Category Archives: Comics

Six Degrees Below Zero

I guess it’s the holiday season now, so whoop-de-doo and dickory-dotch, and here are some things that I watched. The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special – Like the movies, this special doesn’t take itself particularly seriously, but it does … 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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Fraternizing with Fairies

Anne of Green Gables, by L.M. Montgomery – Beth wanted me to read this, and let me borrow her Reader’s Digest edition, which does have the entire text. It took me way longer to read this than it probably should … Continue reading

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Something for the Ruler with Everything

The 1998 Oziana has even less original art than the last issue. Aside from the front cover by Ron Zhang, showing an MGM-inspired Wicked Witch of the West menacing the familiar four (five, including Toto) and a picture of Ozma … Continue reading

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The Domain of the King

You may remember that Beth and I were watching all the Elvis movies in order, and I’d been writing about them in groups of three. But then it was a few months between seeing the seventh and eighth, and we … Continue reading

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Purple Horse, Pink Goat, Blue Woozy

Scan by Jared Davis The 1992 Oziana gives us a rather striking cover illustration, a picture by Eric Shanower of the Wicked Witch of the East as she realizes she’s about to be crushed by a house. “A Christmas Tree … Continue reading

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Sparrowhawk, Shabba Doo, and Shang-Chi

Tales from Earthsea – The directorial debut of Hayao Miyazaki’s son Goro, it’s a loose adaptation of Ursula K. LeGuin’s Earthsea series, mostly The Farthest Shore and Tehanu. From what I’ve read, LeGuin didn’t really care for the finished product. … Continue reading

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May the Light Shine Upon Thee

Here’s something that was interesting to me and probably isn’t to that many other people, although maybe you’re an exception. That is the novelization of the first Dragon Quest game. The author, Hideo Takayashiki, wrote adaptations of the original three … Continue reading

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They’re Gonna Put Me in the Movies

The 1979 Oziana starts out by saying three stories “seems to be a typical number,” which is generally true, although the previous one had four. The cover illustration by Rob Roy MacVeigh shows the Scarecrow in a cornfield, with a … Continue reading

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Coping with Immortality

We’re up to the 1978 Oziana, with a cover by Bill Eubank that appears to be partially based on a John R. Neill illustration from Kabumpo in Oz. Then there’s an Oz-E-Gag by Eubank, comparing The Wizard of Oz to … Continue reading

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