Wednesday, December 31, 2008

What are you doing New Year's Eve?



I wasn't going to do an end-of-the-year post. In fact, this post has already been up for about half-an-hour as I'm typing this. I was just going to wish everyone a happy and safe New Years Eve and be done with it.

In fact, I've also got to edit my post for tomorrow because it says something about not really being ready for the New Year and that's not quite how I'm feeling anymore either.

I've never been big on New Year's Resolutions and this year-end, more than ever, I've been of the philosophy that we make lifestyle changes incrementally, not all at once and not because of something as superficial as a calendar change. Also, I'm a little worn out from Christmas and haven't been feeling like celebrating another holiday, even if the celebration is just thinking over the last year and making plans for the next one.

But I spent some time today catching up with the Internet and you guys have been busy. The last few days have been pretty quiet, but today I read post after post of people talking about the year that was and what they're looking forward to in the year to come. And I guess it's gotten me in the New Year Spirit.

I'm still not making a bunch of resolutions, but tomorrow I'll do some thinking about what I'd like to accomplish in 2009. For tonight though, I'm preparing for that by mulling over 2008. It was a disappointing year in a lot of ways. I still haven't finished my novel, Jesse James vs. Machine Gun Kelly was canceled before it was even published, and Kill All Monsters is moving more slowly than Jason and I would like.

But there's also been some good movement. I still love my novel (unfinished though it is), I'm confident that Jesse vs. Kelly will see life again, the Kill All Monsters pitch is done and in the hands of some publishers (with more to follow soon), and there's a great team working on the Cownt comic. I may not have accomplished everything that I'd hoped to for this year, but there's forward progression, so I'm happy about that.

Good night, Internet, and Happy New Year. Be safe and I'll talk to you tomorrow.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

The Lady Liberators vs. Red Hulk



I got a little behind on my comics reading, so I've just now caught up with what's going on in Jeph Loeb's Hulk. I have reservations about it, but I'm enjoying it in general. I'd much rather read something by Jeff Parker, Greg Pak, or Fred Van Lente, but between the silly, trying-too-hard wackiness of Loeb and all the talking and off-panel fighting that Bendis and Millar crank out, I'll take Loeb without even having to think about it. It's obvious that he's having a blast writing this stuff and it's infectious enough that I'm enjoying it too.

What I just read was Hulk #s 7-9. I think it's very cool that they're splitting up each issue between the Green Hulk and the Red Hulk (I refuse to refer to him by the stupid codename they give him in the comic; one of those reservations I was talking about). It took some getting used to, but if that's what it takes to get a monthly (or so) dose of Art Adams and Frank Cho interior art, I've got zero complaints. These guys are fantastic artists, but notoriously slow. Letting each of them draw half a comic a month was a genius move. Someone deserves a raise for that.



I'm going to focus mostly on the Red Hulk story here because that's the one that features She-Hulk and she's the reason I'm writing this post. But the Green Hulk story deserves mentioning if for no other reason than Art Adams is drawing it and holy crap it's good to see that. Again, Loeb wants so badly to be awesome that he throws all kinds of things into the story (like Joe Fixit, mutated Wendigos, Moon Knight, etc.), but he does so mostly without any credible reason. That's where he falls short of the Parkers, Paks, and Van Lentes. Those guys bring the awesome, but their stories still make sense at the same time.

But, back to the Red Hulk. In issues 1-6 of the series, S.H.I.E.L.D. was trying to bring down the Red Hulk and threw everyone they could think of against him, including Thor and She-Hulk. The Red Hulk's tough though and was able to beat them all. Difference between Thor and She-Hulk is that Thor was able to shrug off the defeat and go about his day as long as Red Hulk was ultimately defeated (which he was, temporarily, by Green Hulk). She-Hulk, on the other hand, let her smack-down eat at her, so when Red Hulk went missing again, she volunteered to go after him and deliver some payback.

Thing is, she knew from experience that she couldn't deliver it by herself, so she pulled out her Rolodex and started calling every other female superhero she knew. This is where it starts to get good. Or at least interesting. No, that's not fair; it's good. Wait and see.



A lot of the girls were busy with other things, so She-Hulk ends up with just Thundra and Valkyrie. Not too shabby, but not exactly an army either. Calling themselves the Lady Liberators (after an old Marvel team that Valkyrie sort-of-but-not-really used to belong to), they catch up to Red Hulk at Mount Rushmore and fight him.

