Category Archives: Fred Otto

Dark and Shuttered

This week, we’re taking a look at the 1991 Oziana. Well, what else did you expect after the 1990 issue? The cover by Chris Sterling shows the Scarecrow and Tin Woodman putting on a puppet show, with each one controlling a … Continue reading

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Get Reel

Since the 1989 Oziana is more movie-based, it shouldn’t be too surprising that it’s not a favorite of mine, but I have some things to say about it anyway. “Biozonnet 1,” by Robin Olderman – The editor presents a poem … Continue reading

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Threadneedle, Frost, Brown, and Smith, Limited

The 1987 Oziana contains four stories, one much shorter than the others, all of which are of the sort that complement the main series. The front cover shows Melody Grandy’s illustration of Robin Olderman’s idea for the Quadling flag. A note … 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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Go Big or Go Home

Scan by Jared Davis This is Oziana for 1983. The cover was drawn by Eric Shanower for the previous year’s Winkie Convention, then repurposed here. It features several of L. Frank Baum and Ruth Plumly Thompson’s characters, with High Boy … Continue reading

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Batoose, Batoose!

It’s on to the 1973 Oziana, and I feel like this one is somewhat lacking in unique content, as some of it was published elsewhere. That said, these publications were quite limited and I don’t have copies, so that’s not … Continue reading

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Yookoo Hoodoo

There was originally supposed to be a panel on Yookoohoos at the upcoming OzCon, but since it’s been cancelled, I might as well say a bit about the subject here. I wrote about the two main Yookoohoos in the Oz … Continue reading

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The Fabulous Fashions of Oz

I’ve examined the typical styles of Ozian clothing before, but I think I can come up with a few more thoughts about them. To begin with, The Patchwork Girl of Oz has a more thorough description of the Munchkin costume … Continue reading

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Hello, Yellow Brick Road

Let’s take a look at the 2017 Oziana, the literary magazine of the International Wizard of Oz Club, which was recently released. There are three stories this time, plus a one-page poetic work. As far as I can remember, the … Continue reading

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Woozy Memories

The origins of the Woozy are never addressed in the canonical Oz series, but there are a few apocryphal stories that propose different explanations. March Laumer gave his story in “The Woozy’s Tricky Beginning,” in which he’s the result of … Continue reading

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