Brookman, Fanboy Comics Contributor

“When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.” 

"When I first heard the title Alice’s Bloody Adventures in Wonderland, I was ecstatic, eagerly anticipating a stronger, less innocent/naive Alice, a role model of strength and intelligence for young girls like I associate with Katniss from The Hunger Games. But, this is not that adaptation, and, in retrospect, it would dishonor Lewis Carroll’s original piece to make Alice a heroine in that sense. Raul Alberto Contreras has created a world that resembles a hybrid of Quentin Tarantino’s sometimes seemingly unnecessary violence and Judd Apatow’s crass humor . . . and I must admit, I kind of like it.

We have all had those nightmares where we are lost or trapped in our dreams and in real life. In Alice’s Bloody Adventures in Wonderland, Alice is not a girl but a potty mouthed, sexually active goth/Steampunk teenager, and she makes sure to use her sexuality to her advantage. Her adventure is the adventure we all sometimes wish we had - the things we want to say and do to our “demons” but hold back out of fear or etiquette. You don’t start off respecting and identifying with Alice, you read in wonder, amusement, befuddlement, and horror as she stumbles mistake by mistake in a journey of self discovery, saying exactly what she thinks and doing exactly what she wants. She is not role model, but she reminds me of so many teenagers I know . . . and bits of myself. I mean, haven’t you ever wanted to physically squash a bully or yell at a boss, co-worker, or ex to “go stick the peppermill up your cooch and grind!”? And, in all seriousness, the debate over Lewis Carroll’s use of opiates, pedophilic tendencies, epilepsy, and sleep arousal disorders makes Raul Alberto Contreras’ adaptation a more honest, modern twist. This story is twisted, perverse, and magical . . . always was and will continue to be for generations to come. One could argue all day about why and how the originals were created. To entertain childhood friends? As a commentary or reflection of drug use at the time? But, in this case, it doesn’t matter. Lewis Carroll’s version was written like a fairytale where every reader and generation will interpret based on his or her own life and culture. Alice’s Bloody Adventures in Wonderland, stands on its own with a distinct/direct concept influenced from a collection of classic tales. There is no room for interpretation – this is an action/fantasy novel, not a fairytale." continue


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