Oz in the News 1.12.11

Face Off Recap: Re-imagining The Wizard Of Oz  If you had to re-imagine the main characters from The Wizard of Oz, what would you do to change the icons?  That was the premise of the main task on tonight’s premiere episode of SyFy’s second season of Face Off.  After a very successful first season last year, SyFy brought the reality smash back with 14 new contestants in a battle for $100,000.  The drama kicked off with the contestants in the middle of the Universal Studios Hollywood backlot right into the first challenge.

Characters from ‘Oz’ fill comics, too  For more than 100 years, the Oz characters have spawned spinoffs, from the iconic 1939 film starring Judy Garland to the novel and musical “Wicked.”  They also are in comics, which date back as early as the original “Oz” books. Some of those images are on view at the Cartoon Art Museum in a show called “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.”  Eric Shanower, an artist known for his “Age of Bronze” series,  has been invested in the Oz lineage for 26 years, starting with the “Enchanted Apples of Oz” comic in 1986. Examples in the show prove how Baum’s characters and settings remain appealing and relevant.

Remastered “Judy Garland: The Carnegie Hall Concert” Will Get Feb. 6 U.K. Release  JSP Records’ edition of Judy Garland‘s historic 1961 Carnegie Hall Concert, a remastered version of the Grammy Award-winning LP, will be released on disc Feb. 6 in the U.K. The double-CD set includes the same track order as the original 1961 LP release. According to producers, the new JSP release captures Garland’s performance as heard on the original 1961 mono release. JSP is also planning to announce a U.S. release date for the album in the coming weeks.

Marvel and Barnes & Noble Bring Graphic Novels to the Nook  Marvel is offering some of its best titles in the B&N store with books like Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting’s Captain America run, Mark Millar and Steve McNiven’s epic crossover Civil War, Matt Fraction and Salvador Larroca’s fast-paced take on The Invincible Iron Man, and many more. My personal favorites were The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Skottie Young’s art and Jean-Francious Beauliue’s colors burst from the bright screen) and Joss Whedon and John Cassady’s Astonishing X-Menseries.

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