Saturday, October 18, 2014

Today's Oz Comic

And another one! Today's Rhymes with Orange combines two classics of world literature (one guess as to what one of them is).

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Today's Oz Comic

They seem to be coming fast and furious of late. But today's Bliss made me laugh out loud at the absurdity of the situation.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Today's Oz Comic

The Wizard of Oz/Halloween crossovers continue. Today it's in Off the Mark.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Today's Oz Comic

All I will say about today's Brevity is, to paraphrase Slappy Squirrel, "Old gag, new twist."

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Today's Oz Comic

Considering some of the strong passions I see in some online Oz debates, I,m surprised we don't see a lot more incidents like in today's edition of Shoe.

Monday, October 06, 2014

Today's Oz Comic

With Halloween coming, something like today's edition of Rubes was bound to happen.

Saturday, October 04, 2014

And Now, For Your Halftime Entertainment...

Ohio State University's marching band presented a special halftime show during last week's game:

I am amused that the Wicked Witch of the West wears a Michigan jersey.

Speaking of, and to let both sides have their say, here's the Michigan marching band from a halftime show in 2010:

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Oz in Jeopardy!

It took two weeks into it's thirty-first (!) season, but the Friday, September 26 game had an extremely unexpected Oz reference in the Jeopardy round category A Rose Garden, of all things. This was a video clue, so while they showed the image below, Alex read the $1000 clue:


"Follow this three word rose that Oz-tensibly works well as a ground cover."

Catherine, the defending champion, rang in first and correctly responded, "What is yellow brick road?" She was, of course, correct. She would later go on to win yet again — sort of, as she tied one of the other contestants, and they both became co-champions.

Not being much of a gardener, I'd never heard of this rose, of course, so I did a little digging for more information. It's a relatively recent variety, and is available through the Easy Elegance collection. Hmm, we have a nice south-facing sunny spot on our property, I wonder if I could talk Laura into extending the Oz collection outside? Isn't there also a Judy Garland rose? Any other Oz flowers I should know about (besides poppies, of course)?

Monday, September 29, 2014

Today's Oz Comic

The great geek strip XKCD does a strip today about famous movie quotes and predictive keyboards. Well of course one of the lines is from The Wizard of Oz!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Oz Costumes at DragonCon

DragonCon is a huge many-medias convention held every summer in Atlanta. How big is it? They have something like thirty-seven (!) tracks of programming, they take over FOUR huge downtown hotels, and they have their own parade on Saturday through downtown. And a MAJOR part of this convention is cosplay. Well, my friend (who I've never actually met, talked to, or otherwise communicated with, but I suspect we'd get along just fine if we ever actually do meet) Jen, who runs a number of blogs (notably Cake Wrecks) always goes, and always takes lots of pictures, and always highlights the best on her Epbot blog. This year, part four of this year's best cosplay features two sets of Oz costumes. And these are not the type you normally see at the various Oz conventions I've been too. So go take a look!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Today's Ozzish Comic

There's a mention of The Wizard of Oz in today's TrivQuiz, but I'm not sure if that's exactly right. I've tried doing some research into how the band Toto got it's name, and let's just say that it's contradictory, and therefore inconclusive. In other words, I'm not certain that the band was named for the dog.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Today's Oz Comic

Another inevitable ALS challenge strip, this time in The Argyle Sweater. My question is, why is the Tin Woodman the one holding the bucket of water? Wouldn't he have a problem with that?

Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Latest Oz Comic Book

All I have to say about Fables #143 is, yea, Superhero Ozma is back! Seriously, she has a pretty big part in this book, and looks like she's going to have some major involvement over the next few issues to get Bigby back into his right mind. (I would love to see the right kid dress as Superhero Ozma at a comic or Oz convention some time.) Oh, yeah, and Snow White and Rose Red's rivalry continues, too, but SO WHAT? SUPERHERO OZMA IS BACK!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Today's Oz Comic

I have to wonder which edition of The Wizard of Oz Grampa is reading in today's Nest Heads, because in the novel the fatal bucket of water isn't just idly lying around. Dorothy was using it to clean the floors. Admittedly, the witch was still living dangerously by going near it.

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Today's Oz Comic

All I can say about today's Off the Mark is, it was inevitable!

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Today's Oz Appearance Comic

Unshelved is usually about life in a library. But they also have a weekly book review. This week, they review Better Nate Than Ever, which doesn't appear to have any relationship to Oz. But the review has a pretty awesome view of the marquee of the Gershwin Theatre. (If you don't already know what's playing there, you'll fgiure it out as soon as you see it.)

Saturday, August 30, 2014

The Latest Oz Comic Book Reading

I had an interesting experience today, as I got to the print edition of Warlord of Oz #3 (previously reviewed here, when Zenescope sent me the electronic preview version), then followed it up with issue #4, which was again kindly provided in an electronic preview edition. There's not a lot to add in #4: Dorothy and Smynth are still heading towards the Emerlad City, Scarecrow and Thorne (AKA the Lion) are involved in their own investigation, and the Warlord is making further progress in his conquest of Oz. But now we see that some of the Warlord's allies may be trying to play him to accomplish their own goals, and the Tin Woodman may also have his own agenda.

What struck me this time is that this series is, basically, The Empire Strikes Back. Dorothy is Luke, learning more about her own past and powers from a new ally, Smynth, who is very much in the Yoda mode. (I guess that would make Glinda Obi-Wan Kenobi, since her death has been a catalyst for a lot of subsequent events.) The Warlord is Darth Vader, of course, and (to stretch things a bit) the Scarecrow and Thorne are Han and Leia, off having their own adventures that will likely cross with Dorothy's later. I doubt Scarecrow and Thorne are going to fall in love, however! (I said I was stretching the analogy a bit.) I don't believe for a moment that the writers of Warlord of Oz are doing this deliberately, of course, it's just one of those storytelling tropes that crops up a lot. Also, if the Oz: Age of Darkness special is any indication, this one is going to end a lot differently.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

The Latest Oz Comic

There's not much to say about the main story in Fables #142 except that Ozma appears as part of the team trying to track down Bigby now that he's back. But the backup story should also be of interest to Oz fans, as "The Last Sinbad Story" is illustrated by Eric Shanower!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Today's Bit of Oz Humor

Much to the surprise of myself (the local Oz fan) and my wife (who works for them), our local paper ran an Oz humor column today, commemorating the seventy-fifth anniversary of The Movie. And here it is. But wait, there's more! It also came with a somewhat out of date but still humorous cartoon, which is right here.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Today's Oz Comic

Brevity today is celebrating Ozma's birthday with an Oz-themed comic. (Okay, so the birthday connection is probably coincidental.) I like not only the pun in the title, but also the Peanuts shoutout in the name of Toto's home.