Category Archives: Animals

Goofy and Clownish Holiday Fare

Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas – I kept seeing this recommended on Disney Plus, so I figured I might as well give it a shot. From 1999, it’s a collection of three different Christmas-themed cartoons, each featuring one of the … Continue reading

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All the Noise, Noise, Noise, Noise

My Oz reading recently has been a bit slow, both because I’ve had other things to read and because I was a little embarrassed to reread my own “Prince Pompadore in Oz.” I did like it, but I didn’t want to read … Continue reading

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Ready to Fly ‘Round the World in the Shuffle Man’s Boot?

It’s been a while since I’ve reviewed any albums, or at least it feels like it’s been. Here are three recent releases I’ve been listening to. Pixies, Doggerel – I quite enjoy this album. I know some Pixies and Frank … Continue reading

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Love That Leviathan

I’d been meaning to discuss Leviathan a little more, which I think was inspired by the name being used for the base of the rebel organization Astrea in Cosmic Star Heroine. Considering all the other references to classic games, I had thought … Continue reading

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The Mistress of Misdirection

In my Oziana reread, I thought I might say a bit more about the 2012 issue, made up of a round robin story based on the brief fragment known only as “An Oz Book.” Robert Stanton Baum credited it to … Continue reading

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An Apple Was the Cause of It All

Comfort Me with Apples, by Catherynne M. Valente – It’s hard to say anything about this book without spoiling it, as a twist is integral to the plot. At the same time, though, there are some things about the twist … Continue reading

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Someone in Oz

I’ve been reading through the Oziana issues that I already reviewed pretty quickly, and I can’t think of much to add beyond what I’ve already said. I will mention that editor John L. Bell thought of the 2005 one as … Continue reading

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Crafts and Cons

As I said last week, I’ve already written about the 2003 Oziana across two posts back when it was new, and I still agree with what I wrote. I didn’t go into much detail, though, so I’ll examine it a … Continue reading

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All Yooped Up

The 2002 Oziana brings back some of the same authors as the last issue, but with less original art. Melissa Bay Mathis supplied the cover art, a picture of the Patchwork Girl riding Pigasus, which is relevant to one of … Continue reading

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Reasoning with Rulers

According to the introduction to the 2002 Oziana, both health and technical issues prevented Robin Olderman from continuing as editor of the magazine, so Joel Harris in Special Publications temporarily took over the job. The issue wasn’t released until 2002, … Continue reading

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