Category Archives: Eric Shanower

There’s No Convention Like Home

OzCon International was virtual again this year, kind of a shame when I’d been getting used to going annually. Still, better safe than sorry, and I believe the typical resort isn’t even open again yet. Colin Ayres and Erica Olivera … Continue reading

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Golden Ozianaversary

The 2021 issue of Oziana, the fiftieth anniversary edition of the publication, has been released, and I’m in it quite a bit. I’m flattered, but I kind of wonder if my stuff wouldn’t have been better off spaced out somewhat. … Continue reading

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Ostriches and Old Ones and Vampires, Oh My!

I’ve read a few new-to-me Oz books recently, and I’d like to share my thoughts on them. There are potential SPOILERS for all of them. The Rubber Ostriches of Oz, by Marin Xiques and Chris Dulabone – Greg Hunter’s “Unc … Continue reading

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I’d Turn Back If I Were You

There was a second Virtual OzCon yesterday, this one with a Halloween theme, which means it addressed some of the potentially darker aspects of the series. There are some SPOILERS in here for several Oz books and the film Return … Continue reading

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Why Won’t You Die?

It would become a thing in the Oz books that no one in that fairyland could die, but it wasn’t immediate. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz mentions the threat of death quite often, in fact. The first book to establish … Continue reading

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Magical Art Imitates Life

Recently, fellow Oz fan Kevenn Smith raised an interesting question on Facebook about how the magically animated beings in the series function the way they do. “For instance, the Sawhorse doesn’t really sound like he has knees. How does he … Continue reading

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OzCon Online

Since physical gatherings are a bad idea these days, OzCon International in California was canceled this year, but some attendees decided to do a virtual one, live from the Valley of Virtula. No, not really; that’s the prehistoric name for … Continue reading

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Heroes and Villains

Daughters of Destiny, by L. Frank Baum – This 1906 story of succession and conspiracy was originally written under the pseudonym Schuyler Staunton. It takes place in Baluchistan, a region made up of parts of Pakistan, Iran, and Afghanistan. Within … Continue reading

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It’s All About the Shoes

On Facebook, there’s been some argument on the cover of the latest Baum Bugle, which I haven’t received. It’s possible my membership has lapsed, because it seems like I never get warnings about that. It isn’t a great design, as … Continue reading

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The Cake Is a Li-Mon-Eag

I’m back from my fourth OzCon International, and the second to which I dragged Beth. She asked me why I wanted to her go when it’s not something she’s into, but I like having the company and sharing my passions. … Continue reading

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