Cory Doctorow at 10:19 pm Wed, Oct 14, 2009
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Comics artist Frank Brunner has done a series of Frazetta-esque Alice in Wonderland nudes that are sexy, retro, and lovely.
I’m so happy that you have brought up the issue of Alice’s age. There’s hope for humanity yet! Thank you!
Alice in Wonderland Nudes. . . More like Nude Alice in Wonderland.
lulz, look at her right hand.
Right hand indeed. Good eye!
At least her head isn’t twice the size of her pelvis….
I’ve looked through a few of the images, and they tend to be of the post-pubescent-girl-gazed-upon-by-fully-clothed-males variety. While the pictures are of a high compositional and technical standard, the theme of ‘women being inexplicably naked for the consumption of the male gaze’ is a little tired.
The one of the mirror, with the White Rabbit leering, sort of comments on that, I think.
Hope for humanity yet indeed! Why so pompous?
As a fan of 50s pinups, Crumb, Frazetta and so on I see no problem here. Sleaze is art too guys.
The Mad Tea Party was done in 1977 (look at the signature at the bottom), so the ‘women being inexplicably naked for the consumption of the male gaze’ thing was pretty edgy back then.
Vidya: “the theme of ‘women being inexplicably naked for the consumption of the male gaze’ is a little tired.”
don’t be silly, looking at naked chicks will never get old, no matter what anyone says or thinks. i mean c’mon men have been getting out of their way to gaze at naked women ever since clothing was invented.
I remember this. Back in the late 70’s early 80’s one of the cash flow generators for comic artists was theme portfolios advertised in the back pages of adult comic magazines like Epic and Heavy Metal and the Warren line. Big cardboard portfolio packages with up to a dozen big prints of fantasy and erotic subjects. Brunner had a few of them including an Elric one and lots of the 70’s illustrative style wave of artists like Bernie Wrightson and Neal Adams had their own.
“Modern art is what happens when painters stop looking at girls and persuade themselves that they have a better idea.” – John Ciardi
Although I love a good pinup, the art here is a little wonky. But I’m just kinda surprised that everyone seems so surprised. This kinda stuff is certainly not a new theme; has no one here heard of the Alice in Wonderland musical porn flick (also from the 70s)? If these illustrations disturb you then, trust me, you do not want to know any more.
But, if you’re curious:
More like Little Annie Fanny in Wonderland.
“don’t be silly, looking at naked chicks will never get old, no matter what anyone says or thinks. i mean c’mon men have been getting out of their way to gaze at naked women ever since clothing was invented.”
Unless you’re not into women *eyeroll*
All for nudity and obviously this is an older Alice, but hey that women is the only nude has been done to death since Dejeuner Sur L’Herbe and lots of dodge porn. Where’s the naked men? I bet they’d balk at those – in that case, it’s just soft core porn rather than art I suspect.
If you are from Australia, be very very careful about even LOOKING at this article.
The images seem to depict her as a *ahem* fully developed woman.
Uh, Alice is how old in the original stories?
in before “OMG sexualizing children! she’s a minor!!”
“According to Through the Looking-Glass she is seven and a half years old, but seems to conduct herself like a somewhat older child.”
That is a terrible drawing. Sure, it’s trite and not terribly creative (let’s take a well known story with famous illustrations but we’ll make one of the characters a hot naked chick!!!!!)
but honestly it’s just weird drawing. Her legs are so messed up and her boobs are in a weird place, I’d expect everything to be that stylized. Yeah, it would be a lot more interesting if Humpty were naked. It would be an interesting opportunity to invent a way to attach legs to an egg.
She’s not having sex though so it’s all clear.
Seems like these pieces are art that Lewis Carroll himself would have appreciated: http://photographyoflewiscarroll.googlepages.com/
A nude Humpty Dumpty now there’s something which would have been worth my time. Some more naked girl, straight out of a middle aged man fantasies, posing like some pin-up: if a yawn could yawn…
I think these are amazing! Great find!
Of course she’s not a child – in some pictures she looks well into adult-hood. Considering the subject matter exact age is irrelevant: these fantastic illustrations depict characters well outside the temporal, developmental, social – as a myth, all gestures are metaphorical.
Now that explains how Cheshire Cat got that expression!
You forgot “kitsch”, “formulaic” or “vulgar” in your list of adjectives.
The anatomy on those legs looks painful… Yikes from an artistic standpoint.
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