Category Archives: Fred Otto

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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Names for the Nameless

In The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, there aren’t that many characters with proper names. Even the ones who do have them tend not to have last names. The stage play gave Dorothy a last name and the Tin Woodman a … Continue reading

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A Few Bad Fairies

It’s been established that fairies in mythology and folklore can be either good or bad, and in fact are often amoral. In L. Frank Baum’s fantasy, however, fairies are pretty much always good. When he wrote about the Immortals in … Continue reading

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The Protection Racket

I’ve mentioned the Pearls of Pingaree from Rinkitink in Oz before, but I think there’s a bit more to say about them. There are three of them, a blue one that grants incredible strength, a pink one that protects from … Continue reading

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