Well, I guess the final appeals ran out on the Witch in today's edition of The Argyle Sweater.
Friday, August 21, 2015
"Pins and Needles" by Melinda LeFevers was rejected from the main book and relegated to I Didn't Quite Make It to Oz for a number of reasons. It was long-ish, and the story was on the border with a writer without a proven track record, but maybe the biggest reason is that Dorothy didn't actually want to go back to Oz, which was the book's main theme. It is, however, a charming little story, and I'm glad that it found a home so that people can read it. Dorothy, having received the latest news from Oz through her mirror (a clever way to start the story), finds out that the Scarecrow is suffering from a mysterious malady and the Tin Woodman is under arrest, suspected of doing the deed. Dorothy figures out right away what's happened and finds her way back to Oz to help her friends. A nice bonus is Ozma getting a name check, so LeFevers knows more than just the original book and its most famous film adaptation.
Thursday, August 20, 2015
Strictly speaking, Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency #2 is not an Oz comic. But if you know anything about Dirk, you know how odd things can unexpectedly flit in and out of his life. So it should come as no surprise that, while leading a spontaneous walking tour around San Diego*, Dirk leads them to the famous Hotel Del Coronado and mentions that L. Frank Baum once threw a legendary party in room 3502 for the movie Munchkins. Oh, yeah, not a word of that is true, but L. Frank Baum got a name check! That's pretty cool, isn't it? It's especially cool if you are aware of Frank's connections to the Del.
* (Hey, it can happen, especially if you're Dirk!)
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
My man in Japan, Michael-sensei, found another cartoon about Hilary Clinton, this one by Randy Bish. I suspect we're going to see a lot more based on the same basic premise over the next fifteen months. (We have got to figure out a way to shorten the election cycle in this country!)
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Saturday, August 15, 2015
- First, over in The Wizard of Id*, it looks like Highboy has come for a visit. (If you don't know who Highboy is, you really need to read The Giant Horse of Oz).
- Savage Chickens has a much more straightforward Ozzy tilt today. Yes, that would be a problem for the Wicked Witch, wouldn't it?
** Yes, this is definitiely one of those first world problems you hear tell about.
Friday, August 14, 2015
Another one from I Didn't Quite Make It to Oz, stories rejected from another anthology. Like the previous story, "Free Dorothy" by Jimmy Holloman was rejected because it's a dark story centered around a Dorothy everyone thinks is crazy in an asylum, being evaluated by a psychiatrist. The original anthology had a couple of those already. Unlike the previous story, this one was short—very short! The editor didn't want stories that short, but allowed one into the original collection because it was funny, and the book needed some funny stories. This one was just short and dark. But it does have a nice twist that wasn't in the other, similar stories: What happens when the doctor finds out Dorothy isn't crazy? (One other bit: Holloman also drew the book's cover!)
Today in Rubes, I think a couple of different late-1930s movie witches are getting conflated here. But it works. (Did I mention that The Legend of Oz: The Wicked West will be back soon?)
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Yes, the new comics order is in! Not a lot that's Ozzy, so I'll just jump in with the first thing I read, Oz: Reign of the Witch Queen #3 from Zenescope. Queen Dorothy and the gang realize they've been letting Warlord dictate how the war unfolds for too long, and decide to take the next battle to him. And the issue ends with them trying to spring the trap on him. But the first two-thirds or so was just an awful lot of talking. There are some good ideas here, but it really isn't anywhere near the real Oz, so it just doesn't even register much for me. Heck, I'd completely forgotten about one of the few characters introduced in earlier issues who is about the only nod to the later books, a wily nome named Rho'kat. Oh, well, we're halfway through this series, which should be the last from Zenescope (their Oz has long been billed as a trilogy), so it will likely be over pretty soon. By then, it looks like The Legends of Oz: The Wicked West may be up and running again, which is excellent news!
My man in Japan, Michael-sensei, comes through again with another episode of Pop Culture Shock Therapy. In this outing, The Wizard of Oz crosses with One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. (That is supposed to be Jack Nicholson's character, Murphy, on stage, right?)
Sunday, August 09, 2015
My man in Japan, Michael-sensei, found another one, this one of a more political bent. I think it's fair to say that Glenn Foden is not a fan of Hilary Clinton (or at least her perceived inevitability). As usual, I remind my readers that all political cartoons presented in this blog are for Oz content only, and represent neither endorsement nor mockery of any political, social, economic, or other views.
Saturday, August 08, 2015
I know, I know, I was going to put this off for a while. But I couldn't resist, and bought a copy of I Didn't Quite Make It to Oz, the companion volume to the last set of short stories I read, I Should Have Stayed in Oz. This second volume is the stories that were rejected for the first one, but for various reasons were not accepted. I Didn't Quite Make It to Oz started off life as an e-book, which is perfect for this sort of thing, but for whatever reason it was decided to also put out a print edition. The book starts off with an introduction by editor Selina Rosen about the many reasons as to why a story may be rejected. Some are pretty obvious, like not following the guidelines or just being a jerk (although Rosen doesn't say it as nicely as that). Then there are the more esoteric ones, like there just not being enough room in the book and something has to go. Rosen also prefaces each story with the particulars as to why it was rejected, and in the case of "Dorothy Flies the Coop" by Dion Mayes-Burnett, it was that there was another story about a grown-up Dorothy in an asylum, and as the other story was by a more established author, his name would probably sell more copies. (Rosen makes it very clear that publishing is still a business, and she still has to keep an eye on the bottom line!) Mayes-Burnett's sees Dorothy about to turn eighteen and ready to leave the asylum, but a doctor with an axe to grind and a point to make sabotages her final examination and won't let her go home to Aunt Em and Uncle Henry. It's a good thing Dorothy's friends have an alternate way for her to get out! Extra kudos to Mayes-Burnett for making Dorothy's famous footwear silver shoes. She also does a pretty good job of creating the new characters Dorothy meets and giving them personalities, but her Dorothy ends up being a bit of a cipher as a result. Still, it was a fun read, and I'm glad Rosen found a way to get this one out to readers.
Thursday, August 06, 2015
My Man in Japan, Michael-sensei, has found two more Oz comics for our reading pleasure and amusement:
- First, the inevitable lion hunting cartoon, courtesy of editorial cartoonist Steve Kelley.
- Second, a day in the life of a tin teenager, in today's Break of Day.
Tuesday, August 04, 2015
No, that's not a typo. This is one of those rare days when we get a double dose of Ozziness in the funny strips.
Sunday, August 02, 2015
Saturday, August 01, 2015
I'm at the Oz convention in San Diego this wekend (hey, how come you're not here?), and I'll be hosting the costume contest this afternoon. I wonder, however, if I'll see any as spectacularly authentic as what Jen over at Epbot saw last weekend at Tampa's Fanboy Expo. It sounds like the con itself was pretty badly handled, but as you go through the report and the cosplay photos she took, you'll see that that didn't stop the enthusiasm. And then you get towards the end and the whole reason I'm telling you about it here...
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Monday, July 27, 2015
My fellow Oz fan Rei Shaw found this installment of the webcomic Kevin and Kell, a strip I was not previously familiar with, and posted it on my Facebook wall. (Gee, do you think I'm getting a reputation now for being the go-to place for Oz comic strips?) Thanks, Rei!
Saturday, July 25, 2015
Yup, you've got it, one more from I Should Have Stayed in Oz. In "Dorothy Down Under" by Glenn R. Sixbury, Dorothy is in a hospital for the mentally ill after telling Aunt Em and Uncle Henry about Oz once too often, with violent results. She flips out again when one doctor presents her with her magic shoes (Sixbury rather craftily doesn't tell us what color they are!), and they don't work! But over a conversation with some of her fellow patients, she begins to understand that she's not crazy, and also how she was able to make the shoes work in Oz. She gives it one more try, and — well, I won't spoil it for you, but one look at the title may suggest where she ends up. This one was mostly a lot of talking heads, and maybe not as action packed as some of this book's other tales, but that format also gives a lot of insight into Dororthy's head and how she figures out some hard truths about herself.
And with that, I have finished this collection. Right now, I have no new Oz short stories to read, so between that and going off to the convention next week, I'm giving this series a little break. But I have quite a few stories I'd like to reread, and as soon as I can I also want to get this volume's follow-up, I Didn't Quite Make It to Oz. So I will be reading a short story every weekend again, starting soon. And maybe I will even talk about some of them here!