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The Red Queen of Oz Graphic Novel Featured on Kickstarter

Writer Bryan Wiegele and illustrator Simon Rosati hope to raise $2,750 on Kickstarter to fund the production and self-publishing costs for The Red Queen of Oz.

They hope to release the graphic novel in February 2013. This book features a story that brings together Alice from Alice in Wonderland and Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz. We’ve embedded a video about the project above–what do you think?

Here’s more about the project: “It’s the tale of two young girls, both with extraordinary experiences of their own, who must set aside petty differences to stop the diabolical Red Queen of Hearts from her destructive rampage that has already ruined Wonderland and now threatens Oz. This is a completely original story based on characters and events from the original books, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through The Looking-Glass written by Lewis Carroll, and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz written by L. Frank Baum. Both are safely in the realm of public domain.”

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Wizard of Oz Book Signed by Cast & Crew of 1939 Adaptation to be Auctioned

Profiles in History is auctioning a clothbound copy of The Wizard of Oz with a great backstory–it is signed by most of the actors and crew in the famous 1939 film adaptation of the novel.

The auction house estimates the book is worth between $40,000 and $60,000. The book was owned by Jack Haley Jr., the son of actor Jack Haley (who played the Tin Man in the film).

Here’s more from the description: “[Haley] brought this copy to the set and had the following sign it for his son, who was 5 years old at the time: cast members Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Jack Haley, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Margaret Hamilton, Billie Burke, Toto (footprint, with trainer Jack Weatherwax signature).” (Via Jacket Copy)

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Random House Audio & OverDrive Partner for ‘Community Sourced’ Audiobook

lendyrvoice.jpgAt the American Library Association Annual Conference in Washington DC this month, Random House Audio and OverDrive will let aspiring audiobook narrators read one page of a “community sourced” audiobook.

Participants in the “Lend Your Voice” event will each be assigned a passage from L. Frank Baum‘s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. OverDrive will host the reading inside the company’s traveling Digital Bookmobile–a giant 18-wheeler loaded with eBook and audiobook resources.

Here’s more about the event: “Random House Audio will release this recording as a digital exclusive that participants and others can download and share online. To participate in Lend Your Voice, eager narrators can stop by the Digital Bookmobile located across the street from the Renaissance Hotel (at 999 9th St NW) to read a passage from the book. The studio will be open to the public (although children under 18 will need a parent or guardian) from 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. Friday, June 25 and 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday, June 26 and Sunday, June 27.”

“Wizard of Oz” Wins Book of the Year Award

Wizard-of-Oz-300.gifLast week an edition of L. Frank Baum‘s “The Wizard of Oz” re-imagined by artist Graham Rawle won Book of the Year at the 2009 British Book Design and Production Awards.

The UK version of the book was published by Atlantic Books, and Counterpoint/Soft Skull published the American edition. The 352-page book was filled with handcrafted photographs by the artist.

Here’s more from former Counterpoint/Soft Skull Press publisher Richard Nash: “Rawle has stripped the epic story of Dorothy’s journey to Oz of all remnants of Hollywood iconography. Gone are the Judy Garland braids, the Technicolor ruby slippers, the ethereal Glinda the Good Witch. In their place, Rawle has fashioned characters and scenery that are at once relentlessly modern and also devoutly loyal to Baum’s original text.” (Via Richard Nash)