Saturday, April 18, 2015

The Latest Oz Short Story

I am, of course, continuing my reading of I Should Have Stayed in Oz, the collection of stories about Dorothy's life after coming back to Kansas. And the second story, "Expecting Oz" by Traci Lewis, really puts the "short" into short story, as it's only four pages long. It seems Aunt Em and Uncle Henry didn't know what to do about Dorothy's sanity after she told all the stories about Oz, so they put her into foster care. She bounced around a few families and ended up a pregnant teenage mother-to-be in a home for wayward girls. But it looks like her unborn baby may be able to help her get back to Oz. This story was okay, and there is a certain logical path to how Dorothy's life unfolds. But this story also makes three major, unforgivably un-Ozzy errors. The least of them is calling Dorothy's stannous friend in Oz the Tin Woodsman. There's no s in there! The second is how Aunt Em and Uncle Henry treated her. They would never do that to her. However, I can at least say, okay, this is an alternative, looking-glass version of Dorothy, so I can at least see it as a storytelling device. But the biggest issue I have is the name for the Good Witch: Lewis calls her Glenda!!! That's not her name!!! It's Glinda! Kudos for not mentioning whether she's the Good Witch of the North or South, however, so it could be either the book or The Movie version of Dorothy.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

The Latest Oz Short Story Reading

At long last, I've finished my rereading of Our Landlady (although I may indulge in the glossary this summer), which means my weekly Oz short story can now be new ones. I heard about the collection I Should Have Stayed in Oz, edited by Selina Rosen, a while ago in the review of another collection, so I hunted down a used copy. To my surprise, it was autographed by Rosen! Well well! The premise is that, upon returning to Kansas, Dorothy has regrets about coming home. So I jumped in and read the first story last night, "There's No Place Like a Gingham House" by Claudia Christian. Yes, especially for my fellow Babylon 5 fans, that Claudia Christian. She's apparently quite multitalented. Anyway, as for the story, if this is indicative of the whole collection, I think I can safely not recommend this for young, sensitive, or traditional Oz fans. Dorothy is now a senior citizen, making her living as a phone sex operator catering to those who want to talk to a certain famous storybook character. Um, okay, not what I was expecting at all! And I think I'll just end that there.

Sunday, April 05, 2015

The Latest Oz Comic

This month, DC Comics has variant covers based on classic Warner Bros. movie posters. (This is because Warners owns DC. So there's no incentive, or impediment, to use posters from other companies.) Naturally, one of their covers is based on The Wizard of Oz. That would be Supergirl #40, and it's real pretty. Here, take a look for yourself in this side-by-side comparison.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Just a Friendly Reminder About Tomorrow

Tomorrow (well, even today now, as I post this, in some parts of the world) is April Fool's Day. That means you should take any news you see that may be too good to be true with a grain of salt. I don't plan to post tomorrow, as I don't want a repeat of my McDonald's Happy Meal toys news going so viral, it got written up in The Baum Bugle.

Saturday, March 07, 2015

Today's Oz Comic

It is, admittedly, not much, but today's TrivQuiz does have a reference to Sean Connery's Ozziest role.

Monday, March 02, 2015

Today's Oz Political Comic

One of my favorite political cartoonists, Tom Toles, visits Oz today. You know, this would answer that question that keeps popping up as to why the Wicked Witch has such a conveniently located bucket of water in the castle.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

My Oz Short Story Reading

Despite all appearances to the contrary, I've been doing more about Oz the past few months than just collecting comic strips and Jeopardy! clues. I've also been reading a bunch of Oz (and Ozzish) comic books, and I will probably have to do a major catch-up post on those some time this spring, for example. My new (albeit temporary) job and lots of other things to read recently have pushed the regular Oz reading aside for a while, however, but the one thing I have been able to maintain is reading one Oz short story a week. Right now I'm working my way through Baum's Our Landlady again, reading three columns each weekend. These columns don't really lend themselves well to the sort of critiques I usually do with short stories, being very much products of their time and place, but I thought I'd read them again.

This weekend, however, has been an exception, as there's a new short story available online. "Who Stopped the Rain?" was posted by the author, Nathan M. DeHoff, on the Royal Forums of Oz, and it's a lot of fun. It's especially helpful if you know Thompson's Oz, as it takes place not long after The Giant Horse of Oz. I left a couple other comments on the page itself, so you can see what I think there. Go check it out!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Oz in Jeopardy!

Oh, they had a good game way back on January 21 (which was also, coincidentally, my birthday). It didn't start off so promising, with a pretty standard Jeopardy! round. And the Double Jeopardy! round was a theme board, with the categories Cotton Is King, The Blue & The Grey, "Civil", War, Gone with the Wind, and 1865 America. Yikes! That didn't look Ozzy at all! But there was one clue in, of all categories, Gone with the Wind that made me think, you, I'll be blogging this one. For $2000, the clue was:

None of them wanted to guess that the director was Victor Fleming, and that other 1939 blockbuster was, of course, The Wizard of Oz. I found it curious that they didn't actually mention that — until, towards the end of the round, the $1600 clue in Cotton Is King was revealed, and it was a Daily Double! Erin, the challenger in the middle, wagered $2000, and was given this clue:
Of course she correctly replied, "What is gingham?" Despite being the only one to get an Oz clue correct, she didn't win the game, however.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Today's Oz Comic

All I can say about today's edition of Off the Mark is: Oooooooooookay, I did not see that one coming!

Sunday, February 01, 2015

This Is a Petition All Oz fans need to Sign!

