The Guardian has decided to kick off its Dickens bicentennial celebration a little early! This article lists all the goodies that are about to come, including Dickens-themed podcasts, audio tours, excerpts from Claire Tomalin's new biography, and more.
And today, they have a lovely gallery of Dickens characters drawn by Chris Riddell. Go check it out! (Nina, they have Uriah Heep for you, and for Christy and me, there's a very nice Sydney Carton!) Clicking on any of the characters brings up a quote describing him or her. The print edition of the Sunday Observer -- I guess that's what the Guardian calls its Sunday issue -- will have "a large wall-friendly version" of this gallery, so I'm currently hunting for local shops that sell British papers. Already got a no from Barnes and Noble, but I'm checking out newsstands in the area. And there'll also be a contest where you can win five of the original watercolors of Riddell's new drawings.
The Guardian article concludes, "There'll be plenty more Dickens over the coming months. Do let us know what you'd like to see." That's a tantalizing question, but I have to say that I'm very happy with what I've already seen!