NEWS: Huffington Post and Tor.com Run Gregory Maguire’s Oz Reimagined Foreword

Gregory Maguire’s entire foreword to the Oz Reimagined anthology is now available online for free.  You can read it at the Huffington Post, or you can read the same version at Tor.com.

NEWS: Co-Editors Blog on Amazon.com’s Omnivoracious about Oz the Great and Powerful

Over on Amazon.com’s book blog, Omnivoracious, co-editors John Joseph Adams & Douglas Cohen have blogged about Oz the Great and Powerful, Disney’s forthcoming prequel movie to the beloved MGM classic, The Wizard of Oz.  You can read the entire post here.

FEATURE: Galen Dara on Illustrating Oz

When John Joseph Adams and Douglas Cohen approached me about doing cover art for an anthology of re-imagined Oz stories, my first reaction was complete excitement. It wasn’t until I began reading the stories that reality began to set in; the real challenge would be coming up with an image that would honor the Oz legacy while also representing the amazing diversity the authors brought to the collection. The settings range all over the place, including futuristic dystopias, military war zones, and a dream-walk through a steampunkish Shanghai, just to name a few. Some never leave Kansas. Some are in an Oz that no one could have anticipated. And the cast of characters! Not all of the stories include versions of Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin man and the Lion. Those that do are often retold in such creative ways that the  ways they are different are not always initially obvious. You can see the challenge.

So there was a lot of preliminary sketching and  back and forth with John and Doug as we discussed such things as whether or not the Emerald City would be the best setting, which characters to include, and always, how to indicate the re-imagined aspect of it all.  We ultimately came up with the idea to select variations from several of the stories to represent the four main characters. For example, the candy goth Dorothy is pulled from Robin Wasserman’s “One Flew Over the Rainbow.” The Tin Man is from David Farland’s cyber-magical “Dead Blue.” The Scarecrow is derived from Tad Williams’ vision of a virtual reality Oz. The Lion, well, I liked the Lion just so (though there’s an awesome array of lion-ish interpretations in this anthology). As we went along, it was decided that the since the journey was key to so many of the stories, we opted for the Yellow Brick Road instead of the Emerald City as the setting. So it goes, until the final cover was created. It was a wonderful process to be involved in and I’m honored to be a part of this incredible collection. For your entertainment, here are a few preliminary concept sketches and the evolution of Dorothy’s outfit.

The Twister--early concept art for the cover

The Twister–early concept art for the cover

 

The Yellow Brick Road--More early concept art for the cover

The Yellow Brick Road–more early concept art for the cover

 

Early concept art for Dorothy and company

Early concept art for Dorothy and company

 

Early sketch of Dorothy and the gang in the Emerald City

Early sketch of Dorothy and the gang in the Emerald City

 

Another sketch of Dorothy and the gang in the Emerald City

Another sketch of Dorothy and the gang in the Emerald City

 

Early sketch with basic design of Dorothy and the gang on the road

Early sketch with basic design of Dorothy and the gang on the road

 

Accessorizing Dorothy

Accessorizing Dorothy

 

The whole gang on the road with Emerald City in the background

The whole gang on the road with Emerald City in the background

 

Final cover without the design

Final art for cover without the design

 

 

NEWS: Oz Reimagined is Now on Sale!

Today is release day for Oz Reimagined: New Tales from the Emerald City and Beyond.  Follow the Yellow Brick Link to learn where you can purchase your copy.

 

INTERVIEW: Galen Dara, Illustrator of Oz Reimagined

Galen Dara has done art for Edge Publishing, Dagan Books, ApexScapezineTales to Terrify, Peculiar Pages, SunstoneLovecraftZine, and Lightspeed Magagzine. She is on the staff of BookLifeNow, blogs for the Inkpunks, and writes the Art Nerd column at the Functional Nerds. When Galen is not online you can find her on the edge of the Sonoran Desert, climbing mountains or hanging out with a loving assortment of human and animal companions. Follow her on Twitter @galendara. Continue reading ›

NEWS: Oz Reimagined Co-Editors on Wired.com’s Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy

The latest podcast interview on Wired.com’s Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy is with Gregory Maguire, bestselling author of Wicked and its sequels, which form the basis for the Broadway musical.  Afterward, Oz Reimagined co-editor Douglas Cohen is this week’s guest geek.  Along with co-hosts David Barr Kirtley and John Joseph Adams–Doug’s fellow co-editor on Oz Reimagined–the three of them hold a panel discussion on the Wizard of Oz in film and literature.  Make sure to listen until the end for a chance to win a free copy of Oz Reimagined.  You can listen to the entire podcast here.

INTERVIEW: Seanan McGuire, Author of “Emeralds to Emeralds, Dust to Dust”

Seanan McGuire is the bestselling author of two ongoing urban fantasy series, both published by DAW Books (the October Daye adventures and InCryptid). She was the winner of the 2010 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. She also writes medical science fiction under the name “Mira Grant.” Between her two identities, she is a five-time finalist for the Hugo Award, and has been nominated for the Shirley Jackson and Philip K. Dick Awards. Seanan is the only woman ever to appear on the Hugo ballot four times in a single year. She is a founding member of the Hugo award-winning SFSqueecast, an ongoing adventure in mild positivity. Seanan likes horror movies, abnormally large blue cats, and cookies. You can find her on Twitter at @seananmcguire, and on the web at www.seananmcguire.com. Seanan thinks sleep is for other people, and is still waiting for her twister. Continue reading ›

INTERVIEW: Jeffrey Ford, Author of “A Meeting in Oz”

Jeffrey Ford is the author of the novels, The Physiognomy, Memoranda, The Beyond, The Portrait of Mrs. Charbuque, The Girl in the Glass, The Cosmology of the Wider World, and The Shadow Year. His story collections are, The Fantasy Writer’s Assistant, The Empire of Ice Cream, and The Drowned LifeCrackpot Palace, a new collection of 20 stories, was recently published by Morrow/Harper Collins. Ford writes somewhere in Ohio. Continue reading ›

INTERVIEW: Robin Wasserman, Author of “One Flew Over the Rainbow”

Robin Wasserman is the author of several books for children and young adults, including The Book of Blood and Shadow, the Cold Awakening Trilogy, the Chasing Yesterday Trilogy, and Hacking Harvard. Her books have appeared on the ALA Quick Picks and Popular Paperbacks lists as well as the Indie Next list, and her Seven Deadly Sins series was adapted into a television miniseries. She is a former children’s book editor who lives and writes in Brooklyn. Find her at www.robinwasserman.com or on Twitter @robinwasserman. Continue reading ›

EVENT: New York Review of Science Fiction Reading

The New York Review of Science Fiction in New York City will be hosting a reading for Oz Reimagined on Wednesday, March 6th, 2013.  Reading stories from the anthology will be Ken Liu, author of “The Veiled Shanghai,” and Robin Wasserman, author of “One Flew Over the Rainbow.”  The reading starts at 7:00, with doors opening at 6:30.  Further details about the event can be found here.

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