Saturday, May 14, 2022

This Week's Oz Comic

Yeah, only one this week, but it's fun. Take a look at yesterday's edition of Brevity and tell me you wouldn't play that game! (But why limit it to just two of Judy's movies? Why not also A Star Is Born, Summer Stock, In the Good Old Summertime, Words and Music, Easter Parade, or all the other musicals she's done?)

Saturday, May 07, 2022

Oz Comics Roundup

Yup, it's been another long stretch without many Oz comics, until this week.

Monday, April 11, 2022

Today's Oz Comics

Hey, with two today and a little extra time tonight, I thought, why wait for a weekend roundup?

  • In today's Rhymes with Orange, Toto has an unexpected but not unanticipated interaction with another character.
  • Meanwhile, the kids in Grand Avenue are thinking about how to tell their stories in musical form. (Boy, does that take a dark turn fast!)

Monday, April 04, 2022

Oz Comics Round-Up

No, really, I have other Ozzy things to talk about. I'm on spring break this week, so I may even get to some of them. But let's get the comics round-up out of the way tonight:

Sunday, March 27, 2022

Oz Comics Roundup

Another week, another handful of Oz cmoics!

  • On Monday, One Big Happy ran this edition involving a beloved Oz character. This is not the firsttime OBH has used this joke, and I think this may even be a rerun.
  • On Wednesday, this rather twisted comic appeared in The Argyle Sweater. Well, this could explani why Liir is an orphan in Son of a Witch.
  • And finally, on Saturday, the gang heads to a bar in this edition of Half Full. I'm not really sure I get this one, but it may have to do with the Witch's sister ending up in the opposite situation.

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Oz Comics Round- Up

My non-Oz life has been very busy lately, so it is only just now that I have a chance to share some of the latest Oz and Oz-adjacent comicswith you:

Saturday, March 05, 2022

Yesterday's Oz Comic

My man in Japan, Michael-sensei, found another one. But I don't think the Oz character in this edition of 9 to 5 should follow the advice he's being given. It's just not very good advice!

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Today's Oz Comic

Hey, whose to say it didn't happen the way it's portrayed in today's Thatababy? (Side note, I want to see Paul Trap do a gently humorous, slightly satirical graphic novel version of The Wizard of Oz. I think it would be a lot of fun.)

Monday, February 21, 2022

Today's Oz-ish Comic

I know Jack Pumpkinhead doesn't sleep. But if he did, would he do what this guy is doing in today's edition of The Argyle Sweater? When he wakes up, what happens if he puts it in the wrong way around?

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Today's Vintage Oz Comic

Whoa, it's been how long since I've posted here? Well, I've been busy, and there hasn't been a lot of Ozzy stuff to report—although I do have a stack of Oz reading I should report on soon. But today, for the first time in weeks, an Oz comic has turned up in my comics feed. Too bad it's a rerun! But today's classic Bloom County has Opus remembering an adventure that I'm sure we'd all like to see.

Monday, January 17, 2022

Wizard of Oz Comics Roundup

Yeah, I got a bunch, and one is not so recent. So, time to jump in:

  • I think I may have posted this installment of TrivQuiz before (since each one is tied to a particular date, it's easy to recycle installments once a year), but despite appearances to the contrary, there is an Oz connection, in the questions at the end. (Contrary to the comment this generated on Focebook, no, Ted Cassidy did not play a Munchkin.)
  • Real quick: Eno had that dream again in The Duplex.
  • It politics, Dave Whamond gives us the worst possible one-person version of The Wizard of Oz.
  • And the very first Oz comic of 2022? It was part of the Sunday omnibus edition of Tundra way back on January 2. Unlike most of the comics I read, Tundra is not available online, at least not for free. So I'm doing the ethically dubious thing by presenting the scan of it here.
    To assuage my guilty conscience, I am also providing the link to the Tundra website where you can find out more about the strip, become a Patreon supporter, see some examples, buy books and other merch, and other good stuff. If my showing the strip here can help generate a little income, then I won't feel so bad about posting this.
I'll keep posting new strips here, but in case that's not enough, I found a huge archive of Oz-themed comics right here at GoComics.com. Browse at your leisure!

Monday, January 10, 2022

Yesterday's Oz Political Cartoon

Uh-oh, according to Jeff Stahler, it looks like both COVDI and the supply chain issues have hit Oz!

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

The Latest Reading, Part II

Let's see if I can hit the bottom of this pile today. If not, however, I have a few more days this week.

