Oz in the News 11.4.11

Occupy Oz by Gregory Maguire  When, as a writer, I felt that I must find a national canvas large enough to be able to encompass the dizzying breadth and variety of America, I didn’t have far to look. Oz is us, after all. It is ruled by executive fiat. Its separate populations neither know nor care about each other. The central government remains aloof from the concerns of the provinces. Hearsay and prejudice militate, um, witch-hunts. And this all before I began to write my novels set in that benighted and bewitching land.

A final trip to Oz  Maguire’s prose is dense, metaphor-laden, even old-fashioned: the sentence structure and the level of detail are reminiscent of literature we now call “classics.” He uses a wide range of vocabulary – abstract and direct, archaic and modern, flowery and blunt – and often waxes philosophical.

‘Out of Oz’ by Gregory Maguire  Gregory Maguire’s “Out of Oz’’ is an ambitious work of fantasy. It’s reminiscent of both “The Lord of the Rings’’ and Harry Potter series. But, unlike those other books, the Oz trilogy is saddled with the burden of having been derived from L. Frank Baum’s popular 1900 book “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,’’ with its wonderful, much-beloved characters. Sadly, Maguire’s darker, more complex takeoff puts a strain on our affections.

NC Comicon  The second year of NC Comicon includes some of the biggest names in comics, among them Howard Chaykin (American Flagg, Avengers 1959), Steve Niles (30 Days of Night), Arthur Suydam (Marvel Zombies), David Lafuente (Ultimate Spider-man, New Mutants) and Skottie Young (Wizard of Oz). Discussion panels include “The History of Comics,” “Collecting Comics,” an academic roundtable featuring comics studies scholars from Duke and UNC, and several Q-and-A panels involving the invited guest creators.

Storyopolis Entertainment and the Ross Ackard Gallery Present Original Art Work of Iconic Scenes from Gone With the Wind and The Wizard of Oz by Internationally Renowned Artist Yakovetic  At 7 pm Saturday November 19, 2011, the historic Fairmont Hotel in Downtown Dallas proudly hosts the first “Pop Up Art Show” featuring works by renowned artist Yakovetic. The Yakovetic Fine Art Collection features Signature Series Limited Edition giclées signed by film cast members. Also showcased are original works inspired by The Wizard of Oz from Yakovetic Productions artists Phillip Graffham, Bridget McCarty, and T.J.Novy.

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