Tuesday, December 22, 2020

This Week's Oz Short Story

The third item from the 2019 issue of Oziana is something extremely rare for Oziana, a story based on the famous M-G-M film version of The Wizard of Oz. "The Epiphany of Miss Gulch" by Paul Dana, with an illustration by Mela Pagayonan, finds Almira Gulch waking up in a ditch, all scratched up and with a broken leg, after she is blown away by a cyclone. Yes, this is what happens to her after we last see her in The Movie. It gives her time to pause and reflect on her life, and how she has treated others, while waiting for help. The help comes in the form of a mangy little dog (no, not Toto, he's off in Oz at this point) who, for some reason, takes a liking to her and eventually fetches some humans to assist her. It's a great little character piece, as we discover a little bit more about what makes Miss Gulch tick, and her relationships with others besides the Gale family.

Other items from this issue:

  • "The End of the Road" by E. J. Hagadorn, a poem about the Fab Four's expectations when they reach the Emerald City.
  • The front cover is a computer-drawn illustration of several of our Oz friends by David Valentin.
  • And the back cover is a full color illustration by Lyan Tjally, from this issue's first story, "An Odd Transformation", that really shows what the Scarecrow, Tin Woodman, Jack Pumpkinhead, and Scraps would look like as humans. The interior story has a few spot black-and-white illustrations, but the size and color really make the concept pop.

Only one more story to go, and then it's on to the most recent issue!

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