Oz in the News 9.2.11

Eric Shanower And Skottie Young Keep Up The Magic In ‘Dorothy & The Wizard In Oz’ #1  On September 28 Marvel Comics will deliver the latest from the multiple Eisner Award winning team of Eric Shanower and Skottie Young, with the premiere issue of Dorothy & The Wizard In Oz #1. Adapting L. Frank Baum’s fourth Oz novel, the series continues to diverge from previous installments with Dorothy, the Wizard and loads of new characters characters stuck in a bizarre underground world populated by vegetable people, invisible bears, wooden gargoyles, dragons and more. It’s exactly the kind of story fans have learned to count on Oz veterans Shanower and Young to transform Baum’s original texts into vivid page after vivid page of comic book goodness.

‘Wicked’ world: Composer-lyricist Stephen Schwartz reflects on his Oz with a twist show   Much to his surprise, Stephen Schwartz discovered that the Japanese don’t have a tradition for rhyming lyrics, which makes it impossible to translate lines like “It’s obscene!/Like a froggy, ferny cabbage/The baby is unnaturally/Green!” And so far, he hasn’t found an equivalent idiom in any language to represent the dual-meaning title “For Good.” Bringing the mega-hit musical “Wicked” to the world has its challenges, but it has a few perks, too.  “Because of ‘Wicked,’ I’ve been seeing the world,” the composer-lyricist said last week by phone. “I’ve gotten to go to premieres or go earlier in the process and do a little bit of work” on productions around the globe.

Wizard of Oz Jersey Jack Pinball Update  Our engineers continue to make great progress on the four major toys, the Witch’s Castle, Dorothy’s House, Melting Witch and the Flying Monkey. They are tweaking the upper flippers, bumpers, targets and every element of the game for optimum play action. As with any good whitewood, there are changes that are made to make the game features more responsive which add to the fun factor of the game. We are sparing no time and no expense to make this game the best possible game it can be. That’s not to say we feel rushed to complete the game sooner than later. That’s to say we believe we are building the very best game ever built. That’s what every member of the Design Team is working passionately towards every day.

Extended Hours For 8 Wonders of Kansas Exhibit Final Weekend Some of the artifacts include a spacesuit from the Kansas Cosmosphere, a full Buffalo Soldier uniform from Fort Leavenworth, an original flying monkey model used in filming the Wizard of Oz, shoes and a helmet worn by Amelia Earhart, and a dice game from the original Long Branch Saloon, Boot Hill Museum, Dodge City. The 8 Wonders of Kansas Guidebook written by Kansas Sampler Foundation director Marci Penner is available for purchase in the Presidential Gift Shop for $29.95.

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