Category Archives: Food

Heffalumps and Woozies

After two years when it just wasn’t possible, we finally had an in-person OzCon International this year. It was in Pomona, California again, and it was one day and some change, so I initially thought it wouldn’t make sense to … Continue reading

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Jaguar, Jaguar, You Are Shining from Afar

I’m always interested in mythological references in video games I’ve played (and sometimes even ones I haven’t), and the two Chrono games definitely have a fair number of them. There are some SPOILERS for both Chrono games. I’ve seen fans … Continue reading

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Dear Dairy

Scan by Jared Davis Here we are, safe and sound, back in good old Oziana 1985. The cover has a drawing of the Nome King by Eric Shanower, which is kind of confusing, as I know Ruggedo appears in a … Continue reading

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The South Will Oz Again

As mentioned in the introduction, the cover picture of the 1980 Oziana, as drawn by Albert Chronic, references a passage in Captain Salt in Oz, specifically when the Captain says that the Wizard of Oz is building airships that would … Continue reading

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Of Bunnies and Bonnets

Picture by Helena Nelson-Reed Happy Easter! Some years ago, I wrote a little about the origins of the Easter Bunny and the name of the holiday. I don’t have a whole lot to add, but there’s some, so I might … Continue reading

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Bake Love, Not War

The Great Troll War, by Jasper Fforde – It’s been eight years since the previous book in the Chronicles of Kazam, but we finally have the conclusion to this series. Set in a version of Britain that’s made up of … Continue reading

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There Is No Such Thing as Subtle Cruelty

I haven’t been listening to a lot of music lately, as when I get the chance to listen to anything, there are two podcasts for which I’ve been working through the archives. Beth has been really getting into Sparks as … Continue reading

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A Thousand Thousand Slimy Things Lived On

I wrote about Slimes in the Dragon Quest series eleven years ago, and mentioned the fact that they were inspired by Creeping Cruds from Wizardry, but Akira Toriyama drew them as cute. There was also a mention of Slimes in … Continue reading

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I’ll Have That Tinsel Tangle Tied Around My Brain

The Puppini Sisters, Dear Santa, I Can Explain –  The close harmony group’s newest project is a four-song Christmas EP, with everything either written or co-written by Marcella Puppini. It’s actually her birthday today, and I thought mine in mid-November … Continue reading

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Sidhe, Star, and Shaman Warriors

Ashes of Honor, by Seanan McGuire – Still in mourning over the death of her lover and loss of her daughter, October Daye finds out that her friend Sir Etienne had a changeling daughter with a mortal woman, and that … Continue reading

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