Peter Kuper, among other things, has drawn Spy Vs. Spy in Mad Magazine for the past many years. The other day, he had this advice for the season on his political cartoons page. I don't think this one has much about politics, though, and that's okay.
Sunday, October 17, 2021
Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Hooray, I'm tearing through everything else and have gotten around to my next wave of Oz reading again! But right now, I have an item that I found out about and acquired through an ad on Kickstarter. Mount Olympus Comics was looking to fund issue #3 of their series Samurai of Oz, so I bit the bullet and funded it, with my reward being a set of the first three issues. Hey, if an Oz comic can be set in the Old West, why not feudal Japan? It quickly became apparant that Samurai of Oz had a rather, shall we say, relaxed attitude towards women's clothing. And the women were also—hmm, how to put this delicately?—stacked. Endowed. Top heavy, even. Okay, not my usual, but I was still interested, and Laura was okay with it, so I went for it.
Dorothy Blade is a great samurai swordswoman (yeah, I know, women weren't samurai, but most of this doesn't make much sense anyway, so just go with it, okay?) who finds herself and her pet wolf, Toto, swept to a far-off land after surprising thieves in her home. In the ensuing battle, Dorothy's kimono pops open (I did tell you), and one of the thieves leaps from the body she's occupying and into Toto! To keep Toto alive, they strike an uneasy alliance, and are saved by the Blade of the East, who wants Dorothy's ruby-handles swords, by a scarecrow. But he's no fan of hers and wants to take care of Dorothy as well. Dorothy and "Toto" escape, aided by the honorable Blade of the North. The scare demon is now Dorothy's reluctant companion, and now that they are out of immediate danger, Dorothy takes off her clothes (yeah, again) and goes for a swim. In the process, she finds the head of a metal statue, which she brings to the surface. Bringing the head back to the body reunites the metal warrior, both body and soul, and he is grateful, vowing to kill the scare demon! But Dorothy steps in and commands them to stop, so they become reluctant allies to protect Dorothy. Next up is a lioness-spirit who hunts demons, but Dorothy defeats her, too. And that's where issue three leaves off.
The setting is sure different, and the characters are also a lot different than in most other adaptations of Oz. Since this is set in a violent, warlike time, the characters also act the same way. And all the elements of the Japanese supernatural culture also make it interesting. I plan to keep on reading this, even if it means I have to acquire subsequent issues via Kickstarter campaigns. But it is not a cheap book, each issue covers very little of the story, and, well, Dorothy gets naked a lot. So I suspect it's not going to be a book for everyone's tastes. If you are a real Oz completist, into Japanese mythology, or just like the general premise, you may want to get this. But I suspect a lot of people will understand if you choose to take a pass on this one.
Sunday, October 10, 2021
Saturday, October 09, 2021
I've pretty much had to give up posting every single Oz clue from Jeopardy! over the past few years, for various reasons, but mostly because they just keep coming up, and it was getting very hard to keep up. Then there are all kinds of technical issues getting screen grabs now. But recently, they've started putting Final Jeopardy! up on YouTube, and it dawned on me this morning that I could post this one from September 30:
Wednesday, September 29, 2021
Tuesday, September 28, 2021
This one's a bit of a stretch, but it's my blog so I get to decide. Yesterday's music edition of Trivquiz gives a little Ozzy background information on Lil Wayne. Not only that, another musician with an Oz acting credit also gets a mention.
Saturday, September 25, 2021
Thursday, September 23, 2021
Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Yeah, this one's confusing, because it's from The Onion, which already makes it odd. I don't think you can really call their cartoons political, but they are editorial. Well, yesterday they ran one about the reopening of Broadway. Guess what the only actual show to be mentioned in it is? (Hint: It's not Dear Evan Hansen.)
Monday, September 13, 2021
Sunday, September 12, 2021
Thursday, September 09, 2021
Wednesday, September 08, 2021
Joey Weatherford is a conservative political cartoonist who probably thinks he's being very original with this take on who controls the strings in Washington. But really, there have been accusations of someone controlling things from the opposition for years now. That could be just about any President since at least Wilson and it would still be current.
Monday, September 06, 2021
Yes, we have another two-fer for you today!
- In our "New Comics" division, it seems we are learning a little bit more about the Tin Woodman in today's edition of Bound and Gagged. (That is an odd coloring job on Nick's face, not at all unlike on some of the earliest movie posters when the rtist had no idea what the colors were actually supposed to be.
- In our "Classic Comics" division, this all-time classic showed up on the websiet for The Far Side today.
Saturday, September 04, 2021
Over in Big Nate, Nate is looking forward to finally not having Mrs. Godfrey as his English teacher, as the summer staff shakeup has moved her up to eighth grade. Let's just say Nat has not taken it like a mature, rational kid! Yes, there may have been some gloating this week. The latest evidence can be seen—or more accuately heard—in . And no, before you ask, nobody has mentioned yet to Nate that he will becase an eighth grader in a very short while.