Monthly Archives: July 2016

To the Victor Goes the Spoiled Music

The Lonely Phonograph of Oz, by Debbie Bumstead – Victor Columbia Edison, the phonograph who was accidentally brought to life with the same powder as the Patchwork Girl, only appeared in The Patchwork Girl of Oz for some brief comic … Continue reading

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Pearls of Conventional Wisdom

I attended a bunch of Oz Conventions back in the 1990s, and the Centennial Convention in Indiana in 2000, but haven’t been to any since then. The International Wizard of Oz Club used to do at least three per year, … Continue reading

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A Samodiva Is the Female Version of a Varkolak

In Anne Nesbet’s A Box of Gargoyles, one of the effects of the strange magic affecting Paris is that some ordinary women turn into Samodivi, described as a sort of Bulgarian vampire. What I’ve found online suggests that, while they … Continue reading

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Taking Is Too Easy, But That’s the Way It Is

case/lang/veirs – This supergroup, inspired by the Traveling Wilburys, consists of Neko Case, k.d. lang, and Laura Veirs. I’m a fan of Neko’s, and she’s popular enough now that you’re probably aware of her powerful, distinctive voice. I’ve obviously heard … Continue reading

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Hair Club for Warriors

I recently heard about both Bayonetta and Shantae being video game characters who fight with their hair. I don’t know much about these games, but from some brief research I found that Bayonetta doesn’t directly use it as a weapon … Continue reading

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When Everyone’s Super, No One Will Be

The Incredibles – This was a good movie, although I’m not sure I’d say it was incredible. It centers around a family of superheroes loosely based on the Fantastic Four. At least, one of them can stretch, one turns invisible … Continue reading

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Ys Into It

One myth I’d heard of before and didn’t really know any of the details was that of Ys (pronounced like “ease”), sometimes called Ker-Ys, a sunken city in Brittany, France. Picture by Laura Csajagi There’s a series of video games … Continue reading

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