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
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
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
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
Monday, March 02, 2015
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
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
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:
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Sunday, February 01, 2015
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 www.change.org/p/disney-movie-club-release-return-to-oz-on-blu-ray.
Friday, January 30, 2015
Saturday, January 17, 2015
Thursday, January 01, 2015
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:
Monday, December 29, 2014
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:
The very next day, also in the Jeopardy! round, the very first clue uncovered was in the Games category for $200:
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
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:
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
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:
Tuesday, December 02, 2014
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
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!)