This is my monthly look at Previews Magazine to find all the comic book Oz stuff that Oz fans ought to know about. For a little more info on what this is all about and how to get this stuff, see this post. These items are due to arrive in comic shops in December 2005.
Airwave Comics is publishing a new adaptation of The Wizard of Oz in graphic novel format. I confess to knowing almost nothing about the artist Richard Maurizio, but the sample piece in Previews looks ok. The book will be a 7X10 softcover with 84 pages in black and white.
- The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Graphic Novel - Order Code: OCT05 2689 - $9.99
Oz: The Manga continues to be published by Antarctic Press. This series is a retelling of the Oz story in a Manga style by David Hutchison. There will be a total of eight issues in this first mini series, and they will be collected when the full series has been published.
- Oz: The Manga #7 - Order Code: OCT05 2762 - $2.99
- Oz: The Manga #1 - Order Code: APR05 2602 - $2.99
- Oz: The Manga #2 - Order Code: MAY05 2477 - $2.99
- Oz: The Manga #3 - Order Code: JUN05 2744 - $2.99
- Oz: The Manga #4 - Order Code: JUL05 2615 - $2.99
- Oz: The Manga #5 - Order Code: AUG05 2682 - $2.99
- Oz: The Manga #6 - Order Code: SEP05 2730 - $2.99
I'll start this one with the usual warning about this book: it contains mature themes and language, and if you want your Oz to be innocent and sweet, this is not the book for you. This is a neat retelling of Oz in a fumetti format that features a Goth Dorothy finding a robot Toto and learning about her strange past during a visit to Oz. This is from Illusive Productions, and you can get these books through your local comic book store using the order codes listed below, or directly through their website.
- Dorothy #5 - Order Code: OCT05 3073 - $5.00
- Dorothy #1 (2nd Printing) - Order Code: AUG05 3008 - $5.00
- Dorothy #2 - Order Code: JAN05 2840 - $5.00
- Dorothy #3 - Order Code: MAR05 2987 - $5.00
- Dorothy #4 - Order Code: MAY05 2838 - $5.00
- Dorothy Collection 1 (includes first four chapters) - Order Code: JUL05 2960 - $14.95
Coming out from Alias is a book called Lullaby. This book started with a mini series of four books from Image comics in which Alice (from Wonderland) goes on a quest to Oz and runs into Little Red Riding Hood, the Pied Piper, and some other fairy tale characters. The group has yet to reach Oz at the end of the first mini, but they have met the Tinman in an unexpected form. The current offering from Alias is a one-shot featuring the Pied Piper and his story.
- Lullaby: Once Upon a Time vol 1 - Pied Piper of Hamelin - Order Code: OCT05 2701 - $5.99
- Lullaby: Wisdom Seeker #1 - Order Code: DEC04 1535 - $2.95
- Lullaby: Wisdom Seeker #2 - Order Code: JAN05 1606 - $2.95
- Lullaby: Wisdom Seeker #3 - Order Code: FEB05 1594 - $2.95
- Lullaby: Wisdom Seeker #4 - Order Code: MAR05 1693 - $2.95
- Lullaby: Wisdom Seeker Vol 1 (collection) - Order Code: JUN05 2684 - $9.99
- Lullaby #1 - Order Code: JUL05 2561 - $2.99
- Lullaby #2 - Order Code: AUG05 2631 - $2.99
- Lullaby #3 - Order Code: SEP05 2680 - $2.99
One of my favorite books around is the wonderful Girl Genius from Studio Foglio. You can read it for free on-line, or buy the fantastic collections, the fourth of which is solicited in this month's Previews magazine.
- Girl Genius Vol 4 Softcover - Order Code: OCT05 2684 - $20.95
- Girl Genius Vol 4 Hardcover - Order Code: OCT05 2685 - $36.95
- Girl Genius Vol 1 Softcover - Order Code: OCT05 2686 - $10.00
- Girl Genius Vol 2 Softcover - Order Code: OCT05 2687 - $19.95
- Girl Genius Vol 3 Softcover - Order Code: OCT05 2688 - $20.95
On occasion, I find Wizard of Oz merchandise in the back of Previews. I have found one such item in this Previews, on page 480. This is a part of the "Snowbabies" line of figurines, and features The Good Witch from the movie with Dorothy, and a Snowbaby handing over Toto. The price makes it clear that this is a collectable for serious collectors of Snowbabies or Oz only.
- Snowbabies ...And Toto Too Figurine - Order Code: OCT05 4028 - $95.00
Whew. So that's it for this month's Flipping Through Previews (Oz Edition)... If you found something I missed, feel free to use the comments below to point it out. If you have any questions, also feel free to comment.
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