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!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Today's Id Comic

No, that's not a typo. On Monday, The Wizard of Id celebrated its fiftieth anniversary. That's a pretty good stretch for any comic. Lots of other comics paid tribute, and I almost mentioned it myself on the day, but Id just isn't quite Ozzy enough that I felt I could justify it. But leave it to my man in Japan, Michael-sensei, to find The Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee and their tribute to both Id and Oz. (Of course, Dorothy and Toto have shown up a few times, but they're not regular characters.)

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Today's Oz Comic

This week, Betty and her husband (whose name escapes me) have been discussing the special ringtones people set up to go with particular people. In today's installment — well, ou'll just have to click and see!

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Today's Oz Comic

My man in Japan, Michael-sensei, pointed me towards today's Rhymes with Orange even before I got to it, and asked if it was Ozzy. Hmm, green-skinned witches and a faucet being an option in funeral planning: Yup, I'd say so!

Monday, November 03, 2014

Today's Oz Comic

Today in Brevity, just a little slice of life along the yellow brick road.

Sunday, November 02, 2014

Today's Oz Comic

I didn't see the surprise Oz reference in today's Frank and Ernest coming. Maybe I should have!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Oz in Jeopardy!

Yup, another Oz clue, this time on the Friday, October 17 show. For $1200, this clue appeared in the Broadway Musicals by Song category, in which the correct response is the show that the song appears in:

Sarah, the challenger on the right, rang in first and quite correctly said, "What is Wicked?" She went into Final Jeopardy! with the most money, but bet too much and lost and didn't win.

Yesterday's Oz Comic

It's not "Today's Oz Comic" because I was out of town over the weekend, and didn't see this week's Sunday edition of Mutts until this afternoon. And yes, this is the first of what I suspect will be a small number of Halloween-themed Oz comics this year (or Oz-themed Halloween comics, at least).

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!