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The Call of Cthjello

It’s Oziana time! Let’s delve into the 1981 issue, which has a drawing of Glinda by Denise Brunkus on the cover. Maybe this is just me, but it seems like her dress is made to look lumpy, and it puts … 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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Truth or Sand Witches

The 1975 Oziana is the last one with Gary Ralph as editor, and the majority of it consists of one story, but it’s a good one. “The Romance of the Silver Shoes,” by Laura Jane Musser – A longer tale … 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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Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign

The program books at the Winkie Convention/OzCon International, edited by David Maxine, have some pretty good essays and other material. My first contribution appeared in this year’s, which also included Robert Pattrick’s story about the Tin Woodman and Tin Soldier … Continue reading

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Funerals Are No Help to Fairyland

As L. Frank Baum developed Oz, he eventually made it a place where no one dies, although he wasn’t always totally consistent on this point. In The Tin Woodman of Oz, he reports that death and aging stopped when Lurline … Continue reading

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Carpeting the Gaps

The Magic Carpet of Oz, by David Hulan – I was in communication with David back when I first joined the International Wizard of Oz Club more than twenty years ago. He offered me some advice on the Oz stories … Continue reading

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We Ain’t Got No Brains and We Ain’t Got No Hearts

A Refugee in Oz, by Kim McFarland – When Nomes invade the peaceful oasis in the Deadly Desert that serves as home to the Madou, a blue-skinned tribe that uses magic in everyday life, an apprentice named Kokoro journeys to … Continue reading

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The Ozma Conspiracy

Mike Conway linked to this page of conspiracy theories for the Oz books, and I thought I’d offer my two squits on them. Dorothy and other humans who find their way to Oz are Sliders. Makes sense, and perhaps explains … Continue reading

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