There's some silly stuff like our supposing to think that She-Hulk's in danger because Red Hulk wraps a chain around her neck and dangles her over a cliff. Please. If She-Hulk's neck-muscles can't deal with hanging... Fortunately, Valkyrie and Thundra put a stop to it before we have to think about it too hard.

Then Valkyrie has her winged horse rescue She-Hulk from the drop and She-Hulk calls it the wrong name.



(I know, nice gratuitous crotch shot. Sigh.)

Anyway, I'm not up on current Valkyrie continuity, so maybe she's got a new horse, but her mount used to be named Aragorn. Maybe that's not as cool as it once was now that everyone knows where Marvel stole the name from (possibly why Sauron doesn't menace the X-Men much anymore either?). I choose to believe that She-Hulk either didn't know the horse's real name or forgot it in her panic over falling. Where's my No-Prize? Or am I just behind and the horse really is called Pegasus now?

There's some more fighting and Red Hulk looks like he's about to win, but at the end of issue #8 the cavalry arrives in the form of most of the women She-Hulk initially called to help her out. They've cleared their schedules and are here to - as She-Hulk says - "spank some red ass."



I'll try not to spoil anything more except to say that we're reminded that a) Red Hulk is actually a pretty smart guy and b) one of the Lady Liberators has a background as a villain. I'll probably say more about that second one when I talk later about what's going on in She-Hulk. But for now I just want to point out a couple of things about She-Hulk and what this story says about women super-heroes (and women) in general.

First, She-Hulk does a lot of whining in this story. She complains way past the point of annoyance about how infuriating it was to get beat up by Red Hulk. Seriously, I just wanted her to stop. Getting Valkyrie and Thundra to join her was all so she could pay Red Hulk back for defeating her. Except, how much payback is it when you have to call in help to deliver it? How is that satisfying on a personal level? Stay with me here, because there's an answer and - I'm pleased to say - Loeb is the one who supplies it.

She-Hulk has a voiceover at the beginning of issue #9's installment that lets us know that this isn't a matter of personal pride for her. It's a gender issue.




As someone who likes reading about women heroes, I hadn't really questioned why all the people She-Hulk called were female. I figured it was just about Loeb's having a cool idea and running with it as usual. But this time there's a real reason. Red Hulk isn't just an evil strongman; he's a misogynistic pig. Loeb goes out of his way to show that over and over again. Of course he's infuriating to She-Hulk. Of course she's pissed off that she can't physically make him stop. Of course she's going to call in her badass girlfriends to teach this scumbag a lesson.

I'm starting to like Red Hulk now. I didn't at first. I thought he was another of Loeb's crazy, half-formed ideas and I was ready to move past his story. But the longer he stays around, and the more infuriating he gets, and the more it becomes clear that he's really not going to go down easily; the more I absolutely hate him. And I've realized that I love hating him.



I'm not going to insult women by saying that a male writer has taught me to finally see the world through women's eyes, but I will say that I get now - in a tiny, tiny way, but in a way I never thought much about before nonetheless - why a lot of women I know are so frustrated by the imbalance of power between the genders. These characters (fictional and scantily clad as they are) are strong characters, physically and - for most of them anyway - in other ways as well. It's maddening that they can't seem to get the upper hand on this guy who hates them because they're women (or at best, only sees worth in them as objects for his sexual gratification).

I feel like I need to apologize for giving this much credit to a super-hero story, but screw it. It made me see something in a way I hadn't before and - for all its flaws - that's pretty cool. I'm not going to take that away from it.

Adventureblog Gallery: Frankenstein and Friends

The Addams Family



By Sam Hiti.

Mr. Hyde



By Dave Malan.

Frankenstein's Womb



Art from Warren Ellis' Frankenstein project by Marek Oleksicki. I love how faithful it is to Shelley's description.

Wake the Dead



Concept art by Gino Acevedo from the film based on Steve Niles and Chee's modern-day retelling of the Frankenstein story. Another faithful depiction.

Happy Birthday, Dear Monster



Today's not an anniversary for Mary Shelly or her book or any of her creations, but this picture's too cool not to share anyway. It's Boris Karloff celebrating the 150th anniversary of Frankenstein's publication in 1968. (Found in Life's photo archive.)

