Oz in the News 10.23.12

You’ve never seen the Wizard of Oz like this before  In this anthology, the editors have recruited some of today’s most popular and talented young adult and fantasy writers and asked them to re-imagine L. Frank Baum’s classic creation. In these stories, you will be reintroduced to the world of Oz, but it will be Oz as you’ve never seen it before. Ever wonder what Emerald City would look with an urban fantasy makeover? Perhaps you want to know the origin of Dorothy’s slippers, or maybe you want to know what happened when the Wizard first came to the Land of Oz. What if Dorothy never went to Oz at all, or the Land of Oz was actually a dystopian nightmare? All these scenarios and many more will be found in Oz Reimagined. At the helm of this project are John Joseph Adams-bestselling editor of more than a dozen science fiction/fantasy anthologies-and Douglas Cohen, former editor of Realms of Fantasy Magazine. Together, they will bring you stories by celebrated authors such as Orson Scott Card, Tad Williams, Jane Yolen, Seanan McGuire, Jonathan Maberry, Simon R. Green, David Farland, and many other terrific talents who have each reinvented Oz with their own unique visions. Along with a foreword by Gregory Maguire-renowned author of Wicked: the Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West-the anthology features a lineup not to be missed.

‘Wizard of Oz’ Multiplayer Video Game to Launch on Facebook  The game is being published on Facebook for the first time using Unity software on the social media network, originally developed by a Danish company. Kaminkow said they have a relationship with Facebook and have worked closely with their own game developers to create the new virtual world of Oz, where players can walk down the Yellow Brick Road with Dorothy, or see it from Dorothy’s point of view. The first hour or so of play is free and then users must wait to accumulate more playing time or make “micro payments,” buying “emerald” energy stores that extend their play. They can also get extras from getting a Munchkin to cut wood for their house, to avoiding a visit from the Wicked Witch.

Jersey Jack Pinball, Inc. Launches Pinball Experience™ Application for Dynamics ePlate™ Credit Card Device When the Jersey Jack Pinball experience™ application is selected, users can earn a yellow brick for every $50 the consumer spends anywhere they use their Dynamics ePlate™ credit card device. When the consumer collects all 100 bricks, they are mailed an exclusive, autographed pinball commemorative plaque along with a coupon for $100 off The Wizard of Oz Pinball Machine. Qualifying purchases offer an instant win opportunity for The Wizard of Oz Pinball Machine (sweepstakes rules forthcoming, including how to enter without making a purchase or card enrollment).

Couple’s ‘Oz’ collection fit for a wizard  Paul and Hjordy Wagner’s collection of “Wizard of Oz” memorabilia — including replicas of the green-faced, black-garbed Wicked Witch of the West — totals 2,000 to 3,000 pieces.  Their prized piece is a 26-piece hand-carved “Wizard of Oz” wooden folk art set they found at an antique store north of Council Bluffs, Iowa.  A close second to the folk art set is an autographedcollection of “Wizard of Oz” photographs including Judy Garland, who played Dorothy in the movie; Baum, the author; Charley Grapewin, the actor who played Uncle Henry; Clara Blandick, the actress who played Aunt Em; and Jack Haley, the actor who played the Tin Man.  After their Eau Claire house is sold, the couple likely will put the collection in storage, Paul said. “We’d like to keep it all as one if we do sell it.”  Hjordy would like to see the collection remain in Eau Claire. Perhaps an Eau Claire business could buy it and display it in a “Wizard of Oz” room, she said.

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