And yet, bringing the sensibility of a graphic novelist to to the endeavor inevitably produces some strange new possibilities: re-illustrating Struwwelpeter, an already-disturbing lesson book filled with severed tumbs and gun-toting rabbits, with even-more-distrubing seriagraphs; depicting the Wonderful Wizard of Oz with 3D dioramas that re-purpose dolls and household items, and an Alice gallery by artists that run the gamut from underground comic legend Kim Deitch to psychedelic collagist John Coulthart -- not to mention a shadow-puppet Jabberwocky that's quite a contrast with the silly-symphony version of Disney's 1951 Alice.
Oz, and Alice's looking-glass worlds, were already among the most richly illustrated of all children's books. The original artist for L. Frank Baum's masterpiece was W.W. Denslow, whose singular style so perfectly suited the Tin Man, Scarecrow, and Cowardly Lion; he and Baum had a falling out when Denslow spun off the figures as newspaper comics. The second "Royal Illustrator of Oz," John R. Neill, worked on all of Baum's 13 further Oz books, as well as those of his successor Ruth Plumly Thompson; after her retirement he wrote and illustrated two of his own. Alice was definitively brought to life by Sir John Tenniel, a regular illustrator for the British humor magazine Punch. But this hasn't stopped other illustrators from having at it, from Ralph Steadman to Moomintroller Tove Jansson to Lisbeth Zwerger and even Salvador Dali.