Oh, and as long as we're talking Frankenstein, check out this short interview with actor Doug Jones (Abe from Hellboy) about Guillermo del Toro's planned Frankenstein film. Jones wants to play the Monster and there's a strong chance that this version's depiction of the creature will be yet again faithful to Mary Shelly's description. Turns out that del Toro is a big fan of Bernie Wrightson.

(I feel like I should mention that my preference for this look on the Monster doesn't have nearly as much to do with fundamentalist demand for faithfulness to the source material as it does with the design just looking really really cool.)

Adventureblog Theater: They may take our lives, but they'll never take our Indendence Day

007 Gunbarrel Montage

Notice how Roger Moore is the only one who has to use both hands.



The Ultimate Inspirational Movie Speech

If you only watch one of these, watch this one.



Who vs. Kirk

Happy Jungle Book Day!

It's Rudyard Kipling's birthday today. He would've been 143.

In his honor, I think we should all find orangutans to dance with.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Agents of Atlas and the New Nation



It's been too long since the Agents of Atlas mini-series. Their occasional appearances around the Marvel Universe have been awesome, but I'd completely forgotten about the idea that they're a bunch of good guys posing as a bunch of bad guys. They're the anti-Thunderbolts. Or the anti-Dark Avengers as it were. It makes more sense now that Marvel would launch their ongoing in the same, massive breath as Dark Avengers. (Not that I needed a logical reason for Agents of Atlas to be part of that launch; I'm just extra thrilled to be connecting the dots).

The Agents story in Dark Reign: New Nation is a beautiful piece of work. It's packed with stuff about the Agents' robbing Fort Knox and uncovering enough of Norman Osborne's plans that they want to know more. Ain't no doubt that an Agents of Atlas/Dark Avengers meeting is imminent, but even though the Dark Avengers sound lame (Iron Patriot?), I'd love to see Namora, Gorilla Man, and the rest of the guys be the ones to bring down Osborne. The story here does exactly what it's supposed to: gets me craving more.



Contrast that to the dreary, drowsy Secret Warriors story, which is nothing but Nick Fury reminiscing about Captain America for eight pages. No way I'm interested in an ongoing full of that kind of writing.



Or in New Avengers, if it's going to be more about the tragic love of Ronin and Mockingbird as shown here.



The Skull Kill Krew has a lot of life in it, but it's too '90s for my taste, what with its anti-hero whose arm turns into a giant gun and all.



I only bought New Nation for the Agents story, but if there's another one that gets my attention and makes me curious about the new series it's promoting, it's Greg Pak and Leonardo Manco's War Machine tale. I like both of these guys already and Pak has more than proven himself when it comes to bringing the awesome. Witness this short story in which War Machine has to fight remote-controlled polar bears.



If only I liked War Machine. But then, I wasn't any kind of Hercules fan before Pak got ahold of him either. My continued interest will be largely dependent on how much Marvel's charging per issue. I'll probably pick it up for $3, but I'm not going to four.

Edited to add: I meant to link to this interview with Jeff Parker about Agents of Atlas as long as I was talking about them, but I forgot. It's got preview pages from the new series, so you should go look.

Aquaman vs. T-Rex

We Three Ocean Kings



So, I gave this year's DC Holiday Special the ol' flip-through because I wanted to check out the Aquaman story, but didn't want to spend six bucks on it without knowing whether or not it was lame. And it pretty much is.

There's a cool double-page spread of Aquaman using a giant squid to fight a helicopter full of bad guys (you can see it in The Aquaman Shrine's review), but the overall tone of the story is sentimental in a corny way and if there's one thing Aquaman doesn't need right now, it's corny. There's also a trick-ending that left me staring at the final page in disgust, but I was skimming the narrative captions through the story, so maybe I missed something that would've made it more palatable. Judging from these reviews though, I'm guessing that's not the case.

Aquasub



My first reaction at seeing this was to wonder why Aquaman would need it, but after a little thought I suppose that it probably goes faster than he can swim. It's got to be faster than a giant seahorse at any rate. Besides, I agree with The Shrine that it's cool to see Aquaman getting his own action figure and vehicle.

Aquaman (and Hawkman) vs. T-Rex



I'm never really sure how to take Kyle Baker, but this sounds like a joke to me. In a now-deleted blog post, he shared the above art and said:
I'm working on a new Hawkman comic for DC, and decided to try a newer, more fan-friendly style. What do you think? leave a comment!No title for the book yet that I know of. It's not due for another six months. Anyway, enjoy the wallpaper! By the way, just for the fans, I'm making this story the bloodiest and most depressing story ever! Full of realism! HAWKMAN'S WORLD WILL BE CHANGED FOREVER! I've revealed too much. I can say no more.
I'm 98% sure there's not really a new Kyle Baker/Hawkman comic coming, but even if there was one, I'm 100% sure that it wouldn't be bloody and depressing. Still, Aquaman on a giant seahorse fighting a T-Rex. I can quit blogging now.*

*I can, but I won't. Sorry.

What Looks Good: A Murder of Scarecrows

Desperado Publishing has a promising-sounding comic coming out next month. It's cleverly titled A Murder of Scarecrows and features a pre-Revolutionary War masked man taking up arms against his British oppressors. Sounds a little like The Black Coat and a lot like Dr. Syn, but I like both of those things, so all the better.

According to the press release I got, the graphic novel will run 64 pages and the story is the first in a planned series.

Breakfast of the Gods



This is old and I've linked to it before, but someone reminded me recently about this awesome story about Cap'n Crunch and Tony the Tiger's doing what they can to keep Count Chocula and his evil cronies from trying to take over Cerealia. I'm linking to it again and putting it in my sidebar in case it's new to you. It all starts with the gruesome death of the Honey Bee and includes every single cereal character you ever loved.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

What Looks Good: January Theatrical Releases

I miss this feature on the blog, if only because it gives me something to refer to when I'm trying to remember what's coming out when.

January 16

Defiance



I'm really not in the mood for a depressing movie and I feel like the odds are about 50-50 on this one ending like I'd like it to, but I'm a Craigaholic right now.

Chandni Chowk to China



I've been wanting to check out a Bollywood movie. This looks like a fun one to try.

Paul Blart: Mall Cop



Just enough Die Hard parody to make me want to see it. And Kevin James is funny.

January 23

Inkheart



Please let this be good. Please let this be good. Please let this be good.

Underworld: Rise of the Lycans



I can't be the only person enjoying the Underworld movies, right? I mean, they keep making them, so someone else must like them too.

January 30

The Uninvited



Like I said back here, "Violet from Lemony Snicket vs. Hand that Rocks the Cradle and some creepy imagery about black goo. I don't know why that works so well for me, but there you have it."

Taken



Yes! I just watched Love Actually a couple of days ago and it made me realize how much I want to see a new Liam Neeson movie. Even if it looks sort of similar to Frantic, I liked Frantic and I'm all for Qui-Gon taking his turn as a family-man hunting kidnappers in Paris.

New in Town



Renée Zellweger's cute and funny and all, but it's the Minnesota setting, Harry Connick Jr, and especially JK Simmons that ultimately sell me.

Music Meme: 1973

Continuing my list of favorite albums from every year I've been alive.

1973

Willie Nelson: Shotgun Willie



'73 was a slow year for me, musically. I'm picking this album as my favorite as representative of Willie Nelson (though it may not be the last we'll see of him in this list). My dad was a big fan of Willie and even though he didn't own this album, "Whiskey River" has always been one of our favorite Willie songs and it made its appearance here.

One interesting thing about this list is that between John Denver, Johnny Cash, and Willie Nelson, it's reminding me how much I was raised on country music. I don't even remember when I first discovered pop, but I remember which album it was that hooked me, so I'm looking forward to rediscovering that year through this project.



Check out this video for a version that's more representative of Willie at the time.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Quote of the Week: "People put the books where they want"

Another Neil Gaiman quote this week. Am I in a rut or is he just that awesome? (Hint: I'm not in a rut.)
I don't worry about it. I don't think about it. It's not something I feel I need to bother with. People put the books where they want to put them, but the books don't change … From where I stand, worrying about how something you are writing is going to be received critically while you're writing it is a whole lot of wasted worrying: there's nothing you can do about it anyway. Why not worry about making what you're writing the best thing that it can be, which is something you can do something about?
--Neil Gaiman, on deciding what genre you're writing

Friday, December 26, 2008

Here is a Muppet News Flash!

Awesome List: Space Pulp and Wild Things

Gonna kinda ease back into this after a couple of days off. Hope everyone's holidays have been swell so far!

Al Williamson's Flash Gordon



Over at the Perils on Planet X production blog, Christopher Mills has the skinny on a new, complete collection of Al Williamson's Flash Gordon work. Gettin' it.

Perils on Planet X



Mills also has the Eduardo Barreto variant cover for the first issue of his own, highly anticipated (by me, especially) space pulp, Perils on Planet X.

Where the Wild Things Are



/Film links to a long AICN interview with Where the Wild Things Are director Spike Jonze. I love (and this is totally not sarcasm here) how Jonze has to sort of feel his way around in order to describe what he was going for with the film. It's very heartfelt and real, like he - you know - actually has a creative vision and passion for the movie.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

The Twelve Songs of Christmas: The Christmas Song

"The Christmas Song" by Johnny Mathis

One day till Christmas! Except for one more song tomorrow, I'm going offline. See you on the other side! Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Adventureblog Gallery: Canary and Zatanna

Black Canary



By Matteo Discardi.

Zatanna



By Andie Tong.

Black Canary vs. the Trinity



There's one more Black Canary comic that's been causing a stir, so I should mention it. Folks seem to be having a problem with a scene in which JLA Chairwoman Black Canary confronts Wonder Woman, Batman, and Superman for holding secret meetings in a hidden room.



A lot of the commentary is around Ed Benes' art and I get that. I find it pretty easy to ignore, but yes, he does like to draw booties and crotches. The panel above isn't at all indicative of most of Benes' poses in the scene.

Where I disagree with critics though is about Dwayne McDuffie's writing. Black Canary does accuse the "trinity" of undermining her authority as leader of the JLA and I've read a couple of posts questioning exactly how they're doing that. After all, they're not countermanding her orders in battle and none of the other members know about the secret meetings. Black Canary herself had to do some serious detective work to find out about them.

So, yeah, I agree that they're not really undermining her authority as far as the rest of the team is concerned. But Canary's response here isn't really about the rest of the team. It's about her. It's an emotional response to finding out that the three heavy-hitters of the superhero community in general and the JLA in particular don't trust her enough to include her in their little club. "Undermining" may be a poor choice of words on Canary's part, but I don't think they necessarily are on McDuffie's. It's exactly the kind of thing someone would say out of their emotion when they feel personally and professionally threatened. I like it. It humanizes Canary.

In a perfect world, I'd have much more to say about the return of the Milestone characters in this issue. I've been waiting for this day and I'm twelve kinds of excited about seeing where this goes. But the sad fact is that it's been so long since I've read these guys' adventures that I don't remember much about all but a couple of them. I really need to dig out my old Milestones again. And probably post about them.

What Looks Good: Movie Trailers

I love Dorian's blog for a lot of reasons, but one of my favorites is his occasional reviews of movie trailers. I don't always agree with him, but he consistently manages to let me know about some stuff I didn't know about, and remind me of some stuff I'd forgotten about.

Like this stuff here:



Push: I agree with Dorian that the Jumper vibe is too strong to be unreservedly enthusiastic, but that the cast is also too cool to dismiss. Chris Evans, Djimon Hounsou, the cave girl from 10,000 BC, and Dakota Fanning looking not half as annoyingly cute as usual all have me interested.

Timecrimes: Saw this trailer before They Call Me Bruce. Hooked.

Dark Streets: Didn't know about this one until Dorian pointed it out. Like he says, it's a jazz age murder mystery and that's all you need to know. Well, that and BB King did the soundtrack.

The Lodger: I love the Hitchcock silent version because of the story as much as for Hitchcock. It's been remade at least three times already (once with George Sanders; once with Jack Palance) and I've been wondering since I saw it when the next remake might be. It tickles me to no end to see that the new version will star Simon Baker (The Mentalist), Rachel Leigh Cook, and Alfred Molina.

Duplicity: In the course of two-and-a-half minutes, I went from being excited about a Clive Owen spy movie, to disappointed that it was an Ocean's Eleven rip-off, back to excited about a Clive Owen/Julia Roberts romantic comedy/caper movie.

The Uninvited: Violet from Lemony Snicket vs. Hand that Rocks the Cradle and some creepy imagery about black goo. I don't know why that works so well for me, but there you have it.

We Wish Yoe a Styky Christmas

Here are a couple of more Christmas cards I got today.

The first one's from Craig Yoe and Yoe Studio. If you go here, you'll see it animated and set to appropriate music.



Merry Christmas to you too, guys!

The next one's from my pal Jonnie Allan, creator of the hilarious and awesome Stykman. If I've done this right, it should animate all on its own without any clicking.



I love it when a plan comes together.

Merry Christmas, Jonnie!

And Happy Holidays to all of yous guys, too!

The Twelve Songs of Christmas: I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus

"I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" by John Mellencamp

Two days till Christmas!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Captain Kirk vs. Space Pirates

Captain Kirk and the Flight of the Buccaneer

I don't link to Siskoid's Blog of Awesomeness - I mean, Geekery - enough, so let me take a step towards correcting that. After all, a post about Captain Kirk fighting a bunch of space pirates is pretty much tailor-made for me.

Siskoid recently finished up the daunting task of reviewing every single Star Trek TV episode and movie ever made and is following it with reviews of the comics and books, including that Voodoo one I posted about last Spring. It's Must Read Internet.

New Sinbad movie

In other pirate news, looks like there's a new Sinbad movie in the works. According to SCIFI Wire, "The story centers on Sinbad and his crew, who are marooned off the coast of China and embark on a quest to find the lamp of Aladdin."

The image to the left there is Sinbad, but otherwise has nothing to do with the movie. It's from Pierre Alary's upcoming graphic novel that I'm very impatient about.

The Twelve Songs of Christmas: Carol of the Bells

"Carol of the Bells" by Straight No Chaser

Three days till Christmas!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Quotes of the Week: Namby Pamby Klaatu

Two quotes from last week made me chuckle:

...and the lesson of this story is that people should use "namby-pamby" and "varmints" in sentences whenever they can.

--Katie Cook, summarizing what she learned from a rat-catching expedition.

She discovers his purpose, takes him with her in her car, flees a federal dragnet, walks in the woods, introduces him to her brilliant scientist friend, lets him listen to a little Bach, tells him we can change if we're only given the chance, and expresses such love for Jacob that Klaatu is so moved, he looks on dispassionately.
--Roger Ebert, accurately describing the remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still.

A Very Robo Christmas to You

I'm starting to slow down the posting here the closer it gets to Christmas. As it should be. Fortunately, nice people keep sending me Christmas cards to share, so I'm not grinding to a total halt.



Merry Christmas to you guys too, Team Robo! I haven't forgotten that I still owe you that Sparrow post. :)

Music Meme: 1972

Continuing my list of favorite albums from every year I've been alive.

1972

Neil Diamond: Hot August Night



I can still listen to this album over and over and over again. If you think Neil Diamond's just a cheesy lounge singer, it's because you haven't heard this stuff.

The Twelve Songs of Christmas: Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" by Rolf and John. Because I cheated you of real Muppets yesterday.

Four days until Christmas!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (and Through the Looking Glass)

Based on the various screen adaptations I've seen of it, I didn't expect to enjoy Alice's adventures much. The focus in the movies is always on how nonsensical everything is and I'm much too fond of Order to revel in episodic nonsense.

But I'm also fond of wordplay and what gets lost in the screen versions is how brilliantly clever Carroll was as it. It's a joy to watch him work.

Something else that gets lost on-screen is Carroll's point in writing the Alice books. Discovering that was one of the reasons I wanted to read them and I was pleased to learn that it's not nonsense purely for its own sake. But neither is it a condemnation of nonsense or a story about growing up (as Disney twisted it into). Rather, it's a celebration of childhood. There's no innocence lost here; only joy.

Alice will never grow up. Even if she were real, Carroll assures us that she would hold onto her sense of wonder, "gather about her other little children, and make their eyes bright and eager with many a strange tale, perhaps even with the dream of Wonderland of long ago; and how she would feel with all their simple sorrows, and find a pleasure in all their simple joys, remembering her own child-life, and the happy summer days."

Makes me excited to see how Tim Burton handles it.

Five out of five bickering mice.

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