National Poetry Month, Day 27

Ladies and Gentlemen: The Gashlycrumb Tinies, by Edward Gorey.

Beauty in a subversive alphabet…if The Wonderland Alphabet could be credited to anyone other than Lewis Carroll, it would be Edward Gorey.




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National Poetry Month, Day 24

In the wake of World Book Night, please enjoy some fun poetry from The Wonderland Alphabet!


The Wonderland Alphabet: Verse by Alethea Kontis, Illustrated by J.K. LeeA

A is for Alice, a curious girl
Who fell very far through a hole in the world
She followed a clock-watching rabbit, you see
To a land full of wonder, and madness, and tea.



I do not fear the ticking clock
But lo, I fear the Jabberwock
I keep my vorpal blade at hand
To slay the scourge of Wonderland.



Mad Hatter, Savior, so carefree
Turns our water into tea
Ever knowing there and thence
Much madness is divinest sense!



Red or White or Hearts, no matter
From the March Hare to the Hatter
I am Queen, as all can see
And all ways here belong to me.

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Pick A Letter, Any Letter


Google Alerts sent me to this really great review of The Wonderland Alphabet over at GEEKS OF DOOM.

The review is gushing…which is ALWAYS nice…but the reviewer chooses J as her favorite poem. Which is funny, because when I first wrote the poetry for Janet’s art show, J was my favorite too.

I do not fear the ticking clock
But lo, I fear the Jabberwock
I keep my vorpal blade at hand,

 To slay the scourge of Wonderland.

Now, I’m torn between A…and M…and all the other letters too. I don’t know if I can pick a favorite.

I’ve definitely memorized them both — as well as J. My goal is to memorize ALL OF THEM, and then randomly going around conventions quoting myself with INCREDIBLE PRETENTIOUSNESS. *glee*

Do you have a favorite poem from The Wonderland Alphabet?

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Pics from New York Comic Con

I leave for the Waterworld Mermaid Writing Retreat in Ocean City, MD tomorrow — I am GOING TO FINISH THIS NOVEL REVISION by next week, no ifs, ands, or buts. (Unless I need them in a paragraph.)

But I’ve come up for air after packing (…again…) to post my lovely pics from NYCC. As always, I wish there were more  (and I wish there were more of me!) but Janet and I were happily trapped behind a very busy table in Artists Alley the entire weekend. I’m actually shocked I captured this many great costumes.

Thanks to everyone who stopped by!

(Click on the picture to go to the full album).

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AK and JKL in Wonderland at Sequential Tart

Janet and I just did a really great interview over at Sequential Tart. MAN they asked some good questions.

I love the irony of doing interviews for The Wonderland Alphabet: Alice’s Adventures Through the ABCs and What She Found There — all my answers are wordier than the entire book.

Heck, the title is almost wordier than the entire book.

Want to know which letters were the most difficult? What decisions Janet and I had to come up with before we even started planning the book? What we would say to someone who didn’t think Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass were two of the greatest books of all time?

Click on over here and find out.

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The Adventures of Supermermaid #1

Today is my blog day over at the Waterworld Mermaids, and I’m talking about my very first experience behind a table at a comic book convention–at HeroesCon just this past weekend!

I am a comic book geek, dyed in the wool from the tender age when I could lift my first Archie Comics Digest. Casey and I loved Elfquest in middle school. I moved on to Arkham Asylum and the X-Men Phoenix Saga and John Byrne’s Next Men when I was a teen. In college, my boyfriend gave me a graphic novel by that guy Tori Amos was always writing into her songs–at my first Dragon*Con, Charles Vess drew the Sandman in silver paint pen inside my first edition hardcover of The Wake. It’s one of my most prized possessions.

I’ve been to comic book conventions before, spoken to artists and authors, found new things and scavenger hunted for signatures. But this past weekend at HeroesCon 2012 was my very first time BEHIND A TABLE…


Want to read more? Click here!

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After Lame, There is Only Awesome

a magical interview in which Avery Flynn and I are super punchy and MASSIVELY CUTE.

Also, I have no idea why it filmed backwards.

Oh  yeah…and you could win a copy of ENCHANTED!

Click on over to Avery’s blog & leave a comment. Be silly. Tell her I sent you. xox

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The Wonderland Alphabet (flip preview)

The sneakiest preview of The Wonderland Alphabet you’ll ever get! How cute is this book?!?

Still working on getting a definite date when this will be out — I know Amazon has had a different release date every other day (now it says June 19th), but who trusts Amazon anymore? They don’t even have the proper cover image.

I can tell you that Archaia has the book (or they couldn’t have made this video!) and it will be shipping to stores very, very soon. Fingers crossed that it shows up while I’m on book tour!




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The Secret’s Out!

Yes, sirree — I have TWO books coming out this year. Right around the same time Enchanted releases, THE WONDERLAND ALPHABET: Alice’s Adventures through the ABCs and What She Found There will hit bookstores and comic book shops all around the world.

I can’t tell you how excited I am to finally talk about this project! It’s not the first collaboration I’ve done with my dear friend Janet K. Lee, but it’s the first to be released by a major publisher (Archaia), and the first since Janet & Jim’s Eisner award win last year for Return of the Dapper Men!

The format is an affordable (less than $12!), oversized board book that will appeal to both adults and children alike. We’ve honored each letter of the alphabet (in order this time) by gracing it with a rhyming verse about a particular element from Alice in Wonderland and/or Alice’s Adventures Through The Looking Glass (and What She Found There).

I could tell you more about the origin of this very special project, but why don’t you read about it from Janet herself? She sprung the news to Comic Book Resources in this exclusive interview. You can also get a sneak peek at several of the gorgeous pages.

Fair warning — I’m telling you right now that this book is going to sell out its first printing almost immediately, so be sure to preorder your copy now.  (The cover for the book is pictured here — the one on Amazon was just a placeholder. They’re working on fixing that.)

I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to going on book tour and signing TWO BOOKS instead of one!!!

I am the luckiest princess in the world, I tell you. *happy dance*

(Oh, yeah. Me and the alphabet…we’re like *this.*)

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