  • Fables, Volume 15: Rose Red by Bill Willingham, Mark Buckingham, and other guests artists, colorists, and letterers is, as you can probably guess, the next volume in the Fables comic series. Rose Red is still dealing with her depression after the loss of Boy Blue, but she is forced out of it as more and more Free Fables emigrate to the Farm as Mr. Dark takes a firmer grip on Fabletown in New York City. And a new leader emerges among the witches—Ozma! Yes, we've seen her before, but this is when Ozma truly comes into her own as a character in this series and becomes a formidable force. Also, Snow White and Bigby have to deal with their cubs and their ancestry, while Beauty and the Beast have offspring troubles of their own; they just don't kwon it yet. Thumbelina also gets a story of her own, and the creators answer some reader questions, including one about Bufkin! And this is going to be the last volume of Fables I will be writing about here, as I started collecting individual issues with the next one that comes after this volume, #101. So while I haven't read them all in order, I have now read every issue of the main series in one form or another, along with some of the side issues, miniseries, and the like. At some point, I hope I can do an epic reread of the entire series, but that's a few years off.
  • Colorful Corniness in Oz by Marine Elizabeth Xiques and Chris Dulabone. I've been collecting and reading the books published by Dulabone ever since he started, and now that he's passed away I am determined to finish the set. Fortunately, I only have two more to go, but this was a recent acquisition. It's a short one, but wow, they didn't spre on the color! All the illustrations (many are photographs) and even a lot of the text are in full color, fitting this tale of colors and the search for different varieties of corn. Like a lot of books written or published by Dulabone, it may not be particularly memorable, but it is a lot of fun and very Ozzy.
  • From the same team comes my next book, Havenly Dreams Beneath Oz, illustrated by Dennis Anfuso. This was a fortunate get for me, as I was comparing my list of books I owned with the website's list of books that had been published, and noticed I'd missed this one. Needless to say, I sent off for it right away. Only a few weeks after the book arrived, word got out about Chris Dulabone's death. Much of this stor involves Goblin Grotto, a land underneath Oz, and the goblins who live there. Our main character is Raspberry Surely, a red goblin who doesn't receive a lot of love from the rest of her family. She sets out to find a better life for herself, something more like what she reads about in the Oz books. Yes, after many adventures, she makes it to Oz, meets some of the celebrities, and returns to a better life with a found family in Goblin Grotto. And that's about all I have to say about this one.
  • My one major nod to non-fiction in this reading cycle was Ray Bolger: More Than a Scarecrow by Holly van Leuven. Believe it or not, this is the first full-length biography of Ray Bolger. There had been attempts before, including Bolger's own writings, but van Leuven was the one to finally put it all together and bring it to the public. And she does a fantastic job, making Bolger's life journey from the working class neighborhoods of Boston through the final days of vaudeville, Broadway, movies, night clubs, television, and the showrooms of Las Vegas. While the book certainly covers The Wizard of Oz, that was only one small part of his career, and this book gives equal weight to everything he did, demonstrating his abilities and adaptability. We also see just how important Bolger's wife, Gwen, was to his career, as she sets aside her own ambitions to manage Ray and help him move along to the next level. It's a fascinating look into the complete life of an important figure in the annals of oz, and van Leuven should be concratulated for finally bringing Ray's story out.
  • Finally, a book that I recently acquired but don't see the need to actually read, because I know the text so well already: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, illustrated by MinaLima. I already have plenty of editions of this book, so there must be something unique or unusual about it for me to want to get it, but I think this fits the bill very nicely. I've heard it described as a pop-up book, but that doesn't quite fit, although there are some elements. MinaLima, an art and graphic design studio, call it an interactive book, and that's much more accurate. It's the full original novel, but every once in a while something is inserted that invites the reader to play around, such as a pull-out tornado that becomes a map of Oz (including the Gillikin Country, which wasn't mentioned in this book). It's a fun way to present the story. Aside from the interactive element, the illustrations are colorful and striking, and frequently interact with the text (or the text interacts with the illustrations; it's a hard line to define). This is one many of today's children will treasure, and then collectors of the future will try to find it with all the interactive portions intact! So maybe you should buy two, and just not take the second one out of the wrapper.
Yay, I've hit the floor! That is, indeed, all for now. But I have a few other titles I'm working through, so there will likely be an update before too long.

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

The Latest Oz Reading

I may not have had a lot of time to write about it lately, but the reading has continued. So I thought I'd do a little catching up over the next few days.

Well, my pile of books I've read has gotten smaller now, but I still have a few more to go. I guess I'll just have to tell you about them later this week!

Monday, December 27, 2021

Some Recent Oz Comics

Now that the hustle and bustle of Christmas is over, it's time to get to work and, among other things, close a few tabs in my browser—like these two recent Oz comics:

  • Ruthie, the main character in One Big Happy, has never quite gotten the initials for "automated teller machine" quite right. (Once, many years ago, two comics had this same joke! one of them was Ruthie in OBH.)
  • And in this old Garfield throwback, Garfield does his best impression of the Shaggy Man in the land of the Cuttenclips, but somehow a different Oz book gets invoked instead.

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Yesterday's Oz Political Cartoon

It's appropriate that The Wizard of Oz was on TNT last night, because David Cohen of the Asheville Citizen-Times had this to say about the senior Senator from West Virginia.

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Today's Oz Comic

Today in TrivQuiz, we find out the connection between Glenn Miller and The Wizard of Oz—or to be more accurate, a song form The Wizard of Oz. (Actually, it's my understanding that Miller's version of "Over the Rainbow" was a major factor in its early days in making the song the standard it is today, long before everyone saw Judy Garland sing it every year on television.)

Sunday, December 12, 2021

This Week's Oz Comics

Not much new, but fun stuff, as always.

Sunday, December 05, 2021

This Week's Oz Comics Wrap-Up

Yeah, another busy week, and they've piled up:

  • I dunno, does this edition of TrivQuiz count? Well, one of the albums mentioned sounds almost like The Wizard of Oz
  • John Cole has this editorial cartoon about a recently announced candidate for the Senate in Pennsylvania.
  • I got into Skin Horse for it's Ozzy connections, but in this behind-the-curtain strip from today, writer Shaenon Garrity is in august company. The lead name at the top of the second column is especially well-known to Oz fans.
  • Finally, I have yet to mention here a new strip that recently started on WebToons, Fleischer and the Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The premise is, what if another famous fictional Kansan went to Oz instead of Dorothy? The trouble is, the character is still under copyright and trademark protection, so they can't actually say who he is. You'll just have to be a super guesser, man. I was tickled by Dorothy's cameo, and thunderstruck by the most recent strip that makes it extremely clear that this is the Oz of the books, not one made famous in any dramatized versions. Definitely bookmark this one and check it out every few days.