Thursday, April 29, 2010

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Laura Coleman at Oz-Stravaganza!


So, I mentioned that I would be bringing a very special guest to this year's Oz-Stravaganza in Chittenango, NY... that special guest is.... LAURA COLEMAN! Laura is one of the main characters in the Lost in Oz novels and now you will have the chance to meet the person the character is based on!

Author's Alley at Oz-Stravaganza!


Oz-Stravaganza has posted a list of the authors appearing at this years Author's Alley, including Joshua Patrick Dudley!

Check it out!

http://www.oz-stravaganza.com/content/authors-alley

Monday, April 26, 2010

About Benjamin Kissell


Here's some interesting information about the artist of the upcoming Lost in Oz Comic Series, Benjamin Kissell. You can preview some of his testing art for the series, over on the photo page of www.LostinOzBook.com

Benjamin Kissell has always had art in his life, whether it's his writer/knitter/teacher mother or his illustrator/painter/musician father he's always had someone in his life encouraging the growth of his talents. He was almost voted most artistic in high school, he lost out to his friend Charlie (but swears he was never bitter), and was focused as "Artist of the Month" on-display and written about in the school paper (both in high school and college). When it came time for a higher education, Benjamin turned down time at the Art Institute of Washington (in Arlington VA) to pursue a more Liberal Arts background at Mary Washington College, in his hometown of Fredericksburg, VA. "I bounced between majors in the 4 years there, Art, Classics-Latin and English. They all had something to offer me for whatever I could do with my life."

Although an accomplished artist (more than a few paintings are on sale in 2 galleries), Benjamin is also a voracious reader and writer. From 2006-09 he wrote a series of blogs on his myspace page (www.myspace.com/benjaminkissell). But, his artistic passions would never be something he could escape. "I remember, when I was maybe 4, crawling up into the tall chair my dad would sit in, at his art desk, and drawing a series of dinosaurs. When my dad saw this little kid seriously determined and drawing, he says he knew what I would grow up to be."


"The Oz books have always been in my heart and my home. I remember in 1987 when the Wizard of Oz came out on VHS, my grandmother took me and my uncle out to get it. I sat in the back-seat and just held it tight. Of course, I'll deny having the Dorothy action figure. The books have always played a part, not just the film. My mom has old, (read: before her time) late 50's, illustrated-editions of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and Peter Pan, and I can remember loving them from about 3 on. In 2005 I found green and gold leather-bound editions of the collected works. I've always enjoyed the way that Oz has entered our public consciousness and how each generation interprets it and adapts it to themselves."

"In 1995 Gregoy Maguire threw the Oz-realm on its side with the publication of Wicked (and the subsequent sequels and Broadway show), the rumors of a pre-Wizard Oz film starring Robert Downey Jr in-the-works and a slew of others. The Lost in Oz series intrigued me and honestly put a different and unique spin on the classic story, without detracting from it. I feel honored to have been approached by Joshua to work with him in fleshing out his book into the world of graphic art. Hopefully, his fans don't hate where I go."

http://www.facebook.com/benjamin.kissell

Emeralds: Hearts in Oz: Review of Lost in Oz



Emeralds: Hearts in Oz, an Oz Blog, has put up a review of Lost in Oz! Check it out at:

http://emeraldsoz.blogspot.com/2010/04/book-review-lost-in-oz.html

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Lost in Oz Gets the Comic Treatment

Joshua Patrick Dudley, author of the Lost in Oz trilogy, has announced that his stories of Oz are going graphic! A new, five-issue comic series has begun production, with artwork by Benjamin Kissell. Following the success of many Oz-inspired comics, Dudley hopes to bring a new twist to the genre, while remaining faithful to the original stories by L. Frank Baum.
The stories follow modern teenagers who make their own history in Oz after destroying the original story of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, simply by existing in it. A prophecy is revealed for the group and the future looks grim. The teens must find a way to fulfill or derail their prophecy, while trying to return Oz to its proper state of being. Famous Oz characters are in abundance and include Dorothy Gale, Toto, Scarecrow, Tin Woodsman, Lion, The Wizard of Oz, Jack Pumpkinhead, Scraps – The Patchwork Girl of Oz, and, of course, the Wicked Witch of the West.
Dudley and Kissell are working closely with one another, searching for the perfect look for Oz and its citizens. The characters are based on the work of the original illustrators of Oz, W.W. Denslow and John R. Neill, but Kissell is adding his own genius to the art, as well. The pair met through the popular social network, Facebook, and work with each other mostly by email.
Dudley currently resides in New Hampshire, where he has just finished writing the third installment of the trilogy, Temple of the Deadly Desert. He has loved Oz since he was a child, and has spent the last three years traveling the country, promoting his work and his passion for Oz. Kissell is from Virginia, and is a graduate of the University of Mary Washington. Samples of some of his test-art for the series can be found at the book’s official website, www.LostinOzBook.com.


Lost in Oz Media Contacts:
Joshua Patrick Dudley – Author: Joshua@joshuapdudley.com
Maria DeProfio – Head of Press Relations: lostinozpress@yahoo.com


Lost in Oz
by Joshua Patrick Dudley, 2007, Lulu Publishing, 155p, ISBN: 978-1-4303-1278-9
Lost in Oz: Rise of the Dark Wizard
by Joshua Patrick Dudley, 2008, Lulu Publishing, 203p, ISBN: 978-0-615-18871-3
Lost in Oz: Temple of the Deadly Desert
by Joshua Patrick Dudley, 2011, Lulu Publishing, 295p, ISBN: (TBA)

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Wicked Witch Test Art


Here's one more special look at the Lost in Oz Comic Series Art, drawn by Benjamin Kissell. This photo is a the four different versions we tested of Bastinda, The Wicked Witch of the West, including the final version!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

OUR 200TH POST! COMIC SURPRISE!





We decided to celebrate with everyone, our 200th post on this news blog, by finally revealing some of the beautiful Lost in Oz comic artwork by Benjamin Kissell. Fans of Lost in Oz on Facebook had the chance to view these photos first! So, here's a sneak peek at a few characters from the upcoming Lost in Oz Comic Series!

© 2010 Benjamin Kissell for Lost in Oz
www.LostinOzBook.com

Lost in Oz Movie Announced

BIG NEWS! The Lost in Oz mini-series has been put on hold to open the door for a new project.... LOST IN OZ: THE MOVIE!

More on this exciting news coming soon! Keep checking back!

www.LostinOzMovie.com

Reminder: Oz-Stravaganza

Just a quick reminder that Joshua will be appearing at Oz-Stravaganza in Chittenango, NY! June 4-6, 2010: L. Frank Baum's home town honors their favorite son with this annual festival (formerly known as Oz Fest). This year the festival will honor the centennial of The Emerald City of Oz, and its dedicatee, Baum's niece, Cynthia Baum Tassini, who was from the area and died in 2004. Special guest appearance by Jerry Maren, the middle member of the Lollipop Guild and Joshua Patrick Dudley, author of the Lost in Oz Trilogy. Joshua can be found in the Author's Alley, a new attraction at the festival, located near the Munchkins! For more information, see the festival's website at oz-stravaganza.com, or the town's website at www.chittenango.org

It's getting close, if you haven't made travel arrangements yet, you better hurry!

Friday, April 09, 2010

Accelerated Reader

Make reading practice more effective for every pre-K–12 student with Accelerated Reader, the most cost-effective and successful reading software
of all time. Lost in Oz and Rise of the Dark Wizard have just been submitted, by your request, to the AR program! However, if you really want Lost in Oz on AR, you should suggest it, too! Visit the link below and fill out all of the information.

http://www.renlearn.com/ar/customercare/titlesuggestions.asp

Here's the information you may need:
Quiz Type: Reading Practice
-English
Book Title: Lost in Oz
Series Name: Lost in Oz
-Entire Series
Author’s First Name: Joshua
Author’s Last Name: Dudley
Publisher: Lulu
Estimated Interest Level: Middle Grades (4-8)
Year Published: 2007
ISBN Number: 978-1430312789

Though not required, including the ISBN allows us to provide far more
valuable feedback for your request.

Monday, April 05, 2010

Updates!

Check out the updated series page, where the surprise project has been revealed! Also, be sure to notice the covers for the books, again on the series page, which have been brought to life! So neat! All this and more on www.LostinOzBook.com

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Buzzillions - 4.9 Stars!

Buzzillions.com has given Lost in Oz 4.9 out of 5 stars!

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