Aaron Pacentine got the bright idea to start a petition for Disney to release Return to Oz on Blu-Ray. So, as soon as I heard, I signed it. It needs a lot more signatures than that, however, to have any chance. So you need to go out and sign it, too, and then share it with all of the Oz and/or movie and/or Disney fans that you can. Go on, you know you want to! The petition is at

Friday, January 30, 2015

Today's Oz Comic

Presented without further comment: Today's Bound and Gagged.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Today's Oz Comic

We seem to have hit a recent dry spell of Oz references in the comics. But that ends today, with today's Pickles. I just have to wonder how old Earl was when he first saw it.

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Oz in Jeopardy!

Happy New Year, everybody! I must say, 2015 is looking a little disappointing so far, what with the lack of flying cars for $39,999 and hoverboards from Mattel. (Why, yes, I have seen the Back to the Future trilogy more than a few times, why do you ask?) Anyway, here's that big epic Jeopardy! post I promised earlier this week. On the December 12 episode, the second category to be revealed in the Jeopardy! round was:

Alex made it clear very quickly, however, that these quotes were from The Movie, not the book (which might have been interesting, too). Our three brave contestants went to other categories at first, but it didn't take them long to try it out, as Michael, the challenger on the right, picked the $400 clue:
Emily, the challenger at the center lectern, rang in first and correctly responded, "Who is the Wicked Witch of the West?" She then picked the $200 clue, which proved to be:
Emily rang in and said, "What is Montana?" which we all know is incorrect. Nobody else wanted to try and guess, "What is Kansas?" But Emily got to pick again. Under the $600 card she found the Daily Double, and so bet $1000. Her clue proved to be:
She correctly replied, "What is courage?" and raised her score. Naturally, she then picked the same category for $800, which was:
This time it was Michael who rang in first, and correctly replied, "What is, 'Oh my'?" He finished the category off, and for $1000 the clue was:
Emily got in first and correctly said, "What is 'There's no place like home.'?" And that was that for Oz in that game (and, as it turned out, the rest of the year). Surprisingly, the defending champion, Ryan — the only player not to give an answer in that category — went on to handily win the whole game, thus once again poking very large holes into my theory that whoever correctly responds to the Oz clues goes on to win the game.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Oz in Jeopardy!

It's taken me longer to get to this, thanks to my old computer slowly dying and having to get back up to speed with this new one (and my, what a difference!), but I can now get everyone up to date again with the latest from everyone's favorite answers-and-questions quiz show. So let's go way back to the first week of December, when Jeopardy! had its annual Kids' Week, with contestants aged ten to twelve. On the December 2 show, one of the categories in the Jeopardy! round was, ironically, The Lion, the Witch or the Wardrobe, in which the clue related to one of those. For $600, the clue was:

Adam, an eleven-year-old from North Carolina, rang in first and correctly responded, "What is the Lion?"

The very next day, also in the Jeopardy! round, the very first clue uncovered was in the Games category for $200:

Unfortunately, this was a triple stumper, and nobody wanted to even guess, "What is Munchkin?" (And while I'm talking about it: Hey, guys, can we get a Wizard of Oz edition of the game?)

I have one more Jeopardy1 episode to deal with, but it's going to have to wait, as this is going to be an epic post!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Oz in Jeorardy!

From the November 25 episode, in the Jeopardy! round was a category called Chick Lit, which was all about books with chickens in them. Naturally, for $400, this was the clue:

Mariusz, the challenger at the center lectern, rang in first and correctly responded, "Who is Dorothy?" He earned $400 for knowing that (or figuring it out) and, unlike some recent contestants who knew their Oz clues, went on to handily win the game.

Today's Classic Oz Comic

Over at the Luann comic strip, creator Greg Evans has given his readers a Christmas bonus (which starts right here), an old holiday-themed storyline from a few years ago featuring Luann's dog, Puddles. Towards the end of the story, we get this strip featuring a familiar ending.

And in case you're wondering, I have the next couple of weeks off now for my winter break. Among the other things I plan to do is catch up on some Ozzy Jeopardy! clues, and even write some posts about other Ozzy topics! Stay tuned!

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Oz in Jeopardy!

I've been so busy with my regular, bill-paying "real" life of late that I haven't had a chance to talk about much more here than new Oz-themed comics — until now! The Jeopardy! clues have been piling up, and I hope to do some catching up in the next couple of weeks. But this first one goes waaaaay back to October 28. One of the categories was a spin on an old favorite, In Other Words, where they rewrite a common saying using totally different words, and you have to give the original. This time it was Oscar Songs In Other Words. All of the correct responses were the titles of winners of the Oscar for Best Song. Clear? Good! Because the very first clue, for $200, was this:

Michael, the challenger at the center lectern, rang in first and correctly responded, "What is 'Over the Rainbow'?" and got $200. Unfortunately, yet again blowing my theory that getting an Oz clue right leads to winning the game, Michael not only didn't win, he was the only player who didn't win. That's right, at the end there were two co-champions, and he wasn't one of them.

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Today's Oz-ish Comic

To be honest, I'm not 100% convinced that today's Heart of the City comic is Oz related. However, considering the way it's worded, and Heart's earlier brushes with Oz, I strongly suspect that there's an understood "…of Oz." at the end of her final line.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Today's Oz Comic

It looks like the grandchildren in today's Nest Heads comic have been watching one of TBS's recent broadcasts of The Movie and, like all too many of today's movie watchers, are confused by the history of color in movies. (And in a twist, the Kansas scenes were actually the final ones recorded!)

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Today's Oz Comic

I just don't see how the events portrayed in today's edition of The Argyle Sweater could happen. Not only is Dorothy too young to either get married or drive, but also there's no way she'd leave Toto behind!