Oz in the News 10.15.11

Cartoon Art Museum celebrates The Wonderful Wizard of Oz  At the dawn of the 20th century,  L. Frank Baum created a world of wonders that was to hold a permanent place in the culture of America: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz . Then in 1904, to promote his second book, Baum, along with master cartoonist Walt McDougall, brought his famed characters to Earth in a new medium, the comic strip.  Famed Oz illustrators W.W. Denslow and John R. Neill also launched their own syndicated comic strips in the early 20th Century.  The Cartoon Art Museum’s exhibition will include a selection of tearsheets from these talented artists: McDougall’s Queer Visitors from Marvelous Land of Oz, Denslow’s Father Goose and Billy Bounce, and Neill’s Nip and Tuck, courtesy of historian and publisher Peter Maresca of Sunday Press.  Acclaimed writer and artist Eric Shanower’s first Oz comic, The Enchanted Apples of Oz, was published in 1986, beginning his 25-year (and counting!) association with Baum’s characters.  This exhibition will feature highlights from five of Shanower’s Oz graphic novels, as well as a selection of art from his latest series of Eisner Award-winning Oz adaptations for Marvel Comics illustrated by Skottie Young.  Additional collaborators include Anna-Maria Cool and the legendary Ramona Fradon.

Interview / Salman Rushdie is not afraid  He wrote his first book, “Over the Rainbow” – inspired by “The Wizard of Oz” – when he was ten. It was a portent of his flirtation with cinema – in recent years he has taken part in more than 40 films and television programs, mostly playing himself. In an essay Rushdie wrote about the film version of “The Wizard of Oz,” he described his father as being “prone to explosions, thunderous rages, bolts of emotional lightning, puffs of dragon-smoke.” In short, he was the great, magical, horrible Oz. In time, he noted, he understood that his father had been a good man but a bad wizard.

Q&A: Stephen Schwartz  “We’re in trouble as a society right now. However red or blue you are, it’s clear we’re pulling apart. A lot of things in life seem to have failed us. “

Judy Garland Art Video Wins Major Art Scholarship  The two-channel After the Rainbow video piece by sisters Dan and Dominique Angeloro – who collaboratively work under the name of Soda_Jerk – was named the winner of the $60,000 scholarship earlier this month. Beating out 11 other finalists for the honour, the judging panel was unanimous in its praise for the video work – first exhibited in 2009 – which re-imagines classic film Wizard of Oz, with a twister instead transporting a young, hopeful Judy Garland into the future where she encounters her disillusioned adult